Key Stage 3
Year 7 and 8
Pupils build on their Mathematics from Primary school, studying Mathematics from Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measures, Ratio and Proportion and Statistics. We block the work together to make 4 modules so that students have an opportunity to practice basic arithmetic skills throughout a module. The modules in Year 8 follow the same arithmetic areas as Year 7 to allow students to master these skills and extend their skill set. At the end of each topic we have a mini test in the lesson so we can see where gaps still lie and address them before the longer end of module test. Each year 7 student will have a sheet in their books that they and their teacher will use to record where they have mastered a skill and where there are still gaps, so you will know where you can help your child at home.
There is an emphasis on the key processes that the pupils need to be able to solve problems especially justification of their answer and on explaining how they got there. As part of this we expect pupils to engage in each other’s mathematics, comparing methods and looking for the most efficient way to solve a problem. We use the programme Autograph to investigate graphs.
Maths – Yr7 – Learner Descriptors:
Maths – Yr8 – Learner Descriptors:
Key Stage 4
GCSE (Exam Board: OCR)
What do students study in lessons?
There are four main areas of mathematics: number work, shape and space, algebra and data handling. Student use ICT to help with some areas and learn how the different areas fit together. Problem solving is now an integral part of the Mathematics Syllabus. Within each topic area students will review the ideas and methods they have learnt previously and then extend them, applying the new techniques acquired. Currently we are trailing a weekly problem solving specific lesson with Year 9 to strengthen this key skill, thus allowing them to perform better in their GCSE exams.
This is currently by final examination. There are currently three papers for each level (foundation or higher), two to be completed with a calculator and one without. Each paper counts for of the final mark. A scientific calculator is essential for both Higher and Foundation papers as Trigonometry now appears on both. There is no controlled assessment.
Students will regularly be given targets to aim for, and will be told at which grade they are working. There is an emphasis on the grade linking to the ability to use the Maths that they know to solve ever more complex problems rather than linking to a particular mathematical skill. Topics are tested regularly in year 9, 10 and 11 so that students can monitor the progress they are making.
Please click the link below to access the Mathematics (Foundation) Personal Learner Checklist:
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Key Stage 5
AS and A2 (Exam Board: Edexcel)
What do students study in lessons?
Mathematics – Pure and Mechanics
This course is particularly suitable for those intending to study Physics, or wishing to go into one of the Engineering Sciences. It comprises the study of module papers C1, C2, C3, C4, M1 and M2. The course is mostly teacher taught with some investigational work and the use of computers where appropriate. The mechanics covers much of the mechanics used in Physics and Engineering, so there may be some overlap with this aspect of Physics A Level.
Mathematics – Pure with Statistics
This course is for those students who are not primarily specialist mathematicians but who are interested in mathematics and wish to study it to a higher level, possibly in conjunction with arts subjects. The object of the course is to encourage students to evaluate their thinking in relation to scientific/social experimentation. The module papers studied are C1, C2, C3, C4, S1 & S2. The course is mainly teacher taught with some investigational work and use of computers/videos where appropriate.
Further Mathematics is intended particularly for those students who wish to specialise in the study of Mathematics after the age of 18. It is not for the lazy or the faint hearted, as it involves studying for papers C1, C2, C3, C4, FP1, FP2, FP3, M1, M2, M3, S1, S2 or D1, as all students who study Further Mathematics are taking 2 mathematical A Levels and will be awarded 2 A Level certificates. This combination (Mathematics and Further Mathematics) counts as two subjects for the purposes of entry to Higher Education. In practice most students take Mathematics, Further Mathematics plus two other A Levels – usually two sciences. This course extends work done in Mathematics to a high level, introducing many advanced topics and techniques. It is intended for those who wish to develop a deeper understanding and broader knowledge of Mathematics than is provided by the single A Level. Further Mathematics is particularly important for those wishing to specialise in mathematics or in physical sciences. For students wishing to read for a degree in Mathematics at Oxford, Cambridge or Imperial is almost essential. For the study of mathematics at other universities it is highly desirable. Students are supported in their development through links with the Further Maths Support Programe (FMSP) and STEP preparation.
From 2017 this will change so that students who choose to study Maths will do a combination of Pure Maths with statistics AND mechanics.