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.
Students will begin their studies with analysing and displaying data in the form of graphs and charts. Topics to be taught will include whole numbers and decimals; number calculations; using expressions, functions and formulae; finding angles in shapes; using fractions, decimals and percentages; transformation of objects using reflections, rotations and translations. Problem solving will be a ‘key’ emphasis throughout all topics.
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; 2D shapes; statistics; number properties; scale drawings and measurements; sequences and probability.
Year 9 students begin the first year of their GCSE math course. Topics to be taught this year will include number; algebra; interpreting and representing data; fractions, ratio and proportion; angles and trigonometry; graphs; area and volume; transformations and constructions. There will be an emphasis on problem solving maths and building cross-topic and cross-curricular links to best prepare for the new 9-1 GCSE specification.
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.
Topics that will be covered involve: – graphs; transformations; ratio and proportion; right-angled triangles; probability; multiplicative reasoning; constructions, loci and bearings; quadratic graphs; perimeter, area & volume; indices and standard form; congruence & similarity, vectors and algebra.
There will be two exams/summative assessments per year running alongside formative assessments; every topic is followed up with an end of unit exam which identifies areas for strengths and areas for development. These exams will build up a portfolio of personalised revision aids throughout their GCSE course.