Academic Information

Mathematics

Aims

  • To study a wide range of mathematical topics
  • To enter pupils in public examinations at an appropriate tier to attain the highest level or grade of which they are capable
  • To develop confidence in using a range of mathematical techniques necessary in everyday life

Staff

Mr S Agnew
Ms Blair
Miss Gaston
Mr Mathers
Mrs Morgan
Mrs Young
Mr Lowe
Dr Kitchen

Key Stage 3

In Years 8 - 10, pupils will follow the same curriculum which provides opportunities to stretch more able pupils and support those who are experiencing difficulties. Pupils will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of:

  • Number
  • Algebra   
  • Shape, space and measures
  • Handling data
  • Financial issues
  • Application of mathematical skills to real life and work situations

These should be developed by demonstrating:

  • Creative thinking
  • Mental mathematics skills and competence in pen and paper methods
  • Confidence in the use of mathematical language and notation
  • Practical skills using technology

At the end of Key Stage 3 tests, pupils will be assigned a level based on evidence available from classwork and homework.


Key Stage 4

Pupils in Year 11 and 12 will study the CCEA Unitised GCSE course. Pupils will enter for units commensurate with their ability when their teacher judges them ready. 


Post 16

All pupils will follow the AQA GCE course (6360). Modules studied in Year 13 will be Pure Core 1, Pure Core 2 and Statistics 1B, worth 16.7% each.

Topics for Pure Core 1 include:

  • Algebra
  • Coordinate geometry
  • Differentiation and integration

Topics for Pure Core 2 include:

  • Algebra and functions
  • Sequences and series
  • Trigonometry
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Differentiation and integration

Topics for Statistics 1B include:

  • Numerical measures
  • Probability
  • Binomial distribution
  • Normal distribution
  • Estimation
  • Correlation and regression

Modules studied in Year 14 will be Pure Core 3, Pure Core 4 and Mechanics 1B, worth 16.7% each.

Topics for Pure Core 3 include:

  • Algebra and functions
  • Trigonometry
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Numerical methods

Topics for Pure Core 4 include:

  • Algebra and functions
  • Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane
  • Sequences and series                                     
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Differentiation and integration
  • Vectors

Topics for Mechanics 1B include:

  • Mathematical modelling
  • Kinematics in one and two dimensions
  • Statics and forces
  • Momentum
  • Newton’s laws of motion
  • Connected particles
  • Projectiles

Skills Developed

  • Creative thinking
  • Mental mathematics skills and competence in pen and paper methods
  • Confidence in the use of mathematical language and notation
  • Practical skills using technology

Careers

  • Book keeping/accountancy
  • Banking
  • Retail/retail management
  • Teaching
  • Engineering
  • Working with computers
  • Insurance
  • Sales and/or marketing