# Mathematics

The essential intent of the mathematics department is to develop students who can think critically and collaborate to solve problems creatively in preparation for an unexpected and ever changing world.

Through the study of Maths, we will give students a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and prepare them for employment.

The Maths Department’s will cultivate this by

- Developing resilience in students so they can bounce back from mistakes and failure
- Developing confident mathematicians who can transfer skills to other subjects and life beyond the classroom
- Creating a positive working environment in every classroom so all students are motivated to succeed

The Mathematics Department currently have a team of 4, a Director of Mathematics, Assistant Lead in Mathematics and 2 fully qualified teachers with each teacher having their own classroom.

To enhance the students’ experience of Mathematics, the Department also enters the annual UK Mathematics Challenge. This comprises of Team and Individual Challenges for Years 7 - 13. Success in these competitions can enable students to progress to Regional and National finals.

The Department has recently began an initiative for students to become Maths Leaders. This has improved students’ confidence, knowledge and skills. Activities have involved teaching their peers, mentoring younger students, generating Tutor time activities, leading Assemblies, developing Numeracy across the Curriculum and planning activities for open evenings and whole school events.

This has promoted a positive ethos and working atmosphere in Mathematics throughout the School due to the enthusiasm of students who have taken up this role.

The students also have access to the Pixl Maths App, Sam Learning and Hegarty Maths which are useful on line tools to enhance students’ learning outside the classroom and to help with homework.

**Career pathways linked to Maths include:**

Actuary, Accountant, Statistician, Stockbroker, Engineer, Meteorologist, Quantity Surveyor, Software Tester, Analyst, Market Researcher, Space /Aircraft Industry, Banking, Teaching

**University Courses** e.g. Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology and Life Sciences, Engineering, Medicine/Nursing, Dentistry, Business Management Studies, Finance, Architecture, Geology, Maths.

Highly sought after in degrees e.g. Psychology and Geography.

**Overview of Course**

Year 7 – 11 students follow a 5 year Scheme of work and have 4 Maths lessons each week. In years 7 and 8, students cover all units that are required before moving onto the GCSE course in Years 9, 10 and 11. All students in Years 7 – 11 are studying for the Edexcel GCSE course.

Students are set according to ability across Years 7 to 11. Set changes can take place at any time during the year, though they are generally looked at following the assessment points. There are 3 sets in Years 9-11 and, due to the larger cohorts, there are 3 sets on each half of the year in Years 7 and 8.

Assessments take place termly to test progress and identify areas of strengths and weaknesses.

The aims and objectives of the course are to:

- Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
- Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
- Reason mathematically, make deductions and draw conclusions
- Interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of ways

This will give students a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and to prepare them for employment. The course also gives students mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding to help them in a range of other subjects e.g. science, geography. design and technology, where the understanding and application of maths is crucial.

All students in Years 7 to 11 are studying for the Edexcel GCSE course and Years 12 and 13 for the Edexcel A Level courses in Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Year 9 students will study for an additional GCSE exam in Statistics and take the exam in Year 10.

There is a significant increase in the demands of GCSE and A Level Mathematics and the Department monitors students’ progress through classwork, end of topic tests and homework. Assessments take place termly to test progress and identify areas of strengths and weaknesses.

**The GCSE course has two tiers available: **

Foundation (Grades 1 – 5) and Higher (Grades 4 -9) and consists of three equally weighted papers. The content outlined for each tier and the grades are assessed across all 3 papers.

Paper 1 (Non Calculator) 1.5 hours 80 marks

Paper 2 (Calculator) 1.5 hours 80 marks

Paper 3 (Calculator) 1 .5 hours 80 marks

**The A Level Course has the following examinations:**

**100% exam at the end of the course**

Pure Maths 1 – 2 hours (100 marks)

Pure Maths 2 – 2 hours (100 marks)

Statistics and Mechanics – 2 hours (100 Marks)*

*Section A – Statistics

*Section B – Mechanics

**Further Maths**

4 exams – 1.5 hours (75 marks)

Core Pure 1 – 1.5 hours (75 marks)

Core Pure 2 – 1.5 hours (75 marks)

Further Mechanics – 1.5 hours (75 marks)

Decision Mathematics – 1.5 hours (75 marks)