M5 CCEA GCSE Maths Curriculum

This is a quick over view of the topics in the M5 CCEA GCSE Maths curriculum.

M5 is the completion paper and the gateway paper is M1. Read about the M1 CCEA GCSE Maths Curriculum here.

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M5 CCEA GCSE Maths Curriculum – Foundation

M5 – this can be sat in January or June and makes up 55% of the overall score. The final grades the can be achieved are D – G. The exam is made up of 2 papers that are each 1 hour long. There is a calculator and a calculator paper.

Learning Outcomes For M5 CCEA GCSE Maths Curriculum:

Number and Algebra
  • solve problems involving whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages without a calculator; estimate answers and check calculations using approximation and estimation
  • use ratio notation, including reduction to its simplest form and its various links to fraction notation; divide a quantity in a given ratio
  • apply ratio and proportion to real-life contexts and problems such as conversion, best-buy, comparison, scaling, mixing, concentrations and exchange rates
  • recognise and use sequences of, for example, triangular, square and cube numbers; generate terms of a sequence using term-to-term or a position-to-term rule
  • plot and interpret graphs modelling real situations, for example conversion graphs, distance/time graphs and intersecting travel graphs.
Geometry and Measures
  • interpret scales on a range of measuring instruments and recognise the continuous nature of measure and approximate nature of measurement
  • know and use imperial measures still in common use and their approximate metric equivalents
  • use and interpret maps, scale factors and scale drawings
  • use the sum of angles in a triangle, for example to deduce the angle sum in any polygon; describe and transform 2D shapes using single transformations; describe and transform 2D shapes using reflections about the x and y axes
  • describe and transform 2D shapes using single rotations about the origin
  • describe and transform 2D shapes using translations
  • describe and transform 2D shapes using enlargements by a positive whole number scale factor
  • draw triangles and other 2D shapes using a ruler and protractor
Data Handling
  • understand and use the vocabulary of probability
  • including notions of uncertainty and risk
  • use the terms fair, random, evens, certain, likely, unlikely and impossible; understand and use the probability scale from 0 to 1
  • list all outcomes for single events, and for two successive events
  • apply systematic listing strategies; work out probabilities expressed as fractions or decimals from simple experiments with equally likely outcomes and simple combined events
  • identify different mutually exclusive outcomes and know that the sum of the probabilities of all these outcomes is 1
  • understand the probability of an event not occurring is one minus the probability that it occurs; and use probabilities to calculate expectation.

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