Mathematics

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Head of Department: Aidan Hogan

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Within the Mathematics department we aim to challenge every student to reach their full potential in mathematics. To achieve this all students from the start of Year 7 are given access to the full curriculum and assessment requirements covering grades 1-9 in every topic of study. Students are grouped and re-grouped at three points during the year to achieve the best learning environment possible for all concerned.

The Mathematics department is staffed by seven 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 2017:

5% Level 9

31% Level 7+

76% Level 4+

A Level Alps Grade 3

Further Maths 75% A*-A

THE CURRICULUM

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, and are assessed with generic tests covering all the grades.

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, an accelerated group, mainly those achieving a level 6 or top level 5, or a mixed ability set of mainly level 5 and 4.

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

 

Topics covered

Year 7:

Angles; Algebra; Number and sequences; Negative numbers; Probability; Area and Perimeter; Fractions and Percentages; Averages; Coordinates and Graphs; Volume; Ratio, Proportion and Scale Factor; Rounding; Estimates and Error; Number and Sequences; Charts; Pythagoras and Trigonometry

Year 8:

Transformations; Coordinates and Graphs; Formulae and Negative Numbers; Fractions and Percentages; Probability; Pythagoras and Trigonometry, Algebra; Ratio, Proportion and Scale Factor; Indices, Standard Form, Surds; Volume; Inequalities and Simultaneous Equations; Charts; Compound Units; Scale Drawings

Year 9:

Algebra; Similarity; Probability; Inequalities, Simultaneous and Quadratic; Angles and Bearings; Number and Sequences; Formulae and Negative Numbers; Transformations; Ratio and Proportion; Coordinates and Graphs; Pythagoras and Trigonometry, Vectors; Compound Units; Volume

Key Stage 4 Setting

Students are divided into three streamed sets and two mixed ability groups.

Year 10

Accelerated Set 1  

Set 2

Set 3

Mixed ability

Mixed ability

Year 11  

Accelerated Set 1  

Set 2 

Set 3

Mixed ability

Mixed ability

Topics Covered

Inequalities, Simultaneous and Surds; Pythagoras and Trigonometry; Compound Units; Volume; Number and Sequences; charts; Coordinates and Graphs; Algebra; Similarity; Functions, Shifts and Composites; Transformations and Vectors; Angles; Ratio; Area and Perimeter; Fractions and Percentages; Negative Numbers and Formulae; Probability; Rounding; Indices and Standard Form.

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

Assessment
Throughout Years 7 to 10 all students are given a topic test every two to three weeks. In Years 10 and 11 students sit cumulative tests on the GCSE course at the end of each term.

KS3

Maths homework at KS3 is set twice a week and is a combination of online work and written exercises. The online homework resources we use are Mathswatch, MyMaths and Dr Frost Maths. The written exercises are given from the Department Textbook: CGP Mathematics for GCSE and IGCSE.

KS4

Maths homework at KS4 uses the same resources as KS3 but is supplemented by past GCSE papers and a revision app designed to help students target their areas of weakness called the Pixl maths app.


KS5

A Level homework is set after every lesson as a combination of exercises from the course textbooks and from past examination questions.

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.

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 exam sat by all students in sets 1 and 2. Students securing gold awards move on to compete against students throughout Europe in the next round.

School clubs

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

Kingston University Master Classes:  A six week course run on Saturdays aimed at enriching the experience of students in KS3

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: CGP Mathematics for GCSE and I GCSE

Resources: Mathswatch: https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/,

My Maths : https://www.mymaths.co.uk/

DrFrostMaths http://www.drfrostmaths.com

 

KS4

Text books: CGP Mathematics for GCSE and I GCSE

Resources: Mathswatch: https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/,

My Maths: https://www.mymaths.co.uk/

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

Resources

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

TEXTS

All students are asked to purchase Foundation or Higher GCSE text covering the new GCSE mathematics curriculum. The textbook can be purchased on the school’s SCOPAY system.

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

MYMATHS

Each student is given access to an online mathematics curriculum called 'MyMaths'. The department use this as an additional source of homework and as an alternative learning medium for the student.

MATHSWATCH

Mathswatch is an online revision and homework resource with video tutorials on every GCSE topic and interactive questions that can be used for homework or for independent revision.

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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