Throughout time Mathematicians have affected the world around them; from building the Egyptian Pyramids, breaking the Enigma Code, developing computers and smartphone technology to Internet security and the battle against Cyber Crime- Mathematics and Mathematicians have played a major role.
We aim to share our enthusiasm and interest in all areas of Mathematics with our students so that they are ready to take their place in the world and solve the next set of challenges.
A variety of tasks and activities will be used to promote confidence, understanding, challenge and independence. Links to real life and other curriculum areas will be highlighted to encourage students to see Mathematics happening beyond the classroom.
Further challenge is provided by participation in National competitions.
Six areas of Mathematics are studied throughout KS3 and KS4: Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Geometry, Probability and Statistics.
All students should come fully equipped to every lesson, this includes:
Red exercise books are used for classwork, whilst the blue exercise book contains notes and model answers for all work covered. Students will be provided with a specific book for completing homework.
Students will be taught in sets and formally assessed each term. Following each assessment students may change sets to provide greater challenge or support as required. Other support strategies may be triggered by a student’s performance in these assessments.
Students starting position on our learning journey will depend upon KS2 data. Setting throughout the year will be dependent upon the demonstration of greater understanding in the classroom, in homework, in discussion and in assessments.
To become equipped with the problem solving and reasoning skills which allow you to decipher and conquer any challenges you face.
Mathematics is split into 6 Key Areas
3 Exam papers at GCSE split into two tiers foundation and higher.
Paper 1, 2 and 3 are foundation
Paper 4, 5 and 6 are higher
Paper 1 & 4 – Calculator
Paper 2 & 5 – Non-Calculator
Paper 3 & 6 – Calculator
All papers are 90 minutes
All papers are out of 100 marks
The ability to apply knowledge to different contexts, developing the ability to problem solve and reason. The skills you will gain can be applied in every career you decide to pursue.
All equipment is sold in the maths office.
Trips to understand mathematics in the real world.
We will explore areas of mathematics and the importance they have had in changing the world we live in today. Some of the people we will learn about are Alan Turing and Katherine Johnson.
Your teacher will be happy to share knowledge of linked professions with you.
The best way to revise Mathematics is to do Mathematics.
Keep your blue books as a useful revision guide, annotate or add information to it as required.
Make shorter revision notes or cards, or summarise information in a mindmap before each assessment – then keep them to use again, with improvements, later.
Students will be provided with past exam papers/questions at appropriate points and be provided with model answers, these can be found on the GCSE hub. It is important that these materials are in class when required so that students can take full advantage of all feedback and exam tips given.
Revision classes will run after school prior to Mocks and GCSE exams, attend them!
All students are welcome to attend Maths Homework Club every Tuesday night. They can do homework, get help with areas they struggle with or revise with the support of a Maths teacher.
All students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and progress, they should talk to their teacher or any department member if they feel additional support is required.