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CURRICULUM INTENT: MATHEMATICS

Our aim is for all students to be numerate, confident mathematicians in order to support their future economic well-being. We want our students to be flexible problem solvers and for them to understand the relevance of their maths in real world contexts, throughout the curriculum and a vast number of careers.

We want our students to enjoy and appreciate the beauty and value of mathematics both man made and in the natural world as well as the important history of maths. Similarly we want them to be able to critically analyse and reflect on real life data and its implication for society. Ultimately our aim is for our students to be fluent in communicating their own ideas as well as exploring and questioning others.

 

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In Years 7 and 8 students follow our in house scheme of work. The work is organised so that students are able to work on a level suited to their ability. Students will also have regular numeracy and problem solving lessons building upon the work done in Junior schools.

When students enter the school in Year 7 we set them based upon their end of Junior school results. Each half year block will be set into 3 sets, enabling teaching to be directed more towards the needs of a group of similar ability. In addition to this work students will complete half termly tests to see if they have understood the work and to help us to make set movements. Interactive whiteboards are used to enhance teaching and learning. MyMaths software is frequently used and students can access this from home with the appropriate username and password which is available from the mathematics staff. Students will also investigate mathematically, usually as a class or group exercise. This work is designed to encourage students to use logic; observe patterns; discover relationships or rules; describe clearly what they have done and seen, so developing a deeper understanding of Mathematics.

All students will require a calculator for their work, although pencil and paper methods and mental arithmetic skills are also used. In Years 7 and 8 a basic calculator will suffice, but they are likely to require a scientific calculator later in their school career, so we recommend purchasing a scientific one from the start. Calculators can be bought from the school at a competitive price.

We regularly review our students' progress and suitability for the allocated set. This is done each term and students may be moved to another set if their ability and progress warrants a move.

 

GCSE - Years 9, 10 and 11

In Year 9 students are placed initially in sets according to their ability in Mathematics as determined by our Year 8 assessments, teacher recommendation and internal exams. The specific content of the course is dependent on the Mathematics set, but all students cover the same core concepts.

Students can expect to work in a variety of ways including investigations, practical work, group discussions and consolidation exercises. There is a variety of learning resources and materials used.

We follow the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics Specification A (Linear 1MA1) at GCSE level. The final grade awarded at the end of Year 11 is determined by the marks from three exams taken at the end of Year 11.

Students in Set 1 will also take an AQA Further Maths GCSE. This will build on their GCSE and introduce several topics that will be taken further at A level mathematics.

Please note, there is no coursework in Mathematics and that the syllabus has changed.

There are two tiers of entry: Foundation and Higher.

  • For candidates entered for all Foundation units, grades 1-5 are available.
  • For candidates entered for all Higher units, grades 5-9 are available (9 being the best).

All students will cover a mixture of topics throughout the two year course with Handling Data (Statistics and Probability), Number, Algebra and Geometry all given roughly equal weighting. There is an increased focus on proportional thinking and problem solving in all mathematics courses now and lessons will be geared towards improving student’s confidence in this area.

One of the terminal papers will be non-calculator and a calculator is allowed for the other two. All papers last 1 hour 30 minutes. 

 

Sixth Form: A level

Mathematics is a rich and fascinating subject in its own right. However, it also provides an important background to the study of many other subject areas such as the Sciences, Technology, Economics, Geography and Psychology. Many university courses such as Computing, Physics, Engineering and Earth Sciences specify A Level Mathematics as an entrance requirement.

The study of Mathematics helps students to view and make sense of the world. It will enable them to explore and analyse a variety of problems, and use powerful mathematical and statistical techniques to solve them.

The Mathematics department offers two different courses both with the Edexcel examination board. Each course consists of a central core of Pure Mathematics, which can be thought of as a mathematician's toolbox - the techniques that are needed to go about solving real-life problems. This will involve improving students’ knowledge of algebra and trigonometry beyond all recognition, as well as introducing new and very important ideas such as logarithms and calculus.

