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Maths

Welcome to the Maths Department.

Mathematics is a compulsory subjects from Years 7 through to 11. In our sixth form we also offer AS level, A Level, GSCE and Functional Skills in our Sixth Form.

Subject Overview

Years 7 and 8

KS3 maths is usually taught in ability sets: this means the more able children will be stretched, while children who struggle with maths will take things more slowly, and be given more support.

Here is a list of all the maths skills students learn in year 7 and 8! These skills are organised into categories.

Numbers

• Decimal, Fractions and Percentages
• Rounding whole numbers and decimals
• Positioning negative numbers one a number line
• Highest common factors and lowest common multiples
• Ratio and proportion

Algebra

• Using letters to represent numbers
• Solving simple equations
• Number sequences
• Input, output and mapping diagrams
• Plotting graphs using co-ordinates

Geometry and measures

• Calculating the sum of angles on a point, triangle and straight line
• Reflections, rotations and translations of 2D shapes
• Symmetry of a 2D shape
• Using a ruler and protractor to draw accurate lines, angles and triangles
• Converting metric units
• Learning the formula for calculating the area of a rectangle and triangle
• Surface area of cubes and cuboids

Statistics

• Creating frequency tables
• Finding the mode, median and mean
• Creating and interpreting graphs, pie charts and diagrams
• Estimating probability from a simple experiment

Years 9 to 11

From Year 9 all students study for their GCSEs. We currently follow the EdExcel GCSE syllabus.  Students are encouraged to develop, in particular, problem solving skills at the appropriate leve.  The course will cover topics in:

• Number
• Algebra
• Ratio, proportion and rates of change
• Geometry and measures
• Probability
• Statistics

All content can be assesss on any of the three question papers.  As such, some questions will draw together elements of maths from different topic areas.

The table below shows the approximate weightings of the topic areas for the overall tier assessment, not for each individual question paper.

 Topic area Foundation Tier % Higher Tier % Number 25 15 Algebra 20 30 Ratio 25 20 Geometry 15 20 Statistic/Probability 15 15

Assessment

The assessment will be based on three externally assessed examinations at the end of year 11.  Students are entered for assessment at either the Higher Tier (grades 4 to 9) or the Foundation Tier (grades 1 to 5).  The first examiniation will be non calculator but a calculator will be allowed for the other two examiniations.

Years 12 and 13

We offer AS and A Level Mathematics in the sixth form and follow the AQA syllabus. This is a two year courses.  Due to the demand of the subject, we recommend that students achieve at least a grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics, if they woudl like to continue the subject at thsi level.  All assessments are via three 2 hour exam papers taken at the end of the two years - P1, P2, and the Applied paper, which is 50% statistics, 50% mechanics.  The new Maths A-Level has a linear structure and as such the topics will be taught alongside each other and not in the Modular format previously used.  This will encourage a deeper understanding of the connections within Maths and also better prepare the students for whateve course they go on to choose at University.

The course builds on higher level GCSE mathematics and its first focused on developting algebraic methods.  Following this, the course covers the core topics of functions, coordinate, geometry, sequences, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, vectors and proof.  Students also study statistics and mechanics.  The statistics element covers, sampling, data presentation, probability and statistical tests.  In mechanics, students study kinematics and Newton's laws of motion.