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Mathematics

Curriculum Overview 2017/18

Key Stage 3

The new 2014 National Curriculum has been implemented at KS3; focusing on fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving. This ensures that all pupils gain a fully rounded knowledge of Mathematics.

Topics Studied as KS3 (Y7-9)

  • Integres, powers and roots
  • Sequences, functions and graphs
  • Geometrical reasoning: lines, angles and shapes
  • Constructions and loci
  • Probability
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Equations, formulae, identities and expressions
  • Measures and mensuration; area
  • Place value, calculations and checking
  • Transformations and coordinates
  • Processing and representing data; interperating and discussing results
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Measures and menstration; volume
  • Geometrical reasoning: trigonometry
  • Statistical enquiry

Pupils are set by attainment & ability at KS3.  In Year 7 this is based initially on Key Stage 2 SATS data and a baseline assessment on entry.

The department has established effective half termly assessment procedures and these are used to monitor pupil progress against their targets, with end of year assessments taking place in the exam hall. Pupil movement between sets is made as necessary.

Year 9 Able & Talented pupils have the opportunity to sit the GCSE Statistics exam at the end of the year.

Year 9 pupils begin the GCSE course at the end of year 9, after their last KS3 assessment. These results are used to set pupils for Year 10.

All Maths classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards & the department also has two computer rooms, which enables pupils to access maths software as part of their learning.

 

Key Stage 4

All pupils follow Mathematics courses appropriate to their ability. At the end of Key Stage 4 the pupils take the EdExcel GCSE Mathematics Syllabus A examination at Foundation and Higher tiers.

Tier

Grade

Higher

A* 

A  

B  

C  

D  

-

(U)

Foundation

 -

-

-

C

D

E  

F  

(U)

Final examination consists of two written papers (50% each), one of which is a non-calculator paper and one is a calculator.  It is therefore vital that pupils work to their potential throughout the two years to achieve success.

The programmes of study place an emphasis on problem solving, functionality and mathematical thinking as well as full and reasoned answers with explicit workings out.

The content will include Using and Applying Mathematics, Number and Algebra, Shape, Space and Measures and Handling Data.

The assessment objectives will be:

  • Recall and use their knowledge of the prescribed content
  • Select and apply mathematical methods in a range of contexts
  • Interpret and analyse problems and generate strategies to solve them

To help pupils to achieve their full potential, the department offers a variety of interventions during the school day, after school and over holidays.

Final decisions on the appropriate tier of entry for each pupil will be taken in January of Year 11 based upon progress during the course and performance in the mock examinations.

 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

All department staff ensure the learning of mathematics is fun and relevant to everyday life.  The department is committed to raising standards and the profile of the subject through extra curricular activities and cross curricular links.

Activities and clubs are offered at lunchtime involving Mymaths.co.uk,  homework clubs & Intervention.

 

UKMT Maths Challenge

Some pupils in Years 8 - 11 are entered for the National UKMT Maths Challenges at Junior & Intermediate levels, where they can be awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates.

 

Numeracy Week

This takes place during the summer term and allows both KS3 pupils & teaching staff the chance to partake in activities & quizzes. Cross curricular projects take place during the week and subject staff across the school incorporate Numeracy into their lessons. There are a larger choice of extra curricular activities during this week.