GCSE Mathematics Years 10 & 11
Specification
EDEXCEL  The specification and assessment structure can be found at the link: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcelgcses/mathematics2015.html
What will I study?
You will study numeracy; algebra; proportional reasoning; shape and space; statistics and probability; and will build on the knowledge gained during Key Stage 3. There is also an increased emphasis on the application of these skills.
What Skills and Qualities are required?
 Numeracy
 Problem Solving
 Logical reasoning
 Interpretation of data
 Clear verbal and written communication
 Literacy
How will I learn?
Most lessons will be of a structured whole class interactive style, using interactive white boards to give powerful visual images to aid students learning and understanding of many difficult concepts.
How will I be assessed?
Regular unit and diagnostic tests are used to monitor students’ progress through the course.
At the end of the course students will be assessed at the most appropriate level; Higher (nearly all students) or Foundation (approximately 15 students). Each level is assessed via three examinations, one of which will be noncalculator.
Where could it lead?
Mathematics GCSE is an essential requirement for many areas of future employment or study. This may vary from the numeracy involved in the retail industry through to academic research. Mathematics is a “gold standard” qualification, highly valued by employers and universities.
Requirements/Information
Students are placed in sets for Year 10 and Year 11 in mathematics based predominantly on their performance in the end of year 9 examination, with some information from throughout the year also being taken into account. The sets are reviewed during the first term.
Students in the top two sets may take a Further Mathematics GCSE with the AQA board. In addition to the foundation set, a few students, who go into a small set, will be taught a reduced syllabus enabling them to gain at best a Grade 7 but more likely Grades 3 to 6 at GCSE. You will need to achieve Grade 6 or better, having been taught the full syllabus, to start A level Mathematics in the Sixth Form.
Year 10
Topic  Further details about the topic  Skills  

Autumn Term  
1 
S14Algebra2 S15Number2 S16Statistics3 S17Algebra1 
6B – Changing the subject 2E – Ratio  2F  Indices 14C – Cumulative Frequency  14D – Box plots 4D – Factorising quadratics  4E – Difference of two squares  4F – Solving quadratic equations by factorising 

2 
S18–Algebra2
S19Geometry4 S20Algebra3
S21Number3 
6E – Straight line graphs  6F – Curved graphs, turning points and intercepts  6G – Real life graphs  6H – Gradient – rate of change  6I – y = mx + c 13A – Area (non trig)  13B – Arcs and sectors of circles (non trig) 12A – Straight line graphs  12B – Simultaneous equations 1  12C – Finding rules for sequence (to page 393) 5D – Direct proportion 

Spring Term 

1 
S22Algebra1
S23Geometry5
S24Number1
S25Geometry3 
4G – Solving problems leading to quadratics  4H – Use your maths! Which tent? 17A – Map scales  17B – Constructions with ruler and compasses  17C  Locus 1E – Recurring decimals  1F – Surds  1G – Use your maths! Mobile phones 10C – Pythagoras theorem  10D – Trigonometry  10E – Vectors  10F – Use your maths! Sand for the park 

2 
S26Statistics2
S27Number2
S28Algebra2 
11C  Scatter graphs  11D  Trends  11E  Sampling  11F – Use your maths! Maximising and minimising 2G – Estimating powers and roots  2H – Use your maths! Holidays 6J – Areas under graphs  6K – Distance/time, velocity/time graphs  6L – Equations of motion  6M – Use your maths! Hidden car costs 

Summer Term  
1 
Revision Year 10 Exam S29Geometry6 S30Unit15

18C – Angles of elevation and depression  18D – 3D coordinates Watch your money 2 – income tax, council tax 

2 
S31Geometry2 S32–Algebra1 S33Statistics4 S34Geometry4 S35Algebra4

9G – Congruent triangles  9H – Use your maths! Student finance 5E – Inverse proportion  5F – Use your maths! Trim it 14E  Histograms  14F – Comparing sets of data  14G – Use your maths! Spruce it up 13A – Area (trig applications)  13B – Arcs and sectors of circles (trig applications) 16A  Inequalities 
Year 11
Topic  Further details about the topic  Skills  

Autumn Term  
1 
S36Geometry S37Algebra3 S38Statistics1 S39Geometry4 S40Algebra2 
13E – Angles in circles  3F – Proving circle properties  3G – Use your maths! Save it in the home 12C – Finding rules for sequences (from page 394)  12D – Completing the square and finding turning points  12E  Quadratic formula  12E – Simultaneous equations 2 8F – Venn diagrams, set notation  8G – Independent events – the AND rule  8H – The OR rule  8I – Probability trees  8J – Conditional probability  8K – Use your maths! Bills 13C – Volume of prisms  13D – Volume of spheres, pyramids and cones  13E – Surface area 6C – Functions, notation, inverses, composite 

2 
S41–Algebra3 S42Geometry4 S43–Algebra4 S44Geometry5 
12G – Equations of circles and tangents to circles  12H – Exponential functions } 12I – Graphical solution of equations  12J – Use your maths! Fee the dogs 13F – Similar shapes  13G – Areas and volumes of similar shapes  13H – Use your maths! Car insurance 16B – Algebraic fractions  16C – Equations with fractions 17D – Graphs of sine, cosine and tangent  17E – Equations involving trig functions  17F – Translations and reflections of functions  17G – Use your maths! Car wash Revision for Year 11 Mock Exams 

Spring Term  
1 
S45–Algebra2 S46–Geometry5 S47–Algebra4 
6D  Iteration 18E – Sine and cosine rule  18F – Trigonometry in 3D  18G – Use your maths! The real cost 16D  Algebraic proof  16E – Use your maths! Buying a house 

2 
Revision 


Summer Term  
1  Revision 
Assessments
Resources  Topic  Type of assessment 

CAT 1 
Test 3: S14–S17 Test 4: S18–S21 
Test 
CAT 2 
Test 5: S22S25 Test 6: S26S30 Test 7: S31S35 
Test 
CAT 3 
Higher GCSE 
End of Year Examination 
CAT 4 
Test 8: S36  S40 Test 9: S41  S44 Test 10: S45  S47 
Test 
CAT 5 
Main Resources
Resource  Details  Term 

Text books 
Essential Maths higher GCSE 49 
All 
Recommended websites 
https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcelgcses/mathematics2015.html 
All 
Enrichment opportunities
Activity  Day and time or term 

Maths Challengers Club 
Wednesday Lunchtime 
Intermediate Maths Challenge  As advertised 
Year 10 Maths Feas  March 
Mentoring of Year 8 or Year 9 students  By invitation 