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    Maths Faculty

    MATHS - KEY STAGE THREE

    Course Description

    Key Stage 3 students are grouped according to ability, on the basis of previous attainment in Mathematics.

    A variety of resources are used to support students’ learning. Investigative and practical approaches are used in all groups in order to inspire curiosity, independent learning skills and functional skills.

    Specialist learning support is given to targeted students depending on their status on the SEN/EAL register and able Key Stage 3 students are selected and entered to a National Mathematics Challenge to motivate performance.

    Year 9 finish the Key Stage 3 Mathematics curriculum in March and begin studying the Key Stage 4 syllabus.

    Course Outline

    All groups follow a Scheme of Work that is based on the Framework for Teaching Mathematics 7-9. The topics fall into 4 areas:

    • Number
    • Algebra
    • Geometry and Measure
    • Handling Data 

    Students are assessed regularly and will always have targets to work from based on these.  Target sheets will be in their book and should be addressed as part of their ongoing homework.  Pupils are given a username and password for www.mathswatchvle.com to help them work through these targets.

    Resource Information

    Written resources include the Impact G, B and R textbooks, Key Maths textbooks and the use of ICT.

    It is essential that students bring the following equipment to Mathematics lessons: pen, pencil, eraser, ruler, protractor, compasses and calculator (Casio FX models preferred).

    Useful websites for home learning help and revision questions are: 

    www.mathswatchvle.com

    www.mymaths.co.ukwww.bbc.co.uk/schools.revisionwww.samlearning.com Username and Passwords for www.mymaths.co.uk are available from the Maths office.

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    MATHS - GCSE

    What is Studied?

    All students will continue to study the four main themes which are taught during Key Stage 3 (Number, Algebra, Handling Data, and Shape, Space and Measures).

    Using and Applying Mathematics is also a requirement and this will be fully integrated within the four main themes giving students the opportunity to link Mathematics to the real world. 

    What Skills are Developed?

    • Numeracy skills along with making real life links
    • More reasoning skills which will help you to interpret information in a variety of situations
    • Mathematical processing and analysis skills
    • Practical and investigative skills will be developed further to the work experienced during Key Stage 3

    How will the Course be Structured?

    Year 10

    Students will be taught a range of modules based on the four main themes, mentioned above.

    Year 11

    Students will be taught a range of modules based on the four main themes similar to Year 1. There will be a Mock examination which will help students to prepare for their final examinations.]

    How will Students be Assessed?

    • There will be two GCSE Mathematics examination papers at the end of the course which will determine the GCSE grade
    • One paper will be non-calculator whilst the other paper will allow the use of a calculator
    • Each examination paper is worth 50%, so the total marks will determine the final grade.

    There is no coursework for GCSE Mathematics.        

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    ADDITIONAL MATHS - KEY STAGE FOUR

    What is Studied?

    Students will follow a course which will allow students to consolidate the work completed in normal maths lessons.  This focusses on 4 main areas. These are

    • Algebra
    • Number
    • Geometry
    • Statistics
    • Using and applying mathematics.
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     How will the Course be Structured?

    The course is split into projects each lasting 2 to 3 weeks.

    There is no formal assessment in Additional Mathematics.  Instead, you will receive regular feedback from your teacher, both written and verbal.

    What Skills are Developed?

    • The lessons are tailor-made to suit students’ needs and help identify key exam techniques
    • Additional maths is designed to identify areas of need and focus on developing these through an investigative approach
    • The skills used in each project will provide you with the opportunity to apply those learnt in your maths lessons.

    The Aims of Additional Maths are to

    • Accelerate the progress of students in maths so that they have a better chance of achieving a C at GCSE
    • Support students’ learning and motivation in relation to numeracy
    • Help students meet the high demands of other GCSE courses that need high levels of numeracy
    • Strengthen the key areas of numeracy sought by employers.