Mathematics

Our Curriculum Intent 

A curriculum that is broad and balanced for all students, that prepares each individual for success in later life.   

Gold Standard Teaching and Learning in Faculty/Department 

  • Highly effective questioning to identify and address misconceptions. 
  • Formative and Summative Assessment to diagnose and inform next steps using exit tickets. 
  • Model excellence and how to achieve it. 
  • Revisit and ‘low stakes’ testing e.g. Starter and Plenary quizzes to make connections and support recall. 
  • Problem solving and mathematical reasoning enabling students to make connections between different strand in Mathematics. 

 


Key Stage 4 Examination Overview

Exam board details: Edexcel 

Overview of assessment 

There will be three written papers, each contributing 33% of the marks towards the final grade. 

Foundation (grades 1-5) 

Paper 1 – non-calculator 

Paper 2 & 3 – calculator  

 

Higher (grades 4-9) 

Paper 1 – non-calculator 

Paper 2 & 3 – calculator  

 

There are two tiers of entry: 

Teachers will be working with you to make decisions as to which tier (Foundation or Higher) is more appropriate for each student. It is important to remember that the new Foundation tier is more demanding than the current Foundation tier so just because a student may have previously been suitable for Higher tier that may no longer be the case as the content and assessment is quite different. Here are some of the things to consider when choosing tier of entry. 

 

  • A grade 5 – the new good pass can be attained through Foundation tier 
  • There is harder content that has been introduced to Foundation from Higher tier such as simultaneous equations 
  • The Foundation papers include questions targeted at the top of grade 5 which is broadly comparable to a low grade B 
  • The papers will include more questions testing high order skills such as problem solving and reasoning 
  • There are common questions between Foundation and Higher tier papers that appear towards the end of the Foundation tier sample papers and form the first part of the Higher tier sample papers. 

 

What resources could I buy or borrow that will help my child? 

The Maths department sell revision guides, workbooks and practice papers written by Pearson (Edexcel publishers). These costs £3.10 each or you are able to buy all three together as a year 11 revision pack for £8.10. Calculators are also available to buy online in the same way.  

 

What are the key websites or Apps that my child could use? 

Peasons text book and resources – own login given 

Hegarty Maths – Own login given 

www.mathsworkout.co.uk – Login: claytonhall Password: ratio35 

www.corbettmaths.com 

www.Mathedup.co.uk 

www.mathsmadeeasy.co.uk 

 

What can I do to encourage my child to take further interest in Maths? 

  • 100% attendance
  • Essential equipment–fully stocked pencil case AND calculator
  • Being encouraged and helped to manage their stress.
  • Being helped to develop independent study habits.
  • Make and monitor a weekly revision plan.
  • Taking advantage of all the support provided in school.
  • Using appropriate RESOURCES for learning (Revision guide,websitesand past papers) 
  • Using active revision techniques.
  • Create quizzes for yourself and practice (or use www.diagnosticquestions.com).
  • Create flash cards to test yourself on.
  • Use past papers over and over addressing issues until you can get 100%.
  • Condense and reformat notes and key facts.
  • ‘Make it strange’! If you are really struggling to remembersomething,try to connect it to something as unusual as possible to help you. 
  • Learn the formulae that you will not be given.
  • Overlearning, spend time after learning a topic doing more questions on that topic, increase the intervals between revising this topic until recalling it and using it is virtually automatic.
  • Retrieval and regular testing NOT just reading notes and doing the questions you can already do.

 

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