In Mathematics, students learn how to reason mathematically and develop understanding through identifying and communicating relationships between different strands of mathematics and building on prior knowledge. Lessons are varied and include time for students to practise and master skills, often using mini-white boards before applying the skills to a variety of problems and challenges; working towards efficiency, confidence and rigour. It is essential that students spend time practising and drilling mathematical skills in class and through homework; building on and embedding these skills is the key to success in Mathematics. All classes have a ‘weekly skills check’ to review or meet 10 essential skills each half term. Teachers also ‘check-in’ after 2 weeks to check new topics have ‘stuck’.
Key Stage 3
KS3 in Mathematics includes Year 7 and Year 8. The Scheme of work is differentiated and focuses on the key concepts of number; ratio, proportion and rates of change; algebra; geometry and measures; statistics and probability. In year 7 pupils are taught in sets. Pupils are encouraged to practise and master skills before applying to problems. Pupils work collaboratively and independently to hone their skills. Away from the classroom pupils have access to online resources.
Key Stage 4
The students start their GCSE in Year 9. The GCSE Mathematics course enables students to further build and develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of concepts related to number; ratio, proportion and rates of change; algebra; geometry and measures; statistics and probability. The students are taught in ability sets, they are required to do regular assessments and an end of year exam in Year 9 and Year 10. Students have access to online resources.
We use the Edexcel exam board; the students take their GCSE exams in summer of Year 11 and are either entered for Higher or Foundation tier depending on their performance. The exam consists of 3 x 90 minute papers.
Key Stage 5
The course follows the New Edexcel A Level syllabus for mathematics (first year of teaching 2017). A level will be examined in all elements at the end of year 13. There are two Pure Mathematics units: Pure Mathematics 1 and Pure Mathematics 2. There is one Applied Mathematics unit: Statistic and Mechanics. There is a large data set that students work with in their study of Statistics which is used in the Applied Mathematics Exam.
Assessment is by a 2 hour written paper for each of the three modules. There are 100 marks for each module. Coursework is not required.