Selston High School 2019 Ofsted Report - Flipbook - Page 7
Staff Contact: Mrs S Fox (email@example.com)
What will I do on the course?
Students will study the areas of
Number, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Shape and Space and Handling Data
There will be a focus on
Arithmetic, Problem Solving, Reasoning and Applying Maths in context
How is the course organised and assessed?
Students will study a linear course which means that students will have three examinations at the end of the
There will be one non -calculator and two calculator papers. All the papers are 1½ hours in length.
Please be aware that unlike the previous GCSE course there will be no ‘Formula Sheet’ at the front of each exam
paper. Students are now expected to learn ALL formulae that may be needed during the exams. The government
have also taken the opportunity to make the course more challenging. This means that there are now topics
included at foundation level that were previously only in the higher grade paper. New topics have also been
introduced to the higher level paper.
In addition the syllabus has been amended to include more complex multi-staged problems at both foundation
and higher level as a way of raising standards.
There are two Levels of entry: Higher - Grades 4 to 9 (with 9 being the highest) and Foundation -Grades 1 to 5
Please note the grades from A* to G have been replaced with grades from 9-1 and that these new levels are NOT
related to the Key Stage 3 levels 1-8.
We actually begin teaching the GCSE syllabus at the start of year 9 in order to give students as much time as
possible to access the extensive course. In order to support the students as much as possible, the class teacher
that they currently have for Mathematics, should stay with them until they leave in year 11. (Please note that we
still continue to assess students after each module and where appropriate move students between groups.)
This subject will be assessed through three external examinations sat at the end of the course.
However the course is broken down into 11 modules of work and there will be internal testing at the end of each
module. Progress will then be monitored through the use of a PLCs
There is no coursework in GCSE Mathematics.
Homework is an important part of the course and will be set regularly. The nature of the tasks set will vary and
may include the follow up of class-work activities, research of a project, 'Mymaths' set tasks etc. All students will
be given access to the PIXL times-table app and the PIXL GCSE Maths app at KS4 to enable them to complete
independent learning at home and practice existing skills.
Mathematics includes skills which are important in everyday life beyond school. It supports studies in other
subjects, particularly Science and Technology. It is also an important requirement for most areas of employment.
Future careers directly involving maths are Accountancy, Banking, Actuary, Engineering, Pharmacy, Quantity
Surveyor and Medicine for example.
Students will be expected to show commitment to the subject and complete tasks on time. They will need to be
capable of working independently and cooperatively. It is important to arrive at all lessons fully equipped.