Mathematics

Mathematics

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Department Information

Last year 71% of our students achieved an A*- C in Maths. The results were in line with National averages in all progress measures. A small group also sat the GSCE in Further Maths where the pass rate was 100% with 3 of our students achieving the very top grade of A^ (A* Distinction). We are very proud of all our students’ achievements.

In the Maths department we work to a philosophy of mastery. We will support and provide intervention for all students to achieve competency in their mathematical skills. Students are encouraged to have a growth mindset with praise focused on effort rather than ability.

We recognise that some students find Maths easier than others so they are set in ability groups from Year 7 and start to follow the GCSE curriculum from that point giving a great deal of time to study topics in detail.

Students will be given topic tests set at their level to monitor progress throughout the course of the year along with an end of year exam which students will sit in the sports hall.

All students study the Edexcel GCSE course. This is a linear course, with no coursework which means all the exams are taken at the end of Year 11. The Maths exam consists of 3 papers, one non-calculator and two calculator.

We have now started to move onto the new GCSE curriculum, with all year groups. The students will receive a number grade instead of the traditional letter. The students will be able to achieve between a 1 and 9, with a 5 being the new ‘C’ and the top 10% of students nationally being given a grade 9.

Course plans 2016-17

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Term 1

(7 weeks)

Baseline test

Core number work, including problem solving.

Angles and constructions.

Half term test

Number 1

The number system

Geometry 1

Angles and constructions.

Half term test

Number 1

The number system

Geometry 1

Angles and constructions.

Half term test

Number 1

The number system

Geometry 1

Angles and constructions.

Half term test

Number Algebra and Geometry 1.

Practice papers.

Term 2

(7 weeks)

Algebra 1 Manipulation and substitution.

Data 1

Comparing and displaying data

End of term assessment

Algebra 1 Manipulation and substitution.

Data 1

Comparing and displaying data

End of term assessment

Algebra 1 Manipulation and substitution.

Data 1

Comparing and displaying data

End of term assessment

Algebra 1 Manipulation and substitution.

Data 1

Comparing and displaying data

End of term assessment

Number, Geometry and Algebra 2. Practice papers.

Nov Mock

Term 3

(7 weeks)

Number 2

Fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion.

Geometry 2

Length, area and volume

Half term test

Number 2

Fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion.

Geometry 2

Length, area and volume

Half term test

Number 2

Fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion.

Geometry 2

Length, area and volume

Half term test

Number 2

Fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion.

Geometry 2

Length, area and volume

Half term test

Number, Geometry and Algebra 3. Practice papers.

Feb Mock

Term 4

(6 weeks)

Algebra 2

Equations and inequalities.

Data 2

Probability

End of term assessment

Algebra 2

Equations and inequalities.

Data 2

Probability

End of term assessment

Algebra 2

Equations and inequalities.

Data 2

Probability

End of term assessment

Algebra 2

Equations and inequalities.

Data 2

Probability

End of term assessment

Revision and exam preparation
Term 5

(8 weeks)

Number 3

Calculations

Algebra 3

Sequences and Graphs

Geometry 3

Transformations

End of year assessment

Number 3

Calculations

Algebra 3

Sequences and Graphs

Geometry 3

Transformations

End of year assessment

Number 3

Calculations

Algebra 3

Sequences and Graphs

Geometry 3

Transformations

End of year assessment

Number 3

Calculations

Algebra 3

Sequences and Graphs

Geometry 3

Transformations

End of year assessment – mock GCSE exam

April mock.

Revision and exam preparation.

**GCSE exam

Departmental Staff

Miss M Leng (Subject Leader) – [email protected]

Mr S Jowett – [email protected]

Mr A Moon (Head of School) – [email protected]

Mrs H Roper – [email protected]

Mrs D Butterwick (Maths TA) – [email protected]

Extra Curricular Activities

We will be running Intervention sessions for all year groups during Period 7 as needed alongside GCSE intervention as well as a regular ‘drop-in’ session for Year 11 students to get help with their studies.

Supporting your child

Students work through the GCSE mathematics course from Year 7 to Year 11, working through all the topics on one level each year as well as consolidating work they have studied in previous years. Students will work at the most appropriate level for their ability depending on the progress made in the previous year.

There are many maths websites that can help support their studies. Here are two we would highly recommend:

www.mymaths.co.uk

This site has online lessons for students to work through and homeworks to complete which are marked immediately. There is also a good selection of maths games and activities to engage students with maths.

Username – Brayton
Password – prism

www.justmaths.co.uk

This site has a vast selection of worksheets of GCSE style questions organised in topics and video tutorials to explain and go through model answers.

Username – BraytonStudent
Password – Brayton

Other useful sites:

GCSE Bitesize – www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z6pfb9q

Mr Barton Maths – http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/gcse.htm

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