The IGCSE Extended Mathematics
At St. Anne’s we cater for all students levels. In Years 10 and 11 all students follow the IGCSE Extended course from
the University of Cambridge, administrated by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).
It has an 8 point scale of grades: A*, A, B, C, D, E, F and G. Grades A* and A are awarded for the highest level of achievement and grade G indicates minimum satisfactory performance.
The IGCSE Core Mathematics
At the end of Year 11, students who struggle with the Extended course can chose to enter for the easier Core examination, knowing that the highest grade available at this level is a grade C. This is equivalent to a C in the Extended course.
The IGCSE Additional Mathematics
Those students who in Years 7, 8 and 9 have shown to have ability and interest in mathematics are encouraged to consider taking the far more demanding Additional Mathematics course in Years 10 and 11. This is offered as an option and is not obligatory. The course requires hard work and dedication and is only meant for A/A* students. Students who take this option often feel much better prepared for their A-level/Bachillerato mathematics.
Students must buy a non-programmable scientific calculator to use throughout Year 10/11. They must bring their own calculator to all classes to get familiar with it and to improve their ability to use it correctly. Throughout the course, students will be shown how to use many of the functions on the calculator.
The IGCSE exams are very demanding and we aim to prepare students thoroughly. Mathematics cannot be studied from just reading: it requires active learning and skills are acquired through doing questions. Often homework will consist of finishing off class work or practising exam questions taken from old IGCSE papers. If students work hard in class and use homework time to reinforce their learning, then revision before evaluations should not be excessive.
Students will receive a mark on their assessment profile every 4 weeks in Years 10 and 11. This will reflect the progress made by the student over that time. Most assessments are taken from old IGCSE questions on each unit covered. At the end of each term there is an evaluation which tests the material learnt during the term. To give students a feel of the IGCSE examinations, they all sit a mock Mathematics exam in January of Year 11. In KS4, the end of term mark is weighted so that the term’s assessments are worth 50% and the end of term evaluation is worth 50%. At St. Anne’s, we consider 60% as a pass mark for KS4.
In Year 10/11, students continue with the A4 folder system. They keep their notes and work on each topic in a separate plastic folder that they put in their mathematics ring binder at the end of each topic.
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