Mathematics

Head of Department: Mrs J Cleveland
Faculty Staff: Miss M Davis (Second in Department), Mr S Arnold, Mr D Cooper, Mr A Niamir, Mr R Purcell, Mrs L Wilford, Miss Glavin
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 at The New Sixth (Maths and Further Maths)

As a department we are committed to the philosophy that during their time with us, every student will have a positive experience of learning Mathematics. They will show continuous progression and improvement and achieve their full potential. We aim to achieve this by creating a supportive, controlled, learning environment. Also by ensuring that objective-led lessons, interactive teaching styles, and assessment for learning are embedded in our schemes of work and teaching.

In particular, we wish each student to develop a genuine feeling of how numbers fit together; the ability to carry out calculations, understand the significance of results and estimate whether or not an answer is reasonable. We want our students to be secure and confident in the ability to apply mathematics in everyday situations and develop an understanding of the part which mathematics plays in the world. We strive to ensure students have the confidence to experiment and make mistakes, and persevere when problems arise.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Students are taught in ability sets from the start of Year 7. There will be opportunities throughout the year to move up and down sets based upon student progress. Students will have a termly assessment and this will focus on the topics covered that term, however they will also be expected to use prior knowledge to solve problems.

The Key Stage 3 program of study forms the building blocks for the Key Stage 4 curriculum.

The new curriculum for mathematics introduces topics not previously taught in KS4 mathematics. These now focus on a more holistic approach to mathematics. There continues to be three main areas of study, Number, Geometry and Statistics, but with an emphasis on processing skills and application of functional skills.

We aim to encourage students not to focus on one area of mathematics at a time, but to see how a topic sits within a multitude of other mathematical ideas and concepts.

Year 7


Terms 1 & 2
Basic Number
Basic Measures
Area and Perimeter
3D Shapes
Sequences
Averages
Probability
Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
Basic Algebra

Terms 3 & 4
Basic Number
Coordinates
Angles
Graphs and Charts
Constructions
2D Shapes
Ratio
Percentages
Drawing Graphs

Terms 5 & 6
Transformations
Graphs and Charts
Probability
Real Life Graphs
Brackets
Area and Perimeter
Maps and Scale
Volume and Surface Area

Year 8


Terms 1 & 2
Negatives
Sequences
2D Shapes
Angles
Construction
Probability
Algebra
Measures
Area and Perimeter
Volume and Surface Area
Circles
Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

Terms 3 & 4
Decimals
Ratio
Transformations
Real Life Graphs
Drawing Graphs
Algebra
Averages
Graphs and Charts
Data Collection
Fractions
Decimals

Terms 5 & 6
Graphs
3D Shapes
Bearings
Constructions
Maps and Scale
Circles
Averages
Coordinates
Graphs and Charts

Year 9


Terms 1 & 2
Number
Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
Ratio
Sequences
Algebra
Graphs
Measures
Area and Perimeter
Surface Area and Volume
Construction
Angles
Pythagoras

Terms 3 & 4
Number
Decimals
Graphs
Probability
Transformations
Maps and Scales
Algebra
Trigonometry

Terms 5 & 6
Algebra
Graphs and Charts
Angles
Transformations

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Course Code: GCSE Mathematics A (linear) Edexcel 1MA0
Exam Board Specification: www.edexcel.com/quals

The GCSE course encourages students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. This should help learners to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards mathematics, and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives, as well as preparing them to make informed decisions about technology, the management of money and further learning opportunities and career choices.

There are three overlapping areas of study:

Statistics and Number

This includes working with numbers and the number system, fractions, decimals and percentages, ratio and proportion, the language of algebra, sequences, functions and graphs, the data handling cycle, data collection, presentation, analysis, and interpretation, and probability.

Number and Algebra

This includes working with numbers and within the number system, further skills relating to fractions, decimals percentages and ratio, expressions and equations, sequences, functions and graphs.

Geometry and Algebra

This includes further work on expressions and equations, sequences, functions and graphs, trigonometry, properties of angles and shapes, mensuration, vectors.

