Mathematics

Key Stage 3

The national curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all students:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that students develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

At KS3 decisions about progression are based on the security of students’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Students who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged by further rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content in preparation for key stage 4. Those who are not sufficiently fluent are encouraged to consolidate their understanding, through additional practice, before moving on.

In KS3, students study a two year course in order to prepare them to start GCSE Maths in Year 9. Students learn through a combination of class teaching, investigation, problem solving, use of ICT as well as work assigned from text books and worksheets. In Year 7, the priority is to ensure that all students get opportunities to build on their prior learning in KS2 and extend their knowledge of Algebra, Geometry, Probability and Statistics. All of which have an emphasis on problem solving and mathematical reasoning.

Online homework is set weekly on MathsWatch and PiXL Maths; students are also given a booklet to complete as homework through the duration of each topic. The system of regular testing at the end of each topic is maintained followed by feedback questions and the completion of AfL grids. Students who require extra support are identified and intervention is provided for them during form time and lunch time on a weekly basis.

Students are encouraged to extend their enjoyment and understanding of Mathematics by participating in activities such as the Junior Mathematics Challenge, the times table challenge (organised by Western Area Partnership Schools) and STEM activities.

Key Stage 4

Qualification: GCSE Mathematics

Examination Board: Edexcel

Exam Specification

All students in Years 9, 10 and 11 will study the Maths Curriculum at the end of which they will either be entered for the Foundation (Grades 1 - 5) or Higher (Grades 4 - 9) Tier, both of which consist of three exams (one non-calculator and two calculator) from Edexcel.

The course is started in Year 9 to ensure students understanding, giving us more time in Year 11 to revise and complete exam papers. The course has a greater emphasis on mathematical reasoning, communication and problem solving skills.

Knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts within:

1) Number

2) Algebra

3) Ratio, proportion and rates of change

4) Geometry

5) Probability

6) Measures and Statistics

There are three 1 hour 30 minute exams at the end of the course in Year 11 - each contributing 33.33% of the final grade. There are 80 marks on each paper. Each paper has a range of questions set in non-mathematical and mathematical contexts.

· Paper 1F and 1H: Non-calculator

· Paper 2F and 2H: Calculator

· Paper 3F and 3H: Calculator