Mathematics

Our aim is to foster a love of mathematics in all of our students and to provide opportunities for all of our students to succeed in their mathematical studies. We are fortunate to have a large team with a range of expertise which allows us to provide both support and challenge where needed. Our highly successful A-Level Maths course is the result of growing our A-Level Mathematicians from Year 6 onwards with a Year 6 Gifted & Talented Maths Day, Maths Challenges throughout all Key Stages and various opportunities to engage in extension and enrichment activities with Plymouth University, particularly in Years 10 and 12.

Staff

Maths Leadership Team - Mrs L Cloke (Head of Mathematics), Mrs Ollerenshaw (KS3 Coodinator), Ms Irons (KS4 Coordinator), Miss Barraclough (KS5 and Extension & Enrichment Coordinator) and Mrs Caslake (Numeracy Coordinator)

Maths Teachers - Miss Forde, Miss Dodge, Miss Fassenfelt, Mr Sloggett, Miss Cliffe, Mr Trubridge, Mr Puckey, Mr Matas, Mrs Kells, Mrs Axon and Mr Weaver.

Support Staff – Mr Barnardo (Maths HLTA), Mr Man (Maths Cover Supervisor) and Mrs Pope (Maths/Numeracy HLTA)

KS3

Overview

During Years 7 and 8 students will have 5 lessons per fornight of Mathematics. 4 lessons each fortnight follow a mastery curriculum where we aim to foster a deep understanding of all elements of mathematics through use of diagrams where appropriate and ensuring students have the opportunity to practise not only the basic skills, but also more challenging problem solving questions. The focus of the additional lesson each fortnight is personalised based on areas for development identified from the KS2 test results.

Year 7

Autumn 1: Using our Number System, Calculating, Accuracy, Units & Scales, Sequences, Measuring Shapes and 3D Shapes

Autumn 2: Starting Algebra, Statistical Diagrams, Statistical Measures, Fractions and Probability

Spring 1: Functions & Graphs, Accuracy, Calculating, Transformations and Properties of Shapes

Spring 2: Ratio & Proportion, Units & Scales, Geometric Construction, 3D Shapes and Starting Algebra

Summer 1: Percentages, Number Properties, Sequences, Units & Scales and Measuring Shapes

Summer 2: Algebraic Methods, Calculating, Accuracy, Statistical Measures, Collecting Data, Statistical Diagrams, Transformations and 3D Shapes

Year 8

Autumn 1: Properties of Shapes, Functions & Graphs, Probability and Measuring Shapes

Autumn 2: Measuring Shapes, Percentages, Fractions, Starting Algebra and Transformations

Spring 1: Transformations, Functions & Graphs and Accuracy

Spring 2: Statistical Measures, Statistical Diagrams, Starting Algebra and Calculating

Summer 1: Statistical Measures, Statistical Diagrams, 3D shapes, Units & Scales and Ratio & Proportion

Summer 2: Algebraic Methods, Geometric Constructions, Ratio & Proportion and Measuring Shapes

KS4

Overview

Edexcel 1MA1 9-1 GCSE Mathematics

Students take the Edexcel 1MA1 9-1 GCSE Mathematics. Students in Years 9 and 11 have 5 lessons per fortnight and students in Year 10 have 4.

Students are assessed by 3 exam papers at the end of Year 11, they are all 1 hour 30 minutes and are equally weighted. A calculator can be used in Papers 2 and 3.

Some students will also be given the option of studying for the AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics.

Some students will complete Entry Level courses in preparation for working towards GCSE Mathematics.

Year 9

Autumn 1: Functions & Graphs, Statistical Diagrams, Measuring Shapes, Calculating and Using our Number System

Autumn 2: Starting Algebra, Measuring Shapes, Fractions and Percentages

Spring 1: Algebraic Methods, Proportities of Shapes, Units & Scales and Statistical Diagrams

Spring 2: Sequences, Functions & Graphs, 3D Shapes, Units & Scales and Ratio & Proportion

Summer 1: Algebraic Methods, Accuracy, Units & Scales and Geometric Construction

Summer 2: Ratio & Proportion, Starting Algebra, Transformations, Fractions and Probability

Year 10

Autumn 1: Calculating, Using our Number System, Accuracy, Number Properties, Functions & Graphs, Working with Quadratics and 3D Shapes

Autumn 2: Percentages, Properties of Shapes, Draw & Interpret Statistical Diagrams and 3D Shapes

Spring 1: Functions & Graphs, Units & Scales, Starting Algebra, Measuring Shapes and 3D Shapes

Spring 2: Probability, Transformations, Vectors, Using our Number System, Functions & Graphs

Summer 1: Measuring Shapes, Number Properties, Transformations and Sequences

Summer 2: Accuracy, Number Properties, Properties of Shapes, Functions & Graphs and Algebraic Methods.

