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The Wavell School

Year 10 Mathematics

GCSE Mathematics


Students will study various areas of Mathematics including: Number; Algebra; Ratio, proportion and rates of change; Geometry and measures; Probability and Statistics. The course aims to ensure that all students will become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and solve problems by applying mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems.

Specification at a glance

Exam Board: EDEXCEL

Specification Code: 1MA1






External Examination -Paper 1

Foundation or Higher Tier (Non-Calculator)




1 Hour 30 Minutes



Summer of Year 11

Results will be published as

Grades 1 – 9

(9 being the highest grade)



External Examination -Paper 2

Foundation or Higher Tier (Calculator)




1 Hour 30 Minutes



Summer of Year 11

External Examination

Paper 3

Foundation or Higher Tier (Calculator)




1 Hour 30 Minutes


Summer of Year 11

What will my child study during Year 10?

Through Year 10 students will develop their skills in fluency, reasoning mathematically and solving problems by applying their mathematics. Below are the modules they will cover each term in Mathematics :-

Year 10 Term 1



Using functions on a calculator

Using functions on a calculator

Number properties





Properties of circles


Powers, standard form and surds

Perimeter and area

Quadratic equations

Ratio, speed, proportion


Year 10 term 2



Equations and inequalities

Further Trigonometry

Calculating probabilities

Graphs and equations


Data distributions

Surface area and volume

Calculating probabilities


Algebraic methods

Year 10 term 3





Bisectors and loci

Number and limits of accuracy

Quadratic graphs


Pythagoras' theorem

Transformation of graphs

Examination questions/techniques

Examination questions/techniques

How will my child be assessed and how will I know how well they are doing in Mathematics in Year 10?

  • Each term will have an assessment on the modules covered through that term and in the Summer term there will be a larger End of Year Examination covering all topics.
  • Students will know how they are progressing through marking of classwork, also regular homeworks and termly assessments will show how they are recalling work covered in lessons.
  • Parents will know how students are achieving by grades sent home in progress reviews and reports.

What homework will my child be expected to do in Year 10 in Mathematics?

  • Homework is generally set weekly up to a maximum of 90 minutes, generally more likely to be 45 minutes.
  • Homeworks will be questions relating to classwork.

How can I support my child to do well in Mathematics during Year 10?

  • Making sure all homework is completed to a good standard.
  • Buy revision guides for them to use.
  • The MyMaths website is a good resource to help support your child.

My child is struggling during the course, what additional help is available to help them keep up?

  • Additional revision resources can be purchased through the office, the Mathswatch CD is a particularly good one.
  • The MyMaths website is a good resource for them to use.

 Updated September 2023