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Mathematics

Subject Name Mathematics
Outline of the subject:

Mathematics is a core subject of the National Curriculum and we aim to provide students with the skills and opportunities which will equip them to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Mathematics is both a tool for solving problems in a wide range of contexts and also a discipline with its own inherent structure and aesthetic appeal.

The use of interactive whiteboards, graphical calculators and specific mathematical software enhance the teaching and learning in lessons. Students complete Key Stage 3 by the end of year 8. They then progress on to the GCSE Mathematics course in Year 9 and take GCSE Mathematics at the end of year 11.

At Key Stage 5, students may choose to take the IB or A level courses. Mathematics is a required subject in the IB and can be taken at Higher or Standard level in either Analysis and Approaches (Pure Mathematics) or Applications and Interpretation (Applied Mathematics). Both Mathematics and Further Mathematics are offered at A level. Mathematics is a popular choice and it complements many other subjects in the curriculum. There is also the option for students to take an additional certificate in Mathematics in Context; this course is suitable for students who wish to continue with Mathematics into post-16 but do not wish to take A Level Mathematics.

There are opportunities for extra-curricular fulfilment through the UK Mathematics Challenges, and attending conferences.

“The open question and answer sessions in lessons encourage a questioning mind that develops reasoning. Introducing new technology with the use of the interactive whiteboard improves presentation of lessons by adding greater interest and clarity.”

Ofsted

Course Offerings

Course Title Qualifications Obtainable Awarding Body
Key Stage 4 Courses
Mathematics GCSE Edexcel
Key Stage 5 Courses
Mathematics A-level Edexcel
Further Mathematics A-level Edexcel
Mathematics in Context Level 3 Certificate Edexcel
Mathematics Analysis and Approaches   HL IB Diploma IBO
Mathematics Analysis and Approaches   SL IB Diploma IBO
Mathematics Applications and Interpretation HL IB Diploma IBO
Mathematics Applications and Interpretation SL IB Diploma IBO
Year 7
Curriculum Content: In Year 7 pupils are taught in their form groups and receive seven hours of Mathematics per fortnight. Throughout the year we aim to ensure that arithmetic skills are secure, there is a sound understanding of basic geometric principles and algebraic techniques are extended. Pupils should have a scientific calculator and will have the opportunity to explore their enthusiasm with exciting and practical Mathematics.
Year 8
Curriculum Content: In Year 8 pupils are split into seven groups, by ability, all receiving seven hours of Mathematics per fortnight. Throughout the Year 8 Mathematics curriculum we build on their knowledge gained in Year 7 and further develop their Mathematical understanding. New topics that are introduced in Year 8 are; Pythagoras Theorem, Trigonometry, Polygons and Linear Graphs. By introducing these topics now we enable the students to experiment with the concepts that will be required for their GCSE.
Year 9
Curriculum Content: In Year 9 pupils begin to study the EdExcel GCSE course; this course is covered over three years. The pupils are split into seven groups by ability, all receive seven hours of Mathematics per fortnight.

The EdExcel GCSE course is currently examined in three 1 hour 30 minute written papers. Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper and Paper 2 and 3 are calculator papers. The examinations are now focused around problem solving questions, assessing a student’s ability to apply the Mathematics they have learnt to any given situation.

Year 10
Curriculum Content: In Year 10 pupils remain split by ability into eight groups; all receive seven hours of Mathematics per fortnight. Pupils will continue with their GCSE studies, following the Edexcel course, studying the following topics:

  • Presentation of data
  • Indices, surds and standard form
  • Linear graphs and inequalities
  • Quadratic equations
  • Simultaneous equations
  • Measures
  • Congruent triangles and similarity
Year 11
Curriculum Content: In Year 11 pupils remain split into seven groups by ability, all receive seven hours of Mathematics per fortnight. Pupils will spend the year completing the EdExcel GCSE course and focussing on thorough revision of all work completed in Year 9 and 10 before sitting their examination at the end of the year.
Year 12
Curriculum Content: MATHEMATICS A LEVEL

In year 12 pupils will begin their study of the 2-year Mathematics Edexcel Course. Over the course of the 2 years, pupils will study 2 Pure Mathematics units and 1 Application unit, which is a combination of Statistics and Mechanics.

