## 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 7 | Year 8 |
---|---|

Whole numbers | Decimals |

Patterns and sequences | Equations and formula |

Fractions, decimals and percentages | Statistics |

Length, perimeter and area angles | Functions and graphs |

Sequences, functions and graphs | Transformations |

Symmetry and reflections | Fractions, decimals and percentages |

Statistics | Constructions |

Proportion | Solving problems |

Properties of shapes | Probability |

Expressions and equations | Angles and shapes |

Probability | Measures 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 students | Higher students |
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Number | Number |

Ratio | Ratio |

Factors, Multiples and Primes | Factors, Multiples and Primes |

Algebra | Algebra |

Sequences and Formula | Sequences and Formula |

Linear equations | Linear equations |

Measures | Measures |

Constructions | Constructions |

Pythagoras | Trigonometry and Pythagoras |

Statistics | Statistics |

Fractions Decimals and Percentages | Fractions Decimals and Percentages |

Indices and Surds | Indices and Surds |

Functions and Graphs | Functions and Graphs |

Angle properties | Angle properties |

Transformations | Inequalities |

Social arithmetic | Vectors |

Area and Volume | Transformations |

Probability | Upper 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 1 | Core 2 | Core 3 |
---|---|---|

Indices and surds | Trigonometry | Algebra and Functions |

Polynomials | Sequences and series | Trigonometry |

Differentiation | Algebra | Differentiation and Integration |

Coordinate Geometry | Integration | Numerical Methods |

Core 4 | Statistics 1 | Mechanics 1 |
---|---|---|

Algebra and Graphs | Representation of Data | Kinematics of motion |

Differentiation and Integration | Probability | Newton’s Laws of Motion |

Differential Equations | Discrete Random Variables | Forces |

Vector Geometry | Bivariate Data | Linear 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

**Last updated: May 2016**