Our aim is for all students to be numerate, confident mathematicians in order to support their future economic well-being. We want our students to be flexible problem solvers and for them to understand the relevance of their maths in real world contexts, throughout the curriculum and a vast number of careers.
We want our students to enjoy and appreciate the beauty and value of mathematics both man made and in the natural world as well as the important history of maths. Similarly we want them to be able to critically analyse and reflect on real life data and its implication for society. Ultimately our aim is for our students to be fluent in communicating their own ideas as well as exploring and questioning others.
Years 7 & 8
In Years 7 and 8 students follow our in house scheme of work. The work is organised so that students are able to work on a level suited to their ability. Students will also have regular numeracy and problem solving lessons building upon the work done in Junior schools.
When students enter the school in Year 7 we set them based upon their end of Junior school results. Each half year block will be set into 3 sets, enabling teaching to be directed more towards the needs of a group of similar ability. In addition to this work students will complete half termly tests to see if they have understood the work and to help us to make set movements. Interactive whiteboards are used to enhance teaching and learning. MyMaths software is frequently used and students can access this from home with the appropriate username and password which is available from the mathematics staff. Students will also investigate mathematically, usually as a class or group exercise. This work is designed to encourage students to use logic; observe patterns; discover relationships or rules; describe clearly what they have done and seen, so developing a deeper understanding of Mathematics.
All students will require a calculator for their work, although pencil and paper methods and mental arithmetic skills are also used. In Years 7 and 8 a basic calculator will suffice, but they are likely to require a scientific calculator later in their school career, so we recommend purchasing a scientific one from the start. Calculators can be bought from the school at a competitive price.
We regularly review our students' progress and suitability for the allocated set. This is done each term and students may be moved to another set if their ability and progress warrants a move.
GCSE - Years 9,10 and 11
In Year 9 students are placed initially in sets according to their ability in Mathematics as determined by our Year 8 assessments, teacher recommendation and internal exams. The specific content of the course is dependent on the Mathematics set, but all students cover the same core concepts.
Students can expect to work in a variety of ways including investigations, practical work, group discussions and consolidation exercises. There is a variety of learning resources and materials used.
We follow the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics Specification A (Linear 1MA1) at GCSE level. The final grade awarded at the end of Year 11 is determined by the marks from three exams taken at the end of Year 11.
Students in Set 1 will also take an AQA Further Maths GCSE. This will build on their GCSE and introduce several topics that will be taken further at A level mathematics.
Please note, there is no coursework in Mathematics and that the syllabus has changed.
There are two tiers of entry: Foundation and Higher.
For candidates entered for all Foundation units, grades 1-5 are available.
For candidates entered for all Higher units, grades 5-9 are available (9 being the best).
All students will cover a mixture of topics throughout the two year course with Handling Data (Statistics and Probability), Number, Algebra and Geometry all given roughly equal weighting. There is an increased focus on proportional thinking and problem solving in all mathematics courses now and lessons will be geared towards improving student’s confidence in this area.
One of the terminal papers will be non-calculator and a calculator is allowed for the other two. All papers last 1 hour 30 minutes.
Specification : Edexcel 1MA1
Sixth Form: A level
Mathematics is a rich and fascinating subject in its own right. However, it also provides an important background to the study of many other subject areas such as the Sciences, Technology, Economics, Geography and Psychology. Many university courses such as Computing, Physics, Engineering and Earth Sciences specify A Level Mathematics as an entrance requirement.
The study of Mathematics helps students to view and make sense of the world. It will enable them to explore and analyse a variety of problems, and use powerful mathematical and statistical techniques to solve them.
The Mathematics department offers two different courses both with the Edexcel examination board. Each course consists of a central core of Pure Mathematics, which can be thought of as a mathematician's toolbox - the techniques that are needed to go about solving real-life problems. This will involve improving students’ knowledge of algebra and trigonometry beyond all recognition, as well as introducing new and very important ideas such as logarithms and calculus.
A Level Mathematics (8MA0, 9MA0)
This course consists of two thirds Pure Mathematics and one third Applied. The applied work is equally split between Mechanics and Statistics. Mechanics is the study of forces and objects in motion, in which we look at the mathematics of projectiles, collisions, stability and much else besides. These elements are highly relevant to those also taking A Levels in Physics or Technology, and is ideally suited for those wishing to study Physics, Engineering or Technology in Higher Education. Statistics involves gathering and analysing data and the study of probability theory. The Statistical content is most useful to those also taking A Levels with a strong data-handling element, such as Biology and Psychology.
Further Mathematics (8FA0, 9FA0)
This course consists of a number of prescribed Pure Mathematics units which account for half of the content covered and then there are number of extra units from which the class will choose two. In discussion with their teachers, students will choose the extra units that will be studied and this changes from year to year. Classes may opt to take their Mechanics or Statistics knowledge to a much higher level than A-level Mathematics or could choose to study Decision Mathematics. This involves studying a selection of the techniques developed within the last century to solve problems the modern world has presented and is recommended to those interested in Computing, Economics and Business Studies, as well as those looking for a change from more traditional Mathematics. This year the class have opted for extra Pure Mathematics as one of their choices because several of them are keen to study Mathematics at University. This course is strongly recommended for those who really enjoy their Maths and want to study each area in more detail.
We also recommend this course to all those who want to study Mathematics in some form in Higher Education. It must be stressed that to be successful in this course, students need to be very able and enthusiastic mathematicians.
For more details please visit https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/mathematics-2017.html and download the pdf files.