# Mathematics

The Mathematics department is well resourced, successful and staffed with highly competent, established and motivated teachers. We encourage the children in our care to realise that hard work will always pay dividends and that asking questions is vital to success. We try very hard to make ourselves available to students outside of lesson time and welcome good communication between teacher, pupil and home. As teachers we enjoy the challenge of our subject and hope all our children do too.

* *year 7

Year 7 are placed into ability sets as soon as possible. We determine the best group for them to be in using primary school information and the results of a test that we ask them to sit in the first 2 weeks.

In the Maths Department we currently follow the Kangaroo Maths scheme of work allowing us to ensure progress throughout Key Stage 3.

The content for each set is matched to the pupil’s ability but is set out in broad terms in the following table:

Numbers and the number system |

Calculating |

Algebraic proficiency |

Calculating Division |

Visualising and constructing |

Patterns |

Investigating properties of shapes |

Fractions, decimals and percentages |

Proportional reasoning |

Measuring space |

Investigating angles |

Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages |

Solving equations and inequalities |

Calculating space |

Checking, approximating and estimating |

Mathematical movement |

Presentation of data |

Measuring data |

More details are available from your child’s teacher or the Kangaroo website.

The department sets written homework and we also make good use of mymaths. Every child has a unique login and password allowing them to complete and submit individualised assignments.

Staff are available before school, during lunchtime and after school to help with class and homework concerns.

* *year 8

In the Maths Department we currently follow the Kangaroo Maths scheme of work allowing us to ensure progress throughout Key Stage 3.

The content for each set is matched to the pupil’s ability but is set out in broad terms in the following table:

Numbers and the number system |

Counting and comparing |

Calculating |

Visualising and constructing |

Investigating properties of shape |

Algebraic proficiency |

Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages |

Proportional reasoning |

Patterns |

Measuring space |

Investigating angles |

Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages |

Calculating space |

Checking, approximating and estimating |

Mathematical movement |

Solving equations and inequalities |

Presentation of data |

Measuring data |

More details are available from your child’s teacher or the Kangaroo website.

The department sets written homework and we also make good use of mymaths. Every child has a unique login and password allowing them to complete and submit individualised assignments.

Staff are available before school, during lunchtime and after school to help with class and homework concerns.

* *year 9

With the arrival of the new GCSE Mathematics (grades 1-9) format our Mathematics department start GCSE preparation in Year 9.

We have invested in new textbooks that comprehensively cover the new syllabus and are filled with worked examples and exercises for your child to tackle. We will base our ongoing assessments on the review exercises contained in these books.

We are aware that many parents are interested in exactly what GCSE Mathematics entails and will want their child doing well in our regular assessments. With this in mind, the Mathematics department has provided your child with a login that provides access to the textbook online.

The course outline for Foundation Tier is as follows:

Basic Number |

Measures and scale drawings |

Charts, tables and averages |

Angles |

Number properties |

Approximations |

Decimals and fractions |

Linear graphs |

Expressions and formulae |

Ratio, speed and proportion |

Perimeter and area |

Perimeter and area |

Transformations |

Probability and events |

Volumes and surface areas of prisms |

Linear equations |

Percentages and compound measures |

Percentages and variation |

Representation and interpretation |

Constructions and loci |

Curved shapes and pyramids |

Number and sequences |

Right-angled triangles |

Congruency and similarity |

Combined events |

Powers and standard form |

Simultaneous equations |

Non-linear graphs |

The course outline for Higher Tier is as follows:

Basic number |

Fractions, ratio, proportion |

Stats diagrams and averages |

Number and sequences |

Ratio and proportion |

Angles |

Transformations, constructions and loci |

Algebraic manipulation |

Length, area and volume |

Linear graphs |

Right-angled triangles |

Similarity |

Exploring probability |

Powers and standard form |

Equations and inequalities |

Counting, accuracy, powers and surds |

Quadratic equations |

Sampling and more complex diagrams |

Combined events |

Properties of circles |

Variation |

During Year 9 and 10, a decision will be made of whether it is appropriate for your child to sit Foundation (grades 1-5) or Higher (grades 4-9). This level of entry will be determined by prior test results and consultation with the class teacher.

