Mathematics Faculty: Curriculum Overview 2019-20

The grid below gives an overview of the curriculum for this academic year. We use the MyMaths series of textbooks as our main resource in KS3 and a combination of the Collins and Edexcel GCSE textbooks in KS4.

Year 7

Students cover work from all strands of Mathematics each term. They consolidate and improve both their mental and written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, decimals, integers and fractions. They begin to develop both algebraic and geometric reasoning skills and statistical inquiry; studying sequences, transformations, ratio, percentages, measurement and aspects of discrete Mathematics. Problem solving tasks and activities are used to extend and develop understanding of topics covered

Year 8

Students further develop their skills gained in Year 7 with an increased focus on algebraic manipulation and application to real-life contexts. Again, students are extended and challenged through problem solving tasks.

Year 9

In year 9, all students begin a three year course leading towards their GCSE (Edexcel 1MA1). Students are taught using the Collins textbooks as a resource and are tested regularly. The course begins with a comprehensive revisit of basic number skills and continues with topics from all areas of the curriculum, including algebra, geometry, ratio and proportion, statistics and probability.

Year 10

In Year 10, topics become more challenging and there is a greater emphasis on topics at the higher end of the grades applicable to the students’ tier of entry (either foundation or higher). Students continue to be tested regularly, following the completion of each topic. Problem solving skills are key to success at GCSE and this becomes more of a focus in Year 10.

Year 11

Students will complete their programme of study in year 11 and greater emphasis will be placed on answering exam questions and linking different areas of maths together. Multi step questions, bringing in a variety of skills will be mastered, together with a comprehensive programme of practice papers both on line and in written form.

Hegarty Maths is used as home learning throughout Years 7 – 11. The emphasis with Hegarty Maths home learning is for students to have access to good quality teaching at home to review and revisit topics studied previously, to consolidate their learning.

Statistics (Year 10 and 11)

Students may study GCSE Statistics as an option at Year 10 and 11. GCSE Statistics extends the handling data and probability elements of GCSE Mathematics. It is a project based course. Each project begins with a data collection task, and this data is then used to illustrate and practice the techniques learnt. Students collect data in a variety of ways; experiments, from the internet and by using a questionnaire. This data is then displayed using statistical graphs and summarised by statistical calculations. ICT programs such as Excel and Fathom are used to analyse data, and pencil and paper techniques are also learnt.

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