Mathematics

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

KS3 and KS4

At Key Stage 3, mathematics is taught in sets. The curriculum focuses on the key concepts and processes vital to the understanding of mathematics; these are the essential skills and processes that students need to learn to make progress.  The programme of study for Key Stage 3 builds on Key Stage 2 to develop mathematical reasoning and competence in solving everyday problems.

Overview of Content

  • Number
  • Shape, space and measurement
  • Algebra
  • Data handling
  • Thinking skills and logic
  • Cross curricular applications of maths
  • Mathematics in ICT
  • Problem Solving

Year 7, 8 and 9 students are assessed at the end of each module with work completed in lesson time. A grade between 1-9 will be assigned to represent depth of understanding of topics covered.

Some Useful Websites for Mathematicians


Examinations

All students will be entered for Edexcel’s linear GCSE Mathematics course which will lead to GCSE grades at levels 1-9 (which replaces the old G-A* grades).

Specification and further information can be found at:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/mathematics/2015/specification-and-sample-assesment/gcse-maths-2015-specification.pdf

GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (grades 1 – 5) and a Higher tier (grades 4 – 9). Students must take three question papers at the same tier. All papers are an hour and a half duration, with two calculator papers and one non-calculator paper. Although there is some crossover between Foundation and Higher topics, itself reflected in their shared levels (i.e., levels 4 and 5), both Foundation and Higher will represent tougher tests for all students.

All KS4 students are fully supported throughout the course, although the department also insists that all students learn to take responsibility for their learning; an essential life skill. To this end, students are encouraged to attend after school revision drop in sessions (GP sessions) throughout years ten and eleven, whilst also being directed to use resources that build upon lessons in school. All students will use the Pixl App to help track strengths and weaknesses and foster independence, whilst a variety of extra resources for learning can be found on the Sedgehill School Gateway for Learning. Revision after school incorporates technology sessions run in computer suites, as well as classroom teaching.

The Schemes of work are designed as differentiated five year courses, from Key stage 3 through Key Stage 4 and terminating with the final GCSE exams. These can be found here:

       3 year KS3 2 year KS4 Scheme of Work, low attainer

       3 year KS3 2 year KS4 Scheme of Work, middle attainer

       3 year KS3 2 year KS4 Scheme of Work, high attainer

Those students who have yet to achieve their grade C in mathematics are able to re-sit their GCSE in year 12. Students who achieve a B grade in their GCSE are able to study for the level 3 awards in Algebra and Statistics, in which their success can lead to studying AS-Level mathematics in year 13. Students who achieve an A or A* grade in GCSE are highly encouraged to study A-Level mathematics in years 12 and 13 with the aim of going on to study mathematics, or a related subject at University.


KS5

AS and A2 Mathematics

Students achieving a grade A or A* at GCSE are encouraged to go onto study A-Level mathematics.

In year 12 they study; Core Mathematics 1, Core Mathematics 2 and Statistics 1.

Their overall score across these 3 modules leads to an AS in mathematics

Those students achieving a grade D or better in AS mathematics go on to study A2 mathematics in year 13. Here they will study; Core Mathematics 3, Core Mathematics 4, and Mechanics 1. Their overall score across these 3 modules, combined with their 3 modules from year 12, lead to an A2 in mathematics

Edexcel Level 3 Awards in Algebra and Statistical Measures

The Edexcel Awards in  Algebra and Statistical Measures are stand-alone qualifications designed to help students develop proficiency in these area of maths. These awards are currently used to help student who achieve a grade B at GCSE go on to study AS Mathematics in year 13.  The Level 3 Edexcel Award in Algebra and the Edexcel Award in Statistics are each worth 7 UCAS points

See more at:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-awards-in-mathematics/algebra.html#tab-1

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-awards-in-mathematics/statistical-methods.html