All pupils are set homework, either written or via mymaths, for which your child has a login and password.

More details are available from your child’s teacher or contact with Mr Harte, Head of Mathematics.

* *year 10

With the arrival of the new GCSE Mathematics (grades 1-9) format our Mathematics department is working hard to insure the new course is taught in good time for summer Year 11.

We have invested in new textbooks that comprehensively cover the new syllabus and are filled with worked examples and exercises for your child to tackle. We will base our ongoing assessments on the review exercises contained in these books.

We are aware that many parents are interested in exactly what GCSE Mathematics entails and will want their child doing well in our regular assessments. With this in mind, the Mathematics department has provided your child with a login that provides access to the textbook online.

The course outline for Foundation Tier is as follows:

Basic Number |

Measures and scale drawings |

Charts, tables and averages |

Angles |

Number properties |

Approximations |

Decimals and fractions |

Linear graphs |

Expressions and formulae |

Ratio, speed and proportion |

Perimeter and area |

Perimeter and area |

Transformations |

Probability and events |

Volumes and surface areas of prisms |

Linear equations |

Percentages and compound measures |

Percentages and variation |

Representation and interpretation |

Constructions and loci |

Curved shapes and pyramids |

Number and sequences |

Right-angled triangles |

Congruency and similarity |

Combined events |

Powers and standard form |

Simultaneous equations |

Non-linear graphs |

The course outline for Higher Tier is as follows:

Basic number |

Fractions, ratio, proportion |

Stats diagrams and averages |

Number and sequences |

Ratio and proportion |

Angles |

Transformations, constructions and loci |

Algebraic manipulation |

Length, area and volume |

Linear graphs |

Right-angled triangles |

Similarity |

Exploring probability |

Powers and standard form |

Equations and inequalities |

Counting, accuracy, powers and surds |

Quadratic equations |

Sampling and more complex diagrams |

Combined events |

Properties of circles |

Variation |

All pupils are also provided with a revision workbook and a Mathswatch CD Rom covering the whole course.

During Year 10, a decision will be made of whether it is appropriate for your child to sit Foundation (grades 1-5) or Higher (grades 4-9). This level of entry will be determined by prior test results and consultation with the class teacher.

In terms of homework we make good use of mymaths. Every child has a unique login and password allowing them to complete and submit individualised assignments.

More details are available from your child’s teacher or contact with Mr Harte, Head of Mathematics

* *year 11

In the Maths Department our Year 11’s will be the first to take the new 9-1 Linear syllabus.

Full details of this course can be found by clicking on the Edexcel logo below:

Pupils are entered at either Foundation (Grades 1 - 5) or Higher (Grades 4 - 9), depending on each individuals progress.

A new Grade 5 is equivalent to an old high grade C with a new Grade 7 equating with an old Grade A.

All pupils are provided with a revision workbook and a login to the Mathswatch CD material that covers all aspects of the course. They also are able to access their class textbook online.

In terms of homework we make good use of mymaths. Every child has a unique login and password allowing them to complete and submit individualised assignments. Click on the picture below and use your child’s login to learn more!

The course outline for Foundation Tier is as follows:

Basic Number |

Measures and scale drawings |

Charts, tables and averages |

Angles |

Number properties |

Approximations |

Decimals and fractions |

Linear graphs |

Expressions and formulae |

Ratio, speed and proportion |

Perimeter and area |

Perimeter and area |

Transformations |

Probability and events |

Volumes and surface areas of prisms |

Linear equations |

Percentages and compound measures |

Percentages and variation |

Representation and interpretation |

Constructions and loci |

Curved shapes and pyramids |

Number and sequences |

Right-angled triangles |

Congruency and similarity |

Combined events |

Powers and standard form |

Simultaneous equations |

Non-linear graphs |

The course outline for Higher Tier is as follows:

