Mathematics

Department vision

Mathematics is important in our everyday life, allowing us to make sense of the world around us and to manage our lives. Using mathematics enables us to model real-life situations and make connections and informed predictions. It equips us with the skills we need to interpret and analyse information, simplify and solve problems, assess risk and make informed decisions.”

We aim to encourage students to develop lively, creative and enquiring minds.  To be capable of independent thought and to enjoy Mathematics through problem solving and perseverance.  To appreciate that Mathematics is inherent to everyday life.

Year 7

Students are taught in their form groups in Year 7.  We use the textbook KS3 Maths Progress Delta One.  A buddy system is organised for Year 7 students who are less confident in mathematics, where the pupil will meet with a sixth form student on a regular basis.  All pupils will be given their own login for MyMaths.

Topics covered in Year 7 are:-

  • Analysing and displaying data
  • Number skills
  • Equations, functions and formulae
  • Fractions
  • Angles and shapes
  • Decimals
  • Multiplicative reasoning
  • Perimeter, area and volume
  • Sequences
  • Graphs
  • Constructions and Loci

Year 8

Students are taught in five sets in Year 8.  We use the textbook KS3 Maths Progress Delta Two.  All pupils will be given their own login for MyMaths and MathsWatch.

Topics covered in Year 8 are:-

  • Factors and powers
  • Algebra
  • 2D shapes and 3D solids
  • Real0life graphs
  • Transformations
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
  • Constructions and Loci
  • Probability
  • Scale drawings and Measures
  • Graphs
  • Trigonometry
  • Scatter graphs

Years 9-11

Year 9 - 11

Students begin their GCSE course at the start of Year 9 and are taught in six sets.  All students will be entered for the Edexcel Higher Tier course and will sit the GCSE Mathematics examination at the end of Year 11.  Set 1 student’s will also study the Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics which they will sit in Year 11.  Sets 2, 3, 4A and 4B will sit a Free Standing Mathematics Qualification in Financial Calculations in Year 10.  This gives all students the opportunity to broaden their mathematical experience, by completing a second Mathematical qualification.  The additional qualifications are with AQA.

Topics covered at GCSE are:-

  • Number

  • Algebra

  • Interpreting and Representing Data

  • Fractions, Ratio and Percentages

  • Angles

  • Trigonometry

  • Graphs

  • Area

  • Volume

  • Transformations

  • Constructions

  • Equations

  • Inequalities

  • Probability

  • Multiplicative Reasoning

  • Similarity and Congruence

  • Circle Theorems

  • Vectors

  • Geometric Proof

  • Proportion

     

    Topics covered in the Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics are:-

  • Algebra

  • Geometry

  • Calculus

  • Matrices

  • Trigonometry

  • Functions

  • Graphs

 

Topics covered in the Free Standing Mathematical Qualification in Financial Calculations are:

  • Using calculators and computers

  • Collecting and Recording Data

  • Comparing and Interpreting Data

  • Accuracy, Estimating and Checking

  • Using and Understanding Financial Terms

  • Calculating Percentages, Ratios and Compound Interest.

Assessment

Years 7 – 8 will be given topic tests at regular intervals throughout the year.

Years 7 – 10 will be given termly tests during terms 2, 4 and 6.  This gives students in Years 8 and 9 the opportunity to change sets. 

Year 11 will sit mock examinations in terms 2 and 4.

 

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We follow the Edexcel course for both Mathematics and Further Mathematics.  In Mathematics, all three examination papers are 2hrs and each paper has equal weighting.  In Further Mathematics, all four examination papers are 1hr and 30mins and each paper has equal weighting.

Course content for Mathematics.

  • Pure Mathematics 1 & 2:- Proof, Algebra and Functions, Coordinate Geometry, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and Logarithms, Differentiation, Integration, Numerical Methods and Vectors.

Statistics and Mechanics:-

Section A : Statistics:- Statistical sampling, Data presentation and interpretation, probability, Statistical distributions and Statistical hypothesis testing

Section B ; Mechanics:- Quantities and units in mechanics, Kinematics, Forces and Newton’s Laws and Moments.
 
Course content for Further Mathematics.

  • Core Pure Mathematics 1 & 2:- Proof, Complex Numbers, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, Polar coordinates, Hyperbolic functions and Differential equations.
  • Further Statistics 1:-Discrete probability distributions, Poisson binomial distribution, Geometric and negative binomial distributions, Hypothesis testing, Central limit theorem and Chi Squared tests.

Decision Mathematics 1:- Algorithms, Graph theory, Critical path analysis and Linear programming.
 

related careers

Mathematics has applications in many other subjects including Science, Business Studies, Economics, Geography, Computing, Design and Psychology.  Careers such as Engineering, Architecture, Accountancy and Actuarial Science will require strong Mathematical skills whilst Mathematics is a valued supporting subject for many other degrees and careers.

  • Accountancy

  • Actuarial Science

  • Architecture

  • Engineering

  • Financial consultant

  • Computer systems analyst

  • Insurance Broker

  • Marketing Executive