Curriculum Leader: Mr A Clapson
Subject Teachers: Mr J Anderson, Mr A Clapson, Mr A Kerr, Mrs H Smith, Mr A Thorn, Mrs L Trapnell, Ms J Walter, Mr G Birch, Mrs R Isaacs, Mr D James and Miss H Cummins
Education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think
Overall Purpose of the Subject - Summary
A high-quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Here at Cove, we belief passionately in the statement above. We deliver a curriculum fully resourced for a five-year journey, giving students time to think deeply and become fluent in its ideas increasing enjoyment in the subject.
Course Outline and Structure
Course Outline and Structure – GCSE
Exam Board: Edexcel
Qualification aims and objectives
The aims and objectives of the Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9–1) in
Mathematics are to enable students to:
- develop fluent 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.
There are two tiers:
- Foundation tier - grades 1 to 5 available
- Higher tier grades – 4 to 9 available (grade 3 allowed).
Knowledge, skills and understanding
The table below illustrates the topic areas covered and the topic area weightings for the assessment of the Foundation tier and the assessment of the Higher tier.
Here it’s important to note Number and Ratio elements are crucial at a foundation level and Algebra plays a prominent role in the higher tier
The assessment consists of three externally-examined papers.
Students must complete all three papers in the same assessment series.
Home Support For All
Here at Cove we believe all student should be given support to achieve academic excellence for all lessons.
Every student has the opportunity to go through all planned lessons at Cove by visiting the WhiteRose Maths homelearning webpage.
All you need to do is click the link select your year and choose the topic to study.
All students must complete homework.
The aim of homework is to provide practise of skills taught in school, from the most recent to the first topic experienced so students remember more. We want students to develop the habits for self-study and meeting deadlines. Homework provides a wonderful opportunity to practise these skills.
By providing termly booklets we want parents to know, with ease, what their children should be doing for homework.
Term 1 Booklets
Online Platforms- Examination years
There are many resources available to students, especially in their GCSE year, below are the best resources for students focussing on their GCSE course (alongside WhiteRose Maths lesson videos).
Dr Frost maths
All students have a log in for Dr Frost. The platform provides exam practise, topic videos, unit tests. Teachers have access to students attempts and test performance allowing all teachers to quickly provide focused help either in class or at the maths clubs.
Maths genie is a free website designed by maths teachers. Here students can access free videos and past exam questions offering vital practise for student GCSE exams. Each topic is divided by potential grade helping students understand how successful they can be.
Onmaths is a free platform and allows students to try exam papers giving an estimated grade, as the student goes through the paper. We find, here at Cove, students are motivated to complete exam papers and beat their previous scores using this platform.