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Mathematics
Head of Department: Mr C Robins
Overview
Mathematics develops students’ skills in a variety of subject areas. In lessons we aim to develop students understanding of both mathematical concepts and their understanding of real life problems. Mathematics is taught in a variety of ways, including the use of project and investigative work as well as using more traditional teaching methods. Students are encouraged to become independent learners and to think creatively when answering questions. Homework is set on a weekly basis for all students. Homework aims to consolidate the learning of all our students. They are also encouraged to use Mathematics websites to support their learning and understanding.
KS3 Schemes of Work
Students learn Mathematics for six hours per fortnight in Year 7 and Year 8. Student work is levelled on a regular basis and students are set by ability during the first half term of Year 7. Students are encouraged to become independent learners and we regularly set students targets for improvement.
Throughout Key Stage 3 students study the following areas of Mathematics:
 Number (including Fractions, Decimals, Approximations and Percentages)
 Algebra (including Like terms, Brackets, Index numbers and Substitution)
 Measures (including Area, Volumes and Conversions)
 Statistics (including Averages, Graphs and Data interpretation)
Students take unit tests every half term throughout KS3.
Year 9 are currently following the new GCSE specification with the first final assessment being June 2017. Homework is set weekly and may be set as a project or worksheets (copies of these are available on FROG). Homework may also be set on www.mymaths.co.uk. Students will all be issued with their own username and password for this website.
GCSE Course(s) Overview for Year 10 and Year 11 (New Specification)
Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (91) in Mathematics
Qualification at a Glance:
● The assessments will cover the following content headings:
1 Number
2 Algebra
3 Ratio, proportion and rates of change
4 Geometry and measures
5 Probability
6 Statistics
● Two tiers are available: Foundation and Higher (content is defined for each tier).
● Each student is permitted to take assessments in either the Foundation tier or Higher tier.
● The qualification consists of three equallyweighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier.
● All three papers must be at the same tier of entry and must be completed in the same assessment series.
● Paper 1 is a noncalculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3.
● Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.
● Each paper has 80 marks.
● The content outlined for each tier will be assessed across all three papers.
● Each paper will cover all Assessment Objectives, in the percentages outlined for each tier.
● Each paper has a range of question types; some questions will be set in both mathematical and nonmathematical contexts.
● A formulae sheet is given at the front of each examination paper. See the links below for the formulae sheets.
● Two assessment series available per year: May/June and November.
● First assessment series: May/June 2017.
● The qualification will be graded and certificated on a ninegrade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade. Individual papers are not graded.
● Foundation tier: grades 1 to 5.
● Higher tier: grades 4 to 9 (grade 3 allowed).
The table below illustrates the topic areas covered in this qualification and the topic area weightings for the assessment of the Foundation tier and the assessment of the Higher tier.
Knowledge, skills and understanding
Tier Topic area Weighting
The table below illustrates the topic areas covered in the qualification and the topic area weightings for the assessment of the Foundation tier and the assessment of the Higher tier.
Tier 
Topic Area 
Weighting 
Foundation 
Number 
2228% 
Algebra 
1723% 

Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change 
2228% 

Geometry and Measures 
1218% 

Statistics and Probability 
1218% 

Higher 
Number 
1218% 
Algebra 
2733% 

Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change 
1723% 

Geometry and Measures 
1723% 

Statistics and Probability 
1218% 
Content
● All students will develop confidence and competence with the content identified by standard type.
● All students will be assessed on the content identified by the standard and the underlined type; more highly attaining students will develop confidence and competence with all of this content.
● Only the more highly attaining students will be assessed on the content identified by bold type. The highest attaining students will develop confidence and competence with the bold content.
● The distinction between standard, underlined and bold type applies to the content statements only, not to the Assessment Objectives or to the mathematical formulae
Foundation tier
Foundation tier students will be assessed on content identified by the standard and underlined type. Foundation tier students will not be assessed on content identified by bold type.
Higher tier
Higher tier students will be assessed on all the content which is identified by the standard, underlined and bold type.
A Level Course(s) Overview
The Mathematics department offer A2 Mathematics and A2 Further Mathematics. Mathematics is a popular subject within the Sixth Form. Mathematics helps to develop their understanding of other subjects and offers students greater options after completing A Levels. Students are expected to complete a minimum of two homeworks per week. Students are expected to work independently outside the classroom and use both textbooks and websites to improve their understanding. There is a homework club on a Monday and Thursday after school every week for sixth formers to get extra help.
A Level Mathematics (Current Year 12 only)
Board: Edexcel
Course Entry Requirements:
The course will suit a candidate who has followed the GCSE Higher Tier course and has achieved a Grade 9, 8 or 7. The course is not suitable for a student who has followed the Foundation Tier at GCSE.
Course Overview
Paper 1: Pure Mathematics including Algebraic methods, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials, calculus, vectors, logarithms and numerical methods.
Paper 2: Pure Mathematics: as in Paper 1. Any topic from the Pure Mathematics content may appear on either paper.
Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics: Probability, binomial and normal distribution, hypothesis testing and using large data sets. Quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, moments, forces and Newton’s laws.
Assessment Format
Assessment will be by three terminal examinations, each two hours long, at the end of Year 13. Each is worth one third of the final grade. Calculators may be used in all examinations. We recommend use of a graphics calculator which can be purchased through the school.
Possible Careers and Higher Education
Degrees in Accounting, Engineering, Design, Mathematics and Science. Careers in Bookkeeping,
Accountancy, Banking and Finance, etc.
Further information from: Mr C Robins or Mrs R Scott
A Level Further Mathematics
Board: Edexcel
Course Entry Requirements: Grade 9 or 8 in Higher Tier GCSE Mathematics. In order to take
Further Mathematics, you must also complete the A Level Mathematics course.
Course Overview
Paper 1 and 2: Compulsory Pure 1 and Pure 2: Complex numbers, proof by induction, further algebra and functions, further vectors, further calculus, polar coordinates, differential equations, matrices and hyperbolic functions.
Paper 3: Further Maths Option 1: A choice of Further Pure Mathematics 1, Further Statistics 1, Further Mechanics 1 or Decision Mathematics 1.
Paper 4: Further Maths Option 2: A choice of Further Pure Mathematics 2, Further Statistics 1, Further Mechanics 1, Decision Mathematics 1, Further Statistics 2, Further Mechanics 2, Decision Mathematics 2.
Further Pure Mathematics includes further trigonometry, further vectors, further calculus, coordinate systems, further differential equations, inequalities, further numerical methods, groups, matrix algebra, further complex numbers, number theory and further sequences and series.
Decision Mathematics includes algorithms, networks, paths, flows, linear programming, critical path analysis, dynamic programming, recurrence relations, decision analysis, graph and game theory.
Further Mechanics includes momentum and impulse, work energy and power, elasticity, centres of mass, further kinematics, further dynamics and circulation motion.
Further Statistics includes probability, Poisson, binomial and geometric distributions, hypothesis testing, Chi squared tests, linear regression, correlation, normal distribution and confidence intervals.
Assessment Format
Assessment will be by four terminal examinations, each 1 hour 30 minutes long, at the end of Year 13. Each is worth one quarter of the final grade. Calculators may be used in all examinations. A scientific calculator and graphics calculator will be required.
GCSE Mathematics
All students without a minimum Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics must study it in the Sixth Form.
Board: Edexcel
Course Entry Requirements: Grade 3 in GCSE Mathematics. Students who achieve below a grade 3 will be offered the opportunity to do a functional maths qualification as an alternative to the GCSE.
Course Overview
This course is for those students who wish to attain a Grade 4 or higher in GCSE Mathematics. This oneyear course aims to extend the knowledge of the students and will cover the GCSE syllabus at Grade 4 and above.
The course includes the study of:
• Number
• Algebra
• Shape, Space and Measures
• Handling data
Assessment Format
100% examination. This course can be fully assessed in November or June.
A Level Exam Boards Used (Current Year 13 Students)
Students studying A Level Mathematics complete the following modules all with the AQA examination board:
 Core 1 MPC1
 Core 2 MPC2
 Core 3 MPC3
 Core 4 MPC4
 Mechanics 1 MM1B
 Statistics 1 MS1B
There is no coursework for A Level Mathematics. All exams take place in May/June.
Student who are studying Further Mathematics complete the additional modules over the 2 years:
 Further Core 1 MFP1
 Further Core 2 MFP2
 Mechanics 2 MM02
 Statistics 2 MS2B
 Decision 1 MD01
 Decision 2 MD02
All students are encouraged to buy graphics calculators to assist them with the course.
Study Days/Educational Trips
Each year students in Year 7 and Year 8 take part in the NSPCC Number Day which develops students understanding of Mathematics in different subjects. Year 8 More Able students visit Lingfield Racecourse. This trip exposes students to how maths is used in everyday life and helps them find a real and concise link to some of the work covered in class to that in real life. We also take part in the UKMT Junior and Intermediate Maths Challenges throughout the year. Sixth formers are given the opportunity to take part in a team challenge at Kingston University. Year 9 and Year 12 students are also given the opportunity to become maths leaders, a nationally recognised qualification.
(June 2016)