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New GCSE Maths 9 – 1

A quote from A guide to Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1);

‘In the assessments there’s a greater emphasis on problem solving and mathematical reasoning, with more marks being allocated to these higher-order skills’

This means then, that students must be taught mathematical reasoning and not simply the facts and ideas which make up the subject content.

A key to success is Mathematical reasoning

Mathematical reasoning

Mathematical reasoning consists of five parts;

arithmetic, algebraic, proportional, geometric and trigonometric, and statistical and probabilistic reasoning,

and all of these involve verbal reasoning.

Compare the five parts of mathematical reasoning with the five subject content areas of GCSE Mathematics;

Number (arithmetic is from the Greek word for number – arithmos), Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change, Geometry and Measure, and Statistics and Probability.

It is easy to see then, that learning GCSE Mathematics is all about learning to reason mathematically.

 

About maths4me

What is on the maths4me site?

Video lessons and formative assessments (assessments that improve your learning) organised into units, and summative assessments (assessing your learning at the end of a unit).

This site is a work in progress which has one unit in the subject area of Number on the topic of Fractions.

To access this first unit select Number in the menu at the top of this page.

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