Key Stage 4 – Year 10 (Foundation)

Year 10 students continue to follow the new reformed Edexcel GCSE course as a 3 year period of study, internal assessments continue to use end of topic tests and half termly assessments. Students are prepared to sit their GCSE examination using the Edexcel Linear course, which contains 3 examinations (2 calculator and 1 non-calculator) at the end of year 11 with grades determined by performance across all papers, the final grade awarded will be on 9-1 scale. Students study at either Foundation or Higher Tier depending on their ability. Students are fully supported throughout the course with excellent resources, targeted teaching and many opportunities to attend extra support sessions

Students study the Mathematics National Curriculum and through this we aim to develop our students as follows:

  • a positive attitude towards mathematics, as well as competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills;
  • an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and logically;
  • the skills to use their own initiative and an ability to work both independently and in co-operation with others;
  • an ability to communicate through mathematics and to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life.
Year 10 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 11 Number

2 Algebra

3 Graphs, tables and charts

4 Fractions and percentages

5 Equations, inequalities and sequences

1.1 Calculations
1.2 Decimal numbers
1.3 Place value
1.4 Factors and multiples
1.5 Squares, cubes and roots
1.6 Index notation
1.7 Prime factors
2.1 Algebraic expressions
2.2 Simplifying expressions
2.3 Substitution
2.5 Expanding brackets
2.6 Factorising
2.7 Using expressions and formulae
3.1 Frequency tables
3.2 Two-way tables
3.3 Representing data
3.4 Time series
3.5 Stem and leaf diagrams
3.6 Pie charts
3.7 Scatter graphs
3.8 Line of best fit
4.1 Working with fractions
4.2 Operations with fractions
4.3 Multiplying fractions
4.4 Dividing fractions
4.5 Fractions and decimals
4.6 Fractions and percentages
4.7 Calculating percentages 1
4.8 Calculating percentages 2
5.1 Solving equations 1
5.2 Solving equations 2
5.3 Solving equations with brackets
5.4 Introducing inequalities
5.5 More inequalities
5.6 More formulae
5.7 Generating sequences
5.8 Using the nth term of a sequence
Term 26 Angles

7 Averages and range

8 Perimeter, area and volume 1

9 Graphs

10 Transformations

6.1 Properties of shapes
6.2 Angles in parallel lines
6.3 Angles in triangles
6.4 Exterior and interior angles
6.5 More exterior and interior angles
6.6 Geometrical patterns
7.1 Mean and range
7.2 Mode, median and range
7.3 Types of average
7.4 Estimating the mean
7.5 Sampling
8.1 Rectangles, parallelograms and triangles
8.2 Trapezia and changing units
8.3 Area of compound shapes
8.4 Surface area of 3D solids
8.5 Volume of prisms
8.6 More volume and surface area
9.1 Coordinates
9.2 Linear graphs
9.3 Gradient
9.4 y = mx + c
9.5 Real-life graphs
9.6 Distance-time graphs
9.7 More real-life graphs
10.1 Translation
10.2 Reflection
10.3 Rotation
10.4 Enlargement
10.5 Describing enlargements
10.6 Combining transformations
Term 311 Ratio and proportion

12 Right-angled triangles

13 Probability

14 Multiplicative reasoning

15 Constructions, loci and bearings

11.1 Writing ratios
11.2 Using ratios 1
11.3 Ratios and measures
11.4 Using ratios 2
11.5 Comparing using ratios
11.6 Using proportion
11.7 Proportion and graphs
11.8 Proportion problems
12.1 Pythagoras' theorem 1
12.2 Pythagoras' theorem 2
12.3 Trigonometry: the sine ratio 1
12.4 Trigonometry: the sine ratio 2
12.5 Trigonometry: the cosine ratio
12.6 Trigonometry: the tangent ratio
12.7 Finding lengths and angles using trigonometry
13.1 Calculating probability
13.2 Two events
13.3 Experimental probability
13.4 Venn diagrams
13.5 Tree diagrams
13.6 More tree diagrams
14.1 Percentages
14.2 Growth and decay
14.3 Compound measures
14.4 Distance, speed and time
14.5 Direct and inverse proportion
15.1 3D solids
15.2 Plans and elevations
15.3 Accurate drawings 1
15.4 Scale drawings and maps
15.5 Accurate drawings 2
15.6 Constructions
15.7 Loci and regions
15.8 Bearings