Mathematics

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:

  • Calculator – Casio fx-83GT X (this is the only calculator we recommend)
  • Both exercise books (red and blue)
  • Protractor
  • Compass
  • Ruler
  • Pen (black and purple)
  • Pencil and rubber

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.

Curriculum

KS3

Subject Objective
  • To build upon KS2 knowledge in all areas.
  • To provide a solid foundation in preparation for GCSE
  • To engage students in all lessons and generate interest in Maths and its applications
  • To encourage perseverance and resilience with problem solving activities
Curriculum Overview

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. 

KS4

Why should I study this subject?

To become equipped with the problem solving and reasoning skills which allow you to decipher and conquer any challenges you face.

What will I study?

Mathematics is split into 6 Key Areas

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Statistics
  • Probability

How will I be assessed?

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

What skills will I learn?

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.

What equipment will I need?

All equipment is sold in the maths office.

  • Calculator (model – FX-85GTX or FX-83GTX)
  • Protractor
  • Compass
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Pen – Black and Purple

How will this subject develop my sense of character and culture?

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.

Where can this subject take me?

Your teacher will be happy to share knowledge of linked professions with you.

Where can I find out more?

What other subjects would compliment my learning in this qualification?

Useful Links & Revision Pointers

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!

Further Information

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.

The Curriculum Team

Mrs C Burrell
Teacher of Mathematics
Miss S Connolly
Teacher of Mathematics
Mr J Coupland
Teacher of Mathematics
Miss S Davies
Teacher of Mathematics
Miss A Gibson
Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs L Hatfield
Teacher of Mathematics
Mr R Kynman
Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs Lowe
Teacher of English/Mathematics
Mr R Roberts
Director of Mathematics
Miss H Thompson
Teacher of Mathematics
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