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    Mathematics

    Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
     

    Our aim is to ensure that all students:

    become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships, generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language;
    solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication;
    are challenged to think outside the box as this will give them confidence and skills to look at the world beyond the classroom, and how the wider application of mathematical influences everyday life.

    The Mathematics Department is made up of a team of specialists, all of whom have a passion for the subject and a desire to share their enthusiasm with their students. We also have an open door policy for all students to come and ask for extra support.
     

    KEY STAGE 3

    In Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and 8) students follow a scheme of work which has been developed using the KS3 Maths progress books from Pearson.  Year 9 students follow a KS4 scheme of work which is based on the Collins AQA GCSE which incorporates the new GCSE specification. Home learning is set once per week.

    The core skills covered in Year 7 and Year 8 are:

    • Number which includes basic number skills, ratio and proportion.
    • Algebra which includes algebraic manipulation and linear graphs.
    • Data which includes statistical diagrams and averages
    • Shape which includes length, area, volume, transformations, construction and loci.

    ASSESSMENT 

    Students in years 7 and 8 are given assessments that aid and develop their learning. At this stage we believe that students benefit from being given sufficient notice about their assessments. They receive guidance regarding the topics that will appear. The tests are designed by AQA with the new GCSE specification in mind. Students may also have additional assessments specific to the topics that they have recently covered in class.

    KEY STAGE 4

    In year 9 they are taught from the new GCSE syllabus. They are given GCSE questions to prepare them for the transition to year 10.  Students will receive a variety of ongoing feedback on their work and on how to improve.

    Year 10 students are prepared for the new GCSE Mathematics qualification - the AQA Specification (8300).  The higher tier assesses grades (9-4), whilst the Foundation tier assesses grades (5-1). All students sit their GCSE Mathematics examination in June of year 11. Students use the Collins AQA GCSE MATHS program of study. Every student has access to a textbook and every teacher has full access to the online version of the textbook which includes additional support materials. This qualification requires students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts which include:

    • understanding the concepts of  number, algebra, ratio, geometry and probability and statistics
    • using their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts
    • applying the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations

    We also deliver the AQA Further Maths with the Set 1 groups in Year 10 and Year 11.  This is to develop their Algebraic skills and assist in bridging the gap between the GCSE and A level syllabus. The table below shows the approximate weightings of the topic areas for the overall tier of assessment, not for each individual question paper.

    TOPIC AREA FOUNDATION TIER (%) HIGHER TIER (%)
    Number 25 15
    Algebra 20 30
    Ratio 25 20
    Geometry 15 20
    Probability and statistics (combined) 15 15
    KEY STAGE 5

    In the sixth form students follow the Edexcel Maths Modular Specification and this year 2016 will be the last year to follow this specification.  The linear specification will be taught from September 2017 and examined in June 2019. Students will study 6 units in total 3 at AS and 3 at A2 level.
     

    AS LEVEL

    Students will study two core maths modules and one applied maths module.  The core maths modules will include topics such as algebra, trigonometry, basic calculus and coordinate geometry.  The applied maths modules will be chosen from either statistics or mechanics.  This choice will be based on the student’s other A level subjects and their career aspirations.

    The statistics module will include topics such as descriptive statistics, probability, normal distribution, correlation and regression.

    The mechanics module will include topics such as vectors, straight line motion, forces and moments. To qualify for the A2 course students are expected to achieve a minimum grade D at AS level.
     

    A2 LEVEL

    Students will study a further two pure maths modules and one more applied maths module.  The pure maths modules will include topics such as partial fractions, vectors, calculus and functions.  The applied modules will generally follow on from the modules that you studied at AS level. 

    Each of the units is examined in a 1.5 hour exam.  Commitment and diligence is essential for this course as each unit builds on earlier work.
     

    ASSESSMENTS:
     

    YEAR 1

    AS CORE MATHEMATICS WITH MECHANICS
    Core mathematics  C1  6663 Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes  33.3%
    Core mathematics  C2  6664 Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes  33.3%
    Mechanics M1  6677  Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 33.3%
    AS CORE MATHEMATICS WITH STATISTICS
    Core mathematics  C1  6663 Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 33.3%
    Core mathematics  C2  6664  Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 33.3%
    Statistics S1  6683  Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 33.3%


    YEAR 2

    A2 CORE MATHEMATICS WITH MECHANICS
    Core mathematics  C3 6665 Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 33.3%
    Core mathematics  C4 6666  Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes  33.3%
    Mechanics M2 6678 Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 33.3%
    A2 CORE MATHEMATICS WITH STATISTICS
    Core mathematics  C3 6665  Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 33.3%
    Core mathematics  C4 6666   Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes   33.3%
    Statistics S2 6684  Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 33.3%
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    The department organises a maths weekend trip to visit Oxford University (Jesus and Exeter College), where students take part in a number of activities on problem solving and lateral thinking.

    We also run maths master classes for keen mathematics and the UK Mathematics Challenges (JMC, IMC and SMC) for KS3 and KS4 students. Successful candidate are invited to participate in other challenges such as the Pink Kangaroo and the Grey Kangaroo.

    GUIDANCE FOR PARENTS AND CARERS

    To support your child’s learning in KS3/KS4 it is recommended that you:

    • Check that all home learning is completed and handed in on time.
    • If possible, ensure your child completes home learning where there are no distractions.
    • Ask your child about what he/she has been doing in maths lessons and      get him/her to demonstrate the skills he/she learned.
    • If possible assist your child in meeting home learning deadlines and catching up with work missed if absent from lessons.
    • Encourage a positive attitude towards the learning of mathematics.
    • Encourage your child to present his/her work clearly showing all methods of working.
    • Ensure that your child comes to school with all the correct equipment which includes a pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, glue stick and most importantly a scientific calculator.
    • Play games that involve maths, e.g., scrabble and card games, in which totals have to be calculated.
    • Ask your child to do any calculations in everyday situations, e.g. which item is better value when shopping or sorting timings when cooking a meal.

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