Students will prepare for the Edexcel Linear Mathematical course. There are two tiers of assessment, Foundation (covering grades 1 to 5) and Higher (covering grades 4 to 9).  Candidates will be entered at the tier most appropriate to their attainment at the time of entry.

Topics covered may change in order but include:

Year 10


Terms 1 & 2
Integers, Place Value and Rounding
Factors Multiples and Primes
Indices, Roots and BIDMAS
Decimals and Standard Form
Algebra: The Basics
Expanding and Factorising
Expressions and Substitution
Averages and Range
Tables, Graphs and Charts
Fractions
Decimals and Percentages

Terms 3 & 4
Statistics and Questionnaires
Angles, Lines and Symmetry
Polygons and Parallel Lines
Setting Up, Rearranging and Solving Equations
Inequalities
Sequences
Perimeter and Area
3D Forms and Volume
Real-Life Graphs
Straight-Line Graphs

Terms 5 & 6
Transformations
Ratio and Proportion
Pythagoras and Trigonometry
Probability
Multiplicative Reasoning
Plans, Elevations and Nets
Constructions, Loci and Bearings

Year 11


Terms 1 & 2
Trial and Improvement
Quadratic Equations
Circle Geometry and Theorems
Fractions and Reciprocals
Indices and Standard Form
Similarity and Congruence in 2D
Vectors
Cubic, Reciprocal and Exponential Graphs

Terms 3 & 4
Algebra
Further Trigonometry
Further Quadratics
Accuracy and Bounds 

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

Course Code: A Level Mathematics Core Edexcel 7MCO
Course Code: A Level Mathematics Edexcel 9MAO
Course Code: A Level Further Mathematics Edexcel 9FMO

A Level Mathematics Core Edexcel 7MCO
Exam Board Specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-mathematics-in-context/mathematics-in-context.html

Recommended Entry Requirements
Grade 4 GCSE Mathematics
This course may be taken in addition to the three A level subject choices.

Why Core Mathematics?
This is an extremely exciting new course that will give you an advantage with university applications. Core Mathematics is also aptly called Maths in Context and is distinct from other maths courses in that you apply mathematics to real life contexts. You will play the role of different people from sports coaches, doctors to business owners and environmental workers and use maths to overcome real life challenges.

Core Maths is a Level 3 qualification, accredited by Ofqual, and equivalent but distinct from an AS qualification.

A Level Mathematics Edexcel 9MAO
Exam Board Specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/mathematics-2017.html

Recommended Entry Requirements
Grade 7 GCSE Mathematics

Why Mathematics?
Maths is a dynamic, exciting and relevant subject which has played a significant role in the progress of the human species, for example, in our understanding the movement of the planets; advancements in engineering; establishment and growth of economies and our understanding of human behaviour.

A level Maths includes the study of Pure Maths and the application of mathematics to the physical world through Statistics and Mechanics. The course develops strength and confidence in the application of algebraic and other mathematical skills and helps you to solve real life problems using logical mathematical argument. During the course, you will solve a variety of real-life problems such as how large a population will be, what forces should be applied to an object, whether an electrical component is likely to work and whether a medical procedure is effective. You will also engage in solving complex abstract problems.

A Level Further Mathematics Edexcel 9FMO
Exam Board Specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/mathematics-2017.html#tab-3

Recommended Entry Requirements
Grade 8 GCSE Mathematics
Must also be taking the A level Mathematics course

Why Mathematics?
Further Maths is a fantastic course for those who are passionate and talented in Mathematics. It extends the Pure and Applied Maths topics studied in Maths A Level and is highly recommended if you wish to study Mathematics at degree Level. For further information see Mathematics Course Description.

For more information on A Level Core Mathematics and the course requirements and specification, click here.

For more information on A Level Mathematics and the course requirements and specification, click here.

For more information on A Level Further Mathematics and the course requirements and specification, click here.


Enrichment and Links:

Throughout their time at school students have the opportunity to take part in the National Maths Challenges at Junior, Intermediate and Higher levels.  We participate in the Masterclass program run annually by Bath University and often offer students the opportunity to attend the Kilve Court Gifted and Talented courses.

GCSE Revision Calendar 2018:

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