Mathematics is a creative 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 nonroutine 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 and statistics. They will also be able to apply their knowledge across other subjects including science, geography computing.
Children will be assessed 4 times within each reporting window. These will vary between 20 min tests which will be completed and marked within class to 1 hour tests which will be marked by the teacher. 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 solid 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).
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
Exam Board: EDEXCEL 1ST0/1H
The Statistics qualification consists of two papers of equal size and weighing. Students are introduced to the skills of statistical enquiry, and practise the underpinning statistical calculations and interpretation using real world data and authentic contexts. GCSE Statistics qualification develops skills that students will use in other subjects such as science and geography, and reinforces techniques needed for GCSE maths as well as supporting progression to A level maths. Real-life scenarios will capture their interest and give them an insight into the importance of statistics in the real world.
Any student entering KS4 with a strong ability in Maths, step 6 in year 8 or step 7 in year 9, is eligible to apply to study GCSE Statistics. The course will run outside of lesson time, usually two hours a week; one before school and one after school. During lesson's they will learn new techniques for collecting, presenting and analysing data, and for calculating probabilities.
Encouraging students to complete homework and meet deadlines.
Click on the link below to access the full specification.
Ask the course will be looking at statistics in the real world students would benefit from reading newspaper articles on real world statistics. Parents should ask their child questions on these statistics including what can be inferred/suggested by it.
www.mymaths.co.uk has its own statistics page. This includes videos and lessons on each topic. Login and passwords will be given to students by their maths teacher.