What is the Department Vision?

To teach students the mathematics they will need to prepare them for life beyond school.  This includes wider curriculum areas such as contexts in science, computing, finance, etc.

To teach an appreciation of the subject to develop problem solving skills. The aim being that students will appreciate mathematics for its own sake and be able to think logically to solve puzzles, develop strategies whilst playing games, and understand simple proofs.

To enable students to be successful in National Mathematical examinations and achieve the qualifications for further study and employment.

KS3

What will my child be studying?

Year 7

Year 8

CO-ORDINATES DIRECTED   NUMBERS
SYMMETRY ANGLES
NUMBER & DECIMALS 1 NUMBER
FOUR RULES RECAP GRAPHS
ANGLES FRACTIONS  (& DECIMALS)
DRAWING & MEASURING AREA  (& PERIMETER)
DECIMALS 2 INDICES, FACTORS, ORDER OF OPERATIONS & ESTIMATION
PROPERTIES OF NUMBERS ENLARGEMENT  SCALE-DRAWING &  TESSELLATION
ALGEBRA & EQUATIONS BASIC  ALGEBRA
TRIANGLES PERCENTAGES  (MONEY)
FRACTIONS SYMMETRY, RELECTION &   ROTATION
DATA HANDLING   & PROBABILITY RATIO,  PROPORTION,  IMPERIAL & METRIC UNITS
PLANE AND SOLID SHAPES PROBABILITY & STATISTICS
AREA & PERIMETER EQUATIONS
FUNCTIONS  & FORMULA 3D-SHAPES & VOLUME
CALCULATOR & NEGATIVE NUMBERS CONSTUCTIONS AND LOCI
FRACTIONS, PERCENTAGES, RATIO  & PROPORTION SERIES AND STRAIGHT LINE GRAPHS
GRAPHS FORMAL INVESTIGATIONS
FORMAL INVESTIGATIONS

What equipment will my child need?
Pen, scientific calculator, pencil, eraser, ruler, protractor, compasses.

How can I support my child through KS3 Maths?

How will my child be assessed in KS3 Maths?
Students are initially setted into appropriate ability. The class teacher regularly assesses progress in class and through homework. Typically class teachers set a test once a half term. Regular monitoring allows sets to be flexible if students demonstrate rapid improvement. At least one formal whole year group assessment takes place each year. 

KS4

What exam board do we use?
EDEXCEL GCSE code 1MAO http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse10/maths/maths-a/Pages/default.aspx

With 2 available Tiers; Foundation Grades G-C, Higher Grades D-A*

How is the course assessed?
By two 2 hour papers at the end of year 11. A 2 hour non calculator exam and a 2 hour calculator exam, each worth 50% of the grade.

Are there controlled assessments?
No, the course is entirely assessed by the final exams.

What is covered on the course?
The 4 main braches of Maths; Number, Algebra, Geometry, Data and Probability.

What websites would you recommend?
Your child will be given a login and password for www.mymaths.co.uk , other revision websites such as BBC GCSE Bitesize.

What equipment will my child need?
Pen, scientific calculator, pencil, eraser, ruler, protractor, compasses. 

KS5

What exam board do we use?
AQA http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/a-level/mathematics-6360

How is the course assessed?
6 Exams each carry the same weighting of marks

How long are the examinations?
Each exam is 1hour 30mins

Are there controlled assessments?
No

What is covered on the course?
Core 1, Core 2 and one of Mechanics or Statistics in year 12, Core 3, Core 4 and the other of Mechanics or Statistics in year 13

What websites would you recommend?
Again www.mymaths.co.uk has A level material.

What equipment will my child need?
Pen, scientific calculator, (graphical calculator optional)