# Mathematics

**Director of Studies**

Mr D Robinson

**Assistant Director of Studies**

Miss C Lyth

**Other Staff**

Miss P Erskine

Mrs L Parsons

Mr W Turnbull

Miss C Lyth

Mr P Yeomans

Mr A Griffiths

Brief overview of curriculum content

**Years 7 & 8**

The Mathematics course is taught in modules that contain the four Mathematical elements:

- Application,
- Number and Algebra
- Geometry
- Statistics

Students build on the work from Key Stage 2 and develop these ideas further. Written methods are refined and work includes fractions, decimals and percentages. Algebra is introduced more formally and progress is made in their understanding of Geometry. The students are encouraged to use mathematical instruments more accurately. To ensure progression from Key Stage 2, students work at a level appropriate to their needs. All classes are set on ability and movement is considered whenever necessary.

In Years 7 and 8 the gifted and talented students sit the UKMT Junior Challenge paper and may be awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze depending upon their results.

In Year 8 four students are selected to attend the Mathematics Masterclasses which are held over a period of weeks during the spring term.

Four students are also selected from Years 8 and 9 to take part in the UKMT Junior Team Challenge based at Keele University.

**Year 9 and above**

In Year 9 students begin their GCSE Maths work and continue this through until their final exams in Year 11. After assessing their level of working at the end of Year 8, and throughout Key Stage 3, students are placed into either a foundation or higher GSCE class. Our setting remains fluid througout the course to meet each child's needs. We currently use the Edexel exam board.

Foundation GCSE Maths includes topics such as; sequences, probability, algerbra and loci.

The Higher GCSE Maths includes all of the foundation workand also topics such as triganometry and circle theorems.

More details on our GCSE specifications can be found at www.edexel.com.

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Unfortunately the specification for the linked pair pilot is not available in the public domain. The linear specification will be a useful resource but there will be a few topics which are not included.

Certification of Entry Specification

**Resource weblinks:**

www.stuckonhomework.com subscription required

**Other revision resources:**

Revision guides and workbooks (with answers) all £3.50 each. Available for both Foundation and Higher.

Maths Watch CD at £4.00. This has video clips of numerous topic areas. Covers grades A* to G.

Each year we take a group of Gifted and Talented students to Keele University. This trip gives a few tips on possible careers as well as finding out how Mathematics can be used in juggling.

**Key Stage 5**

A level course overview

MEI (OCR) is the exam board which we use for both Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

Three modules are studied in order to gain an **AS level in Mathematics** -

- Core Mathematics 1
- Core Mathematics 2
- Either Statistics 1 or Mechanics 1

Core Mathematics builds upon topics studied at GCSE by extending the range of mathematical techniques and includes topics such as co-ordinate geometry and the introduction of calculus.

Statistics teaches the ability to represent variable data in clear and manageable ways and enables the student to apply practical knowledge to theoretical situations using probability models. This module aims to give the student a better understanding of how mathematics is applied in real-life situations

**The A2 Modules** for those continuing into the second year are

- Core Mathematics 3
- Core Mathematics 4
- Either Mechanics 1 or Statistics 1

The core mathematics modules continue with the development of calculus and more advanced algebraic techniques, and study new areas such as vector geometry, parametric geometry and sequences and series.

Mechanics introduces the student to mathematical modelling and to the basic concepts in kinematics, statistics and dynamics. Projectile motion,Newton’s laws of motion and the application of forces are all included.

**AS Further Mathematics** requires Further Pure Mathematics 1 and a choice of two other modules chosen from Statistics, Decision Maths and Mechanics modules which follow the
progression of those studied for the main A level.

**A2 Level Further Mathematics** requires Further Pure Mathematics 2 and again a further progression of a choice of Statistics, Numerical Methods and Mechanics modules.

The later Pure Mathematics modules continue the development of algebraic techniques such as matrices, vectors and complex numbers.

**Other Information**

Each year we enter a team in the UKMT Senior Team Challenge based at Keele University.

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