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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 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:

  1. Algebra and functions
  2. Quadratic functions
  3. Equations and inequalities
  4. Sketching curves
  5. Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane
  6. Sequences and series
  7. Differentiation
  8. Integration

 

The C2 course assesses the following topics:

  1. Algebra and functions
  2. The sine and cosine rule
  3. Exponentials and logarithms
  4. Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane
  5. The Binomial expansion
  6. Radian measure and its applications
  7. Geometric sequences and series
  8. Graphs of trigonometric functions
  9. Differentiation
  10. Trigonometrical identities
  11. Integration

 

The S1 course assesses the following topics:

  1. Mathematical models
  2. Location
  3. Measures of dispersion
  4. Representation of data
  5. Probability
  6. Correlation
  7. Regression
  8. Discrete random variables
  9. 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 :

  1. Algebraic fractions
  2. Functions
  3. The exponential and log functions
  4. Numerical methods
  5. Transforming graphs of functions
  6. Trigonometry
  7. Further trigonometry
  8. Differentiation

 

The C4 course assesses the following topics :

  1. Partial Fractions
  2. Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane
  3. The binomial expansion
  4. Differentiation
  5. Vectors
  6. 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.