GCSE Mathematics

Introduction

All students follow the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (1MA1) linear course over 3 years. Students will take either higher or foundation tier depending on their ability. Students sit 3 x 90 minute written exams at the end of year 11; one non-calculator and two calculator.

 

At Allerton High we have an interleaving approach to delivering Maths; several topics are revisited and built on throughout Years 7 – 11 in order to retain key concepts and deepen students understanding. Our differentiated and challenging schemes of work are designed to encourage students to be resilient learners who are not afraid to make mistakes.

 

KS4 Maths lessons generally follow a structure which encourages students to:

  • recall and consolidate previous learning (iterative mixed starter)
  • discover and develop skills during the main part of the lesson
  • discuss, reflect and evaluate on their progress (plenary/blue book questions – often past exam q’s)

How is the course assessed?

We informally assess students’ progress during lessons (often via mini-whiteboards) and through weekly homework. Lessons include purple challenge questions in order to develop thinking and problem solving skills. Our half-termly ‘Puzzle Lessons’ are continued into KS4; these give students the opportunity to enrich their Mathematical understanding by working through structured problems.

 

Year 10 students will follow one of the below schemes of work and will sit one formal assessment per half term until their two end of year assessments (one non-calc, one calc):

  • Sets 1 & 2a – Aiming for GCSE Maths Grades 5-9 SOW
  • Sets 2b & 3a – Aiming for GCSE Maths Grades 3-7 SOW
  • Set 4 – Aiming for GCSE Maths Grades 1-5 SOW

Year 11 students will follow one of the below schemes of work and they will sit 2 mock examination series throughout the year (Nov & March). These will be full GCSE exam papers.

  • Sets 1a & 1b – Aiming for GCSE Maths Grades 5-9 SOW
  • Sets 2a & 2b – Aiming for GCSE Maths Grades 3-7 SOW
  • Sets 3a & 3b – Aiming for GCSE Maths Grades 1-5 SOW

Topic lists are not provided for any KS4 assessments. This is in an attempt to get students fully prepared for the GCSE examinations whereby they will not have a detailed topic list by paper.

 

Our sets are based on ability and are reviewed regularly. There is considerable overlap between the two courses with flexibility for transferring from one tier to another throughout the course. Final decisions about tier of entry are not made until a few months before the final examinations and we will always make the decision with the best interests of the student in mind. We ask that you please trust our professional judgement with this.

 

In Year 11, we have a vigorous and effective intervention programme for Maths. Study Plus Maths is offered to support students in securing good or outstanding progress and a variety of small group interventions are regularly timetabled for students of all abilities on a rota.

 

Foundation tier

Within the specification below, Foundation tier students will be assessed on content identified by the standard and underlined type. Foundation tier students will not be assessed on content identified by bold type. Foundation tier content is on pages 3–9.

 

Higher tier

Within the specification below, Higher tier students will be assessed on all the content which is identified by the standard, underlined and bold type. Higher tier content is on pages 10–18.

 

Students sit 3 x 90 minute written exams at the end of year 11; one non-calculator and two calculator.

 

Please see below link to topic lists (and video links) for the GCSE Maths – Higher Tier Specification: 

https://corbettmaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Edexcel-Higher-Checklist.pdf

 

Please see below link to topic lists (and video links) for the GCSE Maths – Foundation Tier Specification:

https://corbettmaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Edexcel-Foundation-Checklist.pdf

 

Below is a very brief overview of the topics that are covered on each scheme of work. Please note – our formal assessments will include topics from previous half terms/years.

Equipment

Black Pen

Red Pen

Casio ‎fx-83GTX Scientific Calculator

Geometry set (pencil, ruler, protractor, compasses, rubber)

 

Recommended Revision Guides:

Sets 1a, 1b, 2a and 2b – GCSE Maths Edexcel Higher Revision & Practise ISBN-10: 0008110360

Sets 3a, 3b and 4 - GCSE Maths Edexcel Foundation Revision & Practise  ISBN-10: 9780008112493

 

Although revision guides can be very useful, the best way to revise and learn Maths is to practise exam questions. Working independently through questions and checking solutions is much more effective than writing revision notes. 

 

Useful websites: 

www.corbettmaths.co.uk

www.mathsgenie.co.uk

www.drfrostmaths.com

www.studymaths.co.uk

www.onmaths.com

Homework and learning outside of the classroom

Year 10 students will receive one piece of homework per week (approx. 1 hour). This will be electronic via www.drfrostmaths.com or by hard copy. Year 11 students will alternate weekly between one full GCSE Maths exam paper (1.5 hours) and one piece of homework (approx. 1 hour).

 

Extra curricular activities:

  • Year 10 & 11 Maths Drop-In Tuesdays 3pm-4pm (Available to anybody who needs extra help in Maths or for anybody who would like to come along and do more Maths after school!)
  • Year 11 Only Maths Drop-In Wednesdays 3pm-4pm (Available to anybody who needs extra help in Maths or for anybody who would like to come along and do more Maths after school!)
  • Rubik’s/Puzzle Club on Thursdays 3pm-4pm
  • Puzzle Lessons once per half term in all KS4 lessons
  • UKMT Maths Challenge (by invitation only)
  • Maths Inspiration Days/Trips (by invitation only)

KS3 Maths

KS5 Maths

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