Thorp Academy

Outcomes focused, child centred

Core - Mathematics (Y7-Y13)

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Mathematics

Staff within the department

Mr I Walker

Miss C Porter

Mrs V Armstrong

Mrs C Liston

Mr C Liddle

Miss R Bullerwell

Mr M Pike

Subject overview

The department is staffed with 7 specialist teachers who deliver Mathematics from KS3 to KS5 and 2 dedicated GCSE intervention teachers.

The department has 7 fully dedicated Mathematics classrooms and access to its own computer room with 30 PCs.

The department recognises that Mathematics is a vital subject for all pupils regardless of their future aspirations or chosen future learning choices and as such liaises closely with all other departments within the school to ensure that Numeracy is embedded across the whole academy curriculum.

We would encourage pupils to come to school at KS3 and KS4 with a calculator to help them become familiar with key techniques. We would strongly encourage pupils buying a calculator to choose the

CASIO fx-83GT PLUS

This is the calculator used within school and is ideal for pupils studying GCSE at both Foundation & Higher papers.

Having a high quality calculator which you are familiar with is key as the new GCSE has two thirds of its assessment with a calculator.

Key Stage 3 overview

The Mathematics course at Key Stage 3 is designed to give pupils the necessary grounding and skills to enable them to succeed at GCSE.

Students will build on the skills learned in primary schools continuing to develop their Numeracy while adding to their knowledge of Algebra, Geometry and Handling Data.

The department employs problem solving and collaborative learning as a critical part of its teaching providing pupils with the interpersonal and analytical skills needed to flourish at GCSE.

Dependent on their performance at KS2 pupils will follow either the Gold or the Platinum scheme of work.

Key Stage 4 overview

Thorp Academy uses the AQA Examination Board.

In the Summer of year 11 pupils sit their examinations either at Foundation or Higher level. Foundation allows pupils achieve grades 1 -5 and the higher paper allows pupils to achieve grades 4 - 9.

Both the Foundation and Higher examinations consists of 3 papers- all of which take 1hr 30minutes.

Paper 1 is completed without the use of a calculator

Paper 2 and 3 are completed with the use of a calculator

Key Stage 5 overview

Thorp Academy uses the Edexcel Examination Board and uses the new two year specification for A Level.

The new curriculum encourages all pupils to work towards a broad understanding of key areas of Mathematics.

In the Summer of year 13 pupils will sit their examinations consisting of separate examinations in

  • Pure Mathematics - 2hr
  • Statistics & Mechanics 1hr 15mins

A calculator can be used in both examinations

We would encourage pupils to come to school at KS5 with a calculator to help them become familiar with key techniques. We would strongly encourage pupils buying a calculator to choose the

CASIO fx-991EX

This is the calculator recommended by the exam board and offers and advantage over more basic models when dealing with statistics.

We strongly recommend that pupils beginning this course own a copy of the course textbooks.

Books for Year 12

Books for Year 13