Maths

We believe in providing students with a deep conceptual understanding of mathematical principles, the ability to confidently communicate in precise mathematical language, while becoming mathematical thinkers. It is the intention that if a student understands the core principles, they will be able to remember more and do more maths, in whatever context they encounter it.

It is our vision that all pupils can experience the joys of being a successful mathematician, if they are given the tools and the confidence to access the curriculum.

 

Year 7

Content Assessment
Making Generalisations about the number system – Students are introduced to commutativity and associativity of multiplication through a range of familiar and unfamiliar models. They consider representations and applications of the distributive property. They explore how prime numbers are the building blocks of mathematics. As well as establishing the priority of the four operations, students are formal introduced to algebraic notation as the generalised form. 

Also studied this year:

2D Geometry

The Cartesian Plane

Fractions

Ratio & Proportion

 

Baseline Assessment -Number Fluency, Calculations and KS2 check up. 

Diagnostic Assessment – Sat in December and in March covering topics met in that half term; Part A multiple choice, Part B written questions.

End of Year Summative Examination

KS3 Topics Paper 1 Non Calculator, Paper 2 Calculator

 

Year 8

Content Assessment
Equations and Inequalities - Students develop their understanding of arithmetic sequences as well as exploring non-linear sequences before critical features of expressions, equations and identities. Pictoral representations support students’ algebraic manipulation and in solving linear equations. Graphical Representations – Students revisit familiar contexts on the Cartesian plane, such as using coordinates, horizontal and vertical lines and inequalities (previous unit). The unit culminates in students moving between the three representations of a linear relationship (coordinates, graph and equation). Proportional Reasoning - Students are introduced to significant figures, learning how to round to significant figures, deducing what a rounded number might have been and appreciating why there are different methods of rounding. Also studied this year: Reasoning with Data, Angles, Area, Volume & Surface Area Baseline Assessment -Number Fluency, Calculations and KS2 check up. Diagnostic Assessment – Sat in December and in March covering topics met in that half term; Part A multiple choice, Part B written questions. End of Year Summative Examination. KS3 Topics Paper 1 Non Calculator, Paper 2 Calculator – To include content covered in years 8 and 7

 

Year 9

Content Assessment
Probability - Students revisit number work from KS2 and KS3 to refresh their understanding of the interconnection of methods of calculation for fractions, decimals and percentage in preparation for work on theoretical probability in a variety of contexts and
with a variety of representations. This is then compared to experimental probability as students get to grips with tree-diagrams and two-wa tables plus Venn diagrams and Set notation. 
Also studied this year: 
Linear Simultaneous Equations
Geometry of Triangles
Ratio & Proportion
Quadratics
Reasoning with Number
Diagnostic Assessment – Sat in December and in March covering topics met in that half term; Part A multiple choice, Part B written questions. 
End of Year Summative Examination
Ks3 Topics Paper 1 Non Calculator, Paper 2 Calculator
– To include content covered in years 8 and 7

 

Year 10

Content Assessment
KS4 – Following Pearson Edexcel GCSE Mathematics either on a Foundation or Higher Pathway.

Over the Course of the GCSE, lessons cover topics across:
1 Number
2 Algebra
3 Ratio, proportion and rates of change
4 Geometry and measures
5 Probability
6 Statistics

Students develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts. They gain confidence in selecting and applying a variety of mathematical techniques to solve problems. Communication is key for students to reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions across these areas. 

Baseline Assessment

Pre and Post Unit Assessments 

End of Unit Diagnostic Assessments – Formative assessments sat in December and in March

End of Year Summative Examination ¬Aligned with Pearson Edexcel
Paper 1: Non-Calculator
Paper 2: Calculator

 

Year 11

Content Assessment
KS4 – Following Pearson Edexcel GCSE Mathematics either on a Foundation or Higher Pathway. 

Tier

Topic Area

Weighting

Foundation

Number

22-28%

Algebra

17-23%

Ratio, proportion and rates of change

22-28%

Geometry and measures

12-18%

Probability & Statistics

12-18%

Higher

Number

12-18%

Algebra

27-33%

Ratio, proportion and rates of change

17-23%

Geometry and measures

17-23%

Probability & Statistics

12-18%

Baseline Assessment/Pre and Post Unit Assessments/End of Unit Diagnostic Assessments – Formative assessments sat in December and in March
Final GCSE Examination - Aligned with Pearson Edexcel
Paper 1: Non-Calculator/Paper 2: Calculator/Paper 3: Calculator

 

Maths A Level

Content Assessment
Year 12  
Mathematics is a challenging and valuable A level qualification, popular because of its stimulating curriculum and its high regard in industry and the employment market. In studying mathematics beyond GCSE, students explore its beauty, both in terms of abstract algebra & proof and its application to real world problems including mechanics modelling and statistical analysis. There is an emphasis on problem solving using logic and an analytical focus, developing key critical thinking skills. 

Pure A level mathematics extends fundamental mathematical skills, such as Algebra and Trigonometry and introduces new topics such as Calculus and Radian Measure. Applied A level mathematics includes Statistics and Mechanics modules, in which ‘real world’ situations are modelled mathematically. Our exam board for A Level maths is Edexcel.

 

Baseline Transition Assessment
End of Unit Assessments Throughout the year, A level mathematicians complete diagnostic tests. These diagnostics allow students to practice exam style questions regularly and help them asses their own level of understanding. 
Students will build up a folder of classwork, homework, revision and diagnostics tests which will prepare them for assessments. Practising full papers and unit tests also prepares students for assessments. 
AUTUMN 2 Assessments: Pure (topics covered so far) 
SPRING 2 MOCK: Pure (full paper) and Applied (topics covered so far)
SUMMER 2: Full AS papers and A2 paper on content covered so far.
Year 13  
Pure Mathematics:
● Topic 1 – Proof ● Topic 2 – Algebra and functions ● Topic 3 – Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane ● Topic 4 – Sequences and series ● Topic 5 – Trigonometry ● Topic 6 – Exponentials and logarithms ● Topic 7 – Differentiation ● Topic 8 – Integration ● Topic 9 – Numerical methods ● Topic 10 – Vectors
Section A: Statistics ● Topic 1 – Statistical sampling ● Topic 2 – Data presentation and interpretation ● Topic 3 – Probability ● Topic 4 – Statistical distributions ● Topic 5 – Statistical hypothesis testing Section B: Mechanics ● Topic 6 – Quantities and units in mechanics ● Topic 7 – Kinematics ● Topic 8 – Forces and Newton’s laws ● Topic 9 – Moments
In addition to Year Assessments in line with Year 12, A-Level Mathematics is assessed by examination. Students sit public examinations at the end of year 13. There are three two hour exams (2 Pure/1 Applied) for the A2 qualification. The exams are equally weight