Mathematics

Overview

Mathematics is taught in a suite of five teaching rooms and one ICT suite. All teachers within the department are subject specialists. The ICT suite is also available before school, at break time and lunchtime for pupils who wish to complete homework tasks. The department works closely with the SEN department to develop a good working knowledge of any pupils who may experience difficulties. We have Teaching Assistant support within our two lower sets in each year.

Teaching is supported by specific texts but takes other formats too using ICT, puzzles, and a variety of interactive tasks and worksheets

The Maths department likes to reward success and does so through good logbook comments and postcards home.

KS3

All Pupils in KS3 receive 7 hour long lessons over the two week cycle. In years 7 and 8 at least one of these will be taken in our ICT suite. In year 7 pupils are taught within 3 bands. Pupils are set according to ability but in this year the sets are quite broad with 1 top set, 3 middle sets and 2 lower ability sets. In year 8 the setting is more stringent with pupils being placed in groups 1-6. This format continues into year 9.

All groups are taught according to the National Curriculum. Pupils cover Schemes of work which include the four main areas of Mathematics; Number, Algebra, Shape and Space and Data Handling. Their learning at this stage forms the basis of their future GCSE studies.

KS4

Mathematics is a compulsory GCSE subject and students will follow the Edexcel specification

Course Outline

GCSE mathematics will follow six main areas

1 Number

2 Algebra

3 Ratio, proportion and rates of change

4 Geometry and measures

5 Probability

6 Statistics

You will follow a course matched to your ability GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (grades 1 – 5) and a Higher tier (grades 4 – 9).

Assessment Method

100% written assessment – This is divided between three exams both taken at the end of the course. One paper is a non-calculator paper and two are calculator papers. The results will be also graded under the new 1-9 system.

Post 16 Opportunities and Careers

GCSE mathematics at grade C or above is required by most universities for further study on the majority of their courses. Successful completion of GCSE Mathematics will allow progression to A Level Mathematics and mathematics related courses.

Main School Pupils 2STATISTICS

During Year 10 the more able students have the opportunity to study an additional GCSE in Statistics (exam in June). This exam includes a controlled assessment piece worth 25% of the final mark.