Woodlands School Essex


Head: Terri-Ann Parkin

Contact the Head Of Maths here: foxyform


BBC Bitesize – Revision resources for pupils in Year 7 to 9

BBC GCSE Bitesize – Revision resources for GCSE pupils

Edexcel – Information on the GCSE syllabus followed by our pupils including past papers

eMaths – Resources for pupils to aid revision, games and past papers

The following websites require passwords; please ask your class teacher if you are unsure of your password:

MyMaths – Lessons, revision material and homework

Maths Watch –Videos and worksheets for all GCSE topics

Active Maths – Games and online worksheets for various maths topics

Super Maths World – Games and mini-tests for various maths topics



All pupils follow the National Curriculum with coverage over the 4 broad areas of mathematics; Number, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics.

Aims of the Course

  • To encourage each pupil to reach their full potential in mathematics
  • To help pupils discover the fun of mathematics
  • To help pupils develop confidence in the handling of mathematics when solving real life everyday problems
  • To build on skills such as teamwork, independence and problem solving



All pupils follow the Edexcel Linear Course (1MA0) with some pupils following the OCR Entry Level course as well.

Aims of the Course

  • To promote pupils' numeracy skills
  • To help pupils apply their mathematical skills to the real world through functional questions
  • To develop pupils' higher-level mathematical skills in Statistics, Probability, Number, Algebra and Geometry & Measures
  • Prepare pupils for further education

KS4 Course Content

The GCSE is taught as a linear course during the last half term of Year 9 and throughout Years 10 and 11.  Pupils will sit two examinations at the end of Year 11, one calculator paper and one non-calculator paper, 1hour 45 minutes each.  Pupils progress through the content at their own rate depending on their mathematical ability.  Pupils in upper sets will therefore be expected to cover the higher extension material, whereas pupils in lower sets will concentrate on the core curriculum.

Pupils are no longer assessed purely on their mathematical knowledge. The questions in the exam now contain the following:

  • Recall and use their knowledge of the prescribed content 45-55%
  • Select and apply mathematical methods in a range of contexts 25-35%
  • Interpret and analyse problems and generate strategies to solve them 15-25%

There is also a Functional element the GCSE (real life maths problems).
This will make up 20-30% of questions on Higher papers, and 30-40% on Foundation paper

Typically, pupils in sets 1 to 4 will be entered for the Higher examination paper (grades A* to D) and all other pupils for the Foundation (grades C to G).  The content for the course (along with the examination details) is as follows, (content in bold is for higher specification only):


  • Handling Data Cycle
  • Data Collection
  • Data Representation
  • Analysing Data
  • Interpreting Data
  • Sampling
  • Box Plots
  • Histograms
  • Cumulative Frequency
  • Addition and Multiplication of Probabilities


  • Probability Measures
  • Relative Frequency
  • Theoretical Probability
  • Mutually Exclusive Outcomes
  • Tree Diagrams
  • Independent Events


  • Four Operations
  • Inverse Operations
  • Fractions
  • Equivalent Fractions
  • Reciprocals
  • Decimals
  • Recurring decimals
  • Percentages
  • Ratio
  • Factors and Multiples
  • Cubes, Roots and Squares
  • Index Laws
  • Accuracy
  • Use of Calculator
  • Upper and Lower Bounds
  • Compound Interest
  • Surds
  • Standard Form


  • Algebraic Notation
  • Expressions
  • Formulae
  • Changing the Subject of a Formulae
  • Equations
  • Factorising
  • Trial and Improvement
  • Sequences
  • Coordinates in 2D
  • Straight Line Graphs
  • Real Life Graphs
  • Quadratic Graphs
  • Inequalities
  • Rational Expressions
  • Direct and Indirect Proportion
  • Coordinates in 3D
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Simultaneous Equations
  • Gradients of Lines
  • Graphs of Loci
  • Graphs of Functions
  • Transformation of Functions

Geometry & Measures

  • Scales and Measures
  • Compound Measures
  • 2D and 3D Shapes
  • Congruence
  • Perimeter and Area
  • Parts of Circles
  • Volume
  • Symmetry
  • Transformations
  • Angles at a Point
  • Angles in Parallel Lines
  • Angles in Polygons
  • Bearings
  • Pythagoras’ Theorem
  • Constructions
  • Scale Drawings
  • Loci
  • Trigonometry
  • Advanced Trigonometry
  • Circle Theorems