In Key Stage 3 students will study Number, Algebra, Statistics and Shape. The course in Year 7 and 8 leads into the new syllabus GCSE allowing students to become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics, reason mathematically by conjecturing relationships and allows them to solve problems by applying their Mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems, encouraging independence and more resilience in their way of working. The expectation is that most students will move through the programme of study at the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress are based upon the security of students’ understanding. Students who grasp concepts quickly are challenged by being offered rich and sophisticated content before being moved onto new content whilst students who are less secure are provided with opportunities for consolidation including additional practice before moving on.
Key Stage 4 in Mathematics begins in Year 9 will all students starting the GCSE course at this time. Currently we follow the Edexcel 3-year scheme of work which allows us to build on the topics in Key Stage 3 and allows time for revision and exam practice towards the end of the scheme. Students will develop their understanding of Number, Algebra, Statistics and Shape with particular emphasis being given to ratio, proportion and problem solving.
KS3 Course Information
In Year 7 students all sit a baseline assessment which allows us to identify the Mathematical ability of the students on entry to the school. Setting can then take place, which means that decisions can be made about the resources needed to best support the students during their first year.
Topics covered include:
· Basic number, including fractions, decimals and percentages.
· Statistics including simple probability and representation of data through types of graphs.
· Geometry, developing knowledge of types of shapes, their properties and angle rules.
· Algebra, understanding algebraic notation, forming and solving equations and sequences.
In Year 8 students build on the knowledge gained in Year 7. The course includes more emphasis on problem solving and encourages more independent learning.
· Number, ratio, proportion.
· Statistics, with an introduction to probability from tables and averages from tables.
· Shape, compound measures, transformations
Algebra, algebraic proficiency including factorisation and formulae.
KS4 Course Information
In Key Stage 4 students follow either the Edexcel Foundation GCSE or Higher Level 9-1 Course. The students sit three papers at the end of the course. These consist of 1 non- calculator and 2 calculator papers. There has been an increase in the amount of problem solving style questions with students being expected to be able to give written explanations for their answers.
Topics covered include at Foundation Level:
Number, including Highest Common Factors, Lowest Common Multiple
Statistics, Probability Trees and Venn Diagrams
Geometry, Pythagoras’ Theorem and Trigonometry.
Algebra, Solving and Factorising, Graphs of Quadratics and Simultaneous Equations.
At Higher Level topics include:
Number, Multiplicative reasoning, Direct and Inverse proportion.
Algebra, Rationalising surds, Proof.
Geometry, Circle theorems, Geometric proof.
Statistics, Histograms and Box plots.
EXAMINATION INFORMATION / USEFUL WEBLINKS
Video clips, worksheets: https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/
Video clips, worksheets: https://corbettmaths.com/contents/
Homework help: https://www.samlearning.com/
Edexcel exam information: https://qualifications.pearson.com
Edexcel Maths help: https://www.bbc.com/education/examspecs/z9p3mnb
Head of Mathematics Faculty: Mrs C. Dixon
Teacher of Mathematics: Mr T. Boyes
Teacher of Mathematics: Mrs J Heathcote
HLTA in Mathematics: Mrs S Freeman