Mathematics

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Curriculum

In the Mathematics Department we aim to provide a stimulating and enjoyable environment for all our students by using a variety of teaching and learning styles for all year groups.

We have access to two class sets of mobile computing devices with a range of software that covers Key Stage 3 to A Level. All students in Key Stage 3 and Year 11 undertake seven lessons over a two week period.  Students are encouraged to develop their mathematical thinking so that they are able to use and apply their mathematical thinking skills. This means that they will be able to use and apply their mathematical in a variety of contexts. We give students the opportunity to develop the ability to:

  • Acquire and use problem-solving strategies
  • Select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real-world situations
  • Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  • Interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

KS3 – Years 7 & 8

In Years 7 and 8, students follow a modular format with an assessment at the end of each unit. These units are in Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measure, and Handling Data. Each unit takes approximately 7 weeks. This format enables students to study each area of mathematics in depth to help consolidate all knowledge.  There is an additional end of year exam in each year which assesses all the content covered during the year.

Students follow the National Curriculum and begin Year 7 being taught in sets according to their KS2 levels, so they are studying at a level that suits them. Set changes can occur at any time, but usually take place after each unit assessment. Students follow their personalised learning journeys based on prior attainment from KS2 and mapped to expected outcomes at GCSE.

KS4 – Years 9, 10 & 11

Our exam board for GCSE Maths 9-1 is Edexcel (1MA1).  The higher Tier assess grades 9-4, whilst the Foundation tier assesses grades 5-1. We teach a 3-year GCSE linear program which we start at the beginning of Year 9.

In the spring of Year 9 there is an assessment which will analyse their progress and ensure they are currently following the tier of GCSE which is suitable to their learning journey.

In Year 11, Set 1 students are also taught the Edexcel Level 3 Algebra Award.  This is to develop their mathematical skills and assist in bridging the gap between the GCSE and A level syllabus. All students will sit their GCSE Mathematics examination in June of Year 11.

There are three examination papers each counting for 33.3% of the final mark. Each paper is out of 80 marks.

Tier Duration Weighting
Foundation Tier Paper 1 Non- Calculator 1 hour 30 Minutes 33.3%
Foundation Tier Paper 2 Calculator 1 hour 30 Minutes 33.3%
Foundation Tier Paper 3 Calculator 1 hour 30 Minutes 33.3%
Higher Tier Paper 1 Non- Calculator 1 hour 30 Minutes 33.3%
Higher Tier Paper 2 Calculator 1 hour 30 minutes 33.3%
Higher Tier Paper 3 Calculator 1 hour 30 minutes 33.3%

KS5

At Key Stage 5 we follow the OCR (MEI) syllabus which is a two year linear course. We offer Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A Level.   These courses are academically challenging and prepare students well for studying mathematics, engineering and other related courses, at university.

Both mechanics and statistics must be must be assessed under the new specification for A-Level Mathematics

Tier Topics Duration Marks Weighting
Paper 1 Pure Mathematics – proof, algebra and functions, co-ordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, vectors.

 

Mechanics – quantities and units, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws, moments.

 

2 hours 100 36.4%
Paper 2 Pure Mathematics – proof, algebra and functions, co-ordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, numerical methods.

Statistics – sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions, statistical hypothesis testing.

2 hours 100 36.4%
Paper 3 Pure Mathematics – proof, algebra and functions, co-ordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, numerical methods. 2 hours 75 27.2%

Homework

Homework for all school years may take the form of written work, online homework or revision for internal assessments or formal external examinations. Students are expected to spend the recommended amount of time according to the year group they are in, as outlined in their school planners. This homework can be given over a week, a fortnight or as an extended half-term piece where deadline dates are made clear to students. Students who are unsure about how to complete online tasks set should see their Maths teacher or use any relevant website links from below.

Enrichment

Annual Events

  • Senior Maths Challenge(Years 12 & 13)  – 7th November 2017
  • Senior Team Maths Challenge – 13th November 2017
  • Intermediate Maths Challenge (Set one students from Years 9, 10 & 11) – 1st February 2018
  • Junior Maths Challenge (Set one students from Years 7 & 8) – 26th April 2018
  • Hertfordshire County Team Maths Challenges for Years 7 & 8 – TBC

Careers

Good qualifications and an interest in Mathematics can open doorways into many interesting and valued job opportunities:

Staff

The Mathematics Department consists of ten committed specialists whose aim is for all students to enjoy the subject and achieve their full potential.

  • Mr Alex Greenwood – Head of Department
  • Mrs Freya Parsons – 2nd in Department & Lead Practitioner in Maths
  • Ms Sarah Jones – Acting 2nd In Department
  • Miss Louise Jesson – Teacher of Mathematics, Lead Practitioner: High Attainers & SLE Alban Teaching Alliance
  • Dr Carolyn Kisby – Teacher of Mathematics
  • Mr Juan Garcia – Teacher of Mathematics
  • Ms Jane Burt– Teacher of Mathematics
  • Ms Kolima Akthare – Teacher of Mathematics
  • Miss Yasmine Wahby – Teacher of Mathematics
  • Mr Stephen Aladiran – Teacher of Mathematics

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