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Maths Curriculum Overview

Current Year 11

At the end of Year 11 students will leave The Grangefield Academy with the qualifications and skills needed to set them on the right footing for their chosen path in either employment or further education. We know how important Mathematics is, so we aim to prepare our students in the best way possible.

Throughout key stage 4 we track the students' progress constantly to ensure that every student reaches their potential. During Year 10 and Year 11 students are assessed at regular intervals. The results of these assessments influence our teaching and the discussions had with each student on what they need to do to improve.

Although we give every student the opportunity to learn and succeed during lesson time, some students may require further assistance to achieve their full learning potential. All Year 11 students are invited to attend an afterschool session on a Tuesday 2.35-3.35pm. These revision classes are specific to student needs; focusing on specific topic revision, exam techniques and exam practice.

New GCSE Curriculum starting September 2015

Mathematics is a core subject, so it is compulsory to study it throughout Years 10 and 11. Most employers and post 16 courses will expect you to have some kind of qualification in Maths. The aim is to provide a course which is relevant to everyday needs, further study in Mathematics and other related subjects, and future employment. This course meets the new curriculum requirements and will be the first to be graded from 1 to 9.

Students will develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including: number, ratio and proportion, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics and probability. Students will use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts and apply them to real-life situations.

The aims and objectives of the qualification are to enable students to:

Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts.
Acquire, 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.

How you will be assessed

Mathematics is a linear course and will be examined by three terminal papers at the end of Year 11. It is offered at two different tiers, Higher (Grades 4 to 9) and Foundation (Grades 1 to 5). Each paper carries an equal weighting towards the final grade in each tier.

Paper 1 Non Calculator 1½ hours

Paper 2 Calculator 1½ hours

Paper 3 Calculator 1½ hours

Overview of the programme of study

The programme of study aims to build on key stage 2 and then each year build on the syllabus covered from the year before and introduce appropriate new areas of study to ensure all parts of the mathematics national curriculum.

We are following a progressive scheme through all year groups; these are called 'stages'. Each stage follows a different strand and level. Each class' stage is decided after a thorough assessment and what level they are targeted to achieve by the end of the year. The purpose is that all students are delivered lessons which are pitched appropriately in order to help them progress at the perfect pace for their own ability.