020 8590 2245

Ms J L Hamill (Headteacher)
45-65 Oaks Lane, Newbury Park
Ilford, IG2 7PQ

Mathematics

 

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.

 

 

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.

Subject: KS4 Mathematics                                            Year: Y9-11

Test students on the formulae they will need to know which can be found by clicking this Link.

Curriculum Overview:

The new GCSE Mathematics curriculum came into effect from September 2014, and the first examination took place in 2017.

 

At Oaks Park High School we start our KS4 in Year 9. We follow a 3 year KS4 and use Teacher Assessment and exam diagnostic tools to personalise learning for Year 11s, to fill in their gaps in knowledge.

 

Assessment:

We regularly assess KS4 pupils at the end of each unit of work, which lasts between 2-4 weeks. Each student sits an initial Test A, which the teacher marks. Once feedback is given, pupils will work on a ‘mirror’ Test B independently or in an ‘Even Better If’ lesson. Throughout the academic year in Years 10 and 11, pupils will sit ‘Pre Public Examinations’, known as PPEs. This will include pupils sitting in the examination hall, replicating real exam conditions.

 

The significant changes to the KS4 Curriculum have been:

•      Grading will change from A*-U, to numbers 1-9. A number 4 will be equivalent to a GCSE grade C. However 5 is considered a ‘good’ pass.

·         GCSE Foundation paper Grades will be 1-5. Meaning that Foundation pupils could get up to an old Grade B. Higher paper grades range from 4-9.

·         There are three 1hr 30mins exam papers.  1 non-calculator and 2 calculator papers.

·         Mathematics curriculum has changed from four to six topic strands, these are: Number, Algebra, Probability, Statistics, Geometry and Measures, and Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change.

·         There is significant content change such as simple A Level topics incorporated into the new specifications as well as more of an emphasis of Algebra and Proof.

·         Kinematics will be taught at KS4.

·         There is a focus on consolidating understanding: Key Stage 4 builds on Key Stage 3.

Homework & Assessments Overview:

Pupils are given weekly homework that is either exam related, extending classroom learning or consolidating classwork. Homework at KS4 is a combination of written tasks, VLE and exam practice. This is to reflect the expectations of assessment requirements. HW is recorded in student planners and may also be uploaded onto a pupil’s ‘Google’ Classroom.

 

During the PPE exam period or closer to the actual GCSE Exam time, whole exam papers may be given for additional work. We also use ‘predicted’ papers. These are exam papers that try to closely predict what may come up in the actual exams. It is essential that pupils attend any intervention and revision sessions offered by class teachers and the School.

 

Useful Websites:

www.mymaths.co.uk - Slides, questions and self-marking

Username: oaks

Password: square

www.pixl.org.uk and use the Pixl App - Electronic skills tests, Assessments, worksheets and video tutorials

www.kerboodle.com - Electronic skills tests, Assessments and Worksheets

www.mathsgenie.co.ukPast exam papers, graded questions, assessments, worksheets and video tutorials

Practical tips / activities for parents to support learning at home:

•       Homework, please ensure you check the homework your child receives and make sure they complete it on time. If your child does the homework on-time, the immediate consolidation of this has better impact of the long term retention of topics taught.

•       Do extra work at home, independent study/learning; pupils who do extra work at home independently are better at managing their own learning. A simple example is when pupils independently learn something new and don’t understand, and then they will always ask an adult. When they are explained to, they have a genuine interest and retain the information better, than just be told to learn something for the sake of it.

•       Equipment/Organisation, please ensure that your children have a geometry Set and Calculator. The best learners are the best prepared.

•       Exam practice - it is essential that pupils sit at home and try exam papers in exam and timed conditions. It is like practicing penalty shoot-outs in Football. Do you want to have your first go at a penalty shoot-out for the first time at the World Cup Final?

•       Revision Guides - there are revision guides available for sale in school, in shops and online.

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

 

 

Mr M Rashid - Mathematics Team Leader
mrashid@oakspark.redbridge.sch.uk

Mr H Amegadzie - 2nd I/C
hamegadzie@oakspark.redbridge.sch.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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