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Mathematics

Staff within the Department

Mr L. Ejiofor  Head of Department     BSc (Hons) Psychology, MEd Teaching Studies

Mrs S. Keith   2nd in department (KS4 coordinator)  BA(Hons) Business Studies

Ms J. James (KS3 coordinator) B(Eng.)  Hons Manufacturing Systems Engineering  with Management 

Mr P. Doyle (Deputy Head) BA Economics MA in Education

Ms A. Graham  (Assistant Head). BSc in Applied Mathematics

Dr E. Arroyo   Masters in Engineering, PhD in Electromechanical Engineering

Dr M. Smith B.Sc. in Mathematical Studies M.Sc. in Fluid Dynamics, M.Sc. in Statistics, Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics

Ms S. Mitchell BCom (Hons) Accounting, MPhil Mathematics Education

Ms N. Kotrikadze   BSc (Hons) degree in Financial Mathematics 

Ms B. Robbin-Coker . BSc (Hons) Biochemistry

Ms A. Burford-Reade      BSc (Hons) Psychology Single Hons

Mrs N. Dann   BA (Hons) Management of Business Information, BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics

Ms A. Khan - BSc (Hons) Mathematics

 

Mathematics is required to be studied in Key Stages 3 and 4 (years 7-11) and is available to study at KS5 at Advanced Level.

In our department our vision is that:-

  • All pupils are enthusiastic, motivated learners, who show enjoyment and love of the subject.
  • Teachers provide engaging activities for the pupils which help to motivate the pupils to succeed. High quality learning resources are used to promote this.
  • Teachers foster an atmosphere where learners are able to apply Mathematics to solve problems in real life situations.
  • Pupils are able to become independent learners, finding their own methods to reach a solution to a problem.
  • There are consistently high levels of achievement shown by all groups of pupils, irrespective of background. This comes from challenging and supporting them in their learning as appropriate and monitoring their progress and intervening if necessary.

 

Curriculum

KS3

The KS3 program is taught in years 7 and 8 and focuses on the National Curriculum objectives of ‘Developing Fluency’ , ‘Reasoning Mathematically’ and ‘Solving Problems’.  

Students are placed in ability based sets early in year 7 with the group size for lower attainers being smaller to allow greater support.  A wide variety of resources and learning approaches are used with an integrated textbook scheme providing the core. All classrooms have Interactive White Boards Student progress is closely monitored and assessment is ongoing. Formal assessments take place three times a year allowing students the opportunity to move to a group that is better suited to their needs.

At Key stage three, Year 7 and Year 8 are taught in four hour lessons each week over a two week timetable. The students are set in four groups of ability with the opportunity to move students after each assessment to move in and out of these teaching groups to address their individual needs and provide targeted intervention.

The themes ‘Developing Fluency’, ‘Reasoning Mathematically’ and ‘Solving Problems’ are delivered through content areas that are taught in rotation through the year.

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

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

Year 8

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

 

Activities to do at home

A web based learning opportunity is available through Mathswatch. This website (mathswatchvle.com) includes video clips showing how to answer questions on each curriculum topic and also has worksheets that may be attempted as practice on each topic. Details about how to log in will be provided to students and they will be requested to write these in their student planner. There is a specific KS3 section.

KS4

All students must study Mathematics at Key Stage 4. The GCSE curriculum is delivered through years 9, 10 and 11 to allow time to develop the necessary skills and knowledge required for the recently extended GCSE Mathematics curriculum. There is no controlled assessment for Mathematics and examination is at the end of year 11.

Students are taught in ability based groups and the focus will be on the Higher Tier for sets 1 and 2 and the Foundation Tier for sets 3, 4 and 5. The Higher Tier of the new curriculum is more challenging than the previous GCSE.

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 9

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

Year 10

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

Year 11

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

 

Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1)

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html​

Activities to do at home

A web based learning opportunity is available through Mathswatch. This website (mathswatchvle.com) includes video clips showing how to answer questions on each curriculum topic and also has worksheets that may be attempted as practice on each topic. Details about how to log in will be provided to students and they will be requested to write these in their student planner. There is a specific KS4 section.

KS5

MATHEMATICS A2

Course:

Edexcel (subject to change on release of final specifications)

Minimum entry requirement:

Grade 7 in maths GCSE

At the Head of Maths discretion, students who achieve in the top 3rd of the grade 6 boundary will be allowed to take the course.

Assessment:

The A2 course consists of four modules:

  • Paper 1 - Pure Mathematics 1 – Proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration and vectors
  • Paper 1 - Pure Mathematics 2 – further investigation of the topics found in paper 1
  • Paper 3 - Statistics and Mechanics – Statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions, statistical hypothesis testing, kinematics, forces, Newton’s laws and Moments.

The modules are assessed by a 90 minute examination and all modules are of equal value.

All exams take place at the end of year 13 based upon successful completion of year 12.

FURTHER MATHEMATICS A2 (inc MATHS A2)

Please note:          This can only be chosen by students completing 4 A-levels

Minimum entry requirement:

Grade 9 in maths GCSE + Grade A* in maths A2 (year 12 completion)

At the Head of Maths discretion, students who achieve in the top 3rd of the grade 8 boundary will be allowed to take the course.

 

At EWS we want to give students the chance to achieve the highest grade possible at Maths and Further maths. As a result we ask all our Further Maths students to sit the full A2 Maths exams at the end of year 12 and use this as a basis for the Further Maths course they undertake in year 13.

Assessment:

The A2 course consists of four modules:

  • Further Pure 1 – Proof, complex numbers, matrices, further algebra and functions, further vectors
  • Further Maths Option 1** - One for the following options; Further Pure 2, Further Statistics, Further Mechanics
  • Further Maths Option 2 - One for the following options; Further Pure 2, Further Statistics, Further Mechanics
  • Further Maths Option 3 - One for the following options; Further Pure 2, Further Statistics, Further Mechanics

The modules are assessed by a 90 minute examination and all modules are of equal value.

All exams take place at the end of year 13 based upon successful completion of year 12.

** AS Further maths students will take these modules only

 

Enrichment opportunities:

UKMT senior maths challenge (compulsory), UKMT team challenge, Cypher challenge, MAT/STEP support high profile universities, Maths mentoring opportunities within school, running of extra-curricular maths activities for younger year groups.

Career Paths

 

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