Basic number |

Fractions, ratio, proportion |

Stats diagrams and averages |

Number and sequences |

Ratio and proportion |

Angles |

Transformations, constructions and loci |

Algebraic manipulation |

Length, area and volume |

Linear graphs |

Right-angled triangles |

Similarity |

Exploring probability |

Powers and standard form |

Equations and inequalities |

Counting, accuracy, powers and surds |

Quadratic equations |

Sampling and more complex diagrams |

Combined events |

Properties of circles |

Variation |

__GCSE Statistics__

__GCSE Statistics__

GCSE Statistics is also offered to some of our Year 11 cohort

Full Details of the Statistics course can be found here

__Overview of content__

- Planning and data collection
- Processing, representing and analysing data
- Reasoning, interpreting and discussing results
- Probability

__Overview of assessment__

**Foundation Tier (targeting grades G–C)**

- One written paper lasting 1 hour 30 minutes
- 80 marks in total
- Consists of questions in familiar and unfamiliar contexts
- Contains short answer and long answer questions
- Questions set on standard statistical techniques, diagrams and probability
- Questions which give the student the opportunity to analyse written and statistical evidence

**Higher Tier (targeting grades D–A*)**

- One written paper lasting 2 hours
- 100 marks in total
- Consists of questions in familiar and unfamiliar contexts
- Contains short answer and long answer questions
- Questions set on standard statistical techniques, diagrams and probability
- Questions which give the student the opportunity to analyse written and statistical evidence

Student are given guidance by their teacher as to the most appropriate Tier of entry.

**Details of each module can be obtained from the Edexcel link above or your child’s Mathematics teacher.**

**If there are any concerns over your child’s preparation Mr Harte, Head of Mathematics, would be very happy to talk to you.**

* *year 12

__Year 12 AS Mathematics and Further Mathematics__

In the Mathematics Department we follow the Edexcel syllabus.

Full details of this can be found on the Edexcel website :

http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/maths/Pages/default.aspx

In Year 12 the pupils study 3 equally weighted modules C1, C2 and S1

The C1 course assesses the following topics:

- Algebra and functions
- Quadratic functions
- Equations and inequalities
- Sketching curves
- Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane
- Sequences and series
- Differentiation
- Integration

The C2 course assesses the following topics:

- Algebra and functions
- The sine and cosine rule
- Exponentials and logarithms
- Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane
- The Binomial expansion
- Radian measure and its applications
- Geometric sequences and series
- Graphs of trigonometric functions
- Differentiation
- Trigonometrical identities
- Integration

The S1 course assesses the following topics:

- Mathematical models
- Location
- Measures of dispersion
- Representation of data
- Probability
- Correlation
- Regression
- Discrete random variables
- The Normal distribution

The most abled are invited to study Further Mathematics. Details of the course are readily available from Mr Harte, Head of Mathematics.

* *year 13

__Year 13 A2 Mathematics and Further Mathematics__

In the Maths Dept we follow the Edexcel syllabus.

Full details of this can be found on the Edexcel website :

http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/maths/Pages/default.aspx

In Year 12 the pupils have already studied 3 equally weighted modules C1, C2 and S1.

In Year 13 the pupils must study C3 & C4. They are then given an option of either S2, M1 or D1.

The C3 course assesses the following topics :

- Algebraic fractions
- Functions
- The exponential and log functions
- Numerical methods
- Transforming graphs of functions
- Trigonometry
- Further trigonometry
- Differentiation

The C4 course assesses the following topics :

- Partial Fractions
- Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane
- The binomial expansion
- Differentiation
- Vectors
- Integrations

The pupils are usually given a choice of either :

S2 : A statistics course building on the ideas of S1

M1: A mechanics course that links well with Physics

D1 : Decision Maths, for organising information

Further details are available from your child’s Mathematics teacher.

The most able pupils studying Further Mathematics will require detailed course explanations from Mr Harte, Head of Mathematics.