Being the language of modern Business, Engineering, Science
and Technology, Mathematics is fascinating and exciting. The Mathematics
department at Al Bateen aims to engage your child, challenge and inspire them
in their lessons and help them prepare for their future.
in the Lower School
processes in Algebra
Algebra is based on the generalisations
of relationships familiar from basic number. It is developed to include the use
of equations, formulae and identities, sequences, functions and graphs. To use and
make sense of algebra, students need opportunities to relate it to their
knowledge of the arithmetical operations (for example, exploring number
patterns and puzzles, or finding areas of shapes), by linking with other
subjects or from real-life applications. It should include use of ICT, such as
graph-plotting and excel software to explore functions.
processes in Geometry and Measures
Geometry is the study of points, lines
and planes and the shapes that they can make, together with the study of plane
transformations. Geometrical activities can be linked to drawing, construction
and loci, and work on measures and mensuration. Students develop their
knowledge and understanding of shape and space and their appreciation of the
ways that properties of shapes enrich our culture and environment.
processes in Number
Effective calculation is based on secure
understanding of the number line, place value, relationships between operations
and the laws of arithmetic (including the distributive law) and knowledge of
facts, together with strategies to
quickly re-calculate any forgotten facts. After calculation, the application of
proportional reasoning is the most important aspect of elementary number.
Proportionality underlies key aspects of number (ratios and rates, percentages
and proportions), algebra (linearity, gradient), geometry and measures
(enlargement, similarity, trigonometry) and statistics (proportions and
in the Middle School
processes in Statistics
With Statistics, the mathematics of
making inferences from data, ICT is important for representation and analysis
of data. It also enables simulation of events and the processing of large data
sets, which helps students understand the relationship between experimental and
The handling data cycle remains valid
and is closely linked to the key processes:
• specifying the problem and planning
• collecting data (representing and analysing)
• processing and representing the data
(representing and analysing)
• interpreting and discussing the results (interpreting and
The Edexcel International GCSE in Mathematics (Specification
A) qualification enables
•develop their knowledge and
understanding of mathematical concepts and techniques
• acquire a
foundation of mathematical skills for further study in the subject or related
• enjoy using and
applying mathematical techniques and concepts, and become confident to
use mathematics to solve
• appreciate the
importance of mathematics in society, employment and study.
Edexcel International GCSE qualification is comprised of two externally
assessed papers. Students are entered at either Foundation Tier or Higher Tier.
Foundation Tier students will take papers 1F and 2F. Questions in the
Foundation Tier paper are targeted at grades in the range C – G. The highest
grade which will be awarded at Foundation Tier is grade C. Higher Tier students
will take Papers 3H and 4H. Questions in the Higher Tier paper are targeted at
grades in the range A*– D. There is a ‘safety net’ grade E for students who
narrowly fail to achieve grade D. Students who fail to achieve grade G on
Foundation Tier or grade E on Higher Tier will be awarded Ungraded.
GCSE Statistics Aims
• actively engages students in an
accessible and relevant discipline
• helps students acquire knowledge
and understanding of statistical techniques and concepts
• encourages statistical problem
• develop student understanding of
the importance and limitations of statistics
• supports students in their progression through
statistics and other related disciplines.
A written paper and an
internal assessment with controlled conditions (controlled assessment tasks). The
controlled assessment tasks must be submitted in the same year as the students
take their written paper.
The Foundation Tier (targeting grades G–C) comprises of
one written paper lasting 1 hour 30 minutes. Examination of the Higher Tier (targeting grades D–A*) comprises of one written paper lasting 2 hours.