Head of Maths: Mrs S Bolton
Our vision is to provide students with the tools and skills, to problem solve and analyse information themselves. To build students confidence and resilience so all can achieve success and see the beauty in Mathematics. For students to recognise mistakes are part of the journey of learning; misconceptions are embraced and are seen to help everyone when identified. Present mathematics in contexts which relate to local/national/real life situations with the aim of broadening their world view and enabling them to function effectively as citizens of society.
Key Stage 3
The KS3 Maths syllabus covers four broad areas of Number, Algebra, Geometry & Measure and Statistics. The syllabus is taught using principles from the Mastery school of thought, whereby students are encouraged to spend time reinforcing skills developed at KS2 while also encountering new and more challenging content throughout the year. Students have three to four lessons during Year 7 and 8 and will be expected to complete one piece of homework a week online. They will be expected to revisit topics regularly, allowing them to become accustom to recalling multiple topics at once.
Students are set by ability and are assessed regularly to check progress and review whether they should be re-set. They will regularly complete formally marked work in which students will then be able to consolidate and extend their understanding with feedback from their class teacher. They will be also given the tools to develop as independent learners with assessed objectives being linked to online videos for them to view in their own time for extra support and extension.
Key Stage 4
Mathematics is a compulsory subject for all students at GCSE. Statistics is now offered as an optional GCSE subject to Year 9 students.
Students commence their GCSE studies in Year 9. Classes are set by ability with the higher attaining sets taking the Edexcel Higher course and the remainder studying for Edexcel Foundation, although these exam boards may change as the course evolves. There is substantial overlap in content between the tiers, which allows students to change tiers if appropriate as they progress through the course. We follow the 9-1 linear course which is taught using a range of resources. Students are expected to submit one formal piece of homework a week and are encouraged to use resources such as www.vle.mathswatch.co.uk to complete further independent work.
Students in Year 9 and 10 have four maths lessons a week, rising to five lessons in Year 11. GCSE mathematics is assessed through three examinations at the end of Year 11 and comprises no coursework element.
The SCHA Maths Department website, www.mixmaths.com, contains schemes of work, revision resources and details of assessments throughout the course.
GCSE Statistics covers three main content areas: The Collection of Data; Processing, Representing and Analysing Data; and Probability. The course will incorporate numerous examples of real-life data and contexts which will allow students to apply their skills in other subject areas. Students will also be given the opportunity to put into practise what they have been studying through practical statistical enquiry cycle opportunities.
At the end of the course students will sit two 1hr 30min papers with equal weighting. Each paper will assess the same content and skills. Students will currently be taking the Edexcel examinations however this may alter as the course evolves.
Students who choose this option will have two contact hours a week, and will be set regular weekly homework as well as formally marked pieces of work in line with Academy policy.
Key Stage 5
We offer both Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A Level. Students starting the course will be following the Pearson Edexcel 2017 syllabus.
We also offer a Level 3/AS qualification in Mathematic Studies (Core Maths). Students starting the course in September 2020 will be following a 1 year syllabus.
This is a two year course. Students study Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (Statistics and Mechanics). At the end of Year 13 students will sit an examination that consists of three equally weighted two hour papers. Two of these papers examine the Pure Mathematics content with the third examining the Applied Mathematics content.
This is a two year course. Students will study Further Pure Mathematics along with optional studies in a choice of Decision Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics. At the end of Year 13, students will sit an examination that consists of four equally weighted 1.5 hour papers. Two of these papers examine the Pure Mathematics content with the others examining the optional content. We would encourage students who wish to study Mathematics at University (or a subject with a reliance on Mathematics such as Physics, Engineering or Computing) to study Further Mathematics A level alongside Mathematics A level as a fourth subject.
This is a one year course. Students study the Comprehension of Mathematics along with Applied Mathematics. At the end of the year students will sit an examination that consists of two equally weighted 1.5 hour papers. One of these papers will examine the Comprehension of the Mathematics content with the second examining the optional Applied Mathematics content. We would encourage students to study Core Maths as a fourth subject to support and complement their other subject choices.