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Mathematics

Faculty vision statement and ethos

"Anyone who has never made a mistake, has never tried anything new" Albert Einstein

In the Faculty of Mathematics, we aim to provide an educational experience that helps our students to prepare for successful roles in an ever changing society.

We strive to support and encourage students to become highly numerate so they have the enterprise and entrepreneurial skills to take in to the further education and industry. Students will be encouraged to lead and succeed and have the problem solving skills to successfully tackle future challenges.

Students' outcomes are at the heart of everything we do and we are committed to excellent teaching, a well-designed curriculum and a support environment for all to ensure our students take pride and ownership in their education.

To support our mission:

  • We will ensure the curriculum is up to date, making real world connections wherever possible to allow students to understand the importance of Computing and Mathematics.
  • We will challenge students to develop skills in analysis, reasoning, creativity, collaborative learning and self-expression as they gain knowledge of Computing and Mathematics.
  • We will maintain high academic and behavioural expectations, make every classroom minute count and encourage all students to realise their full potential.
  • We will teach engaging and interesting lessons to motivate and inspire students.
  • We will allow our students to compete in local and national competitions and challenges to realise their full ability.
  • We will ensure that all faculty members have access to professional development opportunities to ensure that students receive the best possible learning experiences.
  • We will work as a team to ensure that the planning and delivery of all lessons is of a high standard.
  • We will allow all faculty members to express themselves taking on levels of responsibility and accountability.

Expectations and the journey to success

All students will be challenged and engaged to ensure they reach their potential. This will be achieved through high quality teaching and learning, in a positive and productive learning environment. Teachers are keen for students to share their passion for mathematics. Their lessons will be innovative and creative to ensure students master the mathematics and make rapid progress.

Students are expected to complete a milestone assessment approximately every 8 lessons. The milestone assessment will be used to measure student progress and to identify areas for improvement. All students will be expected to complete their corrections. If a student has no corrections, they will be given a suitable extension task to stretch and challenge them further.

In Years 7 and 8, students will be given AQA papers specifically designed for students of their age. These papers will be given termly and students will receive a 9-1 grade.

In Years 9, 10 and 11, students will be given OCR past exam papers as they are standardised and have been used as live papers to award students nationally with grades. These papers will be given termly and students will receive a 9-1 grade using the grade boundaries provided by the exam board.

At the end of Year 11, students will sit the OCR J560 GCSE Mathematics external examinations. The GCSE is assessed by students sitting three 90 minutes examinations. The first and third examinations require a calculator. The second exam must be sat without a scientific calculator.

Our Year 12 and 13 students, follow the Edexcel AS/A2 Mathematics specification. Students will be given the teaching and support to become more independent learners whilst studying pure mathematics, statistics and mechanics. A post-16 Mathematics qualification is essential for study of many disciplines/subjects at University and is desirable by many employers. Students will sit two exams at the end of each year. Once exam in pure mathematics and the other exam in the applied statistics and mechanics.

Students in all year groups are encouraged to become successful problem solvers and staff give students regular opportunities to develop those skills.

To be successfully in mathematics, students will be expected to bring the following equipment to their lessons:

Black Pen, Green Pen, Purple Pen

Pencil and Rubber

Ruler

Protractor

Pair of Compasses

Scientific Calculator (recommended calculator: Casio fx-991EX)

Teachers in the faculty.

Mr. David Wilkinson - Faculty Lead [email protected]

Mr. Ian Walker - Assistant Faculty Lead [email protected]

Mrs. Vicky Armstrong [email protected]

Miss. Rebecca Bullerwell [email protected]

Mr. Chris Liddle [email protected]

Mrs. Claire Liston [email protected]

Mr. Matt Pike [email protected]

Mrs. Christine Porter [email protected]

What is taught in Mathematics?

There are two pathways that students can be placed on to study towards their GCSE in Mathematics. Both pathways focus on mastery of mathematics, which will ultimately lead to exam success at the end of Year 11.