 

A level Mathematics (9MA0)

This course consists of two thirds Pure Mathematics and one third Applied. The applied work is equally split between Mechanics and Statistics. Mechanics is the study of forces and objects in motion, in which we look at the mathematics of projectiles, collisions, stability and much else besides. These elements are highly relevant to those also taking A Levels in Physics or Technology, and is ideally suited for those wishing to study Physics, Engineering or Technology in Higher Education. Statistics involves gathering and analysing data and the study of probability theory. The Statistical content is most useful to those also taking A Levels with a strong data-handling element, such as Biology and Psychology.

Further Mathematics (9FA0)

This course consists of a number of prescribed Pure Mathematics units which account for half of the content covered and then there are number of extra units from which the class will choose two. In discussion with their teachers, students will choose the extra units that will be studied and this changes from year to year. Classes may opt to take their Mechanics or Statistics knowledge to a much higher level than A-level Mathematics or could choose to study Decision Mathematics. This involves studying a selection of the techniques developed within the last century to solve problems the modern world has presented and is recommended to those interested in Computing, Economics and Business Studies, as well as those looking for a change from more traditional Mathematics. This year the class have opted for extra Pure Mathematics as one of their choices because several of them are keen to study Mathematics at University. This course is strongly recommended for those who really enjoy their Maths and want to study each area in more detail.

We also recommend this course to all those who want to study Mathematics in some form in Higher Education. It must be stressed that to be successful in this course, students need to be very able and enthusiastic mathematicians.

For more details please visit https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/mathematics-2017.html and download the pdf files.

 

 


 

Mathematics Curriculum Guides

 

Year 7

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

Autumn 1

Four operations

Area, Perimeter and Volume

Number Problems, Rounding and Decimals

Benchmark Test

Autumn 2

Number Patterns and Formulae

Draw and Interpret Graphs and Charts

Averages and Range

Test 1

Spring 1

Squares, Factors, Multiples and Primes

Angle Facts

Powers and Roots. Metric Units. Decimals x/÷

Test 2

Spring 2

Simplify Expressions & Substitute into Formulae

Compass Constructions & Nets

Fractions and Ratio

Test 3

Summer 1

Solve Equations

Transformations

Coordinates and Line Graphs

Year 7 Exams

Summer 2

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Probability

Properties of 2D Shapes and 3D Objects

 

Year 8

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

Autumn 1

Factor Multiple Prime Nth Term

Shape Properties, Constuctions, Loci

Probability

Test 1

Autumn 2

Fraction, Decimal, % , Ratio

Bracket On Bracket Off

Metric Units, Area & Volume

Test 2

Spring 1

BIDMAS, Rounding & Approximation

Coordinates & Line Graphs

Test 3

Spring 2

Transformations

Write and Solve Equations & Simultaneous Equations

Test 4

Summer 1

Draw and Interpret Graphs and Charts

4 Operations, Negative Numbers, Powers

Year Exams

Summer 2

Angle Facts & Pythagoras (set1)

Collecting Data

Year Exams

 

Year 9

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

Autumn 1

Types of Number, Sequences, Indices

Handling Data

Fraction, Decimal, %, Ratio

Test 1

Autumn 2

Solving Equations and Simultaneous Equations

Angle Facts & Pythagoras

Negative Numbers, Rounding & Approximation

Test 2

Spring 1

Metric Units, Area & Volume

Coordinates & y=mx+c

Probability

Spring Exams

Spring 2

Transformations

Brackets On Brackets Off

Interpret Data

Spring Exams

Summer 1

Properties of 2D Shapes and 3D Objects

Sheep Pens, Pythagoras or Trigonometry

Indices

Summer Exams

Summer 2

More Data

Line and Curved Graphs

 

 

Year 10

Specification:  Edexcel  1MA1

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

Autumn 1

1: Percentages 

2: Algebra – Brackets On. Brackets Off

3: Fractions 1

4: Linear Equations

5: Powers, Roots, Indices and Surds

6: Drawing and Constructing 3-D Shapes, Pythagoras and Trigonometry   

Test 1

 

 

 

 

