Head of Department
Every student has already embarked on their three year GCSE Maths course leading to a final linear external examination in the summer of their Year 11. The course covers the topics of number, algebra, geometry, data handling, kinematics and problem solving. There is a greater emphasis on reasoning and applying the mathematical skills that are learned in the classroom to real life problems. There is also a greater emphasis on proof and mathematical rigour. This is a new GCSE and will require candidates to learn many of the formula which they will then apply to solve a problem.
There are two tiers of entry: Foundation with available grades 1 to 5 and Higher with available grades 4 to 9. Grade 5 will be the equivalent of a present high grade C. Grades 8 and 9 will be equivalent to the present A*. Grade 9 is the highest grade achievable. The decision on tier of entry will be delayed until later in Year 10.
Students are able to borrow a homework book which also contains a DVD copy of the appropriate textbook covering the course. The students are encouraged to use the DVD of the textbook at home to help consolidate topics and for use with the set homework.
The new revision books are available, and we will give students the chance to buy them through us at cost price (in the past this has been 50% of normal retail).
The maths department also make ample packs of example maths papers available in Year 11 for students to practise their skills. In addition, students are encouraged to make good use “Methodmaths”, an interactive website for practising past exam type questions.
Assessment is entirely by examination.
For more information please see Dr Wilkin