- Mrs K Forster – Faculty Leader
- Mr A Green- Second in Department
- Mrs E Cooper
- Mrs K Howell
- Miss L Gourlay
- Mrs Marsden
- Mr Neale
- Miss A Glover
- Mrs B Cook – Year 11 intervention teacher
Faculty Mission Statement/ Aims:
The Mathematics Department aims to provide all students with a rewarding and enjoyable experience of mathematics. We will prepare students to become confident, numerate individuals who are able to deal with all aspects of mathematics in their chosen career and in all aspects of their adult life.
This will be accomplished through our commitment to excellent teaching, a well-designed curriculum with an interesting variety of lessons to motivate and engage all students. We have high expectations of all students so that they will recognise and achieve their full potential. We hope that students will develop their own skills in analysis, reasoning, creativity, collaboration and self evaluation so that they can meet the mathematical problems they face with thoughtfulness and enthusiasm.
Curriculum Details – Maths
Key Stage 3
Throughout Key Stage 3, students will study the following topics focussing on the skills needed to be a secure mathematician within each of these topic areas:
|Chapter||Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|1||Whole numbers and decimals||Whole numbers and decimals||Whole numbers and decimals|
|2||Measures, perimeter and area||Measures, perimeter and area||Measures, perimeter and area|
|3||Expressions and formulae||Expressions and formulae||Expressions and formulae|
|4||Fractions, decimals and percentages||Fractions, decimals and percentages||Fractions, decimals and percentages|
|5||Angles||Angles and shapes||Angles and shapes|
|7||Calculating with number||Mental calculations||Calculations|
|8||Statistics||Collecting and representing data||Statistics|
|9||Transformations and symmetry||Transformations||Transformations and scale|
|11||Factors and multiples||Written and calculator methods||Powers and roots|
|12||Constructions||Constructions||Constructions and Pythagoras|
|14||Decimal calculations||3D shapes||3D shapes and Trigonometry|
|15||Ratio and proportion||Ratio and proportion||Ratio and proportion|
Year 10 (September 2015 onwards)
Students in Year 10 follow the new AQA course which is broken down into 11 chapters as follows:
|3||Angles and Polygons|
|5||Fractions, Decimals and Percentages|
|6||Formulae and Functions|
|7||Working in 2D|
|9||Measures and Accuracy|
|10||Equations and Inequalities|
|11||Circles and Construction|
This then leads into Year 11 which is broken down into a further 11 chapters as follows:
|12||Ratio and Proportion|
|13||Factors, Powers and Roots|
|15||Working in 3D|
|19||Pythagoras and Trigonometry|
|20||Probability of combined events|
|22||Units and proportionality|
Sets R1 and R2 follow the higher tier and will cover grades 4 to 8.
Sets R3, R4, R5 and R6 as well as sets in the Green and Blue Pathways follow the foundation tier and will cover grades 1 to 5.
Year 11 (September 2015)
Students in Year 11 follow OCR foundation (J567) or Edexcel higher (1MAOH). The content covered throughout Year 11 is determined by each teacher at the start of the year based upon findings from assessment carried out in Year 10 so that work is tailored to meet individual need.
Sets R1, R2, R3 and a small group in Green Pathway follow the higher tier and will cover grades E to A*.
Sets R4, R5, R6 as well as sets in the Green and Blue Pathways follow the foundation tier and will cover grades G to C .
All pupils will be given the equivalent of one homework a week. This should be a piece of work that will take between 30 minutes and an hour at Key stage 3 and approximately 1 hour at Key Stage 4. This homework may be a written task, learning key spellings for a topic or a research task. Teachers may also set some homework on the website www.mymaths.co.uk. Pupils will log in using their individual login and password. ‘Mymaths’ homework will be set once a fortnight at the most. Any pupil who does not have access to a computer or who needs any help with their homework can attend a weekly homework clinic on Wednesday lunchtime in the Maths computer room where members of staff will be at hand to help.
Pupils need to bring their own pen, pencil and ruler. In addition they may wish to bring their own 360° protractor, compass and calculator. In lessons and exams we use a Casio calculator with model number fx83GT PLUS and would recommend that if you are buying a calculator to bring to school or use at home you buy this model to avoid any confusion.
There is a lot of emphasis on how pupils present their work in Maths. All graphs and diagrams should be completed with pencil and ruler and pupils should show all stages of working. These expectations apply to both homework and classwork.
There are many ways that parents can support their children with their Mathematics. The department recommends the following revision guides from CGP books which can be bought from bookshops but are available from school at the following discounted prices.
Year 7 and 8 –
- KS3 Maths Revision Guide Level 3-6 £2.25
- KS3 Maths Revision Guide Level 5-8 £2.25
- KS3 Maths Workbook Level 3-6 £1.25
- KS3 Maths Workbook Level 5-8 £1.25
- KS3 Maths Answers for Workbook Level 3-6 £1.00
- KS3 Maths Answers for Workbook Level 5-8 £1.00
Year 9, 10 and 11 –
- GCSE Maths Revision Guide – Foundation £2.75
- GCSE Maths Revision Guide – Higher £2.75
- GCSE Maths Workbook – Foundation £2.75
- GCSE Maths Workbook – Higher £2.75
- GCSE Maths Answers for Foundation workbook £1.00
- GCSE Maths Answers for Foundation workbook £1.00
Some pupils prefer to work on a computer so we also sell revision discs at KS4. These allow pupils to listen to and watch a demonstration of Mathematical problems being solved and then give them the opportunity to answer and check some questions of their own. The discs are extremely easy to use on any computer and cover the whole subject content at GCSE.
Year 9, 10 And 11 –
- Mathswatch Higher A*-D disc – £3.00
- Mathswatch Foundation C-G disc – £3.00
There is also a year 7 disc available which covers up to level 5 only.
Year 7 –
- Mathswatch Level 3-5 £3.00
There are also a number of websites that can help your child with their maths work.
- www.mymaths.co.uk – may be used for homework but can also be used to revise work covered in class. Pupils can search for a topic by subject or level or grade.
- www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/maths – Year 7 and 8 pupils can revise topics and test themselves to check progress
- www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/maths – Year 9,10 and 11 pupils can revise topics and test themselves to check progress
- www.nrich.maths.org – a site full of maths puzzles– ideal for those pupils who enjoy a challenge
- www.mathsisfun.com – explanations, tests and worksheets covering all topics and year groups
- www.coolmath4kids – a bright and lively site providing clear explanations, lessons, interactive activities and games – a winner with the younger pupils
- www.samlearning.com – an excellent revision website for all pupils.
If parents have any concerns or would like advice about their child’s progress in Mathematics they can contact their child’s Maths teacher.
Parents may, of course, wish to speak directly to the head of department, Mrs Forster and are welcome to do so.