Key Stage 4
The three year GCSE Mathematics programme starts in Year 9, building on the National Curriculum areas studies in Year 7 and 8. There is no coursework and no controlled assessment. The course is assessed 100% by final examination.
Students in Years 9 - 11 have 8 hours of Mathematics lessons per fortnight. Students develop life skills through study of Algebra, Number, Geometry and Statistics. They will develop:
- Communication and team skills through individual and group tasks
- Resilience, planning, interpretation and reasoningskills through problem solving and solutions of multi stage questions.
All assessments will consist of three papers one non calculator and two calculator papers. There is now a greater emphasis on functional maths and some questions are designed to test how the students apply their knowledge and communicate their answers.
KS4 will be starting the NEW 9 - 1 GCSE grading structure.
There are two tiers of entry:
- Edexcel GCSE Higher - students can achieve a 9+
- Edexcel GCSE Foundation - students can achieve a 5+.
All students therefore have the opportunity to obtain a grade C or above. Students are assessed formally each half term and are set both written homework and Mymaths tasks regularly.