Mathematics

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Mission Statement

Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing students’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data. Mathematics is important for students in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Technology. Skills acquired in mathematics are also vital in everyday life and needed in many forms of employment. Mathematics allows students to develop logical thinking skills which cannot only be applied to solving mathematical problems but also help to form reasoning skills which can be applied in a variety of situations.

Aims

  • To set challenging targets with high expectations for all students
  • To offer a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate students
  • To smooth the transition for students between Key Stages and ensure progression in teaching and learning throughout their time at the academy.
  • To nurture a positive climate for learning so that every student can achieve their full potential
  • To prepare students through functional skills to deal with maths they will encounter in the real world

Objectives

At the end of his/her mathematical education at the academy, each student should be able:

  • To perform basic numeracy skills needed for life
  • To perform the basic mathematical skills needed in his/her chosen career
  • To reason clearly and logically, and to set out a rational argument
  • To approach problems systematically, choosing appropriate techniques for their solution and clearly explaining why
  • To follow logical instructions to get to a final solution
  • To experience satisfaction in and enjoyment of his/her mathematical achievements
  • To obtain his/her best possible results at Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, AS/A Level and other Sixth Form courses

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

The Maths department follows a two year Key Stage 3 course. Students follow a course applicable to their ability

Year 7Year 8
Whole numbersDecimals
Patterns and sequences Equations and formula
Fractions, decimals and percentagesStatistics
Length, perimeter and area anglesFunctions and graphs
Sequences, functions and graphsTransformations
Symmetry and reflectionsFractions, decimals and percentages
StatisticsConstructions
ProportionSolving problems
Properties of shapesProbability
Expressions and equationsAngles and shapes
ProbabilityMeasures and mensuration
Proportional reasoning
Equations and formula
Sequences

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 students follow either an Edexcel or OCR Linear GCSE course. Exams are taken in either November or June of either Year 10 or 11. Depending on when students are ready. Exams are taken at two levels.Foundation Grades G – C Higher Grades A*-D

Foundation studentsHigher students
NumberNumber
RatioRatio
Factors, Multiples and PrimesFactors, Multiples and Primes
AlgebraAlgebra
Sequences and FormulaSequences and Formula
Linear equationsLinear equations
MeasuresMeasures
ConstructionsConstructions
PythagorasTrigonometry and Pythagoras
StatisticsStatistics
Fractions Decimals and PercentagesFractions Decimals and Percentages
Indices and SurdsIndices and Surds
Functions and GraphsFunctions and Graphs
Angle propertiesAngle properties
TransformationsInequalities
Social arithmeticVectors
Area and VolumeTransformations
ProbabilityUpper and Lower bounds
Social arithmetic
Area and Volume
Probability
Non Linear Graphs

Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5 students follow an OCR A Level course. They will study the following modules

Core 1Core 2Core 3
Indices and surdsTrigonometryAlgebra and Functions
PolynomialsSequences and seriesTrigonometry
DifferentiationAlgebraDifferentiation and Integration
Coordinate GeometryIntegrationNumerical Methods

Core 4Statistics 1Mechanics 1
Algebra and GraphsRepresentation of DataKinematics of motion
Differentiation and IntegrationProbabilityNewton’s Laws of Motion
Differential EquationsDiscrete Random VariablesForces
Vector GeometryBivariate DataLinear Momentum

Learning Resources

  • Nintendo DS
  • Tablets
  • Edexcel GCSE and Functional textbooks
  • New Maths Frame-working textbooks
  • Shine Rising Stars text books
  • Mathematical games and puzzles
  • Homework websites
  • Maths challenge website
  • Access to IT rooms

Key Success

Key Stage 3 2010 – 60% students level 5+ 2011 – 66% students level 5+ 2012 – 75% students level 5+ Key Stage 4 June 2010 – 49% A* -C June 2011 – 47% A*- C June 2012 – 60% A*-C Key Stage 5 2010 – 29% gained A*-E 2011 – 100% gained A*-E 2012 – 80% gained A* – E

Meet the Staff

  • Miss L. Lunn-Jones – Director of Mathematics
  • Miss T. Humphries – Head of Faculty – Mathematics
  • Mr A. Khosa – Assistant Head of Faculty – Mathematics
  • Mrs T. Bradnock – Teacher of Mathematics
  • Miss M. Castillio – Teacher of Mathematics
  • Mr W. Hinds – Vice Principal / Teacher of Mathematics
  • Mr M. Iyol – Teacher of Mathematics
  • Mr M. Mohan – Teacher of Mathematics
  • Mr S. Parton – Teacher of Mathematics
  • Mr C. Redman – Teacher of Maths

Enrichment Activities

Challenge Days take part once every half term.

Year 7 – Olympics

A range of tasks based around an Olympic theme. Students look at different track and field events and what the Olympic and World Records are. They compare times for the men’s 100m at different Olympics and even see how fast they can run 100m.

Year 8 – Carousel

• Maths games • Drawing fractals • Building towers • Making 3D shapes from Polydron shapes

Year 10 – Functional Maths

A range of tasks around the costs of buying and running a car. Students work out how expensive it is to buy and run a car. Investigating buying the car, insuring and taxing the car and general petrol costs.

Year 11 – Construction Challenge

A range of construction tasks involving team work: Students take part in the following challenges Building tower from paper Building paper tower strong enough to hold the weight of a tennis ball Building structure from cane and gutter to run a table tennis ball along. Students regularly take part in SUMDOG online competitions which are set on a monthly basis obtaining certificates for achievement. The department enters students for the Junior and Intermediate maths challenges set by Leeds University regularly gaining Gold, Silver and Bronze award.

Revision Links

GCSE maths take away revision

Last updated: May 2016