The Mathematics courses for Key Stage Four build on the foundations already laid in Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg. The aim of presenting mathematics as both a vibrant and relevant subject persists and it is regarded as an essential element in the personal development of our pupils. In studying the subject each pupil shall be given every opportunity not only to increase his mathematical skills but also to increase his logical understanding in tandem with a greater numerical appreciation.
Each pupil will follow a course which best reflects his level of ability.
In line with the requirements of the National Curriculum, each course consists of four assessment objectives (A.O), namely:
A.O 1) Recall and use knowledge of the prescribed content.
A.O 2) Select and apply mathematical methods in a range of contexts.
A.O 3) Interpret and analyse problems and generate strategies to solve them.
Information Technology and Communication will be an integral part of the course, both in its explication and execution. This is especially so with regard to statistical investigations. Each pupil will either follow the G.C.S.E course which best reflects his ability, or, in the case of those working at a more rudimentary level, the Entry Level Mathematics course. Two tiers of entry are available for G.C.S.E pupils – Higher and Foundation. Each tier offers two written papers.
All G.C.S.E courses are comprised of the following assessment elements:
Two written papers (100 marks each)
There is no coursework
There are two tiers of entry for G.C.S.E. The possible grades are as shown:
The results for candidates achieving less than the minimum mark for Grade D on the Higher Tier or Grade G on the Foundation Tier will be recorded as U.
The duration of each paper is as follows:
|Tier||Duration (Papers 1 and 2)|
|Higher|| 2 hours|
|Foundation|| 2 hours|
Entry Level Mathematics
The Entry Level Mathematics course is appropriate for those pupils who have failed to reach level 3 or 4 of the National Curriculum at the end of Key Stage 3.
The course is well structured and provides opportunities to learn mathematics in a relevant and engaging context. The course assessment is comprised of a number of elements over a two-year period. This is summarised below:
|Intermediate tests||48 % - 3 tests of 16%|
|Aural tests||5% - 3 tests of 1.66%|
|Practical exercises||6% - 3 tests of 2%|
|Investigative tasks||20% - one task 20%|