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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 (9-1) 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 equally-weighted 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 non-calculator 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 non-mathematical 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 nine-grade 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

22-28%

Algebra

17-23%

Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change

22-28%

Geometry and Measures

12-18%

Statistics and Probability

12-18%

Higher

Number

12-18%

Algebra

27-33%

Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change

17-23%

Geometry and Measures

17-23%

Statistics and Probability

12-18%

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

Maths Formulae 1

Maths Formulae 2

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.

AS/A Level Course(s) Overview 

The Mathematics department offer both AS/A2 Mathematics and AS/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.

AS/A Level Exam Boards Used

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)