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GCSE Foundation  Mathematics

Subject Leader: Mr Pickup
What Specification (syllabus) is being taught?
OCR Mathematics (9-1) J560
General overview and Intent
In KS4 students build on their foundational knowledge learned in KS3. Students study either the Higher or Foundation Tier. The curriculum develops students’ mathematical knowledge in areas of fluency, reasoning and problem solving contexts.

The curriculum equips students with the ability to reason the world around them with a critical mathematical mind, whilst preparing them for 3 GCSE examinations that cover a wide breadth of content.

In both tiers in Years 9, 10 and 11 students will study units of new content that cover the five areas that are assessed in the exam specification:

- Number
- Algebra
- Geometry
- Ratio and Proportion
- Probability and Statistics

At Foundation tier, greater consideration is given to the essential knowledge and skills that students need to be successful in their lives. The curriculum is designed to teach this essential knowledge in more real life contexts, as opposed to more abstract contexts and algebraic generalisations at Higher Tier.
What are the key topics and themes? 
When will they be taught?
5 key areas of Number, Algebra, Geometry & measure, Probability & Statistics and Ratio & proportion have been taught over the last three years. Programme of study for each year group:

Year 9:
Unit 1 - Number
Unit 2 - Algebra
Unit 3 - Interpreting and Representing Data
Unit 4 - Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
Unit 5 - Equations, Sequences and Inequalities
Unit 6 - Angles
Unit 7 - Averages and Range
Unit 8 - Perimeter, Area and Volume
Unit 9 - Graphs

Year 10:
Unit 10 - Transformations
Unit 11 - Ratio and Proportion
Unit 12 - Right Angled Triangles
Unit 13 - Probability
Unit 14 - Multiplicative Reasoning
Unit 15 - Construction and Loci
Unit 16 - Quadratic Equations and Graphs
Unit 17 - Perimeter, Area and Volume 2

Year 11:
Unit 18 - Fractions, Indices and Standard Form
Unit 19 - Similarity and Enlargement
Unit 20 - More Algebra

After Unit 20 we have completed the teaching of our curriculum and we start our planned revision cycle to prepare students for external examinations.
How will my son or daughter be assessed?
When do these assessments take place?
All Year 9, 10 and 11 students complete a formal 1-hour assessment after every second unit of work in addition to an end of year Mock exam (this is done in November and February for Year 11). This amounts to roughly 4-6 formal assessment points for each student every year.

Year 9:
Unit 1 and 2 assessment - 1hr
Unit 3 and 4 assessment - 1hr
Unit 5 and 6 assessment - 1hr
Unit 7 and 8 assessment - 1hr
End of year assessment - 1hr 30 mins past GCSE Paper on topics done
throughout Year 9

Year 10:
Unit 9 and 10 assessment - 1hr
Unit 11 and 12 assessment - 1hr
Unit 13 and 14 assessment - 1hr
Unit 15 and 16 assessment - 1hr
End of year assessment - 1hr 30 mins past GCSE Paper on topics done
throughout Years 9 and 10

Year 11:
Unit 17 and 18 assessment - 1hr
Unit 19 assessment - 1hr
Mock exam November - 1hr 30 mins past GCSE Paper on topics done throughout Year 9, 10 and 11.
Mock exam February - past GCSE Paper on topics done throughout Year 9, 10 and 11.
Mock exam April (done in Maths lesson time) - past GCSE Paper on topics done throughout Years 9, 10 and 11.

Year 11 Foundation external examinations:
Paper 1 –Calculator (1 hour 30 minutes, 33.3% of GCSE grade) – date TBC

Paper 2 – Non Calc (1 hour 30 minutes, 33.3% of GCSE grade) – date TBC

Paper 3 –Calculator (1 hour 30 minutes, 33.3% of GCSE grade) – date TBC

All students will need a scientific calculator, protractor, compass and ruler.
What can my son or daughter do for revision
at home? 
What materials are provided or available online?
Students will be receiving past papers from the Maths Department at regular intervals.
specification and some sample papers.
Google in 9-1 Foundation to get ALL of the questions from ALL of the
specimen papers to practise the new types of question.
1,000s of searchable revision materials including quizzes and exam
5 a day useful for daily maths revision. Provides 5 questions at your
chosen level with answers to support revision. Website also has lots
of supportive video clips.
Student will have to sign up (it’s free and you do not have to supply an email). Extensive range of online mini-tests which will mark the tests for students and show mistakes. Students can then access other student’s answers to help them understand why they were wrong.
Year 11 Higher Code: SC-8ZQ743PW0F7G
Year 11 Foundation Code: SC-R5GEJ5SCNLLQ
lots of revision resources
Worksheets and videos with free sign up