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Maths

Exam Board: AQA

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/gcse/mathematics-8300

Subject Overview 2017

"Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas."
Albert Einstein

At The Swanage School we want to provide students with the ability to reason mathematically and appreciate the beauty and power of mathematics.  Mathematics is a vehicle for understanding the world. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. We aim to give students a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject as well as the qualification they need for the next steps in their life.

KS3

In Year 7 and 8 we follow the national guidance for Key stage 3. The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all students:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the abilty to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • reason mathematically by following a thought process and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication

 Each half term we cover 3 topics from our 6 main areas of maths and monitor student progress through  assessment activities such as: rich task investigations, challenge questions, topic test and home learning tasks.

  • Number (e.g. place value, decimals, types of numbers, factors and multiples.
  • Algebra (e.g. algebraic notation, expanding brackets and solving equations)
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change (eg fractions, percentages, scale and converting between units.
  • Geometry (e.g. angles, area and perimeter and 3D shapes)
  • Probabillity (eg record, describe and analyse the frequency of outcomes)
  • Statistics (e.g. collecting and representing data)

KS4/GCSE

During Year 9, 10 and 11 student will focus on the GCSE Mathematics course., AQA (8300). The new maths GCSE, first sat summer 2017, has increased focus on problem solving. 

GCSE course is designed to:

  • develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  • aquire, 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 

Over the course students will study maths looking at the following topics:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measures
  • Probability and Statistics

Exams

Students will complete three written papers. Each exam is equally weighted. GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (grades 1-5) and a Highter tier (grades 4-9). Students must take three question papers at the same tier. The proportion of marks on each topic is shown below.

Exam Content 

Topic Area Foundation Tier (%) Higher Tier (%)
Number 25 15
Algebra 20 30
Ratio 25 20
Geometry 15 20
Probablity & statistics (combined) 15 15

 

Paper 1:non-calculator + Paper 2:calculator + Paper 3:calculator

What is assessed?

Content from any part of the specification may be assessed

 

What is assessed?

Content from any part of the specification may be assessed

 

What is assessed?

Content from any part of the specification may be assessed

How it is assessed:

  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • non-calculator
  • 33 1/3% of the GCSE Mathematics assessment

 

 

How it is assessed:

  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • calculator
  • 33 1/3% of the GCSE Mathematics assessment
 

How it is assessed:

  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • calculator
  • 33 1/3% of the GCSE Mathematics assessment

Questions:

A mix of question styles, from short, single mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper.

 

Questions:

A mix of question styles, from short, single mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper.

 

Questions:

A mix of question styles, from short, single mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper.