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Teaching & Learning

Maths

The Maths faculty has been a high performing subject for many years. Maths is also a popular choice at A-level.  We offer Further Maths at both GCSE and A-level to the highest achieving students.

The GCSE course is split into two tiers, Foundation and Higher.  A student’s tier of entry will be decided during the course based on their performance in assessments and their target grades.

Staff Position
Mr G Slinger Director of Mathematics
Miss M Mawer Deputy Head of Mathematics
Mrs T Prate Assistant Head of Mathematics
Mrs G Cotson Assistant Head of Mathematics
Mr N Ziemski Teacher of Mathematics
Miss C Dunn Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs P Clark Teacher of Mathematics
Mr T Shepherd Teacher of Mathematics
Miss O Stammers Teacher of Mathematics

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Year 8

Place Value

Four Operations

Negative Numbers

Decimals

BIDMAS

Types of Number

Highest Common Factors

Lowest Common Multiples

Rounding

Upper and Lower Bounds

Equivalent Fractions

Mixed Numbers

Ordering numbers including fractions

Four operations of fractions

Percentage increase and decrease

Converting between fractions, decimals and percentages

Compound growth and decay

Simplifying ratio

Using ratio

Dividing into a given ratio

Problem solving with ratio

Proportion

Indices

Standard Form

Surds

Rationalising the denominator

Simplifying Expressions

Expanding brackets

Factorising

Types of data

Averages

Interquartile Range

Fractional and negative indices

Solving equations

Writing equations

Substitution

Writing formulae

Rearranging formulae

Angle properties

Converting metric units

Estimation

Perimeter of 2D shapes

Area of 2D shapes

Two way tables

Pie Charts

Frequency polygons

Histograms

Cumulative frequency

Box plots

Time series

Scatter Graphs

Additional resources to support learning in Key Stage 3 Maths: 

Encourage your child to:

·         Complete revision sheets in the lead up to end of term assessments. Complete extra work on areas where support is needed.

·         Access MathsWatch to support classwork, homework and areas of development from assessments.

·         Access the PiXL Maths App for additional support.

·         Attend the after school revision sessions at the Maths Clinic.

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school. 

Key Stage 4 

Aims of the course:

A determined and enthusiastic approach to the study of Maths produces independent, resilient people who are well prepared for the challenges of life. We hope that all our students will become good problem-solvers who have a real thirst for knowledge and understanding.

We aim to give a high level of support in class, at break and lunch times, during revision sessions and Maths Clinic, so that all students of every ability can achieve or surpass their targets.

We want to stretch our students so that they aim high, take responsibility for their own learning, and gain the mathematical skills needed to either study the subject further or to succeed in another area.


Course content:

Sequences

Equations of linear lines

Parallel and perpendicular lines

Pythagoras’ Theorem

Reflections

Rotations

Translations

Enlargements

Factorising to solve

Quadratic, cubic, reciprocal and exponential graphs

Simultaneous equations

Circle graphs

Inequalities

 

Regions

Iteration

Functions

Probability

Tree Diagrams

Trigonometry

Real life graphs

Venn Diagrams

Direct and Inverse Proportion

Scale Drawings

Bearings

Constructions

Loci

Algebraic Fractions

Plans and Elevations

Isometric Drawings

Nets

 

Volume of 3D shapes

Surface are of 3D shapes

Rate of flow

Density, mass and volume

Pressure, force and area

Distance-time graphs

Velocity-time graphs

Congruency

Length, area and volume scale factors of similar shapes

Vectors

Circle Theorems

Transforming graphs

Assessment:

There are three exam papers:

Paper 1 – Non Calculator.  It lasts 1 hour 30 minutes.

Paper 2 - Calculator.  It lasts 1 hour 30 minutes.

Paper 3 - Calculator.  It lasts 1 hour 30 minutes.

Additional resources to support learning in GCSE Maths:

Encourage your child to:

·         Complete revision sheets in the lead up to end of term assessments. Complete extra work on areas you need support on.

·         Access MathsWatch to support classwork, homework and areas of development from assessments.

·         Access the PiXL Maths App for additional support.

·         Attend the after school revision sessions at the Maths Clinic.

A range of resources can also be found on:

https://mathsmadeeasy.co.uk/gcse-maths-revision/

We also recommend the purchase of revision guides through the school to further assist students’ work outside the classroom. 

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school. 

Sixth Form Courses

A Level Maths (AQA)

Aims of the course:

This course is aimed at students who gained a grade 7 and above at GCSE and those who enjoy mathematics, particularly the algebraic components.

Mathematics is challenging, rewarding and fun.  It is both logical and creative and is one of the best subjects for developing your critical thinking, reasoning and problem solving skills.

Course Content:

Pure

Core Mathematics – Proof, Algebra, Trigonometry, Exponentials/Logarithms, Differentiation, Integration and Vectors.

Applied

Mechanics – Quantities and units, Forces and Newton’s Laws, Kinematics and Moments.

Statistics

Statistical Samples, Data presentation and interpretation, Probability, Statistical Distribution and hypothesis testing.

Assessment:

There are 3 exam papers which are 2 hours each.

A Level Further Maths (AQA)

Aims of the course:

The course is aimed at students who gained a grade 8 and above at GCSE.  Students are required to study A-level Mathematics.

For someone who enjoys mathematics this course provides a challenge and chance to explore new and more sophisticated mathematical concepts.  Studying further mathematics consolidates and reinforces your standard A-level work.

Course Content:

Core Pure Mathematics

Proof, complex numbers, matrices, further algebra and functions, further calculus, further vectors, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions and differential equations.

And optional modules:

Further Mathematics

Such as Taylor’s series, parabolas/loci, vectors product and 1st/2nd order differential equations.

Assessment:

There are 4 exam papers; 2 of which are compulsory.  All papers are 1 hour 30 minutes.