In 2017 pupils at St. Aidan’s achieved the best ever Mathematics results recorded in the Academy’s history! We have developed an inspiring, motivating and coherent mathematics scheme of work for the entire ability range of our students, which emphasises and encourages:
Pupils at St. Aidan’s Academy follow the 5 year, Edexcel progressive scheme of work to ensure that our students are fully prepared for the new qualification in mathematics. Our pupils engage in the Mastery of Maths ensuring a rich understanding of the topics that they learn.
The new GCSE examination was first taken in 2017 and pupils at St. Aidan’s secured record results for the Academy’s despite the more challenging curriculum. The new GCSE has a grading scale that uses the numbers 1–9 to identify levels of performance (with 9 being the top level). Maths is tiered with the foundation tier covering grades 1-5 and the higher tier covering grades 1-9. The qualification is linear, with the final GCSE examination taken in the summer term of Year 11.
The 1-9 Mathematics GCSE:
Ratio, proportion and rates of change: 25%
Geometry and measures: 15%
Regular marking of books and topic tests allow the department to monitor progress and give students a clear understanding of how to make further progress. Intervention is provided to enable our students to work on areas identified for improvement enabling them to resolve any doubts before leaving the topic behind.
Students are set according to their KS2 SATs assessments taken at primary school and follow the new GCSE (1-9) scheme of work at either foundation, or higher level from day 1 of year 7. Termly assessments guide and facilitate progress that is in line with each pupils individual flight-path ensuring that every pupil achieves to their full potential.
At the end of Year 9 an opportunity exists for students to take an additional GCSE qualification in Statistics.
In addition to the regular topic tests, there are termly assessments as well as end of year examinations that enable progress to be monitored.
The department enters pupils into the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Challenge at all age groups. Our most able mathematicians are entered for the Challenge at the junior (Years 7-8) and intermediate (Years 9-11) levels. In 2017 we were delighted that our students received multiple national awards from the UKMT, ranking their abilities amongst the best in the United Kingdom.
UKMT past paper questions are available to all teachers to stretch their students. Investigational materials are also available which encourage problem-solving skills and lead students to think beyond the school curriculum.
Mathematics is an important subject for students considering apprenticeships and further education/university. GCSE mathematics is the prerequisite to study engineering, the sciences, teaching, design, economics, business, finance, accountancy…the list is endless! It is a powerful tool in many subject areas.
www.mymaths.co.uk – the school subscribes to this website which covers the curriculum from Y7 to Y11.
www.mathsrevision.net – for GCSE revision.
www.nrich.maths.org – excellent extension and enrichment material, including live monthly problems