Mathematics

Welcome to the Mathematics Department! The Mathematics department has very high expectations for all of our pupils and always aims to create an environment where pupils can develop their true potential.  We work to inspire pupils to develop a passion for mathematics and an understanding of its importance in everyday life.

Our Aim

  • As a department we are committed to the philosophy that each pupil should:
  • Have a positive experience of learning Mathematics.
  • Show continuous progression and improvement.
  • Achieve their full potential.

We aim to achieve this by:

  • Teaching Mathematics as laid down by the Government framework, using a variety of methods and stimuli.
  • Creating a supportive and caring learning environment.
  • Offering a wide range of enrichment activities


In particular, we wish each pupil to develop:

  • A genuine feeling of how numbers fit together; the ability to carry out calculations, understand the significance of results and estimate whether or not an answer is reasonable.
  • The ability to apply Mathematics in everyday situations and develop an understanding of the part which Maths plays in the world.
  • The ability to apply Maths to other subjects.
  • The ability to solve problems, present solutions clearly, check and interpret results.
  • The ability to communicate what they have learned clearly, both in written form and orally.
  • The ability to work individually and as part of a group.
  • The confidence to experiment and make mistakes, and persevere when problems arise.
  • Our commitment to these aims and objectives will ensure that we continue to build success on success.

 

  • Key stage 3

    For information about the objectives being covered by your child during the autumn term click here

    For information about the objectives being covered by your child during the spring term click here

    For more information about the maths curriculum click here
    ‘Helping your child to revise’.

    There are many resources available on the internet to help your child to revise for their mathematics exams.  The school has subscribed to the following websites for your child:
    www.mymaths.co.uk
    www.vle.mathswatch.com

    Your son/daughter has their own individual log-in details for these websites.

    Below are a set of revision guides as an example of the type of questions pupils will meet at each grade.

    Aiming for a grade 1
    Aiming for a grade 3
    Aiming for a grade 5
    Aiming for a grade 7
    Aiming for a grade 9
    Grade 1 answers
    Grade 3 answers
    Grade 5 answers
    Grade 7 answers

    ‘Key Stage 3 Summer Examination Revision’.

    Your child will sit their Mathematics examinations on Monday 19th June and Wednesday 21st June. They will complete a 1 hour Non-Calculator paper and a 1 hour Calculator paper.  Below are the revision lists that your child has been issued with.  The revision list contains codes that can be used within Mathswatch or MyMaths to direct your son/daughter directly to appropriate revision resources.

    Pupils in sets 1 and 2 will sit the higher level examination.  Pupils in sets 3 to 6 will sit the foundation level examination.

    Year 7 Foundation
    Year 7 Higher

    Year 8 Foundation

    Year 8 Higher

    Year 9 Foundation

    Year 9 Higher

     

     

     

  • Key stage 4

    In Years 10 and 11 pupils follow the Edexcel Linear 9-1 GCSE in Mathematics. The Mathematics Department follow the Pearson Edexcel GCSE 9-1 Specification.  The detailed specification is available at:

    http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/mathematics/2015/specification-and-sample-assesment/gcse-maths-2015-specification.pdf

    The PEARSON Edexcel Textbook is used as support.

    GCSE Mathematics is divided into six main domains: Number; Algebra; Ratio, Proportion and rates of change; Geometry and measures; Probability and Statistics. Alongside developing their knowledge of the curriculum content pupils also continue to develop their confidence, understanding and a broad range of mathematical skills. Pupils are encouraged to think and communicate mathematically, in clearly written, spoken and graphical forms. Problem solving skills are developed to enable pupils to apply their mathematical knowledge and ability in a wide variety of situations across all subjects. Pupils will develop an appreciation of the interdependence of the different branches of mathematics, and of its place and use in society. At GCSE we aim to build a firm foundation from which to study mathematics further.

    How can my child progress ?

    • Be fully prepared for each lesson with all the necessary equipment, including a scientific calculator and geometry set.
    • Ensure your approach to work is always conscientious.
    • Complete you homework to the highest standard. Do not miss any questions out, show all working and get any necessary help before the deadline.
    • Regularly re-visit your learning and revise topics using recommended resources.
    • Prepare fully for all assessments.
    • Attend booster sessions, revision lessons and maths clinic.
  • Key Stage 5

    The Mathematics Department follow the Pearson Edexcel A-Level Specification.  The detailed specification is available at:

    http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/A%20Level/Mathematics/2017/specification-and-sample-assesment/a-level-l3-mathematics-specification.pdf

    The COLLINS Edexcel Textbook is used as support.

    In Year 12 and 13 pupils have the option to study Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A-Level.

    Objectives

    Year 12 – Autumn Term:-

    CORE MATHEMATICS

    • Problem Solving
    • Algebra and functions 1: Manipulating algebraic expression
    • Algebra and functions 2: Equations and inequalities
    • Algebra and functions 3: Sketching curves
    • Coordinate geometry 1: Equations of straight lines
    • Coordinate geometry 2: Circles
    • Exponentials and logarithms

    MECHANICS

    • Kinematics
    • Forces

    Spring Term:-

    CORE MATHEMATICS

    • Trigonometry
    • Exponentials and logarithms
    • Differentiation
    • Integration
    • Vectors

    STATISTICS

    • Data presentation and interpretation

    Summer Term:-

    CORE MATHEMATICS

    • Proof

    STATISTICS

    • Probability & Statistical Distributions
    • Statistical Sampling & Hypothesis Testing

    Year 13 Autumn Term:-

    CORE 3

    • Algebraic fractions
    • Functions
    • The exponential and log functions
    • Numerical methods
    • Transforming graphs of functions
    • Trigonometry
    • Further trigonometrical identities
    • Differentiation

    CORE 4

    • Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane

    DECISION

    • Linear Programming
    • Algorithms
    • Algorithms on graphs
    • The route inspection problem
    • Critical path analysis

    Spring Tearm:-

    CORE 4

    • Partial fractions
    • The binomial expansion
    • Differentiation
    • Vectors
    • Integration

    DECISION

    • Matchings
    • Flows in networks

    Why study A-Level Maths?

    It will provide a stimulating and challenging course
    To develop key employability skills such as problem-solving, logical reasoning, communication and resilience;
    Increase your knowledge and understanding of mathematical techniques and their applications
    Support the study of other A level subjects
    Provide excellent preparation for a wide range of university courses
    Lead to a versatile qualification that is well-respected by employers and higher education

    Who can study A-Level maths?

    To choose A-Level Maths you must have…
    Studied higher level GCSE
    Achieved a high grade 6 or above
    Passed the entrance examination

    How do I prepare for the A-Level entrance examination?

    The mathematics entrance examination test is designed to help you find out how suitable you will be to study A level mathematics. It uses algebra-based questions which are of a GCSE standard as it will be taken for granted that you are able to use skills at A level.

    What topics does the entrance examination test?

    All questions contained in the entrance exam are based on material in the algebra section of the GCSE syllabus.

    Topic List – Click here
    Example questions – Click here
    Solutions to example questions – Click here

    You can use your revision guides and the appropriate lessons and questions of mathswatch and mymaths to supplement your preparations.

    If you have any concerns remember you can see your teacher or attend maths clinic which runs on Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes.