Mathematics

Key Stage 3

Programme of Study

Maths Department Mission Statement:
To prepare pupils for today's technological society
To explore the many and exciting applications of mathematics
To support each pupil to reach her potential

Over the two years, the students will study the following:
During year 7 & 8 they will follow the Pearson Activelearn scheme of work.

The types of topics to be covered are:

  1. Number and algebra
    1. rational numbers, their properties and their different representations
    2. rules of arithmetic applied to calculations and manipulations with rational numbers
    3. applications of ratio and proportion
    4. accuracy and rounding
    5. algebra as generalised arithmetic
    6. linear equations, formulae, expressions and identities
    7. analytical, graphical and numerical methods for solving equations
    8. polynomial graphs, sequences and functions
  2. Geometry and measures
    1. properties of 2D and 3D shapes
    2. constructions, loci and bearings
    3. Pythagoras' theorem
    4. transformations
    5. similarity, including the use of scale
    6. points, lines and shapes in 2D coordinate systems
    7. units, compound measures and conversions
    8. perimeters, areas, surface areas and volumes
  3. Statistics
    1. the handling data cycle
    2. presentation and analysis of grouped and ungrouped data, including time series and lines of best fit
    3. measures of central tendency and spread
    4. experimental and theoretical probabilities, including those based on equally likely outcomes.

 

Learning/Teaching Approach

Students will develop the following skills: (National curriculum)

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with incresingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knwoledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

 

Assessment

Students will be assessed on a range of through cumulative testing each half term. These assessments are the basis of how they are set alongside teacher judgement from lessons.

Key Stage 4

Qualification

GCSE (9 – 1)

Exam Board and Syllabus

Edexcel 1 MA1 linear

Programme of Study

The scheme of work follows the Edexcel GCSE 9-1 specification over the course of 3 years.

Learning/Teaching Approach

 

  • Mathematics is studied by all students in Years 9, 10 and 11.
  • Each year group is divided into seven sets; this enables every girl to work at the pace best suited to her ability.
  • The progress of each student is monitored carefully with regular assessment and target setting opportunities.
  • Sets 1 to 6 are prepared for Higher tier entry and set 7 for Foundation tier
  • entry with appropriate differentiation within each tier.

 

Assessment

 

  • Assessment in mathematics consists of 3 terminal exam papers at the end of year 11. Two of these papers are calculator and one non-calculator. Each exam paper is 1hour 30 minutes long.
  • Results for GCSE Mathematics from summer 2017 will be reported with a new grading system consisting of numbers ranging from 9 to 1.
  • Grade 9 will be the highest grade and the lowest grade will be a grade 1, however a grade U will be awarded for falling below a grade 1. Grade 4 will be equivalent to grade C and grade 7 will be equivalent to a grade A. Grade 9 will be for an exceptionally high A* grade.
  • There are two tiers: Higher, covering grades 4 to 9 and Foundation, covering Grades 1 to 5 .

 

What it leads to

GCSE Mathematics is a qualification which is a necessary entry requirement for many further education courses and employment opportunities.

GCSE Mathematics is an important stepping-stone for A-levels in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology and Economics.

Success in Mathematics can lead to careers in many prominent fields including Medicine, Finance and Engineering.

Additional Points

The new GCSE specification involves greater mathematical rigour.
All students at KS4 are expected to continuously review and revise to meet these demands.
All students need to be prepared for every lesson with the appropriate scientific calculator and geometry set.

Tier of Entry

Foundation/Higher Tier.