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KS3 : Year 7 and 8

 

Year 7

 

Students learn mathematics for 6 hours per fortnight during Year 7.  Students are taught in ability groups after Entry Maths Test.

 

Students will be taught a detailed curriculum that draws on the History of Maths. Year 7 students will also be exposed to Singapore maths, which is a new way of teaching key concepts that develop and deepen students’ understanding. A large part of the new curriculum will be focussed on problem solving; students will be tested on the depth of their understanding rigorously before moving on to new topics.

 

Student will cover all the key aspects of the new National Curriculum, just in more ‘real world’ contexts. Students will also complete at the end of year project, which will help them to develop and see the links between the different aspects of maths and other subjects. The schemes of learning will be differentiated for the different ability ranges, to best meet the needs of the students.

 

The Scheme of Learning will be divided into three ability strands to best suit the needs of each student. With the half-termly assessments, we will monitor student performance and intervention being put into place as appropriate.

Year 8

Students learn mathematics for 6 hours per fortnight in Year 8.

The Year 8 curriculum builds on the work covered in Year 7, with many aspects being revisited and extended. Students are taught in  ability group and work on the key strands from the new National Curriculum focusing on problem solving; they will be tested on the depth of their understanding rigorously before moving on to new topics. Investigation tasks are set regularly as a way of extending students’ learning.

The Scheme of Learning will be divided into three ability strands to best suit the needs of each student. With the half-termly assessments, we will monitor student performance and intervention being put into place as appropriate.

How and when the students are assessed.

 

 

Year 7 students will sit for Entry Maths Test at the beginning of academic year.

 

Year 7 students will also be assessed each half term and at the end of year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 8 students will be assessed each half term and at the end of year exam.

 

 

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KS4 : Year 9 - 11

 

Students learn mathematics for 9 hours per fortnight during Key Stage 4.

 

Key stage 4 students are taught in ability groups. Students study GCSE Mathematics from Year 9, hence we follow a three year linear GCSE course. The Mathematics department follow a course in Mathematics based on the National Curriculum leading to the GCSE exam set by the Edexcel Examination Board.

 

Students follow the course best suited to their ability and their tier of entry for the exams

 

Lessons are taught in ability groups giving every student an opportunity to move up to the higher tier.

 

The curriculum is in line with the new GCSE programme of study based on the three assessment objectives:

 

A01: Recall and use knowledge of the prescribed

         content

A02: Select and apply mathematical methods in a

         range of contexts

A03: Interpret and analyse problems and generate

        strategies to solve them

 

The course content includes

1. Number,

2. Algebra

3. Ratio and Proportion

4. Geometry & Measures

5. Probability

6. Statistics

 

 

Year 9 and 10 students will be assessed each half term and at the end of year exam.

 

Year 11 students will sit a formal mock examinations GCSE paper throughout the academic year.

Year 11 students will sit a final external examination in May/June which is made up of two written papers, a calculator and non – calculator papers with equal weighting.

There are two tiers of assessment – Higher and Foundation tiers.

Candidates can only be entered for one tier.

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Minimum Entry Requirements

Students need to obtain at least a Grade B in GCSE Mathematics.

It is also vital to student’s success that you enjoy using algebraic skills (such as solving equations, factorising quadratics, and working with surds and indices) to solve problems. You will be given an extensive task to complete during Summer holiday in order to practise these skills before you begin your course.

Course Content

A-level Mathematics is made up of six units – three at AS and three at A2. All units are available in the June series. The Mathematics department follow a course in Mathematics based on the AQA specification leading to the GCE examination set by the AQA Examination Board.

There are four Pure Core units which make up two-thirds of the qualification and provide the techniques in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus that form the fundamental building blocks of the subject. 

Mathematical applications make up the remaining third of the qualification and there are various options to suit the needs of individual students.

The applications fall into two strands:

Mechanics – forces, energy, motion

  • Statistics – probability, data handling, testing hypotheses. 

Students can focus on one strand or study a mixture of any two.

There is no coursework in any of the AS/A2 course.

 

Student is expected to complete C1, C2 and Statistics in their AS course.

There are two mock exams in December and March.

 

Student is expected to complete C2, C3 and mechanics in their A2 course.

There are two mock exams in December and March.

 

 

All units are of equal weighting and are assessed by an external examination of 1 hour 30 minutes.