Mathematics
Subject Overview
The Mathematics Department aims to develop, maintain and stimulate pupils’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Mathematics. We aim to teach in a meaningful context whilst providing opportunities for pupils to use their skills creatively through problem solving and investigation.
The Mathematics Department aims to:

develop pupils to a suitable level of competence in a range of mathematical skills;

encourage pupils to develop personal qualities such as selfconfidence and independence;

develop pupils’ understanding of mathematics in its widest context and see how it relates to themselves outside school; and

enable pupils to develop skills which are transferable to other subjects.
Maths is all around us; in the places we live and in the things that we use. Its study develops an array of problem solving skills and reasoning which people utilise in many different walks of life. It provides the foundation for much of the work carried out in science and engineering but it is found in many other disciplines as well including medicine, design, computing, accounts, business and economics to name but a few.
Key Stage 3
Year 8  In Year 8, pupils study the following topics:

Number

Coordinates and Symmetry

Angles

Letters and Numbers

Measuring Length

Areas and Perimeters

Fractions

Decimals and Percentages

Volume and Nets

Data Handling

Graphs

Tables and Diagrams

Time
Department Staff
Mrs L Little (Head of Department)
Mrs J Grant
Mrs S Fearon
Mrs M Leonard
Miss S McNeill
Year 9  In Year 9, pupils study the following topics:

Algebra

Perimeter, Area, Volume and Surface Area

Probability

Fractions

Negative Numbers

Graphs

Decimals

Sequences and Special Numbers

Statistics

Money Matters

Inequalities

Transformations
Year 10  In Year 10, pupils study the following topics:

Percentages

The Circle

Brackets and Equations

Metric and Imperial Measures

Linear Graphs

Transformations

Probability

Making and Using Formulae

Simultaneous Equations

Bearings

Statistics

Pythagoras Theorem and Trigonometry
Key Stage 3 Extra Curricular Activities /Trips/Industry links
The Mathematics Department contributes extensively to the school’s extracurricular provision. Extracurricular activities include:

Maths Fun Day for Key Stage 3

Annual Numeracy Week celebrations

STEM Club

National Cipher Challenge

UK Mathematical Challenge for Year 9

Signature Project – small group support for Year 11 and 12 pupils.

After school support classes for Year 11 and 12.

Careers talks from Past Pupils

GCSE Maths after school revision classes

Guest Speakers from Bank
Key Stage 4
Why Study the Subject
At Key Stage 4, the Mathematics Department offers Mathematics and Further Mathematics at GCSE. Pupils follow the CCEA specification. Mathematics is delivered over nine lessons per fortnight.
Through each unit at Key Stage 4, pupils will:

develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts;

acquire and use problemsolving strategies;

select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and realworld 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; and

acquire a foundation appropriate to the further study of mathematics and other disciplines.
Assessment structure
All pupils in Year 11 will complete one GCSE Level Maths module at the end of Year 11 (either M1, M2, M3 or M4). All pupils will sit their completion paper (either M5, M6, M7 or M8) at the end of Year 12.
Foundation Tier
Grades C*  G can be achieved by sitting a combination of the following modules
Test M1 or Test M2  45%
Completion Test M5 or M6  55%
Higher Tier
Grades A*  D can be achieved by sitting a combination of the following modules
Test M3 or Test M4  45%
Completion Test M7 or M8  55%
Year 11  Topics studied
The content of each GCSE Mathematics unit relates to:

Number and Algebra;

Geometry and Measures; and

Statistics and Probability.
Year 12  Topics studied
The content of each GCSE Mathematics unit relates to:

Number and Algebra;

Geometry and Measures; and

Statistics and Probability.
Employability/job opportunities/further study
The study of Mathematics is useful for careers in areas such as:

Accountancy

Engineering

Business

Accountancy

Banking

Computing

Engineering Maths

Maths Teacher/ Lecture

Statistician

Sales/HR/Administration

Actuary/ Insurance
Key Stage 4 Extra Curricular Activities /Trips/Industry links

Annual Numeracy Week celebrations

UK Mathematical Challenge for Year 12

Signature Project – small group support for Year 11 and 12 pupils.

After school support classes for Year 11 and 12.