GOLD PATHWAY

Half Term 1

Half Term 2

Half Term 3

Half Term 4

Half Term 5

Half Term 6

Year 7 Gold

Numbers and the Number System I

Calculating: multiplication

Calculating: division

Visualising and constructing angles

Investigating properties of 2D shapes

Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages

Algebraic proficiency: Using formulae

Proportional Reasoning

Sequences I

Measuring Space

Investigating angles

Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages

Investigating angles

Solving equations and inequalities

Calculating space

Checking, approximating and estimating

Transformations

Presenting data I

Measuring data

Year 8 Gold

Numbers and the number system II

Calculating

Counting and comparing

Visualising and constructing

Investigating properties of shapes

Manipulating algebraic expressions

Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages

Proportional Reasoning II

Sequences II

Measuring Space

Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages

Solving equations and inequalities

Calculating space

Investigating angles

Mathematical movement

Presenting data II

Checking, approximating and estimating

Measuring data

Year 9 Gold

Numbers and the number system III

Calculating

Visualising and Constructing

Understanding Risk 1: Introduction to probability

Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages

Manipulating algebraic expressions

Proportional Reasoning III

Sequences III

Investigating angles

Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages

Solving equations and inequalities

Calculating Space: Circles

Linear and Quadratic graphs

Understanding Risk 2: Further probability

Presenting data III

Measuring data

Year 10 Gold

Calculating

Visualising and Constructing

Algebraic proficiency

Proportional reasoning

Sequences IV

Solving equations and inequalities I

Presenting data IV

Calculating space

Conjecturing

Algebraic proficiency: visualising

Solving equations and inequalities II

Understanding risk 3

Year 11 Gold

Investigating properties of shapes

Powers and Roots

Solving Equations and Inequalities III

Mathematical Movement I

Manipulating algebraic expressions

Proportional Reasoning

Geometric Progressions

Volume and Surface Area of 3D shapes

Interpreting quadratic graphs

Percentage and exponential growth

Solving Equations and Inequalities IV

Analysing Statistics

Mathematical Movement II

REVISION FOR GCSE EXAMS

Platinum Pathway

Half Term 1

Half Term 2

Half Term 3

Half Term 4

Half Term 5

Half Term 6

Year 7 Platinum

Numbers and the number system

Calculating

Counting and comparing

Visualising and constructing

Investigating properties of shapes

Manipulating algebraic expressions

Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages

Proportional Reasoning

Sequences

Measuring Space

Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages

Solving equations and inequalities

Calculating space

Investigating angles

Mathematical movement

Presenting data

Checking, approximating and estimating

Measuring data

Year 8 Platinum

Numbers and the number system

Calculating

Visualising and Constructing

Understanding Risk 1: Introduction to probability

Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages

Manipulating algebraic expressions

Proportional Reasoning

Sequences

Investigating angles

Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages

Solving equations and inequalities

Calculating Space: Circles

Linear and Quadratic graphs

Understanding Risk 2: Further probability

Presenting data

Measuring data

Year 9 Platinum

Calculating

Visualising and Constructing

Algebraic proficiency

Proportional reasoning

Sequences

Solving equations and inequalities I

Presenting data

Calculating space

Conjecturing

Algebraic proficiency: visualising

Solving equations and inequalities II

Understanding risk

Year 10 Platinum

Investigating properties of shapes

Fractional powers and roots

Solving equations and inequalities III

Mathematical Movement I

Manipulating algebraic expressions

Proportional Reasoning

Quadratic sequences and geometric expressions

Solving equations and inequalities IV

Surface Area and Volume of 3D shapes

Conjecturing

Algebraic proficiency: Visualising I

Percentage Change and exponential growth

Solving quadratics: Factorising and graphically

Probability: Understanding Risk

Analysing Statistics

Graphs and equations of circles

Vectors

Year 11 Platinum

3-D Pythagoras, Sine Rule and Cosine Rule

Surds

Using the quadratic formula

Enlargement and Similarity

Composite and Inverse Functions

Direct and Inverse Proportion

Geometric Progressions

Inequalities and simultaneous equations

Graphs of exponential and trigonometric functions

Histograms

Solving quadratics: Completing the square

Rates of Change

Geometric Arguments and Proof

REVISION FOR GCSE EXAMS

Post 16

Half Term 1

Half Term 2

Half Term 3

Half Term 4

Half Term 5

Half Term 6

Year 12

Surds and Indices

Coordinate Geometry

Trigonometry

Quadratic Equations

Equations and Inequalities

Polynomials

Graphs and Transformations

Binomial Expansion

Differentiation

Integration

Data Collection

Data Processing

Kinematics

Force's and Newton's Laws

Probability

Binomial Distribution

Variable Acceleration

Hypothesis Testing

Vectors

Logarithms and Exponentials

REVISION FOR AS EXAMS

Year 13

Algebraic Fractions

Functions

The exponential and log functions

Numerical Methods

Transforming Graphs of functions

Trigonometry

Further Trigonometry

Differentiation

Partial Fractions

Coordinate Geometry in the (x,y) plane

The binomial expansion

Differentiation

Vectors

Integration

Algorithms

Graphs and Networks

Algorithms in Networks

Route Inspection

Critical Path Analysis

Linear Programming

Matchings

REVISION FOR A2 EXAMS

Homework

Students are expected to complete a weekly homework. Parents will be texted once homework is issued and we appreciate your support in ensuring your child completes their work away from school. Homework could be:

  • A separate but complimentary piece of work.
  • An extension of work done during a lesson.
  • An investigative piece of work such as collecting information in the form of a survey.
  • Revision of set topics using resources such as past papers provided by the class teacher
  • A skill/method to look up and learn independently.
  • An online homework on mymaths.co.uk

Failure to complete homework will result in a student being issued with an after-school detention by their class teacher.

Useful websites and support material

Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

Mymaths website - www.mymaths.co.uk

Corbett Maths - 'How to' tuition videos

https://corbettmaths.com/contents/

GCSE Maths Tutor you tube videos - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXLOvBIxAgjh0EB3r...

NRICH Mathematics problem solving website - https://nrich.maths.org/10334

Mr Barton Maths GCSE Takeaway - Great for GCSE revision of individual topics at both Foundation and Higher tiers

http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/students/legacy-gcse/...

Key Stage 5.

Edexcel past papers with mark schemes and worked solutions - http://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/a-level-maths-...

Underground Maths - Resources for teaching A-level maths from Cambridge University

https://undergroundmathematics.org/