Mathematics

Maths

Mathematical thinking is important for all members of a modern society as a habit of mind for its use in the workplace, business and finance; and for personal decision-making. Mathematics is fundamental to national prosperity in providing tools for understanding science, engineering, technology and economics. It is essential in public decision-making and for participation in the knowledge economy.

Mathematics equips students with uniquely powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder for all students when they solve a problem for the first time, discover a more elegant solution, or notice hidden connections. Students who are functional in mathematics and financially capable are able to think independently in applied and abstract ways, and can reason, solve problems and assess risk.

Mathematics is a creative discipline. The language of mathematics is international. The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics has developed over time as a means of solving real life problems and also for its own sake.

Completing the Mathematics GCSE course will help you in the following career paths, Architecture, Surveying, Banking, Accountancy, Sales, Teaching, Engineering, Project Management etc.

Mathematics at Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 the aim is to develop every child’s knowledge, skill and understanding of mathematics through an exciting, creative and fun learning environment, developing each individual to their full potential. To create positive attitudes towards mathematics through raising student achievement and self-belief and providing an awareness of how mathematics is related to the world we live in today. We encourage all students to reason, communicate and think critically in an effort to prepare them to be life-long problem solvers. The content consists of number, algebra, shape and space and data handling. The main skills in use are information processing, enquiry, creative thinking, reasoning and evaluation.
We have a range of events and trips incorporated into the syllabus to help the students develop these skills including the Junior maths challenge, the Happy puzzle day and the Spy missions trip helping to provide a range of experiences to broaden the access students have to the curriculum

Mathematics at Key Stage 4 – http://www.edexcel.com/Pages/Home.aspx

YEAR 9, 10 AND 11 EXAM STRUCTURE/INFORMATION

The three year groups are divided into seven sets. Sets one to five are prepared for the higher tier papers, however sets six and seven sit the foundation tier papers (maximum possible grade C) and also the entry level papers.

These students are currently studying the Edexcel Linear GCSE Course, either at foundation tier (grades C to G) or at higher tier (grades A* to D). Tier is determined by prior data, teacher assessment and previous performance.

COURSE CONTENT:

The five areas of mathematics studied are:

Number – e.g. Fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion, directed numbers, surds
Algebra – e.g. Expanding and factorising, forming and solving equations, indices, graphs
Shape and space – e.g. Areas and volumes, Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry, transformations, geometry
Handling data – e.g. Probability, statistical diagrams and calculations, sampling and questionnaires
Using and applying mathematics – problems involving any of the above.

HOMEWORK

Every student is given homework once a week. The homework will be designed to consolidate and challenge students current work at school. The homework needs to be completed each week and returned to the Maths Teacher.

ASSESSMENT

During year 8 students will sit end of KS3 exam. This will consist of a non-calculator, calculator and a mental Maths test. During years 9, 10 & 11, students will be assessed in a number of ways before their actual GCSE exam. This assessment will be a combination of classwork, homework, and internal trial exams. This will form the basis of their predicted targets.

The GCSE examinations are held in November & June. Students are given many months notice and preparation when a GCSE examination is to be sat. Examinations are by means of two written papers taken in Year 11. The first is a non-calculator paper; the second requires a calculator.