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Maths

Curriculum Overview
CODE:
A Level:- Edexcel
GCSE:- Edexcel
COURSE DETAILS:

A LEVEL Maths:
Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 (9MA0/01)
Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2 (9MA0/02)
Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics (9MA0/03)

Each paper is:

2-hour written examination
33.33% of the qualification
100 marks.

Further Mathematics A Level:
Paper 1: Core Pure Mathematics 1 (9FM0/01)
Paper 2: Core Pure Mathematics 2 (9FM0/02)
Paper 3: Further Mathematics Option 1 (9FM0/3A-3D)
Paper 4: Further Mathematics Option 2 (9FM0/4A-4G)

Each paper is:

1 hour and 30 minutes written examination
25% of the qualification
75 marks

GCSE

Examination: 3 Examinations

Paper 1 - Non-calculator (90 minutes)
Paper 2 - Calculator (90 minutes)
Paper 3 - Calculator (90 minutes)

COURSE SUMMARY:

KEY STAGE 3:

Our vision is to develop mathematically confident students by providing a range of rich tasks promoting mathematical knowledge, understanding, reasoning and problem solving. Work in class is generally self-checked by students using worked solutions, allowing students the opportunity to reflect on their own work. Students are encouraged to annotate and make relevant study notes in their exercise book. Teachers will regularly check the quality and quantities of work produced, ensure that home learning is completed and provide appropriate feedback.

Year 7 & Year 8

  • Year 7 receive 7 hours of maths per fortnight in school and usually one session of home learning per week.

  • Year 8 receive 8 hours of maths per fortnight in school and usually one session of home learning per week.

  • Each half-term comprises two or three topic areas with significant emphasis on Number, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics. A diagnostic assessment is completed by students to identify an appropriate starting point in the topic.

  • Each topic has a progression ladder, allowing all students to maximise progress. A post topic assessment will then determine individual progress and indicate to students their next steps.

  • Mathsmania, our afterschool maths club is open to all students who enjoy maths and our more able students enter The UKMT maths challenge competitions.

KEY STAGE 4:

Key Stage 4 focuses on preparation and practice for GCSE, Key Stage 5 and higher education. GCSE mathematics is an essential qualification for all students; students up to 19 who do not have Band 9-4 in GCSE mathematics will be expected to continue to study towards this qualification as part of their 16-19 study programme. Therefore, whether staying on for Advanced Levels or moving onto an apprenticeship or employment, GCSE mathematics is a vitally important qualification. Our goal is to allow students to maximise progress and achieve their best GCSE grade possible. 

As in Key Stage 3, work in class is generally self-checked by students using worked solutions, allowing them the opportunity to reflect on their own work. Students are encouraged to annotate and make relevant study notes in their exercise book. Teachers will regularly check the quality and quantities of work produced, ensure that home learning is completed and provide appropriate feedback.

The Mathematics Department offers a varied range of teaching methods, in order to develop independent thinkers who are equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding that a student needs to proceed to employment or further study.

Year 9:

  • Receive 8 hours of maths per fortnight in school and usually one session of home learning per week.

  • Follow the first half of the Edexcel GCSE scheme of work.

  • Students are expected to generate independent learning material as part of their expected home learning.

Year 10 & 11:

  • Receive 9 hours of maths per fortnight in school and at least one session of home learning per week
  • There is a strong emphasis on developing independent learning skills both within lessons and through home learning.
  • Year 10 - Follow the second half of the Edexcel GCSE scheme of work.
  • Year 11 Learning is strongly focussed on exam preparation and revision.
  • A range of targeted intervention strategies are implemented in year 11 in line with the whole school year 11 intervention program.
  • More able students also study the Algebra Award, a level 3 qualification. This award also supports students planning to study maths at A level.

KEY STAGE 5:

  • Receive 8 hours of math teaching per fortnight in school.
  • Further Mathematics is available at A-Level.
  • Senior Maths Challenge.
  • Enrichment courses provided for study of STEP examinations.
  • Non- contact time is spent on independent learning and revision.a
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