Claremont High School Academy

Key Stage 4 Mathematics

 

 At Claremont, students will follow the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics Grade 9-1 syllabus.

The qualification enables students to:

  • Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  • Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions
  • Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

Recovery Curriculum

For all groups we are taking a slow and steady approach towards recovering from the COVID 19 schools shutdown. Our first priority is to reintegrate pupils into the school routines and then we will start a slow and steady approach towards supporting pupils with addressing any gaps in their knowledge.

  • We have developed a coherent process that will support pupils through the first half of the academic year and beyond to ensure that pupils are well supported with closing any unexpected gaps in their knowledge.
  • The approach for year 10 and 11 is outlined below:
Year 10 Year 11
  • Teaching of new content in the scheme of work will be suspended until at least October.
  • Lesson time until then will be spent focusing on topics covered during the school closure (approximately a week per topic)
  • Pupils will complete weekly diagnostic assessments to help identify areas of strength and weakness to help with planning appropriate lesson content.
  • At the end of September pupils will complete an exam covering content from topics 1-11.
  • This assessment will be used to help plan appropriate lessons in the recovery period.
  • Topic sheets for the objectives to be covered can be found at the end of the key stage 3 page.
  • Following the recovery period we will review the progress of pupils and may implement further interventions for some/all pupils if required.
  • Recovery work will not begin immediately upon return to school in order to allow pupils time to settle.
  • Teaching will commence from Topic 13 and will follow the teaching structure below.
  • Pupils will sit a mock exam in October. This mock will cover content from topics 1-12 (Note topic sheets for topics 1-9 can now be found on the key stage 3 pages and topics 10-12 can be found under the year 10 section below)
  • Following the mock teachers will work with pupils to build a personalised week by week action plan to support pupils with closing any unexpected gaps.
  • The tasks set will generally be completed using online resources such as MyMaths however printed resources will be available for pupils who do not have easy access to a computer at home.
  • Teachers will monitor the additional work pupils are completing and will review pupils action plans where necessary.
  • There will be an increased focus on communication with parents regarding completion of work so that parents can effectively support their children with their work.

 

Exam Structure: 

Students will sit 3 exams.

Each paper is 1 hour 30 minutes long and worth 80 marks each.

Paper 1: Non Calculator

Paper 2: Calculator

Paper 3: Calculator

 

There is a great demand on problem solving questions in the new GCSE and teaching focuses on this. We expect students to be able to tackle these type of questions in a confident manner.

In order to support their independent learning we provide students access to My Maths, Mathswatch and an online copy of the GCSE textbook.

 

Course Content

Click on the topic headings for more detail about what is covered.

Please note timelines below are for guidance only and  the actual timeline may differ depending on the pace of the class.

Year 10

Topics covered Assessments
Autumn Term

Topic 10 - Equations & Inequalities

Topic 11 Circles & Constructions

Topic 12 Ratio & Proportion

Topic assessments for each topic covered

 

End of term cumulative assessment

Spring Term

Topic 13 - Factors, Powers & Roots

Topic 14 - Graphs 1

Topic 15 - Working in 3D

Topic assessments for each topic covered

 

End of term cumulative assessment

Summer Term

Topic 16 - Handling Data 2

Topic 17 - Calculations 2

Topic 18 - Graphs 2

 

Topic assessments for each topic covered

 

May/June

End of year exam covering topics 1-11 

* Unit covered at the end of year 9

 

Year 11

Topics covered Assessments
Autumn Term

Topic 13 - Factors, Powers & Roots

Topic 14 - Graphs 1

Topic 15 - Working in 3D

Topic 16 - Handling Data 2

Topic assessments for each topic covered

 

Mock exam 1 Oct (In class)

Mock exam 2 Nov

Spring Term

Topic 17 - Calculations 2

Topic 18 - Graphs 2

Topic 19 - Pythagoras & Trigonometry

Topic 20 - Combined Events

 

Topic assessments for each topic covered

 

Mock exam 3 March

Mock exam 4 April

Summer Term

Topic 21 - Sequences

Topic 22 - Units & Proportionality

Final GCSE Exams May/June

 

 

Further Mathematics

 

Top set pupils in year 11 will have the opportunity to study for the AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics.

 

This gives them the opportunity to explore some more advanced mathematics and will help them prepare for future study of the subject.

 

Content for this qualification is covered throughout year 11 alongside their studies for the GCSE.