“The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.”

Mathematics is an exciting, dynamic subject which teaches not only mathematical concepts, but how to think and problem solve. Here at the Queen Elizabeth High School we have a team of dedicated, enthusiastic and committed teachers, whose aims are to teach pupils at a level at which they can experience success whist frequently challenged, to extend the ablest pupils while supporting those who require it, hence getting the best out of every individual pupil.

Pupils begin their GCSE mathematics in year 9, they follow the three year AQA 8300 specification, taught over five or six lessons a week. The final examination consists of three 90 minute papers, each of equal weighting.

This course provides a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study, that encourages pupils to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. It also provides a strong mathematical foundation for pupils who wish to go on to study mathematics at a higher level post-16.

GCSE mathematics enable pupils to:

  1. develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  2. acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  3. reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  4. comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

Pupils will be assessed on the following Assessment Objectives:

AO1: Use and apply standard techniques

Pupils should be able to:

    • accurately recall facts, terminology and definitions
    • use and interpret notation correctly
    • accurately carry out routine procedures or set tasks requiring multi-step solutions.Pupils should be able to:

AO2: Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically

    • make deductions, inferences and draw conclusions from mathematical information
    • construct chains of reasoning to achieve a given result
    • interpret and communicate information accurately
    • present arguments and proofs
    • assess the validity of an argument and critically evaluate a given way of presenting information. Pupils should be able to:

AO3: Solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts

    • translate problems in mathematical or non-mathematical contexts into a process or a series of mathematical processes
    • make and use connections between different parts of mathematics
    • interpret results in the context of the given problem
    • evaluate methods used and results obtained
    • evaluate solutions to identify how they may have been affected by assumptions made.

Key Stage 3

We aim to ensure that all pupils:

Years 7 and 8 are taught in 4 sets per year, having four lessons per week. They follow a 2-year scheme of work where teaching focuses on developing pupils’ conceptual understanding, mathematical thinking and problem solving skills. Hence providing a solid foundation for them to build upon when they begin their GCSE Mathematics in year 9.

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice of the skills learnt at primary school and the introduction of more complex problems, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument.
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication.

All pupils are assessed regularly through in-class tasks, homework and formal written assessments. Hence pupil progress can be closely monitored and tracked against their target grades.


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