Mathematics

Study at PCSUBJECT INTRODUCTION

Within the Mathematics Department we aim  to challenge every student to reach their full potential in mathematics. To achieve this all pupils from the start of year 7 are given access to the full curriculum and assessment requirements covering grades G to A* in every topic of study. Students are grouped and re-grouped every half term to achieve the best learning environment possible for all concerned.

The mathematics department is staffed by seven fully qualified mathematicians.

  • Mr L. Hartnett - Head of Mathematics
  • Ms D. Todorinovik - Deputy in Mathematics
  • Ms M. Stewart - Leading Practitioner
  • Ms S. Powel – Mathematics Teacher
  • Mr S. Mitchell - Mathematics Teacher
  • Mr S. Bailey - Mathematics Teacher
  • Ms S. Chadwick – Mathematics Teacher

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 2014 these were:

  • Mathematics 77% A*- C grades with approximately one third being A/A*
  • Statistics 96% A* - C grades with approximately half being A/A*

THE CURRICULUM

All year groups are given access to the full mathematics curriculum covering the GCSE grades G to A*. Regardless of age, students are encouraged to work at an appropriate level for them, and are assessed with generic tests covering all the grades. This enables almost all students to be entered for the Higher GCSE examination in Year 11 for grades A*- C. The content of the new mathematics curriculum can be found at, www.gov.uk 

In year 11, the accelerated group are expected to follow the A-level Additional Mathematics course, and/or the C1 module of AS-Level mathematics to prepare them for Further Mathematics A-levels in the Sixth Form.

Key Stage 3 Setting

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 on a half termly basis using our fortnightly assessments, see below, and the teacher’s professional judgement.

Year 7

and

Year 8

Band A

Accelerated Set 1  

Band A

Mixed ability

Band A

Mixed ability

 

Band B

Accelerated Set 2

Band B

Mixed ability

Band B

Mixed ability

 

Year 9  

Accelerated Set 1

Set 2

Set 3

Mixed ability

Mixed ability

Mixed ability 

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.

Assessment

Throughout years 7 to 11 all students are given a topic test every two to three weeks. The tests covers all levels and grades in a given topic from grade G to A* at GCSE.  A student can repeat a test twice to improve their attainment at any time.

There is an end of year examination to establish a student’s full level/grade, and academic progress. In year 11, the vast majority of students take their GCSE at the higher level to attain grades C to A*.

The accelerated group, who have followed the Additional mathematics course, can take the examination to secure that qualification in year 11 if they wish. 

Homework

In general 30 minutes of homework is set at the end of each lesson.

If, on occasion, the homework is found to be too lengthy or too difficult then the parent can cancel that nights work by recording a short note in the pupils' book to that effect. Conversely there is ample access to extension materials for students who prefer further challenge.

 

Key Stage 5

There are three Mathematics groups - two general A-Level Mathematics groups, following Maths modules C1 and C2, with statistics S1, in Year 12 and A2 course Maths modules C3 and C4, with mechanics M1, in Year 13.

There is also one Further Mathematics Group covering Maths modules C1, C2, S1, M1, M2 and FP1 in Year 12, followed by Maths modules C3, C4, FP2, FP3, M3 and either M4 or S2 in Year 13.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

The department sends a number of selected students to St. Paul's independent school, Master Classes in Mathematics, a two year course .

We also take part in Kingston's University Master Classes in Mathematics, a six week course.

There is also an after school chess club, for those who are keen.

LINKS & RESOURCES

Texts

All students are supplied with online versions of either the Foundation or Higher GCSE text covering the new GCSE mathematics curriculum. The online version costs £2, is available from the school library, and should last throughout their time at Christ’s School.

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' tutorial discs are also available from the department at a cost of £5. They provide excellent video tutorials covering most of the GCSE mathematics curriculum. They are an invaluable source of revision material tests and main examinations.

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