  BOURNEMOUTH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

# GCSE Mathematics

Mathematics is a core subject which provides an opportunity to develop powers of logical reasoning, for enhancing everyday mathematical skills and for appreciating the role of mathematics in the world around us.  GCSE mathematics at Grade 5 and above is often a necessary requirement for future study in many different subjects.

Course Aims

The aims of the course are:

• To develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts.
• To acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems.
• To reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions.
• To comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.
• To gain a firm foundation of the basic methods on which to build at higher levels.
• To explore topics through algebra, practical work and mathematical modelling, by making use of the rich, interactive resources of ICT and the VLE.
• To provide a stimulating and enjoyable mathematical experience that links the different branches bringing the subject together as a whole.

What will I learn?

The syllabus is based on the National Curriculum for Mathematics for Key Stage 4, including topics on number and algebra, shape and space and data handling with emphasis on using and applying mathematics itself.

Whilst consolidating previous concepts, new material includes vectors and surds, solving algebraic equations with their associated graphs, interpreting statistical data and discovering methods to resolve more complex geometrical shapes.  ICT is used extensively to support pupils’ learning also providing innovative ways of practising techniques by using spreadsheets for clarifying algebraic processes, graph plotting programs and geometry packages.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment includes three examination papers of 1 hour 30 minutes each (one non-calculator and two calculator papers), taken at the end of the course.

These incorporate the following Assessment Objectives:

A01 | Use and apply standard techniques

A02 | reason, interpret and communicate mathematically

A03| Solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts

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