GCSE Mathematics - Year 10 and 11
GCSE mathematics - AQA - specification code 8300
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Mathematics GCSE is a compulsory core subject which is studied over two years by all students. Students are put into one of six ability sets for the teaching of mathematics. This is done in ourder to place students of approximately equal ability in each group.
Sets are initially decided based on assessment data we receive from our feeder schools. Students at our main feeder schools all sit the same examination at the end of Year 9 which, along with teacher assessments, helps provide us with the information to make our initial settings.
Students work towards either a higher or foundation tier entry. This decision is made halfway through Year 11.
Sets may changes as a result of how students perform on their arrival at Ashby School in the classroom, in their homework and in their first assessments.
Students in each group follow specific programmes tailored to their ability with formal assessments every half term. Students can expect regular homework and all students sit an end-of-year exam under formal conditions.
Students continue to follow specific schemes of work based on their setting and have regular half-termly assessments. Students all sit a formal mock exam before Christmas and before Easter and are then entered for either higher or foundation tier GCSE. There are focused intervention programmes and revision sessions for students at certain points during Year 11.
Year 10 Key Dates 2018
February – March
Fractions. Decimals and Percentages
April – May
Real Life Graphs
Gradient and Area under a curve
June - July
Summer Test and Revision
Graphs and Data Representation
Year 11 Key Dates 2018
In March – April 2018, Year 11 students will be studying Circle Theorems, Relative Frequency, Gradient and Area.
Year 11s have fortnightly revision sessions throughout the year.
12 March 2018 - Sets 1 to 3 - Surds and Indices; Sets 4 to 6 - Indices
9 April 2018 - All sets - ~Transformations
Changes to the maths curriculum in recent years have also meant changes to the calculators which students are recommended to buy.
Some students already know they want to go on and study A level maths.; calculator requirements for the new A level far exceed those which are satisfactory for the GCSE course.
However, some of these calculators are expensive and therefore the faculty will happily advise students on buying a calculator which will be useful for as long as possible.
Students are expected to bring a calculator with them to every lesson.
See image below for Year 11 maths revision sessions