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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

Course  Maths
Examining Board EDEXCEL
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Why study this subject?

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.

 

A high-quality mathematics education therefore 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.

Strands

There are six topic strands in Maths GCSE:

Number
Algebra
Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change
Geometry and Measures
Probability
Statistics

Assessment 

The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier. The main topic areas are:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

 

The school will decide on the tier of entry for each student at the end of Year 9 based on assessments and teacher knowledge.

 

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 9, and 10, Year 11 pupils will sit ‘Pre Public Examinations’, known as PPEs. This will include pupils sitting examinations in the main hall, replicating real exam conditions.

 

Pupils are given weekly homework that is either exam related, extending classroom learning or consolidating classwork via Hegarty Maths.

Next steps - Careers/HE courses

Students can progress from this qualification to Level 3 qualifications (A Level) in numerate disciplines, such as:
? Core Mathematics
? A level Mathematics and A Level Further Mathematics
? Sciences
? Geography
? Psychology
? Economics
? other qualifications that require mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding.

 

This course provides a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and for employment. The lin beow shows the numerous careers with maths
https://www.mathscareers.org.uk/careers/

 

Useful resources

PIXL Maths App:   

Dr Frost Maths: 

Maths Bot: 

Mr Barton Maths: 

Maths made easy: 

KS5

Core Maths

A-Level Maths

A-Level Further Maths

Course  Core Maths
Examining Board AQA
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Why study this subject?

Develop key employability skills e.g. problem-solving, communication, logical reasoning and resilience. Leads to versatile qualifications, well-respected by employers and higher education Increase knowledge and understanding of mathematical techniques and their applications.​ Excellent preparation for a wide range of university courses. Supports the study of other A levels. Stimulating and challenging courses

Unit 1 
Financial Maths - Learn how to calculate Tax, NI and Student loan repayments.
Unit 2
Statistics & Probability - Understand the use of statistics in a real world context
Unit 3
Critical Analysis - Learn to critically analyse data used in real world context
Unit 4
Estimation - Fermi estimation, learn how to make assumptions and calculate estimates based on these assumptions.
Assessment
This is assessed at the end of year 13 with two exam papers. Each paper is 1hour 30mins long and covers all content learnt
Next steps - Careers/HE courses Medical, Games Design, Internet Security, Financial, Cryptography, Programming, Communications, Aircraft Modelling, Fluid Flows, Acoustic Software Development, Electronics, Civil Engineering, Quantum Physics, Astronomy, Forensics, DNA sequencing, Data Science, Psychology, Law, Economics, Climate Change Environmental Modelling
Suggested links to resources

Advanced Maths Support Program (AMSP)

Course  A level Mathematics
Examining Board Edexcel
Specification Link
Why study this subject?
  • Develop key employability skills
  • problem-solving, communication, logical reasoning and resilience
  • Leads to versatile qualifications, well-respected by employers and higher education
  • Increase knowledge and understanding of mathematical techniques and their applications​
  • Excellent preparation for a wide range of university courses
  • Support the study of other A levels
  • Stimulating and challenging courses
Key Content 

Pure Mathematics

Statistics

Mechanics

Unit 1 & Unit 2 Pure Maths
Unit 3 Mechanics and Statistics
Assessment AS-

The AS is assessed using 2 exam papers. 

All papers carry equal weighting.

Paper 1: Pure Maths,

Paper 2: Statistics and Mechanics. 

Assessment A-Level

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 
Paper 2- Pure Mathematics 2 
Paper 3- Mechanics and Statistics 

Next steps - Careers/HE courses Medical, Games Design, Internet Security, Financial, Cryptography, Programming, Communications, Aircraft Modelling, Fluid Flows, Acoustic Software Development, Electronics, Civil Engineering, Quantum Physics, Astronomy, Forensics, DNA sequencing, Data Science, Psychology, Law, Economics, Climate Change Environmental Modelling
Suggested links to resources  Dr Frost Maths

Physics and Maths Tutor 

Advanced Maths Support Program (AMSP)

Course  Further Mathematics
Examining Board Edexcel
Specification Link
Why study this subject?
  • Develop key employability skills: problem-solving, communication, logical reasoning and resilience
  • Leads to versatile qualifications, well-respected by employers and higher education
  • Increase knowledge and understanding of mathematical techniques and their applications​
  • Excellent preparation for a wide range of university courses
  • Support the study of other A levels
  • Stimulating and challenging courses
Key Content 

Pure Mathematics

Statistics

Decision

Unit 1  

Pure Mathematics

  • Complex Numbers
  • Argand Diagrams
  • Series Roots of polynomials
  • Volumes of revolution
  • Matrices
  • Linear Transformations
  • Proof by induction
  • Vectors
Unit 2

Statistics

  • Discrete Random Variables
  • Poisson distributions
  • Geometric and negative binomial distributions (year 13 content)
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Central Limit Theorem (year 13 content)
  • Chi Squared Tests
  • Probability generating functions (year 13 content)
  • Quality of tests (year 13 content)
Unit 3 Decision
  • Algorithms
  • Graphs and Networks
  • Algorithms of graphs
  • Route inspection
  • The travelling salesman (year 13 content)
  • Linear Programming
  • The simplex algorithm (year 13 content)
  • Critical Path analysis
Assessment AS-

The AS is assessed using 2 exam papers. 

All papers carry equal weighting.

Paper 1: Pure Maths

Paper 2: Statistics and Decision 

Assessment A-Level

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 
Paper 2- Pure Mathematics 2 
Paper 3- Statistics 

Paper 4 - Decision

Next steps - Careers/HE courses Medical, Games Design, Internet Security, Financial, Cryptography, Programming, Communications, Aircraft Modelling, Fluid Flows, Acoustic Software Development, Electronics, Civil Engineering, Quantum Physics, Astronomy, Forensics, DNA sequencing, Data Science, Psychology, Law, Economics, Climate Change Environmental Modelling
Suggested links to resources

Dr Frost Maths

Physics and Maths Tutor 

Advanced Maths Support Program (AMSP)