Edexcel GCSE Maths
Outline of Subject: At key stage 4, students will build on their knowledge and skills developed in key stage 3 developing fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. Students will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, be able to explain and analyse and evaluate their judgements. Students will explore number, algebra, geometry, ratio, statistics and probability.
How will I learn?
Students will begin by developing or deepening their knowledge and understanding before learning to develop select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real-world situations (‘functional mathematics’). Students will learn problem solving strategies and how to reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions. They will learn how to interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context. They will also use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts.
Within lesson time, students will be expected to retrieve prior learning, develop the knowledge and understanding through a variety of activities designed to meet the lesson objective and develop resilience through the completion of independent tasks.
Out of lesson time, students could be asked to complete exam style questions or recap prior learning or complete an activity on Maths watch.
Where will it take me?
Maths is compulsory and an important subject for all students. Every student will require maths to continue in any field of higher study. All students wishing to continue onto the Sixth Form or to University (to do any course) may require grades 5 and above as a minimum. If you wish to student A Level mathematics in the Sixth Form, you will require at least a Grade 7 in this subject. Students wishing to pursue future mathematical careers have a wide range to choose from. Many great mathematicians go into the fields of accountancy, actuary and investment banking. Some take a more scientific root with computing, engineering sciences, statistical research, or research sciences. Mathematics is also essential for many design, building and architectural careers. There are, of course, many other roles that require a high degree of mathematical competency but are not their main component. These include medicine, politics, teaching, management and running a business. The reality is a good mathematics GCSE is certain to make a positive difference to any student’s future study, career and employment options.