Mathematics

General Information

Mathematics is a key skill used in everyday life. It is important that all students are encouraged to develop their skills in number, algebra, geometry, statistics and problem solving. All students are set challenging targets and our experienced staff aim to develop each student’s confidence, reasoning and communication to achieve these targets.

In Key Stage 3 we aim to expand student knowledge of Mathematics, not just finding a method to solve a problem but developing their understanding of the processes needed and how these skills can be transferred. Students are taught in ability sets from Year 7 onwards so as to best meet each individual’s mathematical needs, and all students continue to study mathematics through to a GCSE qualification in Mathematics in Year 11. In Key Stage 5 students sit modules in Core Mathematics, Mechanics, Statistics, Decision Mathematics, and Further Mathematics, combinations of which lead to A and AS level qualifications in Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

We also enter our Gifted and Talented students for the UK Maths Challenges run by the University of Leeds. Students are awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze awards which are presented at the school’s Awards Assemblies and high achievers are invited to take part in subsequent International challenges.

Essential Links

My MathsMyMaths offers a fully interactive, online mathematics learning solution for all ages and all abilities.

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

In your Maths Lessons in Year 7 and 8 you will be building on your Mathematical knowledge and skills.

KS3 Maths follows The National Curriculum and there are five areas of study:

Numbers

  • Properties of Numbers and Number Sequences including Negative Numbers.
  • Place Value and Ordering.
  • Estimating and Rounding.
  • Factors, Decimals and Percentages and their equivalence; Ratio and Proportion.

Algebra

  • Forming and solving Equations, and Formulae.
  • Sequences and Functions.
  • Expressing relationships using Mathematical notation.
  • Drawing Graphs.

Geometry

  • Properties of 2D and 3D Shapes.
  • Lines and Angles.
  • Measures, including choosing units and reading scales.
  • Transformations.
  • Coordinates.

Statistics

  • Probability.
  • Specifying a problem, planning and collecting Data.
  • Processing Data.
  • Representing Data, Interpreting and Discussing Results.

Solving Problems

  • Making Decisions.
  • Explaining Reasoning.
  • Solving “Real Life” problems.
  • Predicting.
  • Generalising and suggesting extensions.

Key Stage 4

What type of qualification will I achieve?

GCSE Mathematics

What will I be doing in my lessons and what skills will I develop?

  • consolidate basic skills and meet appropriately challenging work;
  • apply mathematical knowledge and understanding to solve problems;
  • think and communicate mathematically – precisely, logically and creatively;
  • appreciate the place and use of mathematics in society;
  • apply mathematical concepts to situations arising in your own life

How and when will my work be assessed?

GCSE assessment consists of two tiers: Foundation Tier and Higher Tier. Foundation Tier assesses Grades 1 to 5 and Higher Tier assesses Grades 4 to 9.Candidates will be entered for one Tier in the Summer Term of Year 11. Each Tier consists of three exam papers, two of which requires taken off the use of a scientific calculator. Each exam paper is worth 33 1/3  % of the final mark.

How much time will I need to work on this subject outside of lessons?

One piece of homework lasting about 1 hour will be set each week, plus any time required practicing or revising the skills learnt in the lesson.

What will this course lead to in the sixth form?

Candidates who are awarded Grades 1 to 5 at GCSE could either develop their understanding through further study of qualifications at Level 1 or could proceed to Level 2 qualifications. Candidates who are awarded Grades 6 to 9 at GCSE would be well prepared for study at AS or Advanced Level.

What possible careers and work related opportunities are there?

Maths is central to our technological world, central to science, engineering, finance, computing and industry. You could pursue many different careers- insurance, computing, banking, finance, construction, information security, engineering, aeronautics, transportation, communication, science, research, teaching,…

Where can I get more information about this course?

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/type/gcse/maths/a/index.html

Key Stage 5

What type of qualification will I achieve?

AS/A Level Mathematics or AS/A Level Further Mathematics

Which course will I follow?

You will follow the Edexcel course, the modules for which are shown below:

Mathematics

AS Level ModulesA2 Level Modules
  • Core Mathematics (C1)
  • Core Mathematics (C2)
  • Mechanics (M1)
  • Core Mathematics (C3)
  • Core Mathematics (C4)
  • Statistics (S1)

Further Mathematics

AS Level ModulesA2 Level Modules
  • Decision Maths (D1)
  • Further Pure Maths (FP1)
  • Decision Maths (D2)
  • Mechanics (M2)
  • Further Pure Maths (FP2)
  • Statistics (S2)

How will I be assessed?

For both Mathematics and Further Mathematics all units are equally weighted and are 100% examined work.

What will the Course lead to and possible careers?

Studying mathematics develops your analytical, logical, reasoning and organisational skills, and your critical thinking. Maths is central to our technological world, central to science, engineering, finance, computing and industry and therefore you are able to pursue many different careers- insurance, computing, banking, finance, construction, information security, engineering, aeronautics, transportation, communication, science, research and teaching.

You will be well prepared to extend your study by following a Maths related course at University.

Revision Tips

  • Check your syllabus so that you know what topics you need to cover. Make sure you know which tier you have been entered for – foundation, or higher.
  • Find out which formulae are printed on your exam paper and which ones you have to learn.
  • Go through your syllabus. Make a list of topics you have trouble with. Find some work on these topics – either ask your teacher, use your textbook, a GCSE revision book, or a website such as the BBC Bitesize website.
  • Start with simple examples until you are sure you know what you are doing. Move onto more difficult examples. If you are doing the intermediate or higher tier, use the foundation papers for some practice.
  • Work through past papers from your teacher, or a revision book. Some exam boards have sample papers on their websites. The best way to revise maths is to practise!!
  • Ask your teacher for some practice aural papers (mental maths). Find a friend or relative to go through them with you.
  • Don’t leave your revision to the last minute. Plan it well. Break it down into sections and topics. You need strong foundations in basic maths to build on.
  • Make sure you have the correct equipment, 2 pens, 2 pencils, ruler (with scale visible), eraser, sharpener, compasses (that work and don’t slip), protractor (360o ones are best, you can use them for measuring angles, scale drawings and bearings), calculator (with new batteries in). If you know how to use a graphical calculator and you are sitting the higher tier, then it is best to use one for your exam. Make sure you know how different functions like sin, cos, tan, square root, statistical functions work on your calculator.
  • When you are allowed to start your exam, take a few minutes to settle down. Read the paper through carefully. Find a question you are comfortable with starting, even if it is near to the end of the paper. Read a question through, read it again and underline any important information, decide what calculation you need to carry out, show all your working, even if you are using a calculator; you get marks for your method if it is correct. Write your answer in the correct space and if necessary round the answer to an appropriate degree of accuracy.
  • Leave yourself enough time to thoroughly check your working answers.