The Mathematics A level is assessed at the end of the 2 year course through 3 examinations each of equal weighting

  • Unit 1: Pure Mathematics 1 33.3% – a calculator paper (2 hours)
  • Unit 2: Pure Mathematics 2 33.3% – a calculator paper (2 hours)
  • Unit 3: Statistics & Mechanics 33.3% – a calculator paper (2 hours)

The Pure Mathematics Topics covered in year 12 are:

  • Algebra and Functions
  • Sketching Curves
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Circle Coordinate Geometry
  • Binomial expansion
  • Trigonometry
  • Vectors
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Exponentials and Logarithms

The Applied Topics covered in year 12 are:

  • Data Collection and Representation
  • Measures of Location and Spread
  • Correlation
  • Probability
  • Distributions and Testing
  • Modelling in Mechanics
  • Acceleration
  • Forces and Motion

FURTHER MATHEMATICS A LEVEL

For students who expect a grade 9 in their GCSE, the option of A Level Further Mathematics is available. This course is highly regarded and should be considered seriously by those seeking to do a degree in Mathematics or a Mathematics related subject. (For example; Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Economics, Computer Science.)

Over the course of the 2 years pupils will study 2 Further Pure Mathematics units and 2 Application units, which are Decision Mathematics and Further Statistics.

The Further Mathematics A level is assessed at the end of the 2 year course through 4 examinations each of equal weighting.

  • Unit 1: Further Pure Mathematics 1 25% – a 1½ hour paper
  • Unit 2: Further Pure Mathematics 2 25% – a 1½ hour paper
  • Unit 3: Decision Mathematics 1 25% – a 1½ hour paper
  • Unit 4: Further Statistics 1 25% – a 1½ hour paper

The Further Pure Mathematics Topics covered in year 12 are:

  • Complex Numbers and Argand Diagrams
  • Series
  • Polynomials
  • Volume of Revolution
  • Matrices
  • Linear Transformations
  • Proof
  • Vectors

The Topics covered in the applied modules (FS1 and D1) in year 12 are:

  • Algorithms
  • Graphs and Networks
  • Route Inspections
  • The Travelling Salesman Problem
  • Discrete Radom Variables
  • Geometric, Poisson and Binomial Distributions
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Central Limit Theorem

MATHS IN CONTEXT

This course is intended for students who do not anticipate a need for Mathematics in their future studies. The course aims to build a broader base of mathematical understanding and skills in order to support the mathematical content in other A levels such as; Biology, Business Studies, Economics, Computing, Geography and Psychology. Students will need to have a grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics at the Higher level. Core Mathematics is a Level 3 qualification; it is offered as a 1-year course.

This course is assessed through 100% examination sat at the end of year 12.

  • Paper 1: Comprehension 40% – 1 hour 40 minute calculator paper
  • Paper 2: Applications 60% – 1 hour 40 minute calculator paper

Over the year pupils will cover the content on the following areas:

  • Application of statistics
  • Probability
  • Linear programming
  • Sequences and growth
  • Algebra
  • Ratio
  • Proportion and rates of change

IB

The IB Mathematics Diploma Courses are designed to develop mathematical and independent thinking skills, aiding in developing an appreciation of how different topics are linked. The courses are rigorous and promote a deeper understanding of concepts that prepare students for the future.

Students choosing the IB pathway have the opportunity to study Mathematics at Higher or Standard level in either Analysis and Approaches (Pure Mathematics) or Applications and Interpretation (Applied Mathematics).

Analysis and Approaches HL:

 

This course is ideal for students who enjoy algebra and abstract Mathematics and have mastered the GCSE algebra and problem-solving skills and are keen to develop these. It is a challenging course with a large emphasis on proof and analysis of a range of more complex mathematical concepts. Students will develop the ability to use appropriate and relevant mathematics to problem solving and to discuss and report mathematical findings.

 

This course is ideal for students who will need a strong Mathematics background for their future plans (Mathematics, Physics or Maths related courses at university)

 

Analysis and Approaches SL:

 

This course focuses on wide variety of topics already covered at GCSE level, with a strong emphasis on algebraic techniques, and extends on the techniques learnt and applied at GCSE with relevant topics in basic algebra, calculus, geometry and modelling. Mathematical problem solving is a common theme throughout this course.

