Mathematics

Key Stage 3 students are taught in mixed ability groups.

The aim of teaching mathematics is centred on students becoming productive members of society; becoming successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

The focus of the mathematics curriculum for students is the acquisition of skills, mathematical fluency, mathematical reasoning, financial literacy and problem solving.

We are also building a “Mastery Pathway” where students will progress through different stages e.g. Beginner, Developing, Secure/Fluent and Exceeding.

We use textbooks and online resources. We have also developed our own worksheets and we work using two parallel concepts:

  •    what we believe students should be able to do
  •    and what our students can do.

Our planning is very much reflective, at regular intervals we analyse gaps and use these to inform our teaching.

We regularly provide detailed written and verbal feedback and we award a mark.

Progression is now decided by not only the understanding of concepts but the ability to solve ‘rich’ and ‘sophisticated’ problems.

The ‘Mathematical Content’ is grouped under 6 areas:

  •    Number
  •    Algebra
  •    Ratio, Proportion, Rates of Change
  •    Geometry and Measures
  •    Probability
  •    Statistics

Key content includes:

Number: Error bounds/interval, Set theory, different sizes of rational numbers, integer sets etc.

Algebra: Approximating solutions on an exponential graph.

Probability: Venn Diagrams and data.

Statistics: Describing and illustrating bivariate data.

Key Stage 4 Maths, what will it be like?

The mathematics course aims to:

  • develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  • acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusion
  • comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

Areas of study will include:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rate of change
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Statistics
  • Probability

Assessment:

  • The qualification consists of three equally-waited written examination papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier.
  • Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3.
  • Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.
  • Each paper has 80 marks.
  • Each paper has a range of question types; some questions will be set in both mathematical and non-mathematical contexts.
  • The qualification will be graded and certificated on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade.
  • Foundation tier allows grading from 1 to 5.
  • Higher tier allows grading from 4 to 9.