Oakwood Park Grammar School
In years 7 and 8 we follow two year course which initially ensures all students have the same base knowledge and then will cover the majority of topics required for the Foundation tier GCSE qualification, the foundation content is completed in year 9. Topics cover all the main areas of
Progress is assessed throughout the course through a series of homework assignments and termly tests.
The curriculum in both years incorporates many opportunities to develop functional and problem solving skills required for the new GCSE qualification.
Extension and Enrichment
Years 7 and 8 Enrichment Days focus on functional skills and problem solving.
Mathematics is a compulsory subject at KS4 and all students follow the Edexcel Higher Maths 9-1 course. The grades available range from 4-9 with 9 being the highest. Students sit for the exam (calculator and non-calculator) at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework.
PEARSON EDEXCEL GCSE 9-1 (1MA1) HIGHER TIER
AO1: Use and apply standard techniques
AO2: Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically
AO3: Solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts
3. Ratio, proportion and rates of change
4. Geometry and measures
From Yr. 9 onwards, all students will be taught at the same time and this means that students will be placed in the set deemed to be most appropriate for their ability. Setting is based upon exam and assessment results from Yrs 7 and 8.
In Years 10 and 11 all students will be taught Maths at the same time and again students will be set in groups.
How will I be assessed?
The GCSE is assessed by three 1.5 hour examination papers with all three papers assessing the full range of the syllabus at the end of the course. The first paper does not allow the use of a calculator, whilst the other 2 papers do.
In addition to the GCSE, students in Set 1 will also sit the Free-Standing Mathematics Qualification (FSMQ) exam by OCR. This qualification allows students to bridge the gap between GCSE and A-Level Maths and gives them the appropriate rigorous stretch and challenge. Students in Set 2 will take an additional course in Maths known as Further Maths. This, again, is ideal preparation for A-Level, but with a shorter content compared to FSMQ.
Extension and Enrichment
Each year group has a Maths Enrichment day in the school year. Activities have varied from trips to the Maths museum to Canterbury Cathedral. Students have completed maths investigations and built Norman Churches. Students also take part in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior maths Challenges organised by the UKMT. Teams from Oakwood Park have also taken part in Maths Team Challenges. Other activities include Maths competitions within school time.
To view A-Level course content, please click here.