Key Stage 4
The GCSE course consists of a number of topics which aim to develop competency across the broad areas of number, algebra, ratio, proportion and rates of change, geometry and measures, probability and statistics.
Within each topic opportunities arise for students to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts involved, problem solving capabilities, ability to use correct mathematical language and notation, accuracy and how well they can communicate their mathematical reasoning.
There is no coursework element in this subject.
The examination board offers two tiers of entry: foundation and higher. At TBGS all students will be entered for the higher tier and this enables them to achieve grades 9 – 4. There are three examination papers.
The first paper is a non-calculator paper. In the second and third papers candidates will be expected to use their own calculator. Each paper will assess the students’ ability to use and apply standard techniques, reason, interpret and communicate mathematically and solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts.
ORGANISATION OF WORK
Homework is usually organised on a weekly basis to cover current teaching topics together with consolidation, revision and practice of previous work. The aim is to build up a thorough understanding of the principles involved in the subject. Termly assessments are given during the course to inform students of their progress and each assessment is followed up by the student completing appropriate remediation work.
ORGANISATION OF SETS
Boys are allocated to sets in Year 10 on the basis of their mathematical competence shown throughout Key Stage 3. All groups will be taught the same syllabus, but there will be greater emphasis on the 8 and 9 grade material in the higher sets.
It is very important that students do their best in each assessment, so that they are put in the appropriate group for GCSE. Some movement between sets is possible thereafter in appropriate cases.
The importance of Mathematics to many careers cannot be over-stressed. Nowadays most employers look for evidence of at least some form of attainment in Mathematics whether for direct use in the job, or as a guide to ability.
Mathematics is a key subject in the areas of science, technology and engineering. It is indispensable in the business world. There are few fields of administration which do not depend on some form of statistical analysis, and the spread of computers is placing an even greater emphasis on this type of work.
Other areas of employment with a significant mathematical content include accountancy, banking, actuarial work, electronic data-processing, operational research and teaching.