Grammar and Syntax
The specification followed at GCSE is the OCR Mathematics syllabus A. Link to OCR website.
We match teaching styles to each set and follow course-specific text books. Our four classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and the department subscribes to “MyMaths” so students have ample opportunities for using mathematical software for learning and problem solving, and complete some assessments online.
KS4 GCSE OCR syllabus A
We teach mathematics in six sets in Grammar and seven sets in Syntax, based on ability. Some movement of pupils between sets may take place during the course of Grammar and occasionally in Syntax. All pupils complete units A and B in Grammar.
New pupils in Syntax may be required to attend extra lessons to cover material from these units. Assessment takes the form of three 1 hour and 30 minute examinations at the end of Syntax. There is no longer any coursework in Mathematics. However, the new examination papers will contain questions in a style intended to compensate for this, under the umbrella of “Functional Maths”. It is possible, but not usual, to sit (for example) one paper at Higher Level and two papers at Foundation level.
Sets 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 are entered for the Higher Tier GCSE papers. In addition, set 1 are entered for the OCR Additional Mathematics paper, which is a free standing unit assessed though a single 2 hour examination. This unit provides an excellent preparation for AS study. Sometimes pupils from other sets may sit this examination as well. Please visit the OCR Additional Mathematics website for more details.
Sets 4 and 5 may not cover the entire GCSE syllabus, but focus on the old intermediate course with a few extra topics. This would enable them to achieve an A grade, but they would not cover some of the obscure topics at A* level, which they may find daunting.
Pupils in sets 6 and 7 are entered for the Foundation Tier GCSE papers. This limits their final GCSE grade to a maximum of a C grade, but they are generally happier succeeding on a limited syllabus than struggling with more advanced material.