Mathematics

Aims at KS3

At KS3 we ensure students become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

Year 7

Students will begin their studies with analysing and displaying data in the form of graphs and charts.  Topics to be taught will include number skills; expressions, functions and formulae; decimals and measures; fractions; probability; ratio and proportion; lines and angles; sequences and graphs; equations; perimeter, area and volume; and transformation of objects using reflections, rotations and translations.  Problem solving will be a ‘key’ emphasis throughout all topics.

Year 8

Students will consolidate the subjects taught during Year 7 to a greater depth with increasing emphasis on applications to ‘real-life’ skills, in preparation for continued study at GCSE commencing in Year 9.  Additional topics to be taught will include solving equations; real-life graphs; calculating with fractions; straight-line graphs; percentage, decimals and fractions; 2D shapes and 3D solids; statistics; scale drawings and measurements; factors and powers; and constructions and loci.

Assessment

At the end of each topic there will be an end of unit exam which identifies areas of strength and areas for development.  These build into a portfolio of personalised revision aids throughout the student’s course. In addition, there will be one formal examination per year which consists of both a calculator and non-calculator examination.

 

Key Stage 4

Examination board / awarding body: Edexcel

Why study Mathematics?

Mathematics develops analytical skills and the ability to work in a problem-solving environment.  Mathematics can be found in everything we do, from telling the time to driving a car and can be a critical factor and skill in thousands of jobs.  In a technological society, almost everything we do and use will involve maths. Students will become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, reason mathematically and apply their mathematical skills to solve a variety of non-routine problems through perseverance.

Content

Year 9 students begin the first year of their GCSE maths course.  Topics to be taught this year are tabulated below.

FOUNDATION ROUTE    
YEAR 9 YEAR 10 YEAR 11
GCSE (9-1) Foundation GCSE (9-1) Foundation GCSE (9-1) Foundation
Unit 1 Number Unit 9 Graphs Unit 18 Fractions, indices and standard form
Unit 2 Algebra Unit 10 Transformations Unit 19 Congruence, similarity and vectors
Unit 3 Graphs, tables and charts Unit 11 Ratio and proportion Unit 20 More algebra
Unit 4 Fractions and percentages Unit 12 Right-angled triangles  
Unit 5 Equations, inequalities and sequences Unit 13 Probability  
Unit 6 Angles Unit 14 Multiplicative reasoning  
Unit 7 Averages and range Unit 15 Constructions, loci and bearings  
Unit 8 Perimeter, area and volume 1 Unit 16 Quadratic equations and graphs  
  Unit 17 Perimeter, area and volume 2  

 

HIGHER ROUTE    
YEAR 9 YEAR 10 YEAR 11
GCSE (9-1) Higher GCSE (9-1) Higher GCSE (9-1) Higher
Unit 1 Number Unit 9 Equations and inequalities Unit 18 Vectors and geometric proof
Unit 2 Algebra Unit 10 Probability Unit 19 Proportion and graphs
Unit 3 Interpreting and representing data Unit 11 Multiplicative reasoning  
Unit 4 Fractions, ratio and proportion Unit 12 Similarly and congruence  
Unit 5 Angles and trigonometry Unit 13 More trigonometry  
Unit 6 Graphs Unit 14 Further statistics  
Unit 7 Area and volume Unit 15 Equations and graphs  
Unit 8 Transformation and constructions Unit 16 Circle theorems  
  Unit 17 More algebra  

 

Assessment

At the end of each topic there will be an end of unit assessment which identifies areas of strength and areas for development.  These build into a portfolio of personalised revision aids throughout the student’s GCSE course. In addition, there will be one formal examination per year (two in Year 11) which consists of both a calculator and non-calculator examination. Grades awarded are projected forward from current attainment levels to a final Year 11 expected grade, assuming the current rate of progress is maintained.

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