The Maths Faculty deliver a variety of courses at all Key Stages, developing knowledge and skills in mathematics. The faculty has dedicated teaching staff, inviting teaching spaces and are committed to delivering excellent learning for all students.
Students in Key Stage 3 are taught Mathematics in mixed-ability tutor groups. They receive six one-hour long lessons per fortnight, and in line with the school homework policy, students should expect to receive one Maths homework per fortnight.
The full spectrum of abilities is accommodated by differentiation, which may be achieved by different tasks or extended tasks. Students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) usually remain in their maths lessons with the rest of their tutor group, and they may receive support from Teaching Assistants. Some students are given the opportunity to boost their basic numeracy skills through working in small-groups for one lesson in the fortnightly timetable.
Students study topics through extended modules that rely on a mix of resources developed by the School and textbooks. One lesson per fortnight is given over to numeracy topics from a programme that runs throughout Key Stage 3. Students sit two tests per year to assess their progress against the curriculum. In addition, Year 7 students are tested on entry to assess them against the Key Stage 3 curriculum.
We expect students to come to Maths lessons fully-equipped with Mathematical equipment, including ruler, protractor and compasses. Scientific calculators are available to buy from the Maths Department and the School Library.
Also on the school website you will find additional resources available through the School’s Virtual Learning Platform, Weblearn. Students access this area using their school username and password via the School’s Intranet. Resources available include Enrichment material, revision resources and links to external websites.
Compulsory Subject – GCSE Mathematics
Students will follow the AQA GCSE Mathematics course during Key Stage 4.
Students are assessed at the end of Year 11 through three examination papers. Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes in duration and contributes an equal amount to the overall grade. Paper 1 is a non-calculator exam but calculators will be allowed on Paper 2 and Paper 3. There are two tiers of entry – Foundation (grades 1 to 5) and Higher (grades 4-9) – and students will be placed in the tier most appropriate to their ability based on their performance throughout the course.
Students receive 8 hours of teaching per fortnight in both Year 10 and 11, which should enable them to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills in the areas of Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion, Geometry and Statistics. Further information about the course content can be found at the AQA website www.aqa.org.uk/8300
This is an extremely challenging course, with much greater expectations of students at both tiers. There is a strong emphasis on problem solving and in order to be successful on the course, students will have to demonstrate that they can select and use the appropriate mathematical methods needed in a range of situations. There will also be more questions based on using mathematics to solve ‘real-life’ problems in order to improve their functional skills.
All students will receive regular written homework but they will also be expected to do their own independent study at home, where they should be reviewing their work and consolidating key concepts. There are materials to help them to do this on the school VLE ‘Weblearn’ as well as the ‘mymaths’ website, which students have access to at all times.
Students are expected to have a scientific calculator for use in lessons and in the exams and suitable ones can be bought from the Mathematics department at a very reasonable price. Please contact the Head of Faculty for more details. As well as a calculator, students should have other essential mathematical equipment such as a protractor and a pair of compasses. All of this can be purchased from the school shop at lunchtimes.
Examination Board: AQA
Course Code: 8300
The AS course builds on some of the material studied at GCSE Higher Tier and then introduces you to more advanced topics which will enable you to solve a wider range of questions. You will need to work very hard, especially in your own time, but you will get lots of encouragement and teachers are always around to help you to achieve a top grade. If you have a talent, but more importantly, a passion for Mathematics then you will have a great time and obtain a qualification that can lead to a bright future.
In Year 12 you study material in Pure Maths, Mechanics and Statistics with the Pure Maths taking up 2/3 of the overall time. The course is assessed through 2 written papers, each lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes.
In Year 13 you again study material in Pure Maths , Mechanics and Statistics. The course is assessed through 3 written papers, each one lasting 2 hours.
Reasons for studying Maths
Maths is a basis for so many careers and it will teach you vital transferable skills such as problem solving, conceptualisation, data handling, logical thinking, communication and interpretation. There is always a demand for people who have these qualities and employers will recognise that you have them if you have studied Maths.
Leading to a career in:
– Actuarial Work
– Banking and Trading
– Meteorology and Climate Prediction
– Medical Statistician and Research
If you are especially keen on Maths, you will really enjoy taking Further Maths. It is a rewarding and stimulating experience, which gives you further insight into the subject and is likely to boost your performance on the standard Maths course. It is a challenging qualification but students who do it usually find it is their favourite subject. Year after year, students taking Further Maths find it to be an empowering experience as it provides a challenge and a chance to explore new areas of Maths, enabling you to broaden your knowledge and deepen your understanding of this beautiful subject.
In Year 12 you will study material in Pure Maths, Discrete Maths and Mechanics and is assessed through 2 written papers, each of which is 1 hour 30 minutes long.
In Year 13 you again study material in Pure Maths, Discrete Maths and Mechanics. The course is assessed through 3 written papers, each 2 hours long with 2 papers based on Pure material.
Reasons for studying Further Maths
If you are considering a degree in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering or Computing at a highly competitive university, you are strongly advised to study Further Maths to at least AS level. The problems are more challenging and it introduces you to ideas which you would normally meet at the start of a university course. Maths is also the language used in science, business and many other areas to express complex situations and this course equips you with the tools you need to analyse these accurately.
Leading to a career in:
– Statistical Consultant and Data Analyst
– Computer Game Designer and IT
– Digital Signal Processing
– Race-Car Designer and Aerodynamics
– Avalanche Researcher and Fluid Dynamics