Mathematics is an academic and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. Your child will receive a high-quality mathematics education which provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
We will endeavour your child;
- Becomes fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that they can develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
The programme of study for key stage 3 is organised so that your child builds on key stage 2 and connects mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems by mastering the crucial areas of number, algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, ratio, proportion and rates of change. They will also be able to apply their knowledge across other subjects including science, geography and computing.
Assessment
Children will be assessed periodically throughout the academic year. Pupil’s progress will be tracked and teaching and learning adjusted to meet the needs of underachieving pupils. Assessments will be based upon topics covered by our programmes of study and/or full specification exam papers. Work will be set on targets identified from the tests.
How can parents support?
Key Stage 3 students need to have a good understanding of the key stage 2 curriculum especially number skills which include being able to recite their multiplication tables. Rote learning is still one of the most effective ways of ensuring multiplication tables are learnt and able to be recalled when problem-solving. In addition, students need to be able to demonstrate methods for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing at least 3 digit numbers.
Students should be learning the taught topics at home every week. They can use their class books where they will find their class notes and the exercises completed in lessons as well as websites such as MyMaths.co.uk and Kerboodle (passwords are provided by their class teacher).
It is essential that your child is involved in opportunities that allow your child to demonstrate and apply maths in the real world. This could be as simple as a shopping trip where your child is calculating value for money, a family holiday where your child could be converting currency or finding better holiday packages or just simple percentage calculations at discount stores. The more your child applies mathematics in real context, the more confident they will become in the fluency and application of mathematics when posed with a problem.
At KS4 we aim to encourage students to be inspired by mathematics by following a broad, coherent and individualised course of study. They will develop their confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and society. Students will increase their knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts and acquire and use problem-solving strategies. All students will be encouraged to fulfil their potential by following a range of learning pathways.
The mathematics exam board that we follow is Edexcel 1MA1. Students will sit one of two tiers of entry – Higher or Foundation. They will be awarded a grade ranging from 1 to 9. The Foundation tier grading will range from 1 to 5, whilst the Higher tier grading will range from 4 to 9.
Students will be required to sit three examination papers; a non-calculator and two calculator papers. Each paper last for 1 hour 30 minutes. This will be sat in the June of year 11.
For full details on subject content, please click on the link to the Edexcel specification; http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/mathematics/2015/specification-and-sample-assesment/gcse-maths-2015-specification.pdf
Questions will be take one of three different forms; AO1, AO2, AO3
How parents can support at home:
Test students on the formulae they will need to know which can be found by clicking the link below;
Ensure students have their equipment to all lessons, this includes a calculator. We would recommend the Casio fx-85GT plus.
The best way to revise for maths is by doing Maths. Below is a list of resources that students should be using frequently.
Maths Watch DVD – videos and worksheets at different grades. This can be purchased from school for £4.
www.mymaths.co.uk lessons on all topics, passwords will be given to your child by their maths teacher
www.Justmaths.co.uk/online videos and practice questions on key grades
https://keshgcsemaths.wordpress.com/gcse-maths-takeaway/ exam questions at each grade
http://corbettmaths.com/ 5-a-day questions, online tutorials and practice questions
Why should I study Core Maths?
Core Maths qualifications were introduced in 2014, designed for students with an A*-C in GCSE mathematics who do not study AS/A level mathematics. It is well suited for students continuing with STEM subjects such as Biology, Chemistry and Design and Technology, and the more sophisticated data-handling aspects are particularly helpful for those studying Psychology, Geography, Business Studies, Economics and Sociology.
Students will develop a range of mathematical strategies for modelling the real world and critically assessing data. They will learn to use mathematical methods to explore the kind of complex situations they are likely to meet in their continuing studies or chosen career.
Core Maths is the new Level 3 qualification for students who achieved a Grade 5 (formerly a Grade C) at GCSE mathematics and wish to develop their practical skills so they may apply these in work, study or everyday life.
What happens at Oaks Park?
We follow the AQA Core Mathematics specification
The aim of the course is to develop your mathematical understanding while also applying maths to a variety of areas of real life, including finance and interpreting data. Some of the mathematical content of the course is the same as GCSE Maths, but the focus is now on applying these methods and ideas to real life situations.
Compulsory Content
Analysis of data, Maths for personal finance, Estimation, Critical analysis of given data and models (including spreadsheets and information in tables and databases)
Optional Content
Paper 2A: The normal distribution, Probabilities and estimation and Correlation and regression
Paper 2B: Critical path analysis, Expectation, Cost benefit analysis
Paper 2C: Graphical methods, Rates of change, Exponential functions
Each year the optional content taught is chosen to best support the range of subjects studied by our students.
Why Study A level Maths and/or Further Maths?
The Further Maths Support Programme gives the following 5 reasons you should study Maths and/or Further Maths at A level.
One – Career Opportunities
Mathematics and Further Mathematics are versatile qualifications, well-respected by employers and are both “facilitating” subjects* for entry to higher education. Careers for men and women with good mathematics skills and qualifications are not only well paid, but they are also often interesting and rewarding. People who have studied mathematics are in the fortunate position of having an excellent choice of career. Whilst the number of young people studying A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics is increasing there is still a huge demand from science, engineering and manufacturing employers.
