Mathematics

Contact: Ingrid Kosch

Our vision is to enable students to build a secure framework of mathematical skills and reasoning which they can use and apply with confidence.  The Mathematics Department aims to develop students’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically (both algebraically and geometrically); to solve problems and to critically analyse data.  We encourage students to think creatively within the structure of mathematics by offering their own solutions to problems thereby building their own confidence to tackle challenging problems with the mathematics they have learnt.

Mathematics is taught by a team of twelve permanent specialist teachers including a strong team of experienced A-level teachers.  A-level mathematics are very popular choices in the Sixth Form and we follow the Edexcel syllabus for GCSE and A-level.

In the 3 years of KS3 and 2 years of KS4 we cover four main areas of mathematics: algebra, geometry, number, and statistics and probability.  As students progress through the school, they will revisit topics and move on to extend their knowledge and understanding.  New topics such as vector geometry are added at the end of year 9 when students begin their GCSE course. The syllabus is differentiated to allow for all levels of ability. Within each year, regardless of ability, students follow the same scheme of work in order to facilitate movement between classes as necessary.

ALGEBRA GEOMETRY NUMBER STATISTICS AND PROBABILITY

Manipulating and simplifying algebra

Knowledge and understanding of geometric shapes and their properties

Arithmetic and use of arithmetic in the real world.

Data collection and sampling

Solving linear and quadratic equations

Representations such as nets, isometric drawing, bearings and loci.

Fractions, decimals and percentages and their use in proportional reasoning in the real world.

Data representation such as bar charts, pie charts, scatter diagrams, cumulative frequency graphs and histograms

Applying algebraic methods to solve problems.

Transformations and vector geometry.

Ratios and proportion problems.

Data calculations such as averages and range.

Drawing and reading a variety of graphs on a set of axes.

Calculating perimeter, area and volume of a range of shapes and contexts.

Powers, roots, standard index form, surds and indices.

Interpreting data in context.

Working with sequences

Solving angle problems in polygon shapes and circle geometry.

Working with measures including converting metric measures, speed and density.

Calculating probabilities and predicting outcomes

Using and rearranging formulae

Pythagoras Theorem and trigonometry.

 

 

At the highest level, problems tend to incorporate several strands of mathematics and require the students independently to draw on their knowledge to solve more complex problems.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Year 9 Maths Information September 2017

Mathematics is taught in sets from the beginning of Year 7.  We initially use the KS2 standardised score data for mathematics from primary schools to form the sets.  We then test the students ourselves around the October half-term to ensure that each child is working at the best level of challenge.  When resetting students, we consider our own test results, CAT scores, KS2 results and current teacher assessment.  Opportunities for changing sets for Years 7-10 occurs during the year, usually after term tests.  In Year 9, the end of key stage examination is held in May which allows us to begin teaching the GCSE syllabus in the last half term of Year 9.

Each year group consists of two half-year populations within which there are five maths sets.  There are four 50 minute lessons each week in Years 7-9 and year 11, and five 50-minute lessons in Year 10.

Two pieces of homework are set every week.  These may be set together or separately and can be consolidation through exercises, research on the internet, or tasks set on MyMaths.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

GCSE Mathematics (Edexcel)

All students take Mathematics GCSE over a two year course in years 10 and 11.

  • Examinations are held at the end of the two year course in June.
  • The exam is divided into three papers: two calculator and one non-calculator. Each paper is offered at both Foundation and Higher level; all three must be taken at the same tier.
  • Grades 1 to 5 are available at Foundation Tier.
  • Grades 4 to 9 are available at Higher Tier.
  • With Grade 4 being a 'pass' roughtly equivalent to a C grade, Grade 5 represents a B Grade in the new GCSE system.
  • First examination of the new GCSE is in June 2017.

OCR Additional Mathematics

For high ability students in KS4 we offer OCR Additional Mathematics. Wherever Additional Mathematics keys into the GCSE course, material to stretch and deepen understanding is taught.  Any material which is not part of the GCSE syllabus is taught as an after school club starting in the January of year 10.  The requirements for taking the Additional Mathematics course are a commitment to a weekly class after school; a real love and aptitude for algebra and the enthusiasm to explore new areas of maths. There is an option to take an examination in Additional Mathematics in the summer of year 11.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

Students choosing mathematics in the Sixth Form are taught the Edexcel specification.  In year 12, students take Core 1 and Core 2 as their pure modules, and Statistics 1 as their applied module. 

In year 13, Core 3 and Core 4 are taught as well as Mechanics 1.  These six modules make up a full A-level in Mathematics.  Each module is examanied at the end of the year that it is taught.

Further Maths is also offered alongside Mathematics and students choosing this option will take Further Pure 1 and either Further Pure 2 or 3,  Decision Maths 1 and 2, Statistics 2 and Mechanics 2.

From September 2017, new linear A-levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics will be introduced.  Syllabuses for these new specifications are expected to be published by Autumn 2016.

In Years 12 and 13 students are encouraged to join in various maths challenges and to support other students.  In particular, Year 12 students support regularly in lessons once a week.
 

Enrichment

  • UK Junior Maths Challenge
  • UK Intermediate Maths Challenge
  • UK Senior Maths Challenge
  • Team Maths Challenge
  • Weekly Maths Puzzle

Parental Support

  • Ensure students complete revision packs on Fronter
  • Ensure key terms are revised
  • Encourage the use of the MyMaths website
  • Encourage the use of Fronter
  • Encourage the use of other Maths websites
  • Ensure homework tasks are completed regularly

 

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