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Mr O'Reilly, Head of Maths

About the subject

"Perhaps I could best describe my experience of doing mathematics in terms of entering a dark mansion. One goes into the first room, and it’s dark, completely dark. One stumbles around bumping into the furniture, and gradually, you learn where each piece of furniture is, and finally, after six months or so, you find the light switch. You turn it on, and suddenly, it’s all illuminated. You can see exactly where you were." Professor Andrew Wiles. Studying mathematics is about learning to understand how everything around us works and why, and using that information to create new understanding in science, new technologies that change the way we live and work, and a greater appreciation for the incredible beauty of the world and wider universe around us all.

Subject specific equipment required: - Scientific calculator*. We strongly recommend the "Casio fx-83GT X" which can be purchased from the maths department in school. We are usually able to offer this at a lower price than retailers. - Protractor (also known as an angle measure). The full-circle versions are best and easiest for students to use. - Pair of compasses - Ruler You are welcome to purchase maths or geometry sets which can often be found in shops containing all helpful equipment (but not usually a calculators), although the triangular-shaped set squares are not needed for maths lessons. *If you are concerned about the cost of a calculator, please contact the school.

Year 7

Unit 1 Analysing and displaying data
Unit 2 Number skills
Unit 3 Expressions, functions and formulae
Unit 4 Decimals and rounding
Unit 5 Fractions and Percentages
Unit 6 Probability
Unit 7 Ratio and Proportion
Unit 8 Lines and angles
Unit 9 Sequences and Graphs
Unit 10 Transformations

Year 8

Unit 1 Number 1
Unit 2 Area and Volume
Unit 3 Statistics, graphs and charts
Unit 4 Expressions and Equations
Unit 5 Real- life graphs
Unit 6 Decimals and ratio
Unit 8 Calculating with Fractions
Unit 9 Straight Line Graphs
Unit 10 Percentages, decimals and fractions

Year 9

Students following Foundation pathway:
Unit 1 Number
Unit 2 Algebra
Unit 3 Graphs, tables and charts
Unit 4 Fractions and percentages
Unit 5 Equations, inequalities and sequences
Unit 6 Angles
Unit 7 Averages and range
Unit 8 Perimeter, area and volume 1
Students following Higher pathway:
Unit 1 Number
Unit 2 Algebra
Unit 3 Interpreting and representing data
Unit 4 Fractions, ratio and percentages
Unit 5 Angles and Trigonometry
Unit 6 Graphs
Unit 7 Area and volume
Unit 8 Transformations and constructions

GCSE Mathematics

Exam Information

There are two tiers of entry - Foundation (Grades 1-5) - Higher (Grades 4-9) Both tiers have 3 exam papers, each lasting 1hr 30mins.
Paper 1 is a non-calculator exam, while papers 2 and 3 require the use of a scientific calculator. There are no specific topics for any paper, and all elements of the GCSE Mathematics specification can be assessed is any of the three exam papers.

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