Mathematics is a compulsory subject for all students inthe junior years. Staff cater for all abilities and encourage students to enjoy and develop confidence and competence in this subject. Through problem solving students develop their skills of reasoning and logical thinking. Maths is currently the most popular subject chosen for A Level.
All students study Mathematics from Year 9 to 11. All Year 9 students will be taught in classes set on ability, minor adjustments being made to these sets after each school exam. The aim is for the students to be able to apply Mathematics in everyday situations, to develop a feel for number and number patterns, to reason logically, carry out calculations (with or without a calculator) and to understand the significance of the results obtained. Topics covered include: arithmetic, algebra, graphical work, properties of geometric figures, accurate drawing to scale, probability and statistics.
In Year 9, students work towards Key Stage 4 covering at least level 6 of the National Curriculum. The Key Stage 4 course is designed to target two tiers of ability (Foundation or Higher). All students work through the National Curriculum and are finally entered at either the Higher or Intermediate level according to each student’s individual skills and ability.
Scientific calculators are required for the start of the Year 9 course. We would recommend that calculators have a “fraction” facility as well as the standard trigonometric functions and are solar powered to avoid borrowing of batteries. The school stationery store stocks these at cost (at present the solar powered CASIO FX-85MS).
All students study Mathematics in Year 10 and Year 11 and classes being set on ability in each Year group.
The aim is for the students to be able to apply Mathematics in everyday situations, to develop a feel for number and number patterns, to reason logically, to understand mathematical ideas and be able to communicate them in a variety of ways, to develop spacial awareness, to use a computer, to carry out calculations with and without a calculator and to understand the significance of the results obtained.
Current Year 10 students are taking part in a nationally recognised Linked Paired new GCSE Mathematics exam. This will result in students gaining a GCSE in Applications of Mathematics (5AM) and a GCSE in Methods of Mathematics (5MM). Each GCSE consists of two units, worth 50%, sat at either Higher or Foundation level. Only the unit 1 paper in Methods in Mathematics is non-calculator.
Students will have the opportunity to sit one GCSE paper at an early stage in Year 11, in addition to the usual diet at the end of Year 11.
MATHS AND FURTHER MATHS (EDEXCEL)
Mathematics is a course worth studying in its own right. It is challenging but interesting. It serves as a very useful support for many other qualifications as well as being a sought-after qualification for the workplace and courses in Higher Education.
While studying Mathematics, students will be expected to use mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems; and solve quite complicated problems by using mathematical arguments and logic.
Students will also have to understand and demonstrate what is meant by proof in mathematics; simplify real-life situations so that mathematics can be used to show what is happening and what might happen in different circumstances; and use the mathematics learnt to solve problems in a real-life context.
Candidates will be expected to have achieved at least a grade B at GCSE.
There are 17 units from which to choose. These are divided into the four branches of mathematics:
Pure (Core) Mathematics Statistics
Mechanics Decision Mathematics
There are seven Pure Maths, five Mechanics, three Statistics and two Decision Maths units. By choosing different combinations of units any of the following qualifications can be obtained :
A-Level Mathematics AS Mathematics
A-Level Further Mathematic AS Further Mathematics
A-Level Pure Mathematics AS Pure Mathematics
In order to get an AS (Advanced Subsidiary) it is necessary to take three units. A full A-Level requires a further three units.
Some students who are really interested in Mathematics take either Further Mathematics AS or A-Level. Either three or six more units will need to be taken.