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The John Bentley School

An Outstanding Centre For Learning


Department Overview

At The John Bentley School we see mathematics as a creative and highly interconnected discipline. Mathematics has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically and problem solve, an appreciation of the power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. At JBS we strive for students to make connections across mathematical ideas, to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We also aim to develop well rounded learners who demonstrate resilience to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects outside of mathematics. At JBS we strive for all pupils to develop a love of learning mathematics and a confidence to gain the necessary competencies to access the next stage in their learning journey.

KS4 Maths Overview

Overview of the course in KS4

The new KS4 curriculum currently follows a two year linear programme of study leading to a GCSE qualification graded 1 to 9. Pupils follow a GCSE course which is examined at the end of the 2 year syllabus. The course content is subdivided into two levels, Higher and Foundation.

There are six major topic areas, namely;

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

Students will be assessed on their fluency of fundamental mathematics as well as their ability to reason mathematically and solve problems. Therefore in their lessons they are challenged to apply their learning in various contexts, communicate mathematically and relate their calculations to real life applications.

Assessment Description

Examinations comprise three written examination papers, one non-calculator and two where a calculator is allowed. Each exam paper lasts for 1 hour and 30 minutes. All examinations are taken in the summer term.

There is no coursework or controlled assessment element.

Exam Information

Edexcel: GCSE (9-1) Mathematics (1MA1)