Maths and Numeracy

Faculty Leader: Mr W Woodfine

Aims of the department

The aim of the department is to develop in students:

  • A positive attitude towards mathematics and an awareness of its applications and uses.
  • An understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment.
  • Competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills.
  • An ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and logically.
  • Initiative and an ability to work both independently and in co-operation with others.
  • An ability to communicate through mathematics.
  • An ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life. 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

What will students study?

Students study mathematical topics from each of the areas the Key Stage. Number skills are especially important in Key Stage 3 and mental arithmetic practice forms an integral part of the students’ experience. Problem solving skills are developed over the Key Stage in all areas of mathematics.

Mathematical Processes and Applications                                                                           

  • Developing skills in mathematical reasoning.
  • Communicating ideas and solving problems.

Number

  • Use a calculator effectively and efficiently.
  • Developing a sound understanding and practice of numerical skills.

Algebra 

  • Experimenting with and analysing patterns in number.
  • Expressing relationships in a structured form including using symbolic and graphical representations.                                     

Geometrical Reasoning                                                                                            

  • Measurement
  • Understanding standard units
  • Exploring the properties of shapes and their transformations
  • Specifying location                                                                  

Mathematical Processes and Applications

  • The collection, recording, processing and interpretation of data
  • Displaying data in a variety of forms                                        

Key Stage 4 (Years 9 and 10)

What course do students follow?
 
GCSE MATHEMATICS:

EDEXCEL 1MA1, LINEAR ASSESSMENT
 
What will students study?
 
The National Curriculum programmes of study for Key Stage 4 in Mathematics.  There are two programmes of study, higher and foundation.  These cover grades 9 to 1 at GCSE.
 
Assessment and details of Examination
 
The GCSE specification has been written to assess the Key Stage 4 programmes of study in Mathematics

  • This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to acquire a valuable qualification often requested by employers.
  • This particular course has a simplified linear structure.
  • Higher Tier covering grades 9 to 4.
  • Foundation Tier covering grades 5 to 1.
  • Paper 1 will be a non-calculator paper (33.33%).
  • Paper 2 will be a calculator paper (33.33%).
  • Paper 3 will be a calculator paper (33.33%).
  • There is no coursework in Mathematics.

Where can I find more information?
 
More information about the course can be found using the link below. 

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html

Assessment resources
 
Assessment resources can be found using the link below. 

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html

Careers information
 
Careers information can be found using the link below. 

https://successatschool.org/advicedetails/186/Why-Study-Maths%3F

http://www.mathscareers.org.uk/

https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/degree-subject-guides/313825-mathematics-degrees-what-you-ll-study-and-your-career-options

http://www.futuremorph.org/wp-content/uploads/games/scienceandmaths/index.html#/intro

http://www.futuremorph.org/

https://successatschool.org/advicedetails/770/what-are-stem-subjects