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GCSE Higher  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

Exclusively to Higher Tier, there is great emphasis within later units in the curriculum to equip students with mathematical skills and knowledge needed at A level, such as the ability to reason algebraically and interpret rates of change.
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, Ratios and Percentages
Unit 5 - Angles and Trigonometry
Unit 6 - Graphs
Unit 7 - Area and Volume
Unit 8 - Transformations and Constructions

Year 10:
Unit 9 - Equations and Inequalities
Unit 10 - Probability
Unit 11 - Multiplicative Reasoning
Unit 12 - Similarity and Congruence
Unit 13 - More Trigonometry
Unit 14 - Further Statistics
Unit 15 - Equations of Graphs
Unit 16 - Circle Theorems

Year 11:
Unit 17 - More Algebra
Unit 18 - Vectors and Geometric Proof
Unit 19 - Proportion and Graphs

After Unit 19 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 Years 9, 10 and 11.
Mock exam February - past GCSE Paper on topics done throughout Years 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 Higher external examinations:
Paper 4 –Calculator (1 hour 30 minutes, 33.3% of GCSE grade) – date TBC

Paper 5 – Non Calc (1 hour 30 minutes, 33.3% of GCSE grade) – date TBC

Paper 6 –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
questions.
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