We have a BIG challenge with Maths and Science education in the UK. Internationally we are 27th and 16th respectively in league tables and domestically over 41% of our students failed to achieve maths grade C in 2011. Whilst our competitors have raced ahead we have, in the words of the OECD’s Director of Education, ‘stagnated’.
As they say 'every little helps' and the aim of Mathsmadeeasy is to improve maths achievement in the UK through written resources and coaching.
Key learning at school from age 5 to 7 years (KS1, year 1 and 2)
In this Stage, each child is assessed in English for reading (word and comprehension), writing (spelling and handwriting) in Maths (number, place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, shape, space and measurement) and in Science (working scientifically, plants, animals, everyday materials and seasonal changes.
Key learning at school from age 8 to 11 years (KS2, year 3 , 4, 5 and 6)
In this Stage, each child is assessed in English for reading (word and comprehension), writing (spelling and handwriting) in Maths (number, calculations, fractions, measurements, geometry, stats, algebra and ratio) and in Science.
Years 7 to year 9 span the period called key stage 3, culminating in the Maths, English and Science SATs tests.
By the age of 14, most children are expected to achieve level 5. These exams are often used to decide which GSCE set your child will be in.
General Certificate of Secondary Education, usually taken from ages 14 - 16 years.
Start in year 10, a two year GCSE course can be either modular (exams over two years) or linear (exams at the end). Two exam papers are taken at Foundation (achieving up to grade C) or Higher tiers (up to A*). Level 2 Key Skills = A*-C and Level 1 = D-G
AS Mathematics or Physics in year 12, has three modules usually examined in January or June. A2 Maths or Physics, a further three modules in year 13, completes the A-level course. AS and A2 are both 50% of the full A Level. The information provided is based on the OCR board, but will be applicable to other exam boards.
Year 11 GCSE science examined in two parts starting Jan 2012
Gcse Additional Science B Gateway is taken in year 11. Worth a single science GCSE award with six modules, two each from biology (B3, B4), chemistry (C3, C4) and physics (P3, P4) plus an assessment. Exams take place during the year as shown below. Revise using these OCR papers to get the best grade you can.
B3a Molecules of life
B3b Proteins and mutations
B3d Cell division
B3e The circulatory system
B3f Growth and development
B3g New genes for old
C3a Rate of reaction (1)
C3b Rate of reaction (2)
C3c Rate of reaction (3)
C3d Reacting masses
C3e Percentage yield and atom economy
C3g Batch or continuous?
C3h Allotropes of carbon and nanochemistry
P3b Changing speed
P3c Forces and motion
P3d Work and power
P3e Energy on the move
P3f Crumple zones
P3g Falling safely
P3h The energy of games and theme rides
Year 11 GCSE science second half examined May/June
B4a Ecology in the local environment
B4c Leaves and photosynthesis
B4d Diffusion and osmosis
B4e Transport in plants
B4f Plants need minerals
C4a Atomic structure
C4b Ionic bonding
C4c The Periodic Table and covalent bonding
C4d The Group 1 elements
C4e The Group 7 elements
C4f Transition elements
C4g Metal structure and properties
C4h Purifying and testing water
P4b Uses of electrostatics
P4c Safe electricals
P4e What is radioactivity?
P4f Uses of radioisotopes
P4h Fission and fusion