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Mathematics

Course description 

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology, engineering, financial literacy and most forms of employment.

We aspire to deliver a high-quality mathematics education that provides a foundation for understanding the world around us, giving students the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

The curriculum we deliver to the students is designed to give a variety of experiences and caters for different learning styles and needs.  Groups are set by ability in Year 7 so teaching can be focused at the level that meets the need of the student, our aim is to progress as many students onto the GCSE higher tier entry by the time they reach Year 11.

Course structure 

At Key Stage 3, students follow the Scheme of Work delivered by Pearson Progression resources.

At Key Stage 4, students follow Edexcel (9-1) Schemes of Work.

Key Stage 3

The yearly teaching programmes are linked to the National Curriculum programme of study for mathematics in Key Stage 3. Through the mathematics content students are taught to work mathematically by:

  • Developing fluency
  • Reasoning mathematically
  • Solving problems

This is done through six strands of subject content. The strands are:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

 

Key Stage 4

The yearly teaching programmes are linked to the Edexcel  GCSE (9-1) Specification 1MA1.

Students will develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including: Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measures, Statistics and Probability. They will use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts and apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations.

They will develop the ability to acquire and use problem-solving strategies; select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in every day and real-world situations and make sound mathematical reasoning, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions.

It is assessed through three written papers of 90 minutes, each contributing to 33.3% of the final grade.  The entry is tiered, with Foundation Tier grades 1-5 and Higher Tier grades 4-9.

Homework

Homework is set regularly via Google classroom and can include a variety tasks in question form or online using websites like MyMaths and Pearson ActiveLearn. Access to the internet is very useful to have, but not essential as all students can gain access to the school’s computer network outside of class time.  Students are expected to complete homework to set deadlines and to the best of their abilities.

Books, Equipment, Materials and Resources Recommended/Needed

Students require normal writing equipment as set in the Academy's basic stationery requirements, including a pencil, ruler, protractor, compass and calculator. All exercise books and additional paper are provided by the Academy.

Opportunities for Study Beyond Key Stage 4

The Academy offers A Levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

The minimum expected GCSE grade for entry to the A level Mathematics course is a grade 6 and for entry to A level Further Mathematics is a grade 7, although students achieving a grade 5 on the higher tier GCSE course are also considered for the A level course,  on an individual basis.

Career Opportunities Supported By This Subject

The list of mathematics related careers is vast, but includes possible careers in; medicine, aeronautics, mechanical, electrical and civil engineering, financial services, banking and accounting, computing and many more.