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KS4 Maths Year 11

Subject statement

At Burnside we aim to inspire pupils to develop the ability through Mathematics to become successful learners. We promote independent thinking. This is a transferable skill which enables the students to analyse difficult situations and produce creative solutions. An ability to tackle problems and master them can then be translated into every aspect of one’s life. It has been proved that success in Mathematics leads to a greater economic wellbeing in the future.

The Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9–1) in Mathematics is intended to:
  • provide evidence of students’ achievements against demanding and fulfilling content,
  •  to give students the confidence that the mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding that they will have acquired during the course of their study are as good as that of the highest performing jurisdictions in the world
  • provide a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and for employment, to give students the appropriate mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding to help them progress to a full range of courses in further and higher education
Course Outline
Class 6

Autumn 1

Unit 1: Groundwork: Number

Unit 2: Groundwork: Algebra

Unit 3: Groundwork: Geometry

Unit 4: Groundwork: Statistics

Unit 5: Percentages

Unit 6: Indices and Roots

Autumn 2

Unit 7: Algebraic Manipulation

Unit 8: Straight-line Graphs

Unit 9: Angle Facts

Unit 10: Accuracy

Unit 11: Circles

Unit 12: Equations and Inequalities

Spring 1

Unit 13: Probability

Unit 14: Sequences

Unit 15: Constructions

Unit 16: Quadratics

Unit 17: Quadratic Graphs

Unit 18: Ratio and Compound Measures

Spring 2

Unit 19: Proportion

Unit 20: Simultaneous Equations

Unit 21: Pythagoras’ Theorem

Unit 22: Statistical Graphs and Measures

Unit 23: Transformations of Shapes and Vectors

Unit 24: Bivariate Data

Summer 1

Unit 25: Sampling

Unit 26: Probability of Combined Events

Unit 27: Volume and Surface Area

Unit 28: Trigonometry

Unit 29: Further Graphs

Unit 30: Mathematical Arguments

Summer 2


How the course is assessed

Foundation Tier: Grades 1 - 5 (If grade 1 is not achieved then U is awarded and certificate is not is not given)

Higher Tier: Grades 4 -9 (Students who narrowly miss grade 4 are awarded grade 3. Below this is recorded as U.)

For both Foundation and Higher Tiers
Paper 1
Paper 2
Paper 3
What is assessed?

All specification content

How is it assessed?
  • Written exams: 1 hour 30 minutes each
  • Tiered Higher and Foundation
  • 80 marks each
  • 50% of GCSE each
Type of question?

Short answer and structured questions


No coursework

Qualification: Linear or modular?

This qualification is linear, i.e. students will sit their exams at the end of the course.

Aim: To allow students to demonstrate:
  • Develop confidence and competence with the defined mathematical content
  • Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods
  • Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions
  • Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context
  • Recall, select and apply mathematical formulae.
Student weekly outcome sheet:
  • Differentiated target based questions
  • Target setting
  • Weekly learning objectives  
Student curriculum map:
  • Units and topics
  • Success criteria
How parents/carers can help

To further develop and broaden your child’s skills and understanding of Maths concepts, you should encourage your child to spend 40 minutes per week doing independent reading (this could be worksheets, projects, investigations or test papers) and going over the notes covered in class.

Encourage your child to watch the News; to ensure that he/she is up to date with social matters where mathematics is applicable. E.g the spread of corona virus stats figures.

Test their knowledge and understanding by encouraging them to inform you on their learning, targets and lesson objectives.

Links to online resources:

Preparation and repetition is the key to success. Please encourage your child to use the following resources to help thoroughly prepare for the examinations: