Mathematics

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Subject Leader: H Reinecke

Deputy Subject Leader: B Kellham

Subject Team: V Wainwright, D Crocker, P Fox-Brewer, V Williams, J Hunt, J Lloyd and R Hallett

General Subject Statement

Students study a wide range of Mathematics. Numerical competence is critical to mathematical success so these skills are honed and developed regularly. Whilst learning mathematical skills is vital, the application of these skills is critical to success in life beyond formal education. As such in addition to core mathematics skills our students study personal finance and consider how Mathematics is used in other subjects and employment.

KS3 – Years 7&8

Subject statement:
Throughout year 7 and 8 students develop the fundamental skills necessary for success at GCSE. Beginning with number the course builds to develop efficiency and confidence in all topic areas.
Our aims for curriculum are;

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics so that they are efficient in using and selecting the appropriate Mathematics to use
  • can solve problems by applying their Mathematics to a variety of problems, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios
  • can reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present an argument or proof using mathematical language

Details of any particular curriculum model followed

Students engage in the development of mental strategies, written methods, practical work, investigational work, problem solving, mathematical discussion, consolidation of basic and functional skills and number facts. Students benefit from visual and interactive teaching methods in the classroom and e-learning opportunities at home. Students have an individual profile on www.mymaths.co.uk and are provided with the logins and passwords by their class teacher.

Overview of topics covered:

Year 7

Autumn term Spring Term Summer Term
Using Numbers
Decimals
Sequences
Perimeter, area, volume
Statistics
Fractions
Algebra
Angles
Coordinates
Percentages
Probability
Symmetry
Equations
Intepreting data
3D shapes
Ratio

Year 8

Autumn term Spring Term Summer Term
Using numbers
Algebra
Equations
Probability
Percentages
Sequences
Area
Graphs
Geometry
Interpreting data
Fractions
Proportion
Circles
Congruence
Comparing data

Links to useful websites:

www.mymaths.co.uk

KS4 – Years 9-11

Subject statement:
From Year 9, students study towards their GCSE Mathematics. GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (grades 1 – 5) and a Higher tier (grades 4 – 9). The highest grade available on the Foundation paper will exceed the demands of the current GCSE grade C; additional content will reflect the increased challenge. The content is divided into broad topic areas;

Topic Area Foundation tier (%) Higher tier (%)
Number

25

15

Algebra

20

30

Ratio, proportion and rates of change

25

20

Geometry and measures

15

20

Probability and Statistics

15

15

Exam board AQA: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/gcse/mathematics-8300

Overview of Topics Covered

Year 9 Foundation

Year 9 Foundation
Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Basic number
Factors and multiples
Fractions, decimals, %
Algebra and equations
Sequences and graphs
Angles
Area and perimeter
Measures and graphs
Ratio and proportion
Circles
2D drawing
Transformations
Percentages
Probability
Data handling
Constructions
Bearings
Year 9 Higher
Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Basic number
Factors and multiples
Fractions, decimals, %
Algebra and equations
Sequences and graphs
Standard form
Angles
Area and perimeter
Measures and graphs
Circles
2D drawing
Transformations
Ratio and proportion
Percentages
Probability
Data handling
Constructions
Year 10 Foundation
Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Standard form
Measures and graphs
Number and indicies
Statistics
Angles and polygons
Algebra
Pythagoras’ theorem
Trigonometry
Graphs
Perimeter and area
Simultaneous equations
Probability
Congruence and similarity
Bearings and scale drawing
Year 10 Higher
Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Percentages
Standard form
Measures and graphs
Surds and indicies
Statistics
Angles and polygons
Algebra
Congruence and similarity
Pythagoras’ theorem
Trigonometry
Graphs
Simultaneous equations
Probability and statistics
Quadratics
Volume
Polynomials
Bearings and scale drawing
Year 11 Foundation
Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Volume and area
Quadratics
Inequalities
Graphs
Proportion
Trigonometry
Mock examinations
Quadratics
Growth and decay
Vectors
Revision
GCSE examinations
Year 11 Higher
Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Quadratics
Trigonometry
Growth and decay
Polynomials
Circles
Proportion
Vectors
Mock examinations
Graphs
Transforming functions
Sine and cosine rules
Numerical methods
Circle theorems
Rates of change
Pre-calculus and area
Algebraic fractions
Revision
GCSE examinations

Exam Information (Nature of Assessment)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The examinations are taken are the end of year 11 and will consist of 3 question papers. Students must take the three question papers at the same tier. There is a mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper.

Links to useful websites:

www.mymaths.co.uk

KS5 – Years 12-13

Subject statement
Mathematics at post-16 is vital or desirable across a wide range of careers and further education courses. They are challenging courses which require a level of dedication and commitment from students beyond that required or experienced at GCSE. Extensive support is available for students who take mathematics at this level.

A Level Mathematics

Exam board AQA: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/as-and-a-level/mathematics-6360

Overview of Topics Covered

In addition to A Level mathematics some students also take Further Mathematics at A Level.

Year 12

Autumn term Spring Term Summer Term
Core 1
Decision
Core 2
Decision
Examinations
Pre year 13 preparation

Year 13

Autumn term Spring Term Summer Term
Core 3
Mechanics
Core 4
Mechanics
Examinations

Exam Information (Nature of Assessment)

All examinations are 90 minutes and form one sixth of the overall marks for the final grade.
3 exams are taken at the end of each year 12 and year 13.

Links to useful websites:
www.mymaths.co.uk

Level 3 Core Mathematics – Mathematical Studies

Exam board AQA: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/aqa-certificate/mathematical-studies-1350

Overview of Topics Covered

Year 12

Autumn term Spring Term Summer Term
Spreadsheets
Data
Fermi estimation
Percentages
Equations of straight lines
Critical path analysis
Perimeter and area
Finance
Pythagoras’
Critical analysis
Surface area
Project work

Year 13

Autumn term Spring Term Summer Term
Data – graphical
Data – numerical
Graphs
Critical analysis
Taxation
Finance – tax and credit
Critical path and risk analysis
Critical analysis
Examinations

Exam Information (Nature of Assessment)

Two exams, each 90 minutes are taken at the end of year 13.

Links to useful websites:
www.mymaths.co.uk