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KS4 Maths

Welcome to GCSE Mathematics Vimeo
What do you study?

You will build on and widen your knowledge in the following main areas: Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change, Geometry and Measures, Probability and Statistics.  

You will continue to develop skills in problem solving and applying your knowledge to new situations. The GCSE syllabus will require you to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, and to solve problems by applying mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems. You will have to choose an appropriate method and then set out your own strategy for solving the problem. Marks will be awarded for the quality of your written communication in Maths. 

Why study Maths?
  • It will develop your ability to comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.
  • It is a language that can be used to describe the world around us.
  • It provides a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and for employment.
  • There is presently a national shortage of mathematically trained students, therefore having a strong Maths GCSE makes you very employable.
How is the course assessed?

You will follow a linear course during the two years and you will be assessed over three, 1.5 hour written exams at the end of the course.  The content of the curriculum will be assessed across all three papers - one non-calculator paper and two calculator papers.

Foundation Tier (Graded 1-5)

Topic Area and Weighting

  • Number  22 - 28%
  • Algebra  17 - 23%
  • Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change  22 - 28%
  • Geometry and Measures  12 - 18%
  • Statistics & Probability  12 - 18%

Higher Tier (Graded 4-9)

Topic Area and Weighting

  • Number  12 - 18%
  • Algebra  27 - 33%
  • Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change  17 - 23%
  • Geometry and Measures  17 - 23%
  • Statistics & Probability  12 - 18%

Homework is given on a weekly basis. This is an important aspect of the course as it allows you to consolidate learning, as well as allowing your teacher to monitor understanding.