Curriculum

Mathematics

Maths

Rationale

Our Faculty aims to provide youngsters with a wide ranging Mathematical experience focused on the four components of number, algebra, geometry and statistics, to instil confidence and develop deep understanding. These experiences support the students in acquiring the mathematical knowledge and techniques required for examination success and as they journey through life.

The students:

  • Develop a positive attitude to Mathematics.
  • Are able to use Mathematics as a means of communication.
  • Work independently and co-operatively.
  • Are encouraged to apply Mathematics in everyday situations.
  • Develop an empathy with number and develop an ability to check and understand the significance of answers.
  • Appreciate the interdependence and links of the different structures within Mathematics.
  • Are encouraged to undertake further study.
Key Stage 3

Throughout Years 7 and 8 students will be studying 12 Mathematical ‘Big Ideas’ – graph plotting, history of Mathematics 1 and 2, algebraic notation, non-calculator number skills, 3D shapes, formulae, equations, constructions, the Handling Data cycle, graph plotting 2 and proportionality.  Some of the ‘Big Ideas’ involve delving into history and exploring the origins of various Mathematical concepts and standard operating methods, giving an exciting insight into the subject. Geometry will also be investigated through constructions. Students will be challenged through tackling rich and sophisticated problems and work towards mastery of these areas of Mathematics.

Students will undertake three Key Assessment Tasks spread throughout the year with one being an end of year exam in the summer term. There will also be Key Learning Tasks in between in order to monitor progress and identify areas for improvement.

Students in year 7 are taught in their tutor groups for the first few weeks of the autumn term and are then set, broadly based on their KS2 performance and class work in the first few weeks.

Key Stage 4

Students will take their GCSE at the end of year 11 at either the foundation or higher tier of entry. Throughout KS4 students will be formally assessed at the end of each term with a Key Assessment Task in order to monitor their progress and identify strengths and weaknesses.  There will be master classes to stretch the very able and the faculty also offer weekly Maths clinics to provide support to those students who are unsure about a particular aspect of the course.

Key Stage 5

At KS5 students follow the AQA course in A-level Mathematics and A-level Statistics:

  • For A-level Mathematics students study 4 x 50 min of core mathematics and 2 x 50 min of Applied Mathematics per week. Students take core mathematics 1 and 2 and then choose between mechanics or decision maths for their applied module, with examinations at the end of the year for each individual module. Each student will complete a number of key assessment tasks during the year with their progress monitored closely to ensure they achieve their maximum potential.
  • For A-level Statistics students study 6 x 50 min of core statistics per week. Students take core statistics 1, 2 and 3, with examinations at the end of the year for each individual module. Each student will complete a number of key assessment tasks during the year with their progress monitored closely to ensure they achieve their maximum potential.
  • For A-level Further Mathematics, students study 2 x 50 min of further Core Mathematics and 4 x 50 min of Applied Mathematics per week alongside A-level Mathematics. Each student will complete a number of key assessment tasks during the year with their progress monitored closely to ensure they achieve their maximum potential, with examinations at the end of the year for each individual module.

Our links with Mathematics faculties at certain universities enable us to enrich our Mathematics curriculum with university lectures and study days.

Additional Information

The faculty is a forward thinking team which is currently undergoing some exciting developments.

Our team spirit is a major strength of the faculty. We firmly believe that the basic curriculum is enhanced by regular participation in extra-curricular activities. Some examples of these activities include participation in UKMT Mathematical Challenges and Team competition, and master classes to stretch the gifted and talented.

We also run extra support sessions to students in all years in order to provide them with the opportunity to seek out additional support if they feel that they need it.