Mathematics

MATHEMATICS:

We aim to develop and encourage the full potential of every pupil in mathematics. We aim to ensure that every pupil experiences success and enjoyment in the subject whether it be equipping them with sufficient mathematical skills for their day to day life or providing them with a firm foundation for those wishing to study beyond GCSE.  In addition, we hope that we can open our young people’s eyes to the creative, infinite and inspiring world of mathematics.  We use regular assessment and homework so students can assess their progress against their aspirational targets.  All of the staff in the maths department are subject specialists who have not only a passion for the subject but an appreciation of how maths plays a part in everyday life.

Extra-curricular activities and visits:

We have a weekly lunchtime Puzzle Club. This is well attended by our KS3 pupils.  They are able to use not only their problem solving skills but also build friendships with like-minded individuals.  Pupils are entered for the national Mathematics competitions run by the UK Mathematics Trust at Junior and Intermediate levels. We currently offer the FSMQ Additional Mathematics (OCR) after school to a small group of Year 10 and 11 pupils.  This is an additional qualification aimed at outstanding mathematicians to help them bridge the gap between GCSE and A-Level studies.

Facilities:

Mathematics is taught in four modern designated classrooms. We have access to an ICT suite where pupils can use specialised mathematical software to engage their learning as well as accessing MathsWatch to support their individual progress to targets.

Pupils should be fully equipped for all lessons and we expect they have the following equipment with them for every lesson: pen, pencil, ruler, protractor, pair of compasses, eraser, pencil sharpener and a scientific calculator.

Equipment is available to purchase from the LRC at break and lunchtime, however pupils must bear in mind that only a limited stock is available in school and there is no guarantee they will be able to purchase equipment on the day. If advice is needed as to which brand of calculator is most useful prior to purchase, please contact your child’s class teacher.

Assessment:

Pupils are assessed at the end of each unit of work and at the end of each term. They are given the opportunity to be judged against all strands of mathematics to allow maximum progress to meet their targets.

Schemes of Work:

Key Stage 3:

Key Stage 3 pupils follow the Kangaroo Maths Scheme of Work. This is a spiral programme designed to maximise individual potential.  Lessons in maths cover all aspects of Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion & Rates of Change, Geometry & Measures and Probability & Statistics. Pupils are involved in their own learning which encourages them to develop their problem solving skills. A range of styles and resources are used in lessons.  Investigative skills and resilience are embedded throughout the KS3 curriculum.  Such skills are vital to success at GCSE.

Key Stage 4:

Pupils in Years 10 and 11 follow the Edexcel Syllabus, split into two tiers of entry [Foundation and Higher]

  • The final GCSE consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier.
  • 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.
  • Each paper has a range of question types; some questions will be set in both mathematical and non-mathematical contexts.
  • 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 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

The table below illustrates the topic area weightings for the assessment of the Foundation tier and the assessment of the Higher tier.

Foundation

 

Number 22 - 28%

 

Algebra 17 - 23%

 

Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change 22 - 28%

 

Geometry and Measures 12 - 18%

 

Statistics & Probability 12 - 18%

 

 

Higher

 

Number 12 - 18%

 

Algebra 27 - 33%

 

Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change 17 - 23%

 

Geometry and Measures 17 - 23%

 

Statistics & Probability 12 - 18%