Test 2

Autumn 2

Spring 1

7: Ratio and proportion     

8: Angles 1

9: Perimeter and Area

10: Collecting & Displaying Data & Statistical Measures

11: Probability    

Test 3

 

 

 

Test 4

Spring 2

Summer 1

12: Scales, Units and Compound Measures

13: Angles 2

14: Volume and Surface Area

15: Displaying Data

16: Whole Numbers, Sequences and Formulae

17: Fractions 2

Year 10 Exams

Summer 2

 

 Year 11

Specification:  Edexcel  1MA1

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

Autumn 1

18: Transformations

19 : Drawing and Constructing 2-D shapes

20: Linear Graphs

21: Decimal Calculations / Quadratics

22 : Scale Factors/Similar Shapes

Revision

Past Paper 1

 

 

 

 

Mock Exams

Autumn 2

Spring 1

23: Iteration / Simultaneous  Equations

24: Coordinates and vectors

25: Further Functions and Transformations

26: Proof and Algebraic Representation

Revision

Past Paper 2

 

 

Past Paper 3

Spring 2

Summer 1

Revision

 

 

Year 12   Mathematics

Specification:  Edexcel   8MA0   Mathematics AS

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

 Autumn 1

Pure  

Coordinate geometry

Surds

Quadratic equations

Simultaneous equations

Curve sketching   

Applied

Sampling methods

Types of data

Large data sets

Measures of Spread

Measures of Location

Representing data

Pure Test       

Autumn 2

Pure      

Trigonometry

Differentiation

Indices

Applied

Correlation

Regression

Probability

Modelling in mechanics

Vectors

Pure Test     
Applied Test

Spring 1

Pure     

Transformations

Circle 

Binomial Expansion

 

Applied

Constant acceleration

Displacement time and velocity time graphs

Pure Test

Applied

Spring 2

Pure     

Integration

Factor theorem

Applied

Vertical motion under gravity

 

Summer 1

Pure     

Vectors in 2D    

Exponentials and logarithms

Proof   

Applied

Binomial distribution

Hypothesis testing

 

Summer 2

Pure  

Revision

Functions

Algebraic division

Partial fractions

Applied

Normal distribution

Pure and Applied Mocks

 

Year 12    Further Mathematics

Specification:  Edexcel   8FA0   Further Mathematics AS 

 

Unit Description

Learning Landmark

Autumn 1

Complex numbers

Argand diagrams

Sequences and series

PureTest

Autumn 2

Roots of polynomials

Volumes of revolution

Matrices

 

Spring  1

Linear transformations

Proof by induction

Pure Test

Spring  2

Vectors

Complex numbers revise and extend

Series revise and extend

Methods in calculus

 

Summer  1

Volumes of revolution revise and extend

Polar coordinates

Hyperbolic functions

 Pure mock

Summer  2

Methods in differential equations

Modelling with differential equations

 

 

Year 13    Mathematics

Specification:  Edexcel   9MA0  Mathematics A2

 

Unit Description

Learning Landmark

Autumn 1

Pure

Recap end of year 12

Sequences and series

Binomial expansion

Applied

Variable acceleration

Forces and motion

Conditional probability

PureTest

Autumn 2

Pure

Radians

sec,cot and cosec

Parametric equations

Trigonometry extended

Calculus with trig functions

Applied

Normal distribution

Moments

Applied Test

Spring  1

Pure     

Product and quotient rule

Implicit differentiation

Proof

Numerical methods    

Integration of trig functions

Integration by parts and by substitution

Applied

Forces and friction

Projectiles

Pure Mock

Applied Mock

Spring  2

Pure     

Differential equations

Vectors in 3D

Applied

Application of forces

Further mechanics

 

Summer

Pure      

Exam prep

Applied

Exam prep

 

 

 

Year 13    Further Mathematics

Specification:  Edexcel    9FA0   Further Mathematics A2

 

Unit Description

Learning Landmark

Autumn 1

The work studied in year 13 depends on the options chosen by the class in consultation with staff.

Test

Autumn 2

 

 

 

Spring  1

 

 

Mock

Spring  2

 

 

 

Summer