Maths Department
The Mathematics department is a vibrant, successful and thriving faculty which prides itself in providing a supportive learning environment which has demonstrated continuous growth, development and year on year improvement.

We aim to provide a stimulating learning environment in which all students feel that they can achieve and make progress in their learning. Consequently, we provide a wide variety of activities all of which are designed to meet students’ individual needs at all Key Stages including A level.

The programme of study and pace of learning for the academically more able is designed to expose them to Mathematics which demands a variety of higher order thinking skills and to advance and strengthen their interest and enthusiasm for the subject. There is also extensive support given to students who are identified as requiring additional assistance or to those who request it.

ICT is used extensively to facilitate learning and aid assessment and feedback. The department has a computer network and is equipped with computers for use during lesson time. Every classroom has an interactive whiteboard and electronic resources which are used to enhance the quality of teaching and cater to a variety learning styles and preferences of learners. 
 
See below for details of each key stage:

KEY STAGE 3

What will students learn?
Throughout years 7 and 8, pupils will be working on 6 Modules, one every half term.
The modules are as follows:

Module 1
•    Numerical Manipulation
•    Place Value, Ordering and Rounding
•    Written Calculations
Module 2
•    Fractions, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion
•    Measures
Module 3
•    Equations, Formulae and Identities
•    Area, Perimeter and Volume
Module 4
•    Sequences, Functions and Graphs
•    Integers, Powers and Roots
Module 5
•    Probability
•    Processing, Representing and Interpreting Data
Module 6
•    Geometric Reasoning and Constructions/Loci
•    Transformations

Homework
In general homework will be set for every lesson, subject to the suitability of the task. Generally homework tasks will be set online through the MyMaths website, however this is not always the case and sometimes written or research tasks will be set. The MyMaths website is www.mymaths.co.uk and can be accessed with a school login and password, and then an individual login and password.
The same personal login and password can be used to access the Mathswatch VLE. The Mathswatch VLE website is www.mathswatchvle.com an essential resource to aid revision and preparation for assessments.

Method of Assessment
Each section of each module will be assessed as we go along so that help can be given where needed before the end of the module.  At the end of each module pupils will have a progress test, for which they should revise so that they begin to learn revision and study skills.

Students will then be given a ‘currently working towards’ level based on these assessments.

KEY STAGE 4

The scheme of work continues through from Key Stage 3 to GCSE in the same pattern of modules and interim assessment.  This is integrated with overall assessment of the general syllabus by way of GCSE Graded Progress Tests.  Based on these assessments, students and teachers are able to identify individual needs and areas for development.
Students are encouraged to use the resources on mathswatchvle to revise and reinforce their knowledge and skills:
 
Assessment
Our current year 11 group will undertake the new mathematics GCSE examination in the summer term. It will consist of three papers.
(One non-calculator and two calculator papers). Students will be entered at either higher tier (grade 9-4) or foundation tier (grade 5-1). 

Where could it lead?
Mathematics GCSE is a vital component of Post-16 life. Together with English, it is a required qualification in almost every career pathway in the future.
  
Further Information
Further information available from Mr Stanford (Head of Mathematics)
www.edexcel.org.uk

KEY STAGE 5

You will be using maths skills at a high level and a clear understanding of the key concepts is essential in order to be able to apply them. Therefore, it is vital that you:
 
  • complete plenty of practice exercises in your own time as well as in the lesson
  • keep in close communication with your teachers
  • attend additional tutorial sessions so that they can support you with this  
  • keep good, clear and concise notes
  • do plenty of exam practice.
To be successful on this course, you will need to be hardworking and diligent, as each topic builds on earlier work and everything is dependent upon a sound understanding of the GCSE content. There is plenty of additional support provided to help students with the transition from GCSE to AS level.
 
What’s in the exam?
Mathematics *Specification change September 2017 subject to Ofqual accreditation. 
To gain the AS award in mathematics, you will study:
  • Pure Mathematics covering topics in algebra, trigonometry, calculus, coordinate geometry and vectors. 
You will also study two applied topics:
  • Statistics, which extends the GCSE topics of probability, histograms, box plots and introduces new topics such as the binomial distribution, discrete random variables and hypothesis testing. 
  • Mechanics including kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws
There will be 2 papers at the end of the AS Level. 1 pure exam for 2 hours, 1 applied for 1 hour. 
 
To achieve the full A Level in Mathematics you will study:
  • Pure Mathematics covering algebra, trigonometry, numerical methods, calculus in more depth and other topics including 3D vectors and differential equations. 
You will also extend the content of the applied topics in AS:
  • Statistics to include conditional probability and the Normal distribution.
  • Mechanics to include motion under gravity, projectiles, friction and moments. 
There will be 3 papers for the full A Level, all 2 hours long. 2 pure, 1 applied.
 
What coursework do I have to do?
There is no coursework, but plenty of practice material and regular assessments to monitor and support progress.
 
What grades do I need to have to get on the course?
It is recommended that students achieve at least a Grade 7 for Mathematics at GCSE to get onto the course. We may consider students who may have narrowly missed out on achieving a Grade 7 in exceptional circumstances.
 
What could this lead to?
Students with A-level Mathematics are highly sought after by both employers and universities. Mathematics students not only have the ability to solve problems and think logically, but they also develop strong team-working skills, resilience, effective communication of complex ideas and the ability to use their own initiative; all highly desirable in the modern workplace.
Many university courses will require a qualification in Mathematics, typically Physics, Engineering and Chemistry but often Computer Science and Economics too. If you already have a firm idea of what you want to study at university, then it is a good idea to check entry requirements before making your final subject choices.
 
The breadth of mathematical applications is immense. It underpins most of science, technology and engineering and is also important in areas as diverse as business, law, nutrition, sports science and psychology. There are many opportunities to use mathematics to make a difference in society, for example through the analysis involved in medical research, developing new technology, modelling epidemics or in the study of patterns of criminal activity to identify trends.
 
Further Information  
More details can be obtained from Mr Stanford.