During KS4, all students follow the Edexcel GCSE syllabus at Key Stage 4. The GCSE course incorporates all aspects of Mathematics: number, algebra, ratio, proportion and rates of change, geometry and measures, probability and statistics. It focuses on applying Mathematics in context, problem solving, reasoning and the functional elements of Mathematics, concentrating on the knowledge and applications that are most accessible and relevant. The course is a linear scheme with three exams at the end of Year 11, consisting of 1 non-calculator paper and 2 calculator papers.
This course is a tiered examination with two levels of entry:
• the Higher tier awards grades 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, (Grade 3 allowed)
• the Foundation tier awards grades 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
During KS4, and alongside GCSE Mathematics, there is an opportunity for selected students to follow additional Mathematical courses.
Edexcel GCSE Statistics
Develops skills that students will use in other subjects such as science and geography, and reinforces techniques needed for GCSE maths as well as supporting progression to A level maths. Real-life scenarios will capture their interest and give them an insight into the importance of statistics in the real world.
AQA Entry Level Mathematics
AQA Entry Level Mathematics provides basic and relevant mathematical skills and can support students who can find it difficult at times to access the GCSE course. The specification is co-teachable with GCSE, to suit students who are studying both qualifications. To complete the course, students’ complete tasks to show their understanding of key mathematical skills. Students are then awarded Entry Level 1, 2 or 3.
Year 10 students use Sparx which is an online platform. The website sets 60 minutes worth of homework which asks questions on what they have covered recently in lesson as well as consolidating prior knowledge. The website uses an algorithm to match the difficulty of the work with the attainment of the students and provides a tutorial video where needed. The students must show all working in their book and the website will perform book checks where the student enters answers to previous questions to ensure they are being written down clearly and can be referred to. Further information and support can be found by clicking the links below.
Sparx Maths Introduction
How to log in as a Student
How your Sparx book should look
All students must use Hegarty Maths which is an online platform. Students are expected to complete at least 60 minutes per week. This homework is a mixture of making notes and completing tasks as set by the teacher. All homework must be completed in their Hegarty book. They can message their teacher for assistance via Hegarty Maths. However, an immediate response is generally not possible.
Every student is also issued with an exam booklet to complete per term. These are set, and every student has 1 to 2 weeks to complete each paper fully.