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Woodbrook Vale School

Woodbrook Vale School

Woodbrook Vale


Mathematics is everywhere!

If you want a challenge, the Maths Team can supply it; if you like working in different ways, we can provide them; and if you have difficulties, we can offer lots of help.

As well as traditional style lessons incorporating number, algebra, geometry and data handling, we encourage group work, discussions and investigations to try to help improve your ability to understand maths and apply it to real life situations. We offer opportunities for you to take part in local challenges and national competitions.

ICT is a popular tool when it comes to both whole class teaching and individual learning. In addition to the school’s Virtual Learning Environment, we subscribe to the excellent MyMaths website so you can improve your skills both in and out of the classroom.

We aim to build your confidence, improve your numeracy skills and encourage you to apply the knowledge you have learnt.  Most of all, we hope that you are able to enjoy Maths at Woodbrook Vale.


The aim of Mathematics GCSE at Woodbrook Vale is for students to:

  • Develop an ability to think and reason mathematically.

  • Apply Mathematics in the real world.

  • Have and understanding of how to use Mathematics up to GCSE level.

  • Create a firm foundation for those wishing to study the subject further.

  • To have a positive attitude towards mathematics and to achieve to the best of their ability with confidence and enjoyment.

Summary of the topics you will cover

  • Statistics & Probability - The mathematics of chance and the knowledge of how to describe events in terms of probabilities.  How to collect, process, represent and interpret data.

  • Number - Understand place value and the decimal number system.  Understand and use relationships between numbers.  Develop methods of computation.  Solve numerical problems.

  • Algebra - Understand and use functional relationships.  Understand and use equations and formula.

  • Geometry and Measures - Understand and use properties of shape.  Understand and use properties of position, movement and transformation.

  • Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change - Change freely between related units.  Use scale factors, scale diagrams.  Understand and use proportion as equality of ratios.

Teaching Strategies

The change to the GCSE Mathematics curriculum means there is more emphasis placed on the deep understanding of mathematics, therefore the GCSE mathematics course will being in year 9. Students will be set according to thier ability.


AQA GCSE Mathematics 

Students will sit 3 exams papers of equal weighting; 1 hour 30 minutes each (1 Non-calculator and 2 Calculator papers).

A mix of question styles, from short, singl-mark questions to multi-step problems.  The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper.

Foundation papers now start at, and reach, a higher level.  In the new Foundation papers, marks will be allocated like this:

50% 50%
1 2 Lower 3 Upper 3 4 5
Approximatley equivalent to:
G/F E D- D+ C C/B

Higher papers now start at a higher level than in the current GCSE, which starts at grade D. More emphasis is now being placed on the top end grades.  Previously 25% of questions were targeted A/A*, but now 50% of questions in each paper are targeted at grades 7 - 9.

In the new Higher papers, marks will look like this.

50% 50%
4 5 6 7 8 9
Approximately equivalent to:
C C/B B A A/A* A/A*

Beyond GCSE

A GCSE in Mathematics is a requirement for further study at A Level, University courses and vocational courses.  It is evidence of a logical mind and the ability to problem solve.  A GCSE in Mathematics can open doors to careers in Engineering, Accountancy, Banking and Meteorology.

Your Mathematics teacher will be happy to talk to you about the course.


Statistics GCSE will be offered to all students. This course will be covered in year 10 and be examined at the end of that year.