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  1. What exam board will the Maths GCSE be taken with? Pearsons, EdExcel.
  2. How long is the course? It will be taught over the two years, but will finish slightly earlier allowing for in class revision before the summer exams.
  3. How many hours of maths do the students get a week? We are working with 8 hours a fortnight at present and this should continue next year. This is 2 hours more than last year.
  4. How is it different to the current GCSE? We are still using EdExcel and the majority of topics are the same, but there are a few additional topics added now. These include at higher topics such as – equation of a circle, geometric sequences and area under a curve using the trapezium rule. Topics then moving from higher to foundation include – simultaneous equations, trigonometry and probability tree diagrams. See attached list below for full changes. Questions will include the same content as listed, but will now be asked in a problem based way. We are incorporating more problem questions into lessons to account for these changes. There will not be a formula sheet any more at the front, but if a specific formula is required that is of a higher level, it will be incorporated into the question. Full formula posters are up in each classroom stating which will be include and which will not.
  5. How does the new ordinal grading system work? The higher paper will range from grade 4-9 and the foundation grade 1-5. 9 is the equivalent to a top A* and 1 to a G. The 4 is to be seen as a low C with 5 being a secure high C/low B. Therefore the foundation paper will enable you to see work including low B grade topics and the higher branches into some topics seen at A-Level.
  6. How many papers will be sat? There will now be 3 papers sat for the whole GCSE – all 90 minutes in length with 1 non-calculator and 2 calculator and out of 80 marks each.
  7. How many teachers will my son/daughter have for maths? Ideally 1 for the 8 lessons, but otherwise it will be 2 with 1 being the main teacher and the second taking 1-2 lessons a fortnight.
  8. How do students work in class? They will be given 2 exercise books – 1 for writing key notes and worked examples and this will be used as a revision aid throughout the course, and the other for practice of classwork which will be marked regularly by the class teacher. Lessons will be structured around the main topics from the specification, but will also include problem solving question and activities, access to ICT resources and revision techniques.
  9. What additional support outside of lesson will there be? Students will be able to attend GCSE drop in sessions with a GCSE maths teacher once a week. There will be sessions set up during tutor time for those students struggling to meet their targets. We regularly use and refer to MyMaths and MathsWatch during lessons which are 2 of our main electronic resources which the students can log into at school and home to assist them with their learning and revision. Towards the end of Y10 we provide a revision workbook to every student at the appropriate tier of entry.
  10. How much homework will students be set? Students will be set 1-2 pieces of maths homework a week, with guided length of total one hour. A whole school homework timetable is published early on in the year allowing students and parents to know when homework will be set for each subject in each year group. Teachers will set homework on this day allowing students a sufficient amount of time to complete before collection. All homework is also set on the school Show My Homework website so all students and parents can keep up to date with the tasks set and any resources needed to aid in its completion, which will be attached here.