Mathematics

 Mathematics

Mathematics invites students to engage in numeric problem solving developing their confidence in numeracy and thinking skills through working together.

Allocation

Key Stage 3 – 4 x 1hr per week

Key Stage 4 – 4 x 1hr per week

Key Stage 3 Overview and Key Topics

In KS3 the new Pearson 11-19 progression scheme of work is followed. Students are setted in all years according to ability with three different schemes of work are followed according to ability.

With full timetable flexibility and an integrated of the scheme of work students are able to move into between groups and schemes of work during the year based on their half termly assessment scores.

Year 7

Arithmetic skills

Fractions / decimals / percentages

Area and volume

Statistics and graphs

Algebra skills

Ratio and proportion

Angles and lines

Linear graphs

Year 8

Number and arithmetic skills re-enforcement

Indices and standard form

Formulae and expressions

Data handling

Construction techniques

Circles, Pythagoras’ Theorem, prisms

Sequences and graphs (linear and non-linear)

Probability

Year 9

Number skills re-enforcement

Powers and roots

Proportionality

Compound Measures

Quadratic functions and non-linear graphs

Equations, inequalities, formulae

Simultaneous equations

Trigonometry

Key Stage 4 Overview and Qualifications

GCSE Mathematics AQA (9-1)

The new Mathematics GCSE examination comprises three 80 mark papers. There are two non-calculator papers. The highest possible pass is a grade 9. All papers are taken at the end of the two year course.

Higher tier:                 grade 9 to grade 4

Foundation tier:        grade 5 to grade 1

Students are entered for the appropriate tier according to ability. This is decided during KS4 based on ongoing assessments (usually two per term) and mock examinations.

The new grade 4 is equivalent to a former ‘low C grade pass’ with the grade 5 equivalent to a ‘high C grade pass’. A grade 9 is equivalent to a level beyond the former A* grade.

GCSE Further Mathematics AQA (A**- C)

This qualification is offered in addition to GCSE Mathematics for more able students and is currently ‘letter graded’.

Some GCSE Mathematics topics are developed to a greater depth along with a number of additional topics. The qualification provides a grounding for A level Mathematics. Additional topics include:

Calculus

Matrices

Trigonometric identities

Solving polynomials

Past Results

Grade 4 – 9 2017      71%

Marking and Feedback

All students are issued with two class work books for use in Mathematics lessons.

The main book (currently yellow) is used by students in class for ongoing class work, self-marking and revision / self-evaluation notes. This process is designed to help with preparation for the half termly Mathematics assessments.

Each student also has an ‘exit book’ (currently orange). This will be used in an average of two lessons each week to assess depth of learning for each student.

The main class book will be marked in class by the teacher using a coded marking system with development advice / examples. The coded marking allows for a greater spread of review in each lesson by the class teacher and more students will receive instant feedback and an opportunity to improve on the spot. In addition the self-marking and self-evaluation process undertaken by students provides the ownership over development comments to feed into assessment preparation.

The ‘exit book’ will be formally marked by the class teacher providing additional independent feedback to all students regarding the security of their learning for individual topics.

Standards and expectations of students in class and also the marking and feedback process are measured against the Mathematics ‘Super 7’ standards. These standards underpin the feedback and marking process and are displayed in each Mathematics classroom.

Other Resources

All students have access to Mathswatch, an excellent on line resource. A preview of this can be found at www.vle.mathswatch.com

We also have licenses for other software to support learning and progress within the Faculty.

Intervention

There are various intervention programmes in place across all year groups in order to provide additional support to students where required. The programmes are tailored, take place at various times in and after school and are targeted at students who require additional support. This may be to secure a desired GCSE grade or support in a specific area of Mathematics to boost personal progress.

 
 
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