Maths

The Mathematics Department situated in the main building is a well established team. There are 6 fully resourced mathematics rooms situated on the ground floor of the main building where most of the mathematics teaching takes place. The department is well organised and well equipped.  There are two computer rooms which can be booked for class lessons and technical support is available.

Amongst other advantages, all rooms in the department have a Promethean interactive whiteboard and an extensive variety of appropriate software.

While studying Mathematics you will be expected to:

  • Use mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems
  • Use logic and reason to solve problems
  • Break down problems into small steps in order to solve them
  • Use mathematics that you learn to solve problems that might happen in real life
  • Learn how to use a calculator to solve problems quickly and effectively

The department uses material from Oxford and Pearson as the main resources with MyMaths text books in KS3 and the new Edexcel GCSE throughout KS4. The department also aims to use a range of teaching methods which includes online assessments throughout the key stages.

The regular assessments and target setting encourage student achievement.  GCSE Mathematics is an important foundation for many of the courses you may take in employment or further education, and a requirement for many careers.

All students are assessed regularly and staff keep assessment records up to date. Homework is set regularly at least once a week to all classes.

Our Expectations

We expect all pupils to behave in a sensible and safe manner.

We expect all pupils to show respect to other people and treat them in the same way as they would expect to be treated themselves.This includes teachers, fellow pupils and support staff.

We expect all students to complete class work to the best of their ability, taking care with presentation and the quality of work produced.

  • Always date your work –underline it using a pencil and a ruler.
  • Title your work with chapter and page and underline it.
  • Rule off each piece of work.
  • Show clearly where homework starts and finishes.
  • Only use a black pen for writing.
  • Drawings must always be done in pencil.
  • Write necessary information only on the front cover
  • Margins must be drawn on all pages and the pages numbered.
  • Tipp-Ex is not allowed in exams. Try not to use this in class.
  • Do not tear pages out of books – you may have to pay for it!
  • Keep your work tidy.

We have high expectations of our students and aim to motivate them to achieve the highest grades possible.

We expect pupils to regularly complete the homework that is set.

We expect pupils to arrive to class prepared.This means bringing the correct equipment or resources for that lesson.

We believe that it is important that pupils of all ages can work individually and together in teams to explore and develop ideas.

KS3

The mathematics team is committed to using and applying mathematics and presenting tasks in real life context. We also work hard to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and its assessment arrangements.  Year 7 students are taught in their mixed ability forms for the first half term and are then arranged in broad ability groups during KS3.

During these lessons pupils develop their experiences, skills and knowledge over the 2 years. 

Following the end of year 8 teacher assessment students start the GCSE course.  Each ½ year band has 4 ability groups.  Generally, six groups prepare for the Higher Tier and two groups for the Foundation.

The main thing to remember in order to do well is that the teacher is there to help you.  If you have any problems then talk them over with your teacher.  First he/she will always be prepared to go over work again with you if you show that you really care about your work.  Bring your calculator and equipment regularly to lessons.  Keep up to date with the classwork and homework. 

Resources needed: During your lessons you will need a range of basic equipment such as pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, rubber, ruler, protractor and a pair of compasses.  You are expected to bring a scientific calculator to all lessons.

KS4

There is a choice of two levels within this course.  The basic course or Foundation Level is the same for everyone but the Higher Level will require topics to be studied in more depth as well as extra topics.  GCSE Mathematics covers a wide range of basic mathematical knowledge and skills.

You will work both individually and in groups and will be encouraged to apply your mathematical learning to everyday situations.  Self directed work and individual study will form an important part of the approach to coursework.  You will be expected to do homework as it is a vital part of your learning process.

Textbooks, which cover all the topics that you study, are provided at the level appropriate to your ability and achievement.

You will use a lot of what you learn in GCSE mathematics in other GCSEs that you study.  For example, in Science you may be asked to use formulae and solve equations, in Geography you will need to read charts and diagrams and use statistics and in D&T you will need to use measures and make scale drawings.

A range of methods for calculating is taught – mental, written and calculator methods.  All students in Year 11 are entered for the Edexcel 9-1 Mathematics GCSE. 

Depending on your test results you will be entered for either the Foundation or Higher paper. 

Summary of the linear exam:

The assessments will cover the following content headings: Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and rates of change, Geometry and measures, Probability and Statistics.The qualification will be graded and certified on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade.

Pupils who do not achieve a grade by the end of year 11 are allowed to take a one year course in year 12 in order to achieve this. 

 

  Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3
Foundation Non-Calculator Calculator Calculator
(Grades 1 to 5) 33.3% Weighting 33.3% Weighting 33.3% Weighting
  1 hour and 30 minutes 1 hour and 30 minutes 1 hour and 30 minutes
  Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3
Higher Non-Calculator Calculator Calculator
(Grades 4 to 9) 33.30% 33.30% 33.30%
  1 hour and 30 minutes 1 hour and 30 minutes 1 hour and 30 minutes

 

The department achieved 70% A*-C grades respectively in 2016 examinations.

Resources needed: During your lessons you will need a range of basic equipment such as pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, rubber, ruler, protractor and a pair of compasses.  You would also benefit from having an A4 folder.  You are expected to bring a scientific calculator to all lessons.

KS5

Course requirements: Grade 6 in the new 9-1 GCSE exams or above at the Higher Tier. 

Mathematics AS/A2 Level is very successful and graphic calculators are used as a teaching resource within the department.  Mathematics is a very popular and successful A Level choice (4 groups) and our former students have achieved excellent degree results at University. 

Course outline: AS/A2 Level Edexcel

At AS/A2 Level we study the Edexcel specification.

As well as a liking for solving problems and enthusiasm for the subject you will need a folder, USB memory stick and other general day to day equipment.

Students are provided with digital copies of textbooks and past exam papers for their revision. For past papers we ask for a nominal charge for the year for which we will provide papers and solution for units.

In year 12 as part of the AS course the modules we currently cover are Core 1 (C1), Core 2 (C2) and Statistics 1 (S1). The C1, C2 and S1 exams are examined in the summer term.  In year 13 we cover Core 3 (C3), Core 4 (C4) and Mechanics 1 (M1)/ Statistics 2 (S2).   C3, C4, M1 and S2 exams are examined in the summer term.  In addition, GATE students are given the opportunity and support to study for Further Maths.

Student progress is monitored through regular homework tasks and monthly progress tests. Student absences from lesson are reported to parents through group texts.

Resources needed: During your lessons you will need a range of basic equipment such as pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, rubber and a ruler.  You would also benefit from having an A4 folder.   You are expected to bring a scientific calculator to all lessons.

This course is suitable for anyone interested in a career in “mathematics”.  This includes Engineering, Architecture, Medicine, Meteorology, Sport Science and Teaching.

Clubs & Activities

In mathematics there are a number of competitions organised from time to time like the UKMT which is a national problem solving competition for year 7 to year 13.  We also take part in the Nat West Trophy which is a competition against other schools in London. 

For those interested in the business studies, we have taken part in the national Shares4Schools competition and have twice previously been runners up.

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KS5 A Level Home Study Task 31st Jul 2017 Download