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Mathematics

The brain is an amazing and unique tool. It is more sophisticated and complex than the most powerful computers being built today. Mathematics isn't just about arithmetic or memorising formulae; it's about problem solving, deducing truth, creating theories, exploring puzzles, discussing methods and different ways of working.

The Mathematics curriculum aims to stimulate the curiosity of students by setting problems appropriate to their levels of ability and help them become confident in solving all manner of mathematical problem which comes their way. In doing so, students will become increasingly independent and able to apply their thinking to a range of mathematical context.

A keen mathematical understanding is fundamental to success across the curriculum and will help build the foundation for success at college, university, and in general living.

On top of a vibrant and engaging Mathematics curriculum, we provide opportunities for students to participate in a range of opportunities such as World Maths Day, National Maths Challenges and the Team Maths Challenge.

Maths Key Stage 3

The focus of Years 7, 8 & 9 is to enable students to improve their problem solving skills through a range of tasks which promote independent learning. Students consolidate their number skills by focusing on mental and written methods of calculation, fractions, decimals and percentages. Algebra is introduced using an investigatory approach to underpin the core techniques and then advanced to more difficult concepts. 

Students also continue to develop their knowledge of geometry and measures. In statistics, students are encouraged to develop their comparison skills by undertaking their own projects. Grouped and paired activities are provided to promote discussion and peer learning. Students are encouraged to communicate their findings orally and in writing using correct notation and mathematical terminology.

Mathematical thinking is promoted and students learn to work in a systematic and logical way, appreciating the power and beauty of mathematics along the way.

In line with the school’s Key Stage 3 assessment ‘life after levels’ system, students are assigned to one of three baselines; Foundation, Intermediate and Higher.

 

A curriculum overview calendar for Mathematics is available here:

If you have any further questions please contact:

Mr D Moulder – Team Leader – Mathematics

Mr A Gell – Deputy Team Leader – Mathematics 

Mrs L Fox – Deputy Team Leader – Mathematics

Maths Key Stage 4

All Year 10 & 11 students study GCSE Mathematics either at Higher or Foundation Level, according to their level of ability.  Some students will also have the opportunity to study for the Edexcel Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics and the Edexcel Awards in Number and Measure. For students with a particular keenness to study Mathematics, they can also choose to study GCSE Statistics as part of their GCSE options curriculum.

The GCSE course is designed to develop an understanding of key mathematical concepts including number and algebra, geometry and measures, and statistics and probability. The GCSE specification requires students to have a good understanding of problem solving skills and broader mathematical understanding.  Our focus therefore is to enable students to deduce appropriate methods to solve problems in real-life contexts and to decide for themselves how to tackle a question and to choose the maths they will use.

Our aim is to ensure that all students achieve their full potential in Mathematics. We also aim to develop students’ interest and engagement in a subject which should always be exciting, invigorating and highly rewarding.

 

A curriculum overview calendar for Years 7 -11 Mathematics is available here

For details of the objectives that are covered in these topics, please click on the links below.

Foundation Tier Objectives

Higher Tier Objectives

Alongside these objectives are Mathswatch clip numbers which can be used to support students’ independent revision and preparation for termly assessments and the GCSE exam in the summer of year 11.

We also offer Statistics as a twilight GCSE with sessions once per week from the spring term of year 10. To view what this course covers, please click here to view the exam specification.

If you have any further questions please contact:

Mr D Moulder – Team Leader – Mathematics

Mr A Gell – Deputy Team Leader – Mathematics 

Mrs L Fox – Deputy Team Leader – Mathematics

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