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Mathematics

Introduction

The department works closely together to ensure all pupils are challenged in their maths lessons whilst at the same time we aim to build confidence in the subject. We have an extensive programme for our more able learners and a Year 10/11 mentoring programme in place to support some of our Year 7 pupils who are not yet meeting the expected standard. We offer revision lessons for KS4 after school and we have very close links with our local primary schools who take part in several activities that we run throughout the year. We also organise a Year 7 and a Year 8 numeracy day where pupils take part in lessons in other subjects with a maths theme running through it. Pupils from all year groups take part in the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust challenges and we always take a team to the Regional Final which takes place at The University of Manchester.

Staffing

Mrs L ShawHead of Mathematics and Associate Assistant Headteacher
Mrs F Burn Assistant Headteacher
Mr M Dennett Teaching & Learning in KS4 Mathematics
Mrs M Hatton Head of Year 10
Mr A Zulfiqar Teacher of Mathematics
Miss H Thomas Teacher of Mathematics
Miss C Jones Teacher of Mathematics

Key Stage 3 Summary

The curriculum at Key Stage 3 aims to cover all the main areas of maths: Number, Algebra, Data, Shape and Space and Ratio & Proportion whilst linking it wherever possible to real-life situations and incorporating problem solving skills. It has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the new KS4 programmes of study. The curriculum at Key Stage 3 is split into different units of work and aims to build on skills already acquired at Primary School, with an emphasis on securing confidence in working with number. Consolidation of number skills is key to underpinning all other aspects of maths and therefore features heavily in all units of work. All lessons offer challenge and are differentiated according to needs of the group.

The Scheme of work is under review at present so below are only the units of work for the Autumn Term. Each half term, pupils are assessed on the topics they have been studying.

 

Year 7

Year 8

Autumn Term

  • Unit 1 - Induction Course
  • Unit 2 - Number Course – 4 Operations
  • Unit 3 – Algebra – Sequences
  • Assessment - Algebra
  • Unit 4 – Number  – Decimals, Ordering & Rounding
  • Unit 5 – Shape  – Area and Perimeter
  • Unit 6 – Number – Fractions
  • Assessment - Number
  • Number Course – 4 Operations
  • Unit 12 – Ratio & Proportion
  • Unit 13 – Algebra 3 – Graphs & Coordinates
  • Assessment – Ratio & Proportion
  • Unit 14 – Financial Maths
  • Unit 15 – Shape – Transformations
  • Unit 15 – Number – Multiplication & Division
  • Assessment – Algebra & Financial Maths

 

Key Stage 4 Summary

All pupils in KS4 (Y9 to 11) are studying for the new GCSE examinations which are graded 9-1.The exam has two tiers of entry; higher and foundation, with higher being graded 9-4 and foundation graded 5-1. The course is very demanding and there are new levels of challenge at both higher and foundation tiers.
Method of Assessment
3 written papers are taken in Year 11: each contributes 33.3% of the final grade. The first paper is Non-Calculator and the 2nd and 3rd papers are Calculator. Each paper is 1hour 30minutes. There are 2 tiers of assessment: Foundation (grades 5-1) and Higher (9-4). Students are entered at the tier appropriate to their attainment and the school will recommend the level of entry.
The Maths course will cover the following areas:


Area of Study

% on Foundation Paper

% on Higher Paper

Number

25%

15%

Ratio & Proportion

25%

20%

Algebra

20%

30%

Geometry & Measures

15%

20%

Statistics & Probability

15%

15%

The curriculum covers all of the objectives set out by Edexcel and aims to stretch all of our learners, regardless of their mathematical ability. Assessments are used regularly to allow both staff and pupils to monitor progress and ensure pupils are working towards their target grade. It also highlights areas for revision both for individual or groups of students.
Further information about the new specification for Edexcel can be found by clicking here.
Revision Websites
www.corbettmaths.com - no login and password required. Lots of practice questions, quizzes, videos and 5-a-day.
www.justmaths.co.uk - login and password required (pupils can get this from their maths teacher).
Lots of practice on key topics with videos and blogs.
Step by step examples covering every topic with online sheets for pupils to complete which are marked by the computer.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z38pycw - examples and notes for pupils to use.
Youtube is also extremely useful for step-by-step videos on particular topics.
Course Content


Year 9

Foundation

Higher

Autumn Term

  • Number 1
  • Number 2
  • Geometry & Measures 1
  • Ratio & proportion 1
  • Statistics & Probability 1
  • Algebra 1
  • Number 3
  • Algebra 2
  • Geometry & Measures 2
  • Ratio & proportion 2
  • Number 4
  • Ratio & Proportion 3
  • Geometry & Measures 3
  • Algebra 3
  • Number 1
  • Algebra 1
  • Ratio & proportion 1
  • Geometry & Measures 1
  • Algebra 2
  • Number 2
  • Algebra 3
  • Statistics & probability 2
  • Algebra 4
  • Number 3
  • Algebra 3
  • Statistics & Probability 2

 

Year 10

Foundation

Higher

Autumn Term

  • Unit 3b – Charts & Graphs
  • Unit 3c – Scattergraphs
  • Unit 1d – Factors, Multiples & Primes
  • Unit 15a – Plans, Elevations &Nets
  • Unit 11a – Ratio
  • Unit 7c – Sequences
  • Unit 18b – Indices & Standard Form
  • Unit 15b – Constructions, Loci & Bearings
  • Unit 11b – Proportion
  • Unit 1b – Decimals
  • Unit 5b – The Averages
  • Unit 10a/b – Transformations
  • Unit 10 – Probability
  • Unit 1c – Factors, Multiples & Primes
  • Unit 8b – Constructions, Loci & Bearings
  • Unit 2c – Scattergraphs
  • Unit 4c – Ratio & Proportion
  • Unit 2c – Sequences
  • Unit 9a – Solving Quadratics &Simultaneous Equations
  • Unit 14a – Collecting Data
  • Unit 1d – Standard Form & Surds

 

Year 11

Foundation

Higher

Autumn Term

  • Unit 12 – Pythagoras and trigonometry
  • Unit 16 – Quadratic equations and graphs
  • Unit 18a – Fractions and reciprocals
  • Unit 20 – Further Algebra
  • Unit 13a – Graphs of functions
  • Unit 13b – Further trigonometry
  • Unit 15 – Further algebra 1
  • Unit 17 – Further algebra 2
  • Unit 19a – Further graphs
  • Unit 19b – Further proportion