Mathematics

CURRICULUM LEADER: Mr A Fishburn

Maths is without a doubt one of the most important subjects studied. You should be able to count on your maths ability in all walks of life. Maths isn’t just numbers...it's about thinking skills too. Good mathematicians are logical thinkers and problem solvers. Mathematicians are essential to make society function well. 

 

KS3 CURRICULUM

Our scheme follows the National Strategy Framework for Mathematics. Year 7 and 8 follow the new curriculum and Year 9 are starting the new AQA GCSE over 3 years (AQA - for more details of the new GCSE, see under KS4 Curriculum below).

We set our students into ability groups to try and ensure that each student is in a set where they can be helped and encouraged to make good progress. Year 7 and 9 moves take place at  the end of each half term and the criteria for these movements are based upon half termly test results, unit assessment results and the student's attitude to learning and home learning record. In Year 8, moves are made termly, to match their asessment times in Science. Year 8 take an average of two half term tests, alongside the same criteria as Year 7 and 9. Set moves are agreed between the Maths and Science Departments.

Unit asessments may be set in lessons or as home learning. All groups have half termly tests, in Year 9 these reflect the new GCSE specification.

 

KS4 CURRICULUM

Currently, at Key stage 4 we follow the AQA Modular GCSE Course. Students will sit three Modules, at either Higher or Foundation Tier. 

Students starting Year 9 in September 2015

The new Maths GCSE (AQA) is still tiered, with students following the foundation or higher course; the higher tier includes questions that will stretch the most able, the foundation tier focuses on core mathematical understanding and skills that all students should aim to master. There is no coursework element at either tier of entry. Students will be required to sit three asessments at the end of Year 11. All three papers will be one and half hours in length, with one of the three papers being non-calculator). For our most able mathematicians in the top set, we offer an additional qualifictaion (Further Maths, AQA), which is delivered alongside the standard GCSE qualification. The exams for this will also be taken in the Summer of Year 11, where students will sit two one hour and forty-five minute papers (one calculator and one non-calculator).

In Key Stage 4, students are assessed every half term. At the end of Year 10 students sit a reduced GCSE paper and in the December of Year 11, students sit a full mock exam. The results from each test, combined with teacher asessment, are used to make sure that every student is in the correct set and that they are following the correct tier of entry.

Students follow three possible routes:

  •  Foundation Linear Edexcel GCSE: 1 non calculator paper (1hr 45 mins) and 1 calculator paper (1hr 45 mins), sat in the summer of Year 11;
  •  Higher Linear Edexcel GCSE: 1 non calculator paper (1hr 45mins) and 1 calculator paper (ihr 45 mins), sat in the summer of Year 11;
  •  Higher Linear Edexcel GCSE plus AQA standalone Further Mathematics: Higher GCSE exams as above plus 1 non calculator paper (1hr 30 mins) and 1 calculator paper (2hrs) for Further Maths qualification, all exams sat in the summer of Year 11.

 

KS5 CURRICULUM

Our KS5 curriculum follows the Edexcel specification. In Year 12 students complete two Core modules and the statistics module leading to an AS qualification. In Year 13, students complete two core modules and the Mechanics module, leading to the full A2 qualification. 

Further Maths is also studied by some students throughout KS5.

Please see the links on the left-hand menu for further details of the KS4 and KS5 courses offered by the Mathematics department.

 

ENRICHMENT

Throughout their Maths curriculum, students are encouraged to develop their thinking skills and use Maths to solve real-life problems. This functional element of the Maths curriculum is essential to producing useful mathematicians.

Some of our students are given the opportunity to enter national Maths Challenge competitions.