Mathematics

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Head of Department: Dubravka Todorinovic

Staff Contact Details:

Maths Department Curriculum Intent

The Maths department’s focus over the seven-year curriculum is to develop students’ confidence in Maths focusing on skills they will require in their future professions. We aim to raise learners’ awareness of careers in STEM related graduate jobs. These careers range from various types of engineering including energy sector, construction and telecommunications to film industry and finance. 

In KS3, we aim to support students with lower prior attainment through a differentiated scheme of work and additional maths lessons focusing on knowledge retention and numeracy skills. We aim to motivate and inspire high achievers through offering stretch and challenge in every lesson, Maths competitions, enrichment classes and school trips. We strive to provide an inspiring learning environment where students enjoy learning Maths.

Students’ knowledge retention and building core skills are addressed by teaching each GCSE topic twice over the course of three years in KS3.  In year 7, students start with reinforcing their numeracy skills which they will continue to apply to other topics throughout the year. A strong focus on the development of problem solving strategies is present across the seven – year curriculum.

The Mathematics department is staffed by ten fully qualified mathematicians.

The department has its own suite of rooms, with interactive whiteboards and access to a fully equipped ICT area.

The department continually produces outstanding GCSE results. In June 2019:

30% Level 7+

65% Level 5+

81% Level 4+

A Level Alps Grade 2

Further Maths 67% A*-B

THE CURRICULUM

Within the Mathematics department we aim to challenge every student to reach their full potential in mathematics. All year groups are given access to the full mathematics curriculum covering the GCSE grades 1 to 9. Regardless of age, students are encouraged to work at an appropriate level for them.

At the start of Year 7, students are separated into two equal ability bands, using their KS2 SAT scores. They are then placed into one of three groups, one accelerated group and two mixed ability groups. In year 8 and 9, students are split in sets 1-4 and two mixed ability groups.

Adjustments are made at three points throughout the year using our fortnightly assessments, cumulative assessments and the teacher’s professional judgement.

Topics covered

Year 7 SOW 2019

Coursework     Set 1 & 2                             Mixed                Homework              Set 1 & 2                        Mixed

Year 7 Mathc curr

Year 8 SOW 2019

Coursework     Set 1 & 2                            Mixed                Homework              Set 1 & 2                        Mixed

Year 8 maths

Year 9 SOW 2019

Coursework     Set 1, 2 & 3                     Mixed                Homework              Set 1, 2 & 3                   Mixed

Year 9 maths

Key Stage 4 Setting

Students are divided into five streamed sets and a small nurture group.

Accelerated Set 1

Aiming for Grade 8/9

Set 2

Aiming for Grade 7/8

Set 3

Aiming for Grade 6/7

Set 4

Aiming for Grade 5

Set 5

Aiming for Grade 4/5

Nurture Group

Aiming for Grade 4

Topics covered in KS 4

Year 10 SOW 2019

Coursework  Set 1, 2 & 3                  Mixed                Homework           Set 1, 2 & 3                    Mixed

Year 10 maths

Year 11 SOW 2019

Coursework  Set 1, 2 & 3                   Mixed                Homework             Set 1, 2 & 3                    Mixed

Year 11 Maths

 

Key Stage 5

There are three Mathematics groups - two general A-Level Mathematics groups and one Further Maths group. All students sit the AS Level exam at the end of Year 12.

Year 12 AS Core, Statistics and Mechanics

Year 13 A Level Books Core, Statistics and Mechanics

Homework and aSSESSMENTS

To find out more about homework requirements, please visit the Homework section of this website.

Assessment
Throughout Years 7 to 10 all students are given a topic test every two to three weeks. In addition, year 7 to 9 students sit two cumulative tests – one at the end of Autumn Term and ‘End of Year Exam’ in June. In Years 10 and 11 students sit cumulative tests on the GCSE course at the end of each term.

 

Enrichment and extra-curricular 

School trips:

Pixl Strive for 5 Conference – Aimed at Year 11 students trying to secure a Grade 5 at GCSE.

Royal Holloway University ‘Exploring Maths’ – Aimed at Year 12 students considering choosing a Maths based degree at university.

GCSE Maths in Action: One day lecture organised by 'The Training Partnership' aimed at year 10 students. This is another opportunity for students to hear about many applications of Mathematics and careers related to it.