 

This course is ideal for students studying Sciences, economics or Computer Science at HL who need some Mathematics in their future plans (some chemistry courses, some computer science courses, some engineering courses)

 

Applications and Interpretation HL:

 

This course is ideal for students who enjoy learning Mathematics when it is applied to real life contexts and other subject areas and have mastered the GCSE algebra and problem-solving skills and are keen to develop these in a practical context. It is a challenging course with a large emphasis on proof and analysis of a range of more complex mathematical concepts. Students will develop the ability to use appropriate and relevant mathematics to problem solving and to discuss and report mathematical findings.

 

This course is ideal for students who need applied Mathematics in their future plans (Economics, Engineering, Computer Science courses at university)

 

Applications and Interpretation SL:

 

This course focuses on wide variety of topics already covered at GCSE level, with a strong emphasis on Statistics and Probability, and extends on the techniques learnt and applied at GCSE with relevant topics in basic algebra, calculus, geometry and modelling. This course is ideal for gaining skills and knowledge relevant to other branches of sciences and social sciences including Sociology, Psychology, Biological and Environmental Sciences. Mathematical problem solving is a common theme throughout this course.

 

This course is ideal for students who do not need Mathematics in their future plans and want to get the highest point score possible (all other courses at university)

 

All course options in the IB Mathematics Diploma Course include a piece of internal assessment (coursework) which contributes to the overall grade. This gives students the chance to explore and research a particular topic which is of interest to them.

 

All options study the following:

 

·         Number and Algebra

·         Functions

·         Geometry and trigonometry

·         Statistics and probability

·         Calculus

Year 13
Curriculum Content: MATHEMATICS A LEVEL

In year 13 pupils continue their study of the 2-year Mathematics Edexcel Course. Over the course of the 2 years’ pupils study 2 Pure Mathematics units and 1 Application unit, which is a combination of Statistics and Mechanics.

The Mathematics A level is assessed at the end of the 2 year course through 3 examinations each of equal weighting

  • Unit 1: Pure Mathematics 1 33.3% – a calculator paper (2 hours)
  • Unit 2: Pure Mathematics 2 33.3% – a calculator paper (2 hours)
  • Unit 3: Statistics & Mechanics 33.3% – a calculator paper (2 hours)

The Pure Mathematics Topics covered in year 13 are:

  • Algebra and Functions
  • Sequences and Series
  • Radians
  • Parametric Equations
  • Binomial expansion
  • Trigonometry
  • Vectors
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Numerical Methods

The Applied Topics covered in year 13 are:

  • Regressions and Correlation
  • Probability
  • Normal Distribution
  • Moments
  • Forces and Friction
  • Projectiles
  • Application of Forces
  • Kinematics

FURTHER MATHEMATICS A LEVEL

In year 13 pupils will be continuing with the Edexcel Further Mathematics course.

Over the course of the 2 years’ pupils study 2 Further Pure Mathematics units and 2 Application units, which are Decision Mathematics and the Further Statistics (You must also take A Level Mathematics)

The Further Mathematics A level is assessed at the end of the 2 year course through 4 examinations each of equal weighting

  • Unit 1: Further Pure Mathematics 1 25% – a 1½ hour paper
  • Unit 2: Further Pure Mathematics 2 25% – a 1½ hour paper
  • Unit 3: Decision Mathematics 1 25% – a 1½ hour paper
  • Unit 4: Further Statistics 1 25% – a 1½ hour paper

The Further Pure Mathematics Topics covered in year 13 are:

  • Complex Numbers
  • Series
  • Algebra and Functions
  • Volume of Revolution
  • Calculus
  • Matrices
  • Proof
  • Vectors

The Topics covered in the applied modules (FS1 and D1) in year 13 are:

  • Linear Programming
  • The Simplex Algorithm
  • Critical Path Analysis
  • Chi-Squared Tests
  • Probability Generating Functions
  • Quality of Tests

 

IB

The IB Mathematics Diploma Courses are designed to develop mathematical and independent thinking skills, aiding in developing an appreciation of how different topics are linked. The courses are rigorous and promote a deeper understanding of concepts that prepare students for the future.

Students choosing the IB pathway in Year 13 have the opportunity to study Mathematics at Higher, Standard or Mathematical Studies Level.