Maths

Our mathematics curriculum journey.

What are the key features of the programmes of study?

Mathematics is about understanding how and why numbers work, and underpinning this, is the use of numeracy skills such as arithmetic. In order for students to be numerate and demonstrate understanding of key mathematical concepts, a cyclic mastery scheme of work is taught through Years 7 - 9. The mastery scheme is divided up into pathways, which are linked to the ability level of each student’s Maths set. Alongside the mastery scheme work, a range of starters is used to help improve numeracy including mental strategies and recap and reinforce prior learning.

What will my child study in Year 7?

In Year 7, each half term has a topic focus: Number 1, Algebra 1, Geometry 1, Number/Algebra 2, Geometry 2 and Statistics.

What will my child study in Year 8?

In Year 8, each half term has a topic focus: Number 1, Algebra 1, Geometry 1, Number/Algebra 2, Geometry 2 and Statistics. The same cycle of topics are taught in Year 8, but with increasing complexity and depth of understanding in line with the ability level of the Maths class.

What will my child study in Year 9?

In Year 9, each half term has a topic focus: Number 1, Algebra 1, Geometry 1, Number /Algebra 2, Geometry 2 and Statistics. The same cycle of topics are taught in Year 9, but with increasing complexity and depth of understanding in line with the ability of the Maths class.

What homework and enrichment opportunities will my child have?

Homework is set on Mathswatch each week and should take around 20 to 30 minutes to complete. Teachers will upload the homework to the “Classcharts” website. Parents and carers can support their children by checking classcharts and talking with them about their homework. The school subscribes to Mathswatch and MyMaths.co.uk website resources, and students are encouraged to complete all homework assignments completely and promptly. Feedback to homework tasks is given on Mathswatch twice a half term. Where students start their mathswatch tasks promptly, the feedback tool supports teachers to help when difficulties arise. If parents and carers wish to provide additional support they are welcome to approach the relevant class teacher for advice.Please use our useful maths website page for additional support and extension when needed. We enter students for various maths competitions, including the UK Maths Challenge and West Sussex competitions.

How is my child assessed?

Students are assessed each half term through their pathway homeworks and termly through holistic assessments. Personal Learning Checklists (PLC) are issued in advance of the termly assessments, which detail the topics students should revise in preparation. Homework tasks are set to produce revision cards or Mathswatch homework based on the PLCs. Some assessments will be undertaken as an open book assessment, whereby students will be able to use their prepared revision cards. The assessments help prepare students for Key Stage 4 and are graded using the new GCSE grades of 1 - 9.

How are the teaching groups organised?

Students are taught in like-minded classes from the start of Year 7. We formally assess Year 7 students early in the Autumn Term to ensure that students have been appropriately placed into classes based on their skill set and potential.

What equipment is needed?

It is vital that students always come to their Mathematics lessons prepared with the following equipment: pen, pencil, ruler, eraser,mini white board pen, scientific calculator, protractor and compasses. These items are on sale daily from the Maths office throughout the school year, before 8.45 am and after 3.15 pm.

Our mathematics curriculum journey.

GCSE MATHEMATICS at KS4

What is the course about?

Examination Board: EDEXCEL Course Number: 1MA1

The GCSE course will continue to develop your ability to answer mathematical problems by providing you with more core mathematics skills, both directly from teacher input and exploration in class. Through discussion and debate, we will challenge your thinking and develop your mathematical skills in a way that builds a deeper, broader understanding and confidence. You will be encouraged to ask yourself more questions, and to seek teacher help whenever you are unsure or need reassurance.

What skills and ideas will I learn?

The topic areas covered in this qualification are: Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change, Geometry and Measures, Statistics and Probability. All students will develop confidence and competence with the following skills: numerical calculation, mathematical representation and interpretation, selecting appropriate mathematics methods, logical reasoning, classifying, generalising, understanding pattern and relationships in mathematics.

How is the course assessed?

