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In Years 7, 8 and 9 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.
In Year 10 students are placed initially in sets according to their ability in Mathematics as determined by our Year 9 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 AS 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.
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 noncalculator and a calculator is allowed for the other two. All papers last 1 hour 30 minutes.
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 reallife 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 datahandling 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 Alevel 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.
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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 

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 

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 
Year Exams 
Spring 2 
Transformations Brackets On Brackets Off Interpret Data 
Year Exams 
Summer 1 
Properties of 2D Shapes and 3D Objects Sheep Pens, Pythagoras or Trigonometry Indices 
Pre GCSE Tests 
Summer 2 
More Data Line and Curved Graphs 

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 3D 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 
Specification: Edexcel 1MA1

Unit Descriptions 
Landmark Assessments 

Autumn 1 
18: Transformations 19 : Drawing and Constructing 2D 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 

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 
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 
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 

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 


