Mathematics Faculty: Curriculum Overview 2015-16

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 probability, sequences, functions, graphs, 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

Each half term has a broad theme to enable students to perceive the links between different topics. In order, these themes are:
Fractions, percentages and applications; decimals and approximation; formulae manipulation and measurement; sequences and graphs; geometry and equations and finally angles with trigonometry.

Year 10

All students study the Linear GCSE (Edexcel 1MA0) course; a few students are also entered in Entry Level Mathematics (OCR). Students review and develop their non-calculator numerical skills, measurement, algebraic manipulation, graphical representation and angle properties, statistics and probability. Elements of functional skills are developed, together with the quality of students’ written communication..

Year 11

Students continue with the course they began in Year 10. There is greater emphasis on the topics at the higher end of the grades applicable for their tier of entry (either foundation or higher). Topics include trigonometry, circle theorems, vectors, congruence proofs and transformations of functions at Higher level and quadratics, Pythagoras’ theorem, transformations, construction and loci, inequalities, measurement and scatter graphs at Foundation level. Some students may also study for the Free Standing Maths Qualification.

Statistics (Year 10 and 11)

Students may study GCSE Statistics as an option at Year 10 and 11. Statistics GCSE extends the handling data and probability elements of GCSE Mathematics. It is a project based course. Each project begins with some kind of 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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