Year 11

Topics studied in Year 11 vary for each ability group and are planned through analysis of mock exams, however all students will revise the topics studied in Years 9 and 10 with a particular focus on tackling worded problem solving questions.

KS5

Overview

We strongly believe that all students should have the opportunity to continue with their education in mathematics at post-16. As such we have four courses available.

GCSE Resit

The government require all students who have not yet achieved a Grade 4 (new GCSE) or a Grade C (legacy GCSE) to continue to work towards achieving this during their post-16 studies. All students in this position will have two lessons per fortnight and will have opportunities in both the autumn and summer to take the new Edexcel 9-1 GCSE Maths exams (1MA1). Students who achieved a Grade 3 (or Grade D on the legacy specification) will focus solely on GCSE Maths but students who have not yet reached a Grade 3 will also study Functional Skills in their journey towards achieving a Grade 4 in GCSE.

Core Maths

This qualification is available as a one year course, with 6 lessons per fortnight, for students who have achieved a Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above in the legacy specification) in GCSE Maths. We follow the Quantitative Reasoning (MEI) Level 3 Certifcate (H866). This course is designed to give learners the skills required to tackle problems in a variety of real life situations, these can then be applied to problems they will encounter in other post-16 courses, in Higher Education, life and employment.

A-Level Mathematics

This qualification is available as an AS Level or an A-Level for students who have achieved a Grade 6 or above in GCSE Maths. From September 2017 we will be following the Edexcel 8MA0 and 9MA0 courses with 6 lessons per fortnight.

A-Level Further Mathematics

This qualification is available as an AS Level or an A-Level for students who have achieved a Grade 7 or above in GCSE Maths, students must also be studying A-Level Mathematics. From September 2017 we will be following the Edexcel 8FM0 and 9FM0 courses with 6 lessons per fortnight

Year 12

GCSE Resit: As above in KS4

Core Maths: Risk, Percentages, Estimation, Foreign Exchange, Algebra, Graphs & Gradients, Appreciation & Depreciation, Standard Form, Measures & Scaling, Exponential & Logarithmic Scales, Modelling, Normal Distribution, Statistical Problem Solving, Probability, Upper and Lower Bounds and Costing & Financial Problem Solving.

AS/A-Level Mathematics: There are two exams for AS Mathematics, a 2 hour Pure Mathematics Paper worth 62.5% of the qualification and a 1 hour 15 minutes Statistics and Mechanics Paper worth 37.5% of the qualification.

Pure Maths – Proof, Algebra & Functions, Coordinate Geometry, Sequences & Series, Trigonometry, Exponentials & Logarithms, Differentiation, Integration and Vectors.
Statistics – Statistical Sampling, Data Presentation & Interpretation, Probability, Statistical Distributions and Statistical Hypothesis Testing.
Mechanics- Quantities & Units in Mechanics, Kinematics and Forces & Newton’s Laws

AS/A-Level Further Mathematics: There are two exams for AS Further Mathematics, a 1 hour 40 minutes Core Pure Mathematics Paper worth 50% of the qualification and a 1 hour 40 minutes Further Pure Mathematics 1 and Decision Mathematics 1 Paper worth 50% of the qualification.

Core Pure Maths – Proof, Complex Numbers, Matrices, Further Algebra & Functions, Further Calculus and Further Vectors.
Further Pure Maths 1 – Further Trigonometry, Coordinate Systems, Further Vectors, Numerical Measures and Inequalities.
Decision Maths 1 – Algorithms & Graph Theory, Algorithms on Graphs I and II, Critical Path Analysis and Linear Programming.

Year 13

A-Level Mathematics (AQA 6360 Legacy Specification for 2017/18)

There are three equally weighted modules for A2 Mathematics and each exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Core 3 – Functions, Differentiation, Trigonometric Functions, Exponentials & Logarithms, Integration and Numerical Methods

Core 4 – Algebra & Functions, Binomial Series, Trigonometry & Compound Angles, Exponential Models, Further Calculus and Vectors

Statistics 1 – Numerical Methods, Probability, Binomial Distribution, Normal Distribution, Confidence Intervals, Correlation and Regression

A-Level Further Mathematics (AQA 6360 Legacy Specification for 2017/18)

Modules chosen are dependent on students who take the course.