There are two tiers of entry, and the qualification will be graded on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three exam papers where 9 is the highest grade. The Foundation Tier will cover Grades 1 to 5 and the Higher Tier Grades 4 to 9. Each Tier has three equally weighted written examination papers at either Foundation or Higher Tier. Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3. Each Paper is 90 minutes long. All three exam papers are taken at the end of Year 11.

What will the course allow me to progress to in the future?

Mathematics is, alongside English, the subject that most courses and employers ask for as a minimum requirement. GCSE Mathematics is a requirement for progression to a wide range of courses at Level 3. All students who do not achieve a 4 grade have to continue to study for a qualification in Mathematics post-16 whether they are in work, education or training. Students who are gifted in Mathematics will also take GCSE Statistics and GCSE Further Mathematics as part of their GCSE Mathematics course. Post 16, if you wish to take the subject further, a GCSE Mathematics Grade 6 or above gives you access to study A-Level Mathematics, which would provide you with an excellent basis on which to apply to universities for a wide range of courses. If you are aiming for any career in the fields of business, engineering, science, technology, or academic life, A-Level Mathematics will be a definite advantage.

 

GCSE STATISTICS at KS4

What is the course about?

Examination Board: EDEXCEL Course Number: 1ST0

The GCSE course will continue to develop your ability to answer statistical problems by providing you with more skills, both directly from teacher input and exploration in class. Through discussion and debate, we will challenge your thinking and develop your statistical skills in a way that builds a deeper, broader understanding and confidence. You will be encouraged to ask yourself more questions, and to seek teacher help whenever you are unsure or need reassurance.

What skills and ideas will I learn?

The topic areas covered in this qualification are:  Data collection; Interpretation of data; Tabulation and representation; Measures of location & spread; Correlation & regression; Index and chain link calculations and Probability. All students will develop confidence and competence with the following skills: numerical calculation, mathematical representation and interpretation, selecting appropriate statistics methods, logical reasoning, classifying, generalising, understanding pattern and relationships in statistics.

How is the course assessed?

There are two tiers of entry, and the qualification will be graded on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across both exam papers where 9 is the highest grade. The Foundation Tier will cover Grades 1 to 5 and the Higher Tier Grades 4 to 9. Each Tier has two equally weighted written examination papers at either Foundation or Higher Tier. Each Paper requires the use of a calculator and is 90 minutes long. Both exam papers are taken at the end of Year 11.

Who will take Statistics as an additional GCSE?

Mathematics is, alongside English, the subject that most courses and employers ask for as a minimum requirement. However students with GCSE Mathematics and Statistics set themselves ahead of other students, giving increased access to A-Level Mathematics. Students who are gifted in Mathematics will also take GCSE Statistics and GCSE Further Mathematics as part of their GCSE Mathematics course. If you are aiming for any career in the fields of business, engineering, science, technology, or academic life, A level Mathematics will be a definite advantage.

 

GCSE FURTHER MATHEMATICS at KS4

What is the course about?

Examination Board: AQA Course Number: 8360

The GCSE course will continue to develop your ability to answer mathematical problems by providing you with more core mathematics skills, both directly from teacher input and exploration in class. Through discussion and debate, we will challenge your thinking and develop your mathematical skills in a way that builds a deeper, broader understanding and confidence. You will be encouraged to ask yourself more questions, and to seek teacher help whenever you are unsure or need reassurance.

What skills and ideas will I learn?

The topic areas covered in this qualification are: Number recall; Algebra recall; Geometry recall 1 and Geometry recall 2; Functions; Matrices; Rationalisation and the Factor Theorem; Quadratic sequences and limiting values; Solving equations; Simultaneous equations; Inequalities; coordinate Geometry; Equations of circles; Indices; Calculus; Trigonometric ratios and Identities and proof. All students will develop confidence and competence with these skills bridging the gap to A Level Mathematics.

How is the course assessed?

Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment of 1.5 hours and Paper 2, a calculator paper, is 2 hours in length. Both exam papers are taken at the end of Year 11.

What will the course allow me to progress to in the future?

Mathematics is, alongside English, the subject that most courses and employers ask for as a minimum requirement. Further Mathematics, would provide you with an excellent basis on which to apply to universities for a wide range of courses if you are not going to take your mathematical learning any further than GCSE. If you are aiming for any career in the fields of business, engineering, science, technology, or academic life, A-Level Mathematics will be a definite advantage and Further Mathematics GCSE will have already given you a head start over other students.

Advanced Level FURTHER MATHEMATICS at KS5


Examination Board: OCR Course Number: 8FM0

What is the course about?
The A level course takes your ability to answer mathematical problems at GCE and extend them into real world modelling by providing you with even more core and applied mathematics skills. Through independent learning, classroom discussion and challenging concepts, we will develop your thinking and mathematical skills in a way that builds a deep understanding, preparing you for University.
What skills and ideas will I learn?

The key skills which underpin the study of maths at Key Stage 5 are to develop fluency, the ability to reason and to apply mathematical knowledge to problem solving. The topic areas covered in this qualification are split into three main sections: Pure, Discrete and Statistics. The content within these sections are outline below:

Pure Mathematics 1
Matrices; Vectors; applications of Matrices;Complex numbers;Roots of polynomials; Mathematical induction and Proof.

Pure Mathematics 2
Series and induction; Powers and roots of complex numbers; Complex numbers and trigonometry; Lines and planes in space; Simultaneous equations and planes; Hyperbolic functions; Further calculus techniques; Applications of calculus; Polar coordinates; Differential equations and applications of differential equations.

Statistics
Counting principles and probability; Discrete random variables; poisson Distribution; Non-parametric hypothesis tests; Correlation and regression; Chi-squared tests; Continuous distributions; Combining random variables and Further hypothesis tests and confidence intervals.

Discrete Maths
Problem solving; Graphs and networks; Algorithms; Network algorithms;Critical path analysis; Linear programming and Game theory.

How is the course assessed?

The assessment structure is 100% exam. There are four exams, equally weighted, each 1.5 hours with calculators allowed.

What will the course allow me to progress to in the future?

By completing an A level qualification in Further Mathematics you can choose just about any profession you want!

 

Advanced Level MATHEMATICS at KS5


Examination Board: EDEXCEL Course Number: 9MA0

What is the course about?

The A level course takes your ability to answer mathematical problems at GCSE and extend them into real world modelling by providing you with even more core mathematics skills. Through independent learning, classroom discussion and challenging concepts, we will develop your thinking and mathematical skills in a way that builds a deep understanding, preparing you for University.

What skills and ideas will I learn?

The key skills which underpin the study of maths at Key Stage 5 are to develop fluency, the ability to reason and to apply mathematical knowledge to problem solving. The topic areas covered in this qualification are split into three main sections: Pure, Mechanics and Statistics. The content within these sections are outline below:

Pure Mathematics 1
Quadratics, inequalities, graphs & transformations, circles, polynomial division, proof, binomial expansion, trigonometric identities and equations, vectors, differentiation, integration, exponentials & logarithms

Pure Mathematics 2
Proof, partial fractions, sequences & series, binomial expansion, radians, trigonometric functions, parametric equations, differentiation, integration, numerical methods and vectors

Statistics and Mechanics
Measures of location and spread, representations of data, regression & correlation, conditional probability, statistical distributions, hypothesis testing, normal distribution, forces and motion, variable acceleration, moments, projectiles and applications of forces

How is the course assessed?

The assessment structure is 100% exam. There are three exams, equally weighted, each 2 hours with calculators allowed. At this point in time, Edexcel have currently chosen to put Pure, Statistics and Mechanics into all three papers.

What will the course allow me to progress to in the future?
Just about any profession you choose!

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