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Maths

​We have developed an inspiring, motivating and coherent mathematics scheme of work for the entire ability range of our students, which emphasises and encourages:

Summary of Subject Content

Following changes to GCSEs which, for mathematics, will be first taught from September 2015, we have developed a progressive scheme of work to ensure that our students are fully prepared for the new qualification in mathematics..

The new GCSE examination will be taken first in 2017. It will have a grading scale that uses the numbers 1–9 to identify levels of performance (with 9 being the top level). Maths will be tiered with an improved overlapping tiers model, with a foundation tier covering grades 1-5 and a higher tier covering grades 4-9. The qualification is linear, with assessment to be taken in Year 11, at the end of the course in June.

Changes specific to mathematics in the new GCSE are:

Foundation tier Higher tier
Number 25% 15%
Algebra 20% 30%
Ratio, proportion and rates of change 25% 20%
Geometry and measures 15% 20%
Probability 15% 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.

KS3

Year 7 – students are set according to their KS2 SATs assessments taken at primary school and will follow the new GCSE (1-9) scheme of work at either foundation, core or higher level. Termly assessments guide and facilitate movement through the sets.

Years 8 and 9 – students are set according to the end of Year 7 and 8 exam results, teacher judgement and the department’s database. There are 4 sets. The same scheme of work is followed by all sets, but the top sets work with greater pace and depth, while the lower sets concentrate on intervention and misconceptions. At the end of Year 9 an opportunity exists for students to take an additional GCSE qualification in Statistics.

Assessment

In addition to the regular topic tests, there are termly assessments as well as end of year examinations that enable progress to be monitored.

KS4/GCSE

Students continue to work in 4 sets with an assessment of their progress being used to determine if they will be entered for either the foundation or higher tier of entry for the new mathematics GCSE.

Examination Boards

Edexcel and OCR

Further Activities and Achievements

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 2015 we were delighted that our students received 7 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.

Career Opportunities of Subject

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.

Links

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

www.mathsnet.net

www.counton.org