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Mathematics

Staff within the Department

Mr C Richards – Head of Department. BSc Accountancy and Financial Analysis, MA in Education, MBA.

Ms H Zhou – Second in Department including Head of KS4 Mathematics. BSc Environmental Science. Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Planning

Mr L Barnett – Head of KS5 Mathematics. BSc Statistics

Ms B Robbin-Coker - Head of KS3 Mathematics. BSc Biochemistry

Ms A Abawe - LLB Law

Ms L Flynn - BA Mathematics and English

Ms A Khan - BSc Pure Mathematics

Ms Campbell - (SEN specialism). Certificate in Education

Ms C Perkal - BA English and Mathematics

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

Ms A Graham - (Assistant Head). BSc in Applied 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. In year 7 students are taught for 3 double lessons per week and for 2 doubles and a single lesson in year 8.

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 Advanced Level

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 12

(AS)

Core 1 module. Start C2 and S1

Complete Core 2 and Statistics 1

Examination Preparation

Commence Core 3

Year 13

(A2)

Core 3

Mechanics 1

Core 4

Mechanics 1

Examination Preparation

 

Further Mathematics Advanced Level

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 12

(AS)

Further Pure 1

Two other modules

Further Pure 1

Two other modules

Examination Preparation

Commence FP2

Year 13

(A2)

Further Pure 2

Two other modules

Further Pure 2

Two other modules

Examination Preparation

 

All modules are equally weighted.

There is no assessed coursework for any Mathematics qualification in KS5

Description of modules:

In the pure modules you will study: algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences, series, differentiation, integration, exponentials, logarithms, trigonometry, numerical methods, vectors, complex numbers, matrix algebra, and differential equations.

 

In the applied modules you will study:

Statistics: probability, correlation and regression, discrete random variables, discrete distributions, the Normal, Binomial, Poisson distributions, continuous random variables, continuous distributions, samples and hypothesis tests.

Mechanics: vectors, kinematics, dynamics, statics, moments, centre of mass, work and energy and collisions.

Decision Mathematics: algorithms, route inspection problem, critical path analysis, linear programming, game theory, dynamic programming, flows in networks, transportation and allocation problems.

 

Examination Board –Pearson Edexcel

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/mathematics-2008.html

Activities to do at home

Mymaths – Advanced Level Mathematics on-line lessons and work.

www.mymaths.co.uk

You will be advised about log in by your teacher

GCSE Resit

This course is offered to those who have not achieved the qualifying grade of C (or level 4).

Enrichment Activities and Trips

 

UK Maths Challenge

A nationally popular, certificated mathematical challenge.

Drop In Mathematics

Lunchtime Mathematics support for examination preparation, homework support and ‘catch up’.

Year 7 Mathematics Evening

Mathematical fun and games for students and parents.

 

Career Paths

 

Statistician

Engineer

Actuary

Logistics

Accountant

Astronomer

Banking

Economist