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Mathematics

The Mathematics department is located in our specialist maths block. We are very proud of the results our students get, many going on to study A level in the subject. 

Key Stage 3

In years 7 and 8 students receive 6 lessons per fortnight, usually with a single teacher. Groups are set and so work is appropriate to a student’s ability. Tests take place every half term and contain material on all the topics covered in that half term plus material from previous topics.

 

The topics students learn about in year 7 and 8 are based around the following 5 key areas of mathematics with a stronger focus on mastery of number and algebra during the earlier parts of each academic year:

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

Parental advice - Students are encouraged to ensure they learn the key knowledge required as they go through a topic and it is difficult to ensure progress without doing this. GCSE Revision guides are available for £2.50 from the maths office. Encourage students to produce mind-maps or flash cards and help them to develop the skills to learn independently. 

GCSE

In years 9, 10 and 11 students receive 8 lessons per fortnight, usually with one teacher. Students learn the same 6 main topics which are developed further in each year. Pupils will sit three 1.5 hour exams at the end of year 11, either in a foundation or higher tier. Those in top set will also be given the opportunity to sit the “Level 2 Qualification in Further Mathematics” to smooth transition from GCSE to A-level maths.

 

Parental advice - The school recommends the use of MathsWatch:

 

1. MathsWatch vle.mathswatch.co.uk. Note new login process below.

The MathsWatch site provides excellent interactive learning and is a great revision source to prepare students for their exams. There are many ways to find what they want by using the search/filter boxes, selecting clip number, by grade or by topic.

 

2. Use of Google drive: loads of fantastic resources to help success in the exams

    • Students first need to ensure they are logged into their schools gmail account
    • Next they need to go into Google drive – shared with me
    • Sets 1 and 2: “Maths GCSE 2019-20 Higher resources”
    • Sets 3A,3B, 4:  “Maths GCSE 2019-20 Foundation resources” 

 

GCSE Revision guides are also available for £2.50 from the maths office.