Maths Curriculum Plan 2016 2017

 

Key stage 3 (if appropriate)

‘Life is good for only two things, discovering Mathematics, and teaching Mathematics’ Simeon Poisson

Students will focus on the three core areas of the National Curriculum

Number and Algebra

Geometry and Measures

Statistics

Students will learn how to represent, analyse and communicate fluently the mathematics that they are studying. Each maths classroom is equipped with an Interactive Whiteboard making lessons increasingly more interactive and engaging to inspire students.

Students will be assessed once every term and will complete an end of year examination. Students will be given a level at the end of each examination; teachers will award an overall level which will be reported to parents in the progress reports sent home.

All students should come to maths lessons with a calculator, compass and protractor.

Key Stage 4

“I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” Albert Einstein

Students build on their knowledge in the four main areas introduced in Key Stage 3: Number and Algebra, Geometry and Measures, Statistics. There is an ever increasing focus on problem solving but also on the Quality of Written Communication of the students’ answers.

Students should expect to be regularly assessed in class and with formal mock examinations to prepare them for the final examination at the end of year 11.

We aim to share our passion and excitement for maths with Key Stage 4 pupils to set them up in good stead for the rest of their lives. We enable students to acquire the skills needed to reach their full potential to progress through the qualifications and give students the opportunity to experience studying mathematics at university if they express such an interest.

We follow the Edexcel linear scheme of work and the final assessment in Year 11 will be:

100% exam and linear (no re-sits available)

There will be two tiers of entry: Higher (Grades 4 – 9) and Foundation (Grades1 – 5)

 

The exam will consist of three papers: one non calculator and two calculator papers, each 1.5 hours long. There will be no formula sheet as there has been previously.

 

All pupils should come to maths lessons with a scientific calculator, compass and protractor

 

Key Stage 5 (if appropriate)

Course Content: The course consists of six modules, three in Y12 and a further three in Y13. Each module is 1½ hours and all three are equally weighted to make up the final grade. Scientific calculators can be used in all of the exams with the exception of C1. A minimum of a grade B at GCSE Mathematics and a genuine interest in the subject is required to get on the course!

People with A level mathematics earn 10% more! (Times Educational Supplement Feb. 19 1999)

Core 1 (pure): Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation;integration.

Core 2 (pure): Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; trigonometry; exponential’s and logarithms; differentiation; integration.

Statistics 1 (applied): Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary of data; probability; correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions; the Normal distribution.

Core 3 (pure): Algebra and functions; trigonometry; exponential’s and logarithms; differentiation; numerical methods.

Core 4 (pure): Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration; vectors.

Mechanics 1 (applied): Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors in mechanics; kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line; dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; static’s of a particle; moments.

Further Mathematics is also offered as part of WCSF Federation.

Extra-Curricular Activities and regular trips

 

Each year our brightest mathematicians take part in the junior (year 7&8), Intermediate (years 9&10) or senior (years 12&13) UKMT Mathematical Challenges. Out of all the students in the UK who take this test, the top 6% achieve a gold certificate, the next best 13% achieve a silver certificate, and the next best 21% achieve a bronze certificate.