Mathematics

Key Stage 3

We are following a 3 year Key Stage 3 scheme of work. The topics covered and the level of difficulty will vary according to the need of the students; all students are expected to make excellent progress, irrespective of their prior level of understanding. Students will be assessed on a regular basis and expected to independently make use of the resources available to enhance their understanding of identified areas for development. We follow the national curriculum at KS3 and so details of all topics being taught can be sourced:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239058/SECONDARY_national_curriculum_-_Mathematics.pdf

Those in the top sets will also be given the opportunity to enter the National Maths Challenge Competition and every year many of our students achieve certificates. All students are able to enter competitions through our participation in the Mathsletics community.

Useful online resources available to all St Mary’s students
Hegarty Maths – this resources has a huge bank of videos and quizzes for students to work through. The videos offer superb instruction, whilst the quizzes give the chance to test the understanding gained from the instructional videos. Many maths homeworks will be set using Hegarty Maths.
Mathsletics – an excellent resource that allows students to practice maths and compete against other users all at the same time. This is used for homework and independent work as well as allowing students to have fun in their own time.


Key Stage 3 Level Descriptors

 

Key Stage 4

Students will be taking the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1).. This examination will be graded 1 to 9. Students studying for grades 1 to 4 will take the Foundation tier and those working at 5 to 9 will take the Higher tier. We generally make decision regarding tiering at the end of Year 10, although this can be subject to change throughout Year 11.

Details of the topics covered can be found in the National Curriculum document: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/mathematics/2015/specification-and-sample-assesment/gcse-maths-2015-specification.pdf

Students at Key Stage 4 may take part in team maths challenge competitions as well as the individual Intermediate Maths Challenge competition. A few of our most able students will gain certificates from the Senior Maths Challenge.
Excellent online resources used for revision:
Corbett Maths – this website is an excellent source of questions, answers, practise papers and more importantly explanatory videos. There is an extensive library of videos that allow students to work independently to prepare for learning as well as assessments.
Mr Barton Maths – this website has a massive collection of resources, questions and links to other revision websites.
Hegarty Maths – this resources has a huge bank of videos and quizzes for students to work through. The videos offer superb instruction, whilst the quizzes give the chance to test the understanding gained from the instructional videos. Many maths homeworks will be set using Hegarty Maths.

 

Key Stage 5

A Level Maths

The two year A level in mathematics gives students the opportunity to investigate and advance their mathematical ability through their studies of Pure Maths, Statistics and Mechanics. All modules taught in this course are compulsory and allow the students to develop in several key areas; mathematical communication and arguments, problem solving and modelling.
This exciting course opens pathways beyond A level through the study of many interesting topics, including: proofs, trigonometry, integration, differentiation, vectors, logarithms, probability, kinematics, Newton’s Laws, hypothesis testing and moments.


Specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/A%20Level/Mathematics/2017/specification-and-sample-assesment/a-level-l3-mathematics-specification.pdf

A Level Further Maths:
This Level 3 Advanced GCE in Further Mathematics builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding set out in the whole GCSE subject content for mathematics and the subject content for the AS and A Level GCE Mathematics qualifications. Students will be expected to be able to demonstrate their ability to provide responses that draw together different areas of their knowledge, skills and understanding from across the full course of study for the A Level further mathematics qualification and also from across the A level Mathematics qualification. Problem solving, proof and mathematical modelling will be a prominent part of the new Further Maths A Level.

Further Maths Specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/A%20Level/Mathematics/2017/specification-and-sample-assesment/a-level-l3-further-mathematics-specification.pd

 

Mathematical Studies

Level 3 mathematical studies (also known as Core Maths) is a qualification designed for students who have achieved a grade 4 or above at GCSE.

It helps to develop students’ mathematical skills and thinking and supports courses such as A-level Psychology, Sciences and Geography as well as technical and vocational qualifications.

This qualification qualifies for UCAS points and can be used towards University entrance.

We will follow the AQA course, details of the specification can be found here: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/aqa-certificate/mathematical-studies-1350

Order of Study
The link below allows you to see when topics may be covered; this is a guide for information only and has the potential to change as the year progresses.

Order of study

Testing
All students complete regular testing; this may be regular ‘low stakes’ tests to check knowledge retention or less frequent ‘high stakes’ tests, designed to test application of the learned material. The expectation is that these show progress and where progress is not evident the mathematics department will ensure steps are made to support these students.

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