Mathematics
Subject: Mathematics 

OverviewMathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing students’ abilities to solve problems, to calculate, to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically and to make sense of data. Mathematics is important for students in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Technology. It is also important in everyday life, in many forms of employment and in decisionmaking. As a subject in its own right, Mathematics presents frequent opportunities for creativity. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder; especially when problems are solved or when more elegant solutions to problems are discovered. Mathematics is one means of making knowledge useful. We want all our students to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, to be able to reason mathematically and to solve problems by applying their mathematical understanding to a variety of problems. Within the Mathematics department, we aim to set challenging targets with high expectations for all students. We strongly believe in the importance of offering a variety of different approaches to teaching and learning to help motivate students. We will always look to ensure that the students are actively participating and enjoying mathematics. Mathematics is usually taught in ability sets: this means the more able children will be stretched, while children who struggle with Mathematics will take things more slowly, and be given more support. In KS3 your child will find some of the work similar to primary school, but it will be more challenging and the children are expected to be working more independently. With all the topics the children will be studying, they’ll be developing ‘mathematical process’ skills, which include reasoning, analysis and evaluation. 

Key Stage 3 Overview 

Year 7



Year 8



Useful websites/resources 
Collins Maths Frameworking Text Books Maths Watch www.vle.mathswatch.com IXL Maths: uk.ixl.com CGP KS3 Revision Books: www.cgpbooks.co.uk Bitesize: www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/maths Maths is Fun: www.mathsisfun.com/index.htm Quizzes: www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/maths Bingo: www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/games/bingo/index.shtml Tutorials/Interactive: www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=30 

Key Stage 4 Overview 

Exam Board 
Edexcel 

Qualification type 
GCSE 91 

Assessment 
There is no coursework. The exam is linear and has three papers (two calculator papers and one non calculator paper) taken at the end of the three year course. Each paper will be 1 hr 30 minutes long and consists of 80 marks each. About a third of the marks for each paper are based on the functionality of mathematics. There are two tiers of entry Higher and Foundation. All students will be taught skills in Number, Algebra, Ratio, proportion, rates of change, Geometry and Statistics and probability. Students are taught to solve familiar and unfamiliar problems in a range of numerical, algebraic and graphical contexts and in openended and closed form. They will use standard notations for decimals, fractions, percentages, ratios and indices. Students will learn how to choose appropriate ICT tools and use these to solve numerical and graphical problems, to represent and manipulate geometrical configurations and to present and analyse data. A key element of GCSE Mathematics exams are the functionality of Mathematics or the ability to relate Mathematics to real life situations. Students will need to be able to translate problems in mathematical and non mathematical context, make use of connections between different parts of Mathematics, interpret results, and evaluate methods to identify the most efficient method. 

Year 9



Year 10



Year 11



Useful websites/resources 
There are several reasons the MathsWatch resource works as the best Mathematics revision aid on the market today. It revises every single topic just like a teacher would, at the board. Every clip has real exam questions for students to do  because we all know that to be good at Mathematics, a student has to do it, not just watch it. Username and password can be obtained the class teacher. Videos, practise questions, Mathematics mistakes, conundrums, and of the course world famous 5aday. What a website! www.mrbartonmaths.com/students/gcse Videos, practise questions, maths mistakes, conundrums, and of the course world famous 5aday. Maths Genie is a free GCSE and A Level Maths revision guide and resource bank for students and teachers. The revision resources include revision notes and video explanations of GCSE and A Level topics. Exam questions and model answers for GCSE Mathematics and A Level Mathematics are organised by topic and as full exam papers. www.justmaths.co.uk/freestuff Here you will find some fantastic resources which are constantly being updated. www.qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcelgcses/mathematics2015.html Exam paper, resources and information relating to the new GCSE Mathematics specification from Pearson Edexcel 

Recommended revision guide 
The Grade 91 GCSE Maths Range  CGP Books www.cgpbooks.co.uk/booksgcsemathsrange Revise Edexcel GCSE (91) Mathematics Higher/Foundation Revision Guide www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk GCSE Maths Edexcel Revision Guide www.whsmith.co.uk/d/GcseMathsEdexcelRevisionGuide KS3 Maths Edexcel Revision Guide 