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Mathematics

                     

Examination Board: AQA

Course:  GCSE Mathematics course, syllabus 8300

Course:  GCSE Mathematics course, syllabus 8300 All pupils will follow a linear Maths course. The mathematical skills are developed across all five years in school, whilst the GCSE content is covered specifically for January of Year 9.

 

Members of Department:

Mrs N Coe, Head of Mathematics
Mr K Tapscott, Second in Mathematics
Mr C Hadwen
Mr P Hanraads

 

INTRODUCTION

Throughout their five years at Debenham, pupils are taught in Maths sets based on ability; the only exception being the first half of the Autumn term for Year 7, where pupils are taught in mixed ability form groups whilst the sets are determined. Setting is an important process, which enables all pupils to work at the correct pace to achieve their full potential; sets are reviewed regularly and changes made as required.

 

KEY STAGE 3

Pupils cover the National Curriculum which includes four main areas of Maths:

NUMBER     (whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio);

ALGEBRA    (formulae, substitution, equations, graphs, algebraic manipulation);

GEOMETRY (angles, polygons, area and volume, metric units, transformations);

STATISTICS (averages and range, charts, probability).

 

KEY STAGE 4

Content and Assessment

Pupils continue to work on the four main areas of Mathematics and extend their skills to apply them to problem solving style questions. All pupils sit their examinations in the summer of Year 11, there is no early entry. The examination consists of 3 papers, all 90 minutes each; there are two calculator and one non-calculator papers.  In Year 11, a programme of revision lessons will help pupils to develop exam skills, and will specifically teach them examination technique.

Further Information

There is no controlled assessment component to GCSE Maths. The introduction of functional elements into the exam means that pupils must be able to solve problems with little structured guidance, and must be able to communicate effectively to explain their reasoning and answers.