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Mathematics

At Hodge Hill College, all pupils receive a broad and balanced mathematics curriculum, with a skills-based focus. This aims to allow students to develop core skills that will not only enable them to succeed academically (in completing exams to a high standard), but also to succeed in their lives, through appreciating and understanding the relevance of mathematics across the real world.

Time is spent in both key stages on applied mathematics, for instance, maths and finance in year 8, which gives an opportunity to test topics such as percentages, interest, depreciation and indices.

Within mathematics lessons, we develop teamwork and communication, as well as confidence, through group work and the concept of justification; i.e. students are continually encouraged to explain how they have come to a conclusion/answer, regardless of its being correct or not.

Our curriculum aims to develop:

  • Pupils’ basic numeracy skills (“core skills”) which underpin the general syllabus
  • Pupils’ problem solving, through the use of contextual real-life maths problems
  • Pupils’ appreciation of maths in a wider context, through key topics (such as speed distance and time), as well as units of work (such as maths and finance)
  • Pupils’ communication and teamwork through the use of paired or group tasks in lessons
  • Confidence generally in the use of and understanding of numeracy and its application to the real world

 

Five Year Plan

 

Key Stage Four

GCSE Mathematics

Exam board

Edexcel

Course Code

MA1

Examined by

Three exam papers at the end of year 11; (two with use of a calculator and one without) of 1hour 30 minutes each.

Two tiers of entry are available, Higher (grades 9-4) and Foundation (grades 5-1).

Key topics taught

  • Number skills and calculations
  • Algebra and problem solving
  • Graphs, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry
  • Data handling, statistics and probability