Wind Turbine Team

Mathematics

Curriculum Overview

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

 

"We believe that every child has the right to reach their full potential in a happy, caring and stimulating environment."

 Teaching and Learning in Mathematics

Maths is fun!  Our aim is to have every pupil reach their full potential in Mathematics, and hopefully, enjoy mathematics and it's applications along the way.

In lessons, teachers use of a variety of teaching and learning strategies in order to engage and inspire pupils, which includes interactive learning, group work & ICT. 

In view of the changes to the curriculum, we have chosen to follow a 'Mastery' scheme of work, enabling pupils to focusing on their fluency between topics, their mathematical reasoning and the application of the aforementioned to solve more complex, contextual problems.

This is a very challenging scheme, which will be considered later, however, the rational is that pupils are given a broad and fulfilling mathematics education that will adequately prepare them for whatever they choose to do after high school.

To account for the challenge embedded within the scheme, we have developed three tiers at KS3 to ensure that each pupil is challenged and makes the maximum amount of progress.

Each scheme incorporates elements of the following subject areas;

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

 

Assessment of Learning

In Mathematics, pupils are set according to ability. Primarily, this is based on KS2 scores, followed by a Baseline Assessment early in Year 7 to establish accurate levels. Following this, each year group has six tracking windows throughout the year where progress is assessed and evaluated.

In addition, ongoing progress is monitored regularly by classroom teachers and intervention is implemented where necessary.

 

Current GCSE Mathematics   

We follow the Edexcel Linear GCSE course.  This covers all four areas of Maths including Number, Algebra, Shape Space & Measures, and Handling data. In each area we will extend topics covered at key stage 3 as well as covering topics that are new to key stage 4.

The majority of our pupils take the Higher tier which covers grades A* to D.  Some pupils will take the Foundation tier which covers grades C to G, this will be the AGA exam board.  Each tier is assessed through two written papers, one calculator and one non-calculator.

 

Foundation

Algebra - Manipulating algebraic expressions, coordinates, sequences and patterns, powers, brackets and factorising, equations and inequalities, graphs, formulae and substitution

Number - Integers, powers, fractions, decimals and percentages, ratio and proportion, degrees of accuracy, calculator methods

Geometry - Angles and bearings, accurately constructing triangles, scales and scale drawing, converting units, symmetry, congruence and similarity, constructions and loci, properties of shapes, perimeter and area, representations of 2-D and 3-D shapes, surface area and volume, compound measures, properties of polygons, transformations, circle calculations, Pythagoras' Theorem

Statistics - Collecting data, charts and graphs, timetables, probability, averages and range, scatter graphs and correlation

 

Higher

Algebra - Coordinates, algebraic expressions, factorising, patterns and sequences, substitution, solving equations, graphs, simultaneous equations, direct and indirect proportion (algebraic), Trial and Improvement, quadratic functions, further graphs and functions, transformation of functions

Number - Integers, decimals and accuracy, fractions, standard form, percentages and proportional change, direct and indirect proportion, surds and index notation, accuracy

Geometry - Angles and bearings, constructions and loci, perimeter and area, circle calculations, 2-D and 3-D shapes, Pythagoras' Theorem, Trigonometry in 2-D and 3-D, surface area and volume, compound measures, transformations, congruence and similarity, circle theorems, advanced trigonometry (sine and cosine rule), vectors

Statistics - Collecting and displaying data, probability including tree diagrams, averages and range.

 

New GCSE Mathematics (Current Year 10s onwards…) 

Additional documentation is attached to detail the changes to the curriculum.

Needless to say, the changes will provide a great deal of challenge for our pupils and it is important that they are working to the best of their ability throughout their maths education.

Some of the key changes are as follows;

  • The volume of subject content has increased,
  • The demand of the content has also increase significantly at both Higher and Foundation level,
  • Examination time has increased from 3 ½ hours to 4 ½,
  • There are less marks available at lower grades and more marks available at higher grades,
  • A 1 - 9 grading structure rather than the more familiar A* - G,
  • Pupils are required to memorise formulae rather than being provided with them at the front of the examination paper.

Revision tips

Please see attached files detailing revision advice and useful websites (pupils have login details) so that they can be proactive with their revision.

 Important Downloads:

Useful Websites

 Our Staff

  • Mr G Tomlinson (Faculty Leader)
  • Mr J McNaught (Deputy Faculty Leader)
  • Mrs K Lamb (Assistant Head Teacher)
  • Mr M Crow
  • Mr C Enright
  • Mr C Farrell-Jarvis
  • Mrs N Kelly-Blissett
  • Miss G Masterson (Assessment for Learning)
  • Miss K McGhee
  • Mr R Power

  To find out more about the subject and course options please contact admin@thebarlowrchigh.co.uk