Key Stage 4 – year 10 (Higher)

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 Interpreting and representing data

4 Fractions, ratio and percentages

5 Angles and trigonometry

1.1 Number problems and reasoning
1.2 Place value and estimating
1.3 HCF and LCM
1.4 Calculating with powers (indices)
1.6 Powers of 10 and standard form
1.7 Surds
2.1 Algebraic indices
2.2 Expanding and factorising
2.4 Formulae
2.5 Linear sequences
2.6 Non-linear sequences
2.7 More expanding and factorising
3.1 Statistical diagrams 1
3.2 Time series
3.3 Scatter graphs
3.4 Line of best fit
3.5 Averages and range
3.6 Statistical diagrams 2
4.1 Fractions
4.2 Ratios
4.3 Ratio and proportion
4.4 Percentages
4.5 Fractions, decimals and percentages
5.1 Angle properties of triangles and quadrilaterals
5.2 Interior angles of a polygon
5.3 Exterior angles of a polygon
5.4 Pythagoras’ theorem 1
5.4 Pythagoras’ theorem 1
5.6 Trigonometry 1
5.7 Trigonometry 2
Term 26 Graphs

7 Area and volume

8 Transformations and constructions

9 Equations and inequalities

6.1 Linear graphs
6.2 More linear graphs
6.3 Graphing rates of change
6.4 Real-life graphs
6.5 Line segments
6.6 Quadratic graphs
6.7 Cubic and reciprocal graphs
6.8 More graphs
7.1 Perimeter and area
7.2 Units and accuracy
7.3 Prisms
7.4 Circles
7.5 Sectors of circles
7.6 Cylinders and spheres
7.7 Pyramids and cones
8.1 3D solids
8.2 Reflection and rotation
8.3 Enlargement
8.4 Transformations and combinations of transformations
8.5 Bearings and scale drawings
8.6 Constructions 1
8.7 Constructions 2
8.8 Loci
9.1 Solving quadratic equations 1
9.2 Solving quadratic equations 2
9.3 Completing the square
9.4 Solving simple simultaneous equations
9.5 More simultaneous equations
9.6 Solving linear and quadratic simultaneous equations
9.7 Solving linear inequalities
Term 310 Probability

11 Multiplicative reasoning

12 Similarity and congruence

13 More trigonometry

14 Further statistics

15 Equations and graphs
10.1 Combined events
10.2 Mutually exclusive events
10.3 Experimental probability
10.4 Independent events and tree diagrams
10.5 Conditional probability
10.6 Venn diagrams and set notation
11.1 Growth and decay
11.2 Compound measures
11.3 More compound measures
11.4 Ratio and proportion
12.1 Congruence
12.2 Geometric proof and congruence
12.3 Similarity
12.4 More similarity
12.5 Similarity in 3D solids
13.1 Accuracy
13.2 Graph of the sine function
13.3 Graph of the cosine function
13.4 The tangent function
13.5 Calculating areas and the sine rule
13.6 The cosine rule and 2D trigonometric problems
13.7 Solving problems in 3D
13.8 Transforming trigonometric graphs 1
13.9 Transforming trigonometric graphs 2
14.1 Sampling
14.2 Cumulative frequency
14.3 Box plots
14.4 Drawing histograms
14.5 Interpreting histograms
14.6 Comparing and describing populations
15.1 Solving simultaneous equations graphically
15.2 Representing inequalities graphically
15.3 Graphs of quadratic functions
15.4 Solving quadratic equations graphically
15.5 Graphs of cubic functions