November 19, 2017

Maths

Mathematics
Being numerate goes beyond simply “doing sums”. It means having the confidence and competence to use numbers and think mathematically in everyday life, for example being able to make estimates, identify possibilities, weigh up different options, decide which is most appropriate and choose the correct skills to tackle and solve the problem or situation. Our aim is to provide our students with the opportunity of being world changers by;

  • Enabling our students to appreciate the mathematics inherent in everyday situations; the place of mathematics in society and to have an awareness of historical and cultural influences
  • Encouraging our students to develop lively, enquiring minds; to be capable of independent thought and to enjoy mathematics through problem solving and perseverance.

Key Stage 3 – Year 7 and 8
During Key Stage 3 we follow a Mastery based scheme of work, which covers the new Key Stage 3 Mathematics Curriculum. The aim of the scheme of work is to allow students to master specific skills and topics in detail rather than covering a wider range of topics to a lesser degree of understanding.

Assessment at Key Stage 3 is carried out weekly with an informal assessment based on the previous week’s learning objectives. At the end of each topic area, students are assessed with a written end of unit assessment. Students will also sit a written end of year exam in June.

The breakdown of topics covered for years 7 and 8 is laid out below:
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Additional support available at Year 7 and 8

There are a variety of interventions we offer as additional support for students in KS3 including:

  • Class support focus group.
  • Maths Whizz – An online interactive tutor which caters for individuals by assessing the key areas of Maths and then teaching topics through games and formal activities to fill in gaps in students’ understanding of Maths concepts. This is offered instead of homework and can be completed during after school clubs.
  • Intervention 7 – Sessions are primarily used for Maths Whizz; however students who need further support in year 8 are invited to personalised after school sessions.
  • Lunchtime Sessions – A member of the Maths department is always available at lunchtimes for support with homework or classwork.

Key Stage 4 – Year 9, 10 and 11
GCSE Mathematics is a compulsory subject taken by every student from Year 9 to Year 11, with the 3 year course starting in Year 9. Students will receive a numerical grade ranging from 1 – 9 on completion of the course. The Mathematics GCSE has been redesigned to encourage students to be able to apply Mathematics in a more rigorous fashion. The course now incorporates new topics not previously covered such as Venn Diagrams in Probability and Sequences such as the Fibonacci sequence and Geometric Progressions.

Students will cover a variety of topics including Number, Algebra, Ratio proportion and rates of change, Geometry and measures, Probability and Statistics. The course will give students the necessary skills to facilitate learning and develop ideas across a range of different subjects.

Assessment is done by end of unit assessments which is completed every 2 to 3 weeks and weekly basic skills test. Students in Year 9 and 10 will also be given an end of term assessment at Christmas and Easter and will sit an end of year exam in June.

Students in Year 11 will sit three mock GCSE exams through the year. Feedback will be given on these assessments in the form of a personalised revision checklist which identifies areas of strength and weakness.

Every student either sits the Higher or Foundation paper set by the Edexcel examination board; available grades are 4 – 9 for Higher or 1 – 5 for Foundation.

The examination will consist of 3 written papers, all of the same weighting, at the end of year 11.

  • Non – Calculator Paper – 1 hr 30 mins
  • Calculator Paper 1 – 1 hr 30 mins
  • Calculator Paper 2 – 1 hr 30 mins

Additional support available at Year 9, 10 and 11

  • Class support focus group
  • Lunch time drop in sessions
  • Educational websites and videos such as Mathswatch videos
  • Small group withdrawal intervention sessions
  • Intervention 7
  • Saturday revision sessions
  • Half term/Easter revision sessions

Key Stage 5 – Year 12 and 13
Course Entry Requirements
You must gain a grade 7 or above to take Mathematics at A Level. The emphasis at A level is on algebra: its manipulation, its use in representing problems and its relationships with graphs. Hence, an entrance assessment is given to ensure students have the necessary skills to succeed.

Year 12 AS Level
All students follow two Core modules (C1 and C2) plus one Statistics module (S1). Each module has equal weighting and is tested with a 1 ½ hour examination paper.

Core Mathematics takes GCSE topics into more depth, such as indices, surds and quadratic equations. The Statistics module also takes GCSE Statistics topics such as Probability and Histograms into greater depth with new areas such as correlation, regression, the normal distribution and discrete random variables.

Year 13 A2 Level
Progress to A2 is only secure if you achieve a C grade or above at AS level. All students follow two further Core modules (C3 and C4) plus a further Statistics module (S2).

C3 topics include Algebra and Functions, Trigonometry, Exponentials and Logarithms, Differentiation and Numerical Methods. C4 module takes the C3 modules into greater depth. S2 develops the idea of probability distributions and introduces continuous random variables.
Again, each module has equal weighting and is tested with a 1 ½ hour examination paper.

Year 12 GCSE Maths Retake

Students who have yet to achieve a grade C in GCSE Mathematics will be expected to attend retake GCSE lessons and complete a personal home study programme.  The course will follow the old legacy Edexcel GCSE curriculum with retake examinations in November, 2016 and May/June, 2017.

Additional Support Available at Key Stage 5
There is a wide variety of additional support available for students at key stage 5. This includes:

  • Personalised learning checklists for each module, which contains a detailed breakdown of the module content and the key topics covered within each unit.
  • Revision guides and workbooks
  • Module notes
  • Half term/Easter revision sessions
  • Intervention 7

Enrichment Opportunities within Maths Department
The department offers a wide range of extracurricular activities aimed at boosting students’ enjoyment and interest within the subject such as Happy Puzzle day, Pi day and money week along with other mathematical trips and enrichment events. We offer our academically more able students the opportunity to take part in the UK Mathematics Trust Mathematics Challenges, Further Maths Support Programme and challenges.