Maths Curriculum Plan 2019 2021

 

Key Stage 3

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

Pupils will focus on the six core areas of the National Curriculum

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Statistics
  • Probability
  • Ratio and Proportion

Pupils will learn how to represent, analyse and communicate fluently the mathematics that they are studying.

Pupils will be assessed once every term and will complete an end of year examination in July. Pupils will be receive a Tracker after each assessment, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses. Along with their teacher, they will set termly targets to work on ahead of the next term. Teachers will award an overall level which will be reported to parents in the progress reports sent home.

All pupils 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

Pupils build on their knowledge in the five main areas introduced in Key Stage 3: Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measures, Ratio & Proportion, Statistics and Probability. There is a constant focus on problem solving but also on the quality of written communication of the pupils’ answers in order to develop the reasoning required in their GCSE.

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 pupils to acquire the skills needed to reach their full potential to progress through the qualifications and give pupils the opportunity to experience studying mathematics at university if they express such an interest.

Pupils 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 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 (Grades 1 – 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 two modules, Pure Mathematics and Statistics & Mechanics. Scientific calculators can be used in all of the exams and we recommend the Casio Classwiz. A minimum of a grade 7 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)

Pure: Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; numerical methods; vectors

Statistics & Mechanics: Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary of data; probability; correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions; the Normal distribution. 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.

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 pupils 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.