Key Stage 4 Mathematics

Pupils follow the new curriculum for Mathematics working towards the Edexcel 1MA1 examination. Three papers at the end of the course (one non-calculator paper and two papers where use of a calculator is permitted) will assess this. Each paper last 1 hour and 30 minutes.


From June 2016

Higher Tier

Foundation Tier

Available grades




Pupils are entered for Higher or Foundation Tier – grades 4 and 5 can be achieved from either tier. The government counts Grade 4 as a ‘standard pass’ whilst grade 5 is a ‘good pass’ (Justine Greening March 2017).


The course content is spread across all three papers. Each paper is worth 80 marks Considerable emphasis is placed on interpretation of results and learning facts and formulae (the need-to-know facts and formulae are on the following poster). 


We subscribe to a variety of resources to support the learning of our pupils:


·      An online edition of the textbook www.pearsonactivelearn.com

·      Activelearn which provides access to materials directly linked to the textbook


·      www.mymaths.co.uk – a great resource providing explanations and practice questions.

·      Mathswatch – step-by-step video explanations for the majority of methods needed at GCSE -

      these are uploaded on the school network for pupil’s use and disks for home study can be 

      ordered through the Maths Department.

·      Homework forms an important part of the course and pupils are expected to complete tasks as directed by their class teacher.   In addition, independent study will benefit each of the girls undertaking further practice or revision from the above resources.

·      Additional resources can be found on websites such as www.corbettmaths.com and


·      Following absence, it is expected that every effort should be made to catch up.  

·      Obviously notes and examples will need to be copied up, but Maths is a ‘doing’ subject, so

      catching-up will involve doing all of the class and homework questions, not simply copying

      solutions from someone else.

·      Pupils are expected to bring their Maths equipment to every lesson – this includes: a scientific calculator*, protractor, compasses, ruler, pen and pencil.

·      The Maths Department recommends the Casio fx-85GT plus. These are available for purchase

       from the Maths Department as well as in local stores and online.



Mathrix is a programme aimed at higher ability Year 10 students and runs at

least six times throughout the year.   It is designed to stretch and challenge

pupils' Maths skills as well as giving them an insight into the A-Level Maths and Further Mathematics courses.   Some of the topics which are covered include Differentiation, Mechanics and Complex Numbers.  



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