Maths
Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing students’ abilities to solve problems, to calculate, to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically and to make sense of data.
Mathematics is important for students in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Technology. It is also important in everyday life, in many forms of employment and in decision-making.
As a subject in its own right, Mathematics presents frequent opportunities for creativity. It can stimulate moments of wonder; especially when problems are solved or when more elegant solutions to problems are discovered. Mathematics is one means of making knowledge useful. Mathematics enables students to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence. The power of mathematical reasoning lies in its use of precise and concise forms of language, symbolism and representation to reveal and explore general relationships.
KS3
Our curriculum map is sequenced with fewer topics each week, term or year, putting depth before breadth. We find that spending longer on each topic enables pupils to really think and talk about the mathematics they are learning. We sequence concepts and methods so that previously learnt ideas can be connected to new learning, supporting students in understanding the coherent and connected nature of the subject, and ensuring they consolidate learning by continually using and applying it in a variety of contexts. We believe that all of mathematics can be appreciated more fully once a student has a deep appreciation of the number system, therefore we put number sense and place value first to ensure that all understanding builds. We use the Mastery system in Maths to further develop the number system.
Maths is taught six lessons per fortnight in Years 7 and 8. Both years are taught in mixed ability groups.
Year 7
Term 1 |
Term 2 |
Term 3 |
Number systems and the axioms Order of operations Positive and negative numbers Expressions Equations Inequalities |
Angles Classifying 2-D shapes Coordinates Area of 2-D shapes Transforming 2-D figures and Construction |
Primes, factors and multiples Fractions Ratio Percentages Project work |
Year 8
Term 1 |
Term 2 |
Term 3 |
LCM, HCF and Prime Factorisation Standard form Powers, roots Area of 2D Shapes Circumference of circles Properties of 3D shapes Volume Cubes and Cuboids Surface area of Cubes and Cuboids |
Fractions, Decimals and Percentages Ratio and Proportion Expressions Equations Graphs y = mx+c |
Sequences Probability Transformations: Reflection, Translation, Rotation and Enlargement Probability Averages Angles Project work |
How can parents support?
- Access Google Classroom for up to date homework information.
- For revision materials access videos and resources on Corbett Maths, Hegarty Maths and Just Maths
- Be positive! Children pick up on signals from adults who display a negative attitude towards the subject. This can have a significant impact on the way they view the subject and can impact their success in it.
- Try to provide a quiet, well-lit place for your child to study, away from TV, video games, mobile phone
- Have your child explain what he or she is doing in maths and try to develop a conversation with your child around maths
- If we have contacted home to offer extra support or revision sessions for your child, please support us and encourage them to attend the activities
- Ensure your son/ daughter has the correct equipment including a scientific calculator, pen, pencil, ruler, a pair of compasses and protractor. All of these can be purchased from school.
- Some students prefer using a textbook or revision guide to work through. Revision guides will be available through school at certain points in the year. If you wish to purchase a textbook to use at home, please ensure you buy one for the new curriculum.
KS4
There are six topic strands in Maths GCSE:
- Number
- Algebra
- Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change
- Geometry and Measures
- Probability
- Statistics
Assessment:
There are three 1hr 30mins exam papers. 1 non-calculator and 2 calculator papers.
We regularly assess KS4 pupils at the end of each reporting window. Pupils will sit at least two exam papers that are both calculator and non-calculator. Throughout the academic year in Years 10 and 11, pupils will sit ‘Pre Public Examinations’, known as PPEs. This will include pupils sitting examinations in the main hall, replicating real exam conditions.
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:
PIXL Maths App:
KS5
Why study Maths after GCSE?
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 |
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 4 (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.