Key Stage 3

Year 7

Aims:
To enjoy Mathematics, to learn through group based resource learning, playing lots of games, increasing confidence and hardly a textbook in sight. To teach the pupils the functionality of Mathematics.

Knowledge and Understanding/Skills
Assessing each pupils progress in six areas
Number, Calculating, Shape space and measure, Algebra,
Handling Data and Using and Applying Mathematical skills.

Assessment:
A level based assessment and the end of each term with a national progress test at the end of the year.

Homework:
Set by each classroom teacher in accordance with the school homework timetable, set once a week lasting for about half an hour.

Revision:
All pupils given a login to mymaths.co.uk

Year 8

Aims:
To further enjoy Mathematics, to learn through group based resource learning, playing lots of games, increasing confidence and hardly a textbook in sight. To teach the pupils the functionality of Mathematics in everyday life.

Knowledge and Understanding/Skills:
Assessing each pupils progress in six areas
Number, Calculating, Shape space and measure, Algebra,
Handling Data and Using and Applying Mathematical skills.

Assessment:
A level based assessment and the end of each term with a national progress test at the end of the year.

Homework:
Set by each classroom teacher in accordance with the school homework timetable, set once a week lasting for about half an hour.

Revision:
All pupils given a login to mymaths.co.uk

Year 9

Aims:
To start the GCSE course, pupils will either sit the Higher or Foundation tier of the GCSE. They will have completed approximately 50% of the course by the end of year 9.

Knowledge and Understanding/Skills:
Pupils will build on the six aspects of Mathematics that they have learned in years 7 and 8. They will be given the opportunity to take these strands up to grade 9 in the new GCSE levels.

Assessment:
Build into the scheme of work are regular assessments covering exam type questions. These assessments allow the student and the teacher to check on the progress that the student is making.

Homework:
Homework will be weekly and set on the relevant homework day.

Revision:
All pupils given a login to mymaths.co.uk

Key Stage 4

Year 10 & 11:

Edexcel GCSE in Mathematics (Linear) Specification A

This course has been chosen to encourage students to develop a positive approach to Mathematics.

Throughout the course students will encounter a variety of learning methods including whole-class interactive teaching, practical and investigational tasks, calculator and non-calculator work and use of ICT. We expect students to possess their own scientific calculator. Students will be encouraged to apply their knowledge to think and communicate using Mathematics, and to consolidate basic skills and deal with appropriately challenging work.

Students will continue to be grouped in sets by ability and prior attainment, and will follow specifications leading to either Foundation or Higher
tiers targeting grades 1 – 5 and 4 – 9 respectively.

This course is assessed by three examination papers in the summer of Year 11. Paper 1, which is non-calculator. The three papers are of equal weighting each being 80 marks, giving a total of 240 marks.

Some students in the top set may also have the opportunity to sit Further Maths GCSE in the summer of Year 11.

We hope that this brief outline of the courses offered will be useful but, should you require further details, please contact the Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator, Mr A Hawthorne.

Key Stage 5

Year 12 & 13: (Sixth Form)

Mathematics

EXAMINATION BOARD
Edexcel

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?
Maths is more than just long division! Studying Maths helps us find patterns and structure in our lives. Practically, Maths helps us put a price on things, create graphics, build websites, build skyscrapers and generally understand how things work or predict how they might change over time and under different conditions. In this sense, studying Maths helps predict the future. But it doesn’t stop there; as a subject, Maths is also continually growing and changing, as mathematicians and scientists expand on what they already know to discover new theories and inventions.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Students must have studied GCSE Mathematics to Higher Tier, and should have achieved a grade 6 or higher.

YOU WILL STUDY
• Proof.
• Algebra and Functions.
• Coordinate Geometry in the (x,y) plane.
• Sequences and Series.
• Trigonometry.
• Exponentials and Logarithms.
• Differentiation.
• Integration.
• Numerical Methods
• Statistical Sampling.
• Data Presentation and Interpretation.
• Probability.
• Statistical Distributions.
• Statistical Hypothesis Testing.
• Quantities and Units in Mechanics.
• Kinematics.
• Forces and Newton’s Laws.
• Moments

YOU WILL LEARN
A Level Mathematics builds from GCSE Mathematics and introduces Calculus and its applications. It emphasises how mathematical ideas are interconnected and how mathematics can be applied to model situations mathematically using algebra and other representations; to help make sense of data; to understand the physical world and to solve problems in a variety of contexts, including Social Sciences and Business. It prepares students for further study and employment in a wide range of disciplines involving the use of mathematics.

ASSESSMENT DETAILS
There are three exams taken at the end of Year 13
• Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1: 2 hours, 33.3% of final grade.
• Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2: 2 hours, 33.3% of final grade.
• Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics: 2 hours, 33.3% of final grade.

There is no coursework or controlled assessment.

CAREERS & UNIVERSITY PATHWAYS
Maths is useful in careers in Science and Engineering, Finance, Medicine, Law, Design and Construction, Architecture, Business, Teaching and many others.

Further Mathematics

EXAMINATION BOARD
Edexcel

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?
Further Mathematics is designed for students with an enthusiasm for mathematics and gives an opportunity for those good at mathematics to develop their abilities and to study techniques and methods which have wide-ranging applications in Engineering, the Sciences and Economics. It also gives students an opportunity to gain another highly valued A Level grade. The level of mathematical activity is not always harder. This subject develops some topics fully whilst looking at new topics not covered in A Level Mathematics.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Students must have studied GCSE Mathematics to Higher Tier and achieved a grade 7. They must study A Level Mathematics as well.

YOU WILL STUDY
• Proof.
• Complex Numbers.
• Matrices.
• Further Algebra and Functions.
• Further Calculus.
• Further Vectors.
• Polar Coordinates.
• Hyperbolic Functions.
• Differential Equations

YOU WILL LEARN TO
• Use mathematical knowledge to make logical and reasoned decisions in solving problems both within Pure Mathematics and in a variety of contexts, and communicate the mathematical rationale for these decisions clearly.
• Understand Coherence and Progression in mathematics and how different areas of mathematics are connected
• Reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning.
• Generalise mathematically and construct mathematical proofs.
• Use mathematical skills and techniques to solve challenging problems.
• Represent situations mathematically and understand the relationship between problems in context and mathematical models that may be applied to solve them.
• Draw diagrams and sketch graphs to help explore mathematical situations and interpret solutions.
• Make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions by using mathematical reasoning.
• Use technology such as calculators and computers effectively and recognise when such use may be inappropriate.

ASSESSMENT DETAILS
There are 4 exams taken at the end of Year 13
• Paper 1: Core Pure Mathematics 1: 1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of final grade.
• Paper 2: Core Pure Mathematics 2: 1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of final grade.
• Paper 3: Further Statistics 1: 1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of final grade.
• Paper 4: Decision Mathematics 1: 1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of final grade.

There is no coursework or controlled assessment.

CAREERS & UNIVERSITY PATHWAYS
Students will find this an excellent foundation for study of Mathematics at degree level and for the world of work, such as Engineering

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
If you are thinking of studying Maths at degree level please be aware that for some universities it is a requirement to have studied A Level Further Maths.