Mathematics

Key Stage 3

We are following a 2 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 Junior Maths Challenge 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

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.

Mathswatch – this resource is used extensively to encourage students to research topics before they are studied. This allows students to have a more control over their studies and allows them to advance more rapidly. Students also have the ability to use the program to check their understanding and answer questions when practising or revising.

 

Key Stage 4

Students will be taking the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1). This examination has considerably more content than its predecessor and so we start the students on this course in year 9. The new 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.

Throughout Key Stage 4 students will take regular unit assessments that will allow them to gauge their own progress and allow us to take positive action should they not be on target; students should aim to ‘meet or beat’ their target grade with each assessment. Successful completion of the unit assessments will ensure students are fully prepared for their final examination.

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 Carter Maths – An excellent bank of questions and answers for those that need practise, practise, practise.

 

Key Stage 5

A Level Maths 2017 onwards:

The new 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.

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

Further Mathematics
This subject, for which you must also be studying Mathematics A level, is for students who are able to pick up new topics quickly as well as being interested in developing their understanding of Mechanics. Year 13 students will study Further Pure 2, Statistics 2 and Decision 2.

More details can be found at the following address: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/A%20Level/Mathematics/2013/Specification%20and%20sample%20assessments/UA035243_GCE_Lin_Maths_Issue_3.pdf

 

Further Maths 2017 onwards:

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.pdf

2017 will be the final year of the old A Level in mathematics and Further Mathematics. Year 13 continue to follow the Edexcel scheme of work and study modules: Core 3, Core 4 and Decision 1. 

More details can be found at the following address:   

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/mathematics-2008.html   

 

 

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