Mathematics

Aims

Mathematics encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards problem solving. Students will recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and society. It prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money and career choices. Student’s gain experience of mathematical activities and develop their appreciation and enjoyment of mathematics.

NumberAlgebra
Calculations Formulae
Fractions Expressions
Decimals Solving Equations
Percentages Graphical methods
Ratio  Functions
Proportion Sequences
Accuracy Transformations of curves
Indices and surds Iteration
Standard Index Form  
   
Geometry Measures
 2D and 3D shapes  Enlargement
 Loci & Constructions  Similarity
 Pythagoras’ Theorem  Units of measure
 Transformations  Length
 Area & Perimeter  Angles & Bearings
 Volume  
 Geometrical reasoning  
 Trigonometric Functions  
 Vector Geometry  
 Circle Theorems  
   
Probability Statistics
Theoretical probability Representation
Experimental Analysis of data
  Interpretation of data
  Averages
  Spread
   
   
   

Method of Assessment

Assessment takes place every lesson, with pupils being given oral feedback throughout the lesson.
Students are formally assessed towards the end of every topic with a learning assessment the results are used to address any misconceptions in the following lessons.

Students also have an exam twice a year which is formally assessed and students are given a grade and a projected grade based on their performance. The final exam is externally assessed with all students sitting their GCSE Mathematics exam at the end of year 11.

Maths is tiered, Foundation and Higher. The GCSE maths exam consists of three written papers. Each paper lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and contains 80 marks. Paper 1 is non-calculator and paper 2 and paper 3 are calculator. Each paper is worth 331/3% of the final GCSE grade. Each paper consists of a mixture of question styles, from single mark questions to multi-step problems.

Recommended Reading

All students are able to access resources and revision materials through the internet. We particularly recommend mymaths.co.uk and www.vle.mathswatch.com. We also recommend wider reading including:
Murderous Maths by Poskitt Kjartan (8 to collect, like Horrible Histories series); The man who counted by Malba Tahan and Leslie Clark; Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzensberger and Michael Henry Heim; Math Trek and Math Trek 2 by Ivars Peterson and The adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat by Theoni Pappas.