Two – Employability Skills
The reason why so many employers highly value mathematics qualifications is mathematics students become better at thinking logically and analytically. Through solving problems you develop resilience and are able to think creatively and strategically. The writing of structured solutions, proof and justification of results help you to formulate reasoned arguments. And importantly you will have excellent numeracy skills and the ability to process and interpret data.
Three – Preparation for Higher Education
For progression to many courses at university it is important to have strong mathematics skills. For most science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree course A level Mathematics is a requirement and AS or A level Further Mathematics is often a preferred subject. Anyone applying to study a degree in a STEM subject should consider taking Further Mathematics to at least AS level as the additional content helps ensure a successful progression to university. AS Further Mathematics is accessible to most A level Mathematics students. Having A level Further Mathematics on your university application is a way to make it stand out. “Those students who had studied further mathematics to A- or AS-level standard reported coping better with the mathematical content of the degree, and as such perceived that they required less additional support throughout their studies.” Institute of Physics ‘Mind the Gap’ report 2010 “In general, [it’s] harder than expected, especially the mathematical aspects. I felt thoroughly unprepared for the mathematics involved coming from only having math’s (no further math’s) A level. My peers who did study further math’s were much better prepared.” Engineering student * The Russell Group of leading UK universities published a guide to post-16 subject choices, Informed Choices. It describes Mathematics and Further Mathematics as facilitating subjects.
Four – Supporting Other Subjects
The mathematical skills you learn in A level Mathematics are of great benefit in other A level subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology, computing, geography, psychology, economics and business studies. Studying A level Further Mathematics is likely to improve your grade in A level Mathematics. The extra time, additional practice, further consolidation and development of techniques contribute to improved results in A level Mathematics
Five – An Interesting Course
A level Mathematics is an interesting and challenging course which extends the methods you learned at GCSE and includes optional applications of mathematics, such as Statistics, Mechanics and Decision Mathematics.
Statistics – Collecting and analysing data and using this to make predictions about future events. Many subjects make use of statistical information and techniques. An understanding of probability and risk is important in careers like insurance, medicine, engineering and the sciences.
Mechanics – Modelling and analysing the physical world around us, including the study of forces and motion. Mechanics is particular useful to students studying physics and engineering.
Decision (only available on FM)–Using algorithms and other methods to find efficient solutions to real life problems, such as finding the shortest route around a network. The techniques are important in business, logistics and computer science.
A level Further Mathematics is fun and rewarding. It broadens your mathematical skills and promotes deeper mathematical thinking. You will be introduced to interesting new areas of pure mathematics such as complex numbers and apply mathematics in a wider range of contexts.
What do the courses look like at Oaks Park?
A level Mathematics - Entry requirements: Grade 7 or equivalent in GCSE Mathematics
We follow the Edexcel specification for A level. The course is split into three topics: Pure math’s, Statistics and Mechanics. The breakdown of these topics and how they are split between the three exams are listed below.
Each exam paper is 2 hrs and a calculator is allowed to be used in all.
Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 | ● Topic 1 – Proof
● Topic 2 – Algebra and functions ● Topic 3 – Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane ● Topic 4 – Sequences and series ● Topic 5 – Trigonometry ● Topic 6 – Exponentials and logarithms ● Topic 7 – Differentiation ● Topic 8 – Integration ● Topic 9 – Numerical methods ● Topic 10 – Vectors |
Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2 | ● Topic 1 – Proof
● Topic 2 – Algebra and functions ● Topic 3 – Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane ● Topic 4 – Sequences and series ● Topic 5 – Trigonometry ● Topic 6 – Exponentials and logarithms ● Topic 7 – Differentiation ● Topic 8 – Integration ● Topic 9 – Numerical methods ● Topic 10 – Vectors |
Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics | Section A: Statistics
● Topic 1 – Statistical sampling ● Topic 2 – Data presentation and interpretation ● Topic 3 – Probability ● Topic 4 – Statistical distributions ● Topic 5 – Statistical hypothesis testing Section B: Mechanics ● Topic 6 – Quantities and units in mechanics ● Topic 7 – Kinematics ● Topic 8 – Forces and Newton’s laws ● Topic 9 – Moments |
A level Further Mathematics - Entry requirements: Grade 8 or equivalent in GCSE Mathematics
This a very difficult course and should only be considered by students who wish to study maths based subjects after leaving school.
We follow the MEI specification.
The Content is in split into a number of units:
- Mathematical processes
- Core pure content
- Modelling with algorithms
- Numerical methods
- Statistics minor
Core Pure content is assessed in a 2Hour 40 Min examination and is worth 50% of the mark
The other three units are all assessed separately in 1Hour and 15 min examinations and are equally weighted for the other 50%
The breakdown of each unit is outlined below:
Mathematical processes
This is tested in combination with all other units. |
● Mathematical argument and language
● Algebraic language ● Problem solving ● Mathematical modelling ● Functions |
Core pure content | ● Proof
● Complex Numbers ● Matrices and transformations ● Vectors and 3-D space ● Algebra ● Series ● Calculus ● Polar Coordinates ● Hyperbolic functions ● Differential equations |
Modelling with algorithms | ● Algorithms
● Networks ● Linear Programming |
Numerical methods | ● Solution of Equations
● Numerical differentiation ● Numerical integration ● Approximation to functions |
Statistics minor | ● Sampling
● Discrete random variables ● Bivariate data ● Chi-squared tests |