Year 10 Maths
Guidance for parents
What will students be studying in Maths this year?
In Year 10 students will work through the first half of the new Highest Level AQA GCSE Maths. Those students who are also doing the Level 2 Certificate in Further Maths will do the same at a faster rate.
What do we expect of the students in the classroom?
The students should turn up to every maths lesson with the correct equipment ie in addition to the normal items a calculator, ruler, protractor and compass. They should pay close attention in class and ask if they do not understand any part of the lesson. If they still don’t get it at the end they should tell the teacher who may see them at lunchtime to clarify any outstanding issues. When the class is going through homework they should ask about any questions they do not understand, and make a correction in their books, not just a number but also a method so that they can remember how to do it when revising.
What homework are they set?
Students will be set two approximately forty five minute homeworks each week. These may be combined into one piece of work. Students should start to attempt each of these soon after they are set (and not the night before the deadline) so that if they cannot understand a large part of them they have time to come to see their teacher to ask questions before the work is due.
What are the major assessments this year?
Each six to eight weeks students will complete a test on the topics they have just covered. They should revise for these thoroughly by trying questions and asking about any they cannot do in class. After the test they should write down correct solutions to any questions they did wrongly. In the Year 10 summer exam after a period of revision students will answer questions from GCSE past papers on the material they have covered.
What should my daughter do if she feels she is struggling in the subject?
In the first instance, she should speak to her subject teacher. They will arrange an opportunity to go through the relevant areas, if necessary at lunchtime. She should try to identify specific questions which she is finding a challenge so that they can offer targeted support. In some cases they may arrange an older student mentor to help.
How can I support my daughter in Year 10?
Please do not worry if you do not understand the topics, you do not have to! The best way to provide general support to Year 10 students is by talking to them about their work in the subject and how things are going. Please encourage her to talk to her teacher about any topics she does not understand, or to bring along any problems to the regular lunchtime help sessions in M01.
What kind of independent work should my daughter be completing?
Students should be completing the regular homework assignments to progress in the subject. There will be starred, optional questions to stretch those who are talented, but if these are not sufficiently challenging tell your teacher. If you are stuck on a topic at home we subscribe to the Mymaths website which will take you through any topic with a tutorial and give you questions to practice. There are more resources outlined on the Moodle site. If these do not help please ask your daughter to see her teacher. We enter students routinely for the national maths challenges, and there are opportunities to get help with these beforehand and try past papers.
Who can I contact for further advice and information?
Please feel free to contact your current maths teacher at first instance via firstname.lastname@example.org