STEM Club

Careers talks from Past Pupils

GCSE Maths after school revision classes

Guest Speakers from Bank
Further Mathematics
A GCSE in Further Mathematics helps students to:


use and apply standard techniques;

reason, interpret and communicate mathematically;

solve problems within mathematics and other contexts.
Further Maths provides an opportunity for pupils who have a particular interest in Maths and an aptitude for the subject to study it in greater depth and use reallife scenarios to help you see the how further mathematics is relevant to other subject areas, the world of work and to wider society.
Further Mathematics provides the perfect stepping stone to progress to advanced, further or higher studies of Mathematics.
This course enables students to:

Participate in discussions, debates and interviews by sharing ideas and communicating meaning, feelings and viewpoints in a logical and coherent manner;

Use mathematical language and notation with confidence, make predictions and select and apply mathematical concepts;

Interpret and analyse a wide range of mathematical data and present it in a variety of formats;

Make effective use of information and communications technology in a wide range of contexts to access, manage, select and present information, including mathematical information.
Assessment structure
Unit 1  Pure Mathematics  External written examination 2 hours  50%
Unit 2  Mechanics  External written examination 1 hours  25%
Unit 3  Statistics  External written examination 1 hours  25%
Year 11  Topics studied
The content of each GCSE Mathematics unit relates to:

Number and Algebra;

Geometry and Measures; and

Statistics and Probability.
Year 12  Topics studied
The content of each GCSE Mathematics unit relates to:

Number and Algebra;

Geometry and Measures; and

Statistics and Probability.
Employability/job opportunities/further study
Mathematics is becoming increasingly important in both employment and higher education.
Studying GCSE Further Mathematics helps students to build the knowledge and skills to progress to GCE Mathematics and GCE Further Mathematics. It also helps provide progression to other post16 subjects such as STEM, Computing, Geography or Business Studies.
A qualification in further mathematics can lead to employment in any area of work where developing knowledge and skills beyond the level of GCSE Mathematics is valued.

Accountancy

Engineering

Business

Accountancy

Banking

Computing

Engineering Maths

Maths Teacher/ Lecture

Statistician

Sales/HR/Administration

Actuary/ Insurance
Key Stage 4 Extra Curricular Activities /Trips/Industry links

Annual Numeracy Week celebrations

UK Mathematical Challenge for Year 12

Signature Project – small group support for Year 11 and 12 pupils.

After school support classes for Year 11 and 12.

STEM Club

Careers talks from Past Pupils

GCSE Maths after school revision classes

Guest Speakers from Bank
Post 16
Why Study the Subject
Maths is the most popular subject choice at ALevel, and it’s clear to see why. Maths can play an integral part of many careers, and can provide numerous opportunities, both academically and careerwise.
A Level Mathematics builds upon your existing knowledge and skills developed at GCSE Level. Mathematics has application in many fields including; Physics, Accountancy, Geography, Biology, Computing and Medicine.
Assessment structure
Year 13 AS 1  Pure Core 1 (24%)  June examination
Year 13 AS 2  Applied 1 (16%)  June examination
Year 14 A2 1  Pure Core 2 (36%)  June examination
Year 14 A2 2  Applied 2 (24%)  June examination
Year 13  Topics studied
Pure Mathematics – AS 1

Algebra and functions

Coordinate geometry in the 𝒙, 𝒚 plane

Sequences and Series

Trigonometry

Exponentials and logarithms

Differentiation

Integration

Vectors
Applied Mathematics – AS 2

Quantities and units in mechanics

Kinematics

Forces and Newton’s laws

Statistical sampling

Data presentation and interpretation

Probability

Statistical distributions
Year 14  Topics studied
Pure Mathematics  A2 2

Algebra and functions

Coordinate geometry in the (x,y ) plane

Sequences and series

Trigonometry

Differentiation

Integration

Numerical methods
Applied Mathematics – A2 2

Kinematics

Moments

Impulse and momentum

Probability

Statistical distributions

Statistical hypothesis testing
Employability/job opportunities/further study

Accountancy

Engineering

Business

Accountancy

Banking

Computing

Engineering Maths

Maths Teacher/ Lecture

Statistician

Sales/HR/Administration

Actuary/ Insurance