Curriculum

Maths

Our Vision

Is to provide a high-quality mathematics education upon which the students can build a foundation for understanding the real world.  We want to create young people with the ability to reason mathematically, who have an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

We aim to ensure that all students:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, so that they have the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • can reason mathematically and justify and communicate their ideas using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems, demonstrating skills towards mastery of the subject.

At Key stage 3

Following a two year programme of study, the required mathematical skills will be developed through subject content.  All students will build on the foundations laid at KS2, securing the basics and demonstrating a good understanding of the content through application and problem solving.  Once a level of mastery has been demonstrated the students will move on to new areas of mathematics to include:

* higher level number skills

* use and understanding of algebra

* ratio, proportion and rates of change

* geometry and measure

* probability and statistics.

Key stage 3 Homework

Homework will be issued twice per week.  One homework will be related to the topic studied in class and the second will be a learning homework.

At Key stage 4

GCSE mathematics will be studied by all students, with the final assessment in the Summer term of year 11.  The skills taught in KS3 will be essential in order to make good progress through the higher level GCSE topics.  Reasoning skills and a resilient attitude to learning will be required to succeed at KS4.  The areas of mathematical content to be covered are the same as KS3 but in a greater depth, enabling the students to master the skill.  GCSE style assessment tasks, set throughout the year, will test knowledge and understanding of the topics covered.

Year 9:

A three year scheme of work will be followed, giving the students an opportunity to study the required GCSE mathematical skills and content.  Students must become familiar with many mathematical terms and the level of accuracy required for graph work and written calculation.

Year 10

In the second year, the students will discover new topics in the five key areas, giving them an opportunity to progress to higher levels, as well as develop their fluency and problem solving skills.

Year 11

With the GCSE exam at the end of the year, the SoW is designed to complete the final few topic areas and then build in opportunities to revisit the topics covered since Y9.  Practise of GCSE questions and exam technique are high on the agenda.

Useful Websites  http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html for the syllabus and assessment materials

Key Stage 4 Homework

Students will get two pieces of homework, one will usually be an online homework using Mymaths.  Mymaths.co.uk User: Newland, Password: triangle

 

If you wish to find out more about the curriculum your daughter is studying, please contact Mrs Maritz.