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KS4 Mathematics

GCSE Mathematics at QE Exam board is AQA 3 modular exams, covering –Number and Algebra –Statistics and Number –Geometry and Algebra

Unit 2 Number and Algebra (33.3%) Non-calc – 1 hour 15 mins Working with numbers and the number system Fractions, decimals and percentages Ratio and proportion Expressions and equations Sequences and linear functions Examined in March 2012

Unit 2 Assessment Started Unit 2 after EoY exams in Year 9. Assessment on everything covered so far after half term.

Unit 1 Statistics and Number (26.7%) Calc – 1 hour: The data handling cycle Data collection Data presentation and analysis Data interpretation Probability Examined in June 2012

Unit 3 Geometry and Algebra (40%) Calculator paper – 1 ½ hour: Properties of angles and shapes Geometrical reasoning and calculation Measures and construction Length, area and volume Graphical methods Solving problems with algebra Examined in June 2013

Additional Mathematics Mathematicians in set 1, on both sides of the year, will have the opportunity to study for an additional Mathematics qualification.

What is Additional Mathematics? Additional Mathematics is a FSMQ (Free-Standing Mathematics Qualification) aimed at able KS4 students. We run a two year programme of GCSE Maths and Additional Maths completing both courses at the end of Year 11.

Why do Additional Mathematics? It has several benefits: It provides appropriate challenge. Also, helping many students to gain an A or A* at GCSE. The girls receive a broad and deep education in mathematics at an appropriate pace. They have a firm foundation on which to start their A level studies. More able students would be in a position to start Year 12 already confident with much of the material in Core 1 whilst ready for the challenge of Further Pure 1.

What can you do at home? Be positive about mathematics Equipment eg. Calculators, pens, rulers, protractors. Homework (set twice a week) Revision (as a guide - 30mins 4 times a week on top of homework)

Revision To help you help your daughters, you can get them to: Re- read the examples in their exercise book Use their textbook Ask somebody – parents, school friends, etc Attend revision clubs Buy Mathswatch CD (Foundation/ Higher) Buy CGP revision guide and workbook Download AQA past papers/ Complete specimen papers Use the internet; BBC Bitesize, Samlearning, Mymaths Ask their maths teacher.

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