UK Mathematical Circle: 2 Day event aimed at providing enrichment opportunity for the most able Mathematicians in Year 10.

UK Maths Team Challenge: Competition for Year 9 against other high achieving students in other local schools.

UK Maths Challenge

National competition sat by all students in sets 1 and 2 in KS3 and KS4. Also, all KS5 students who study Maths are offered the opportunityto compete in the Senior Maths Challenge. Students securing gold awards move on to compete against students throughout Europe in the next round.

This year's Maths Challenge competition dates are:

Senior Mathematical Challenge (years 12 and 13): Thursday 7 November 2019

Intermediate Mathematical Challenge (years 9, 10 and 11): Thursday 6 February 2020

Junior Mathematical Challenge (year 7 and 8): Thursday 30 April 2020

School clubs

Year 10 Additional Maths Club – Aimed at broadening the understanding of students who might choose Maths or Further Maths at A Level.

KS3 Maths Club – aimed for all year 7-9 students who like to be challenged in Maths. Students attend Maths Club every Tuesday and work together on developing their problem solving skills. Students’ popular resources are UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) challenge problems and NRICH.

 

Mathematics Master Classes at Kingston University: A six week course organised by Royal Institution of Great Britain. These enrichment classes are aimed at year 9 students. They are run every Saturday from January to March each year. 

Imperial College Master Classes: A six week Engineering course for year 9 students. Aim of this course is to inspire students to think about the careers in engineering. This course is also organised by Royal Institution. Students attend Saturday lectures from January to March. 

Careers

Mathematics is a powerful tool with many applications. Advanced mathematical training can lead to many career opportunities, including business, finance, medicine, engineering, and basic sciences.

At the same time, mathematics is a self-contained subject that is worth studying simply for its elegance. While challenging at times, the study of mathematics can bring a tremendous sense of accomplishment. Mathematics is an ideal subject for people who enjoy abstract thinking.

Exam board

KS4

Exam Board: Edexcel

Specification:

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

Past papers:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/support/support-topics/exams/past-papers.html?Qualification-Family=GCSE&Qualification-Subject=Mathematics%20(9-1)%20from%202015&Status=Pearson-UK:Status%2FLive&Specification-Code=Pearson-UK:Specification-Code%2Fgcse15-maths&Exam-Series=June-2017

KS5

Exam Board: Edexcel A Level Maths

Specification:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/mathematics-2017.html

Past papers:

https://www.examsolutions.net/as-maths/edexcel/

Textbooks and revision RESOURCES

KS3 

Text books:

Collins Maths Frameworking KS3 books

All students have their own online access to the textbook used in class. 

Students may be given access to additional support or extension texts on an individual basis.

Other online resources: 

Collins Connect

HegartyMaths: https://hegartymaths.com/

DrFrostMaths http://www.drfrostmaths.com

Corbett Maths https://corbettmaths.com/contents/

MathsGenie  https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/gcse.html

 

KS4

Text books:

 

CGP Mathematics for GCSE and I GCSE

All students are asked to purchase Foundation or Higher GCSE text book covering the new GCSE mathematics curriculum.

Other online resources: 

MathsGenie  https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/gcse.html

Corbett Maths https://corbettmaths.com/contents/

DrFrostMaths: http://www.drfrostmaths.com

Pixl Maths App: https://mathsapp.pixl.org.uk/PMA.html

 

KS5

Year 12

Edexcel AS and A level Mathematics Pure Mathematics Year 1/AS Textbook

Edexcel AS and A level Mathematics Statistics & Mechanics Year 1

Year 13

Edexcel A level Mathematics Pure Mathematics Year 2 Textbook

Edexcel A level Mathematics Statistics & Mechanics Year 2 Textbook

Online Resources:

Worked tutorials and solutions to exam questions https://www.examsolutions.net/a-level-maths/edexcel/

 

HEGARTYMATHS

Each student is given access to this online revision and homework resource with video tutorials on every GCSE topic and interactive questions set for homework.

RECOMMENDED READS

  • Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh

  • Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities by Ian Stewart

  • Why Do Buses Come In Threes? by Rob Eastaway

  • Alex’s Adventures in Number Land by Alex Bellos

  • Maths For Mums & Dads by Rob Eastaway

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