Mathematics

Introduction                

Maths is a core subject studied by everyone from Year 7 to Year 11 and is also a popular A-level choice.

Maths is not only an important subject in its own right but also because of its applications in other subjects, the most notable at school level are the sciences but also in Geography, Business Studies, ICT, Psychology and DT.

The Maths department is staffed by four highly qualified, specialist Maths teachers. They will support you through your studies in lessons and also in a ‘Maths clinic’ at lunchtime. In addition, there are specific revision classes for GCSE pupils and A-level students. There will be two pieces of homework set each week to all groups at KS3 and KS4. Homework is generally due in the following day and pupils are expected to attend Maths clinic if they have any problems completing it. All classrooms are equipped with an interactive whiteboard. In studying Maths you will learn about number, algebra, ratio, proportion and rates of change, geometry and measures, probability and statistics.

 

Aim

To produce young people capable of dealing with numbers and logical methods in the world around them and in their other courses/careers. The skills to become confident in problem solving will be enhanced over their time here and some will enjoy this so much that they go on to do A level Maths.

 

Key Stage 3                 

The KS3 scheme of work is under review for teaching from September 2015 in light of both the changes in the KS3 curriculum and the new GCSE.

Pupils are taught in forms in Year 7. They will be assessed every half term during the Autumn and Lent terms and will have an end of year exam in the Summer term. From the start of Year 8 pupils will be set by ability into 3 sets.

 

GCSE                          

At GCSE the majority of pupils currently study AQA Higher, with a small number studying Edexcel Foundation. The GCSE is undergoing significant changes for first teaching in September 2015. It is likely that the exam board we will go with for GCSE is AQA. This might change after a review of the provision by the exam boards but at this stage it is unlikely. A firm decision will be made once the sample materials produced by the exam boards have been reviewed by Ofqual.

 

Sixth Form                  

Mathematics is a popular A-level option, as it should be, because it is highly respected by employers and universities alike. There are many degrees and careers where having A-level Maths is useful such as Computer Science (including gaming), Business and Economics, Psychology, Geography, Marketing, Meteorology and Medicine to name but a few. Furthermore, it is essential in many careers such as Engineering, Science, Banking/Finance, Accountancy/Actuarial Science and Architecture.

A-Level Maths is split into two disciplines: Pure Maths and Applied Maths. Pure Maths is the method of Maths, the techniques required to solve problems - geometry, algebra and calculus. Applied Maths contains includes Statistics and Mechanics in A-level Maths, with the addition of Decision/Discrete Maths in Further Maths and allows us to solve more contextual problems. We would expect any A-Level candidate to have achieved a grade 6 at GCSE, preferably a 7 – 9, but the main stipulation is that the students must be willing to work hard from September of the Lower 6th onwards.

The course has now moved from modular to linear. Pupils can still take AS Maths but this qualification will not count towards the overall A2 grade. We would only expect pupils who are unsure if they wish to continue to A2 Maths to take the AS qualification. There is no longer any optional content in A-level Maths so pupils can no longer choose what applied branch they follow; all pupils will learn Statistics and Mechanics. There is no coursework element to Maths at

We also offer A-level Further Maths. This is a more challenging A-Level and useful for pupils thinking about taking Maths, Physics or Engineering at university.

As with A-level Maths, Further Maths A-level has also changed to a linear model but there is some choice in the route available. The route we have opted to go for is the one with Further Statistics and Further Mechanics in addition to the compulsory Pure Maths content.

We would expect any A-level Further Maths candidate to have achieved a grade 7 – 9 at GCSE Maths.