Mathematics

Mathematics

VISION

At Caludon we believe all students should have the opportunity to appreciate the wonder and power of Mathematics in an exciting and encouraging environment, where every student is given the opportunity to achieve their personal goals and deepen their understanding of this subject.

To enable this, we believe that we should all work together to provide high quality and wide ranging learning experiences, and to provide and use quality resources.

To assist parents in participating in the learning experiences and home learning, we have set out the following Mathematics curriculum and possible resources as a guide.

YEAR 7 MATHEMATICS

Year 7 students are taught in three equivalent bands with each band split into three groups based on the student’s ability and individual needs.. The students will follow an accelerated, challenging curriculum building upon the knowledge and skills developed in primary school. They will be working towards completing the Key Stage 3 curriculum by the end of Year 8.

Students will develop their mathematical skills in four key areas:

  • Number and Algebra
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Using and applying Mathematics.
  • Ratio and proportion

Students learning is supported by the Heinemann Level Up textbooks, along with a range of other resources. Extensive use is made of our interactive whiteboards and ICT. Students will have regular access to an ICT room for Mathematics. Students are able to use www.MyMaths.co.uk and www.hegartymaths.co.uk at home using their unique Caludon login for home learning and individual study along with tutorial videos.

Students are expected to come to lessons with their full equipment, including their exercise book, pens, pencils, a ruler and a calculator. Students will be formally assessed each term.

Additional assessment including self-assessment, peer-assessment and teacher-assessment takes place throughout the year. The progress of all students is constantly monitored and students will have the opportunity to move between the different ability groups depending on their performance. Students will complete progress checks every half term and these can be used as an indicator of the progress a student has made in the specific topics.

YEAR 8 MATHEMATICS

Year 8 students are taught in three equivalent bands with each band split into three groups based on the student’s ability and individual needs. Year 8 students will have four mathematics lessons a week, two with each teacher.

The students will continue along an accelerated curriculum using the Heinemann Level Up textbooks in addition to a vast wealth of our own resources created specifically to aid individual student learning.

Students will develop their mathematical skills in five key areas:

  • Number and Algebra
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Using and applying Mathematics

The specific topics covered during the year reflect the needs of the student’s individual teaching group, but will build on and extend the work covered in Year 7. Students will have regular access to and ICT room to support their mathematical development. Students are able to use www.MyMaths.co.uk and www.hegartymaths.co.uk at home using their unique Caludon login for home learning and individual study.

YEAR 9 & 10

Students will follow the Linear GCSE course, which will be examined over three paper; one non-calculator and two calculator papers all of which are one hour thirty minutes. There will be two tiers of entry, higher will cover grades 9-4 and foundation 5-1. Higher students will be entered for Edexcel, with the vast majority of Foundation students entered for AQA, however there are opportunities for individual pathways where appropriate. Students will have 4 hours of mathematics per week with additional intervention in place where appropriate.

Students will study the mathematics in the five key areas of number and algebra, geometry and measures, ratio and proportion, statistics and probability and using and applying Mathematics during their GCSE course. There will be rigorous progress checks and internal assessments at appropriate points in the course in order to monitor students’ progress towards their target grades.

Further information of the Edexcel linear GCSE course can be found at:-
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html

YEAR 11

Students will study for their Mathematics GCSE, which will be examined over three papers, one non-calculator and two calculator papers all of which are one hour thirty minutes. They will revisit and extend content they have previously studied to ensure depth of understanding. There will be two tiers of entry, higher will cover grades 9-4 and foundation 5-1. Year 11 classes will have 4 lessons of maths a weeks. In addition to this there will be a variety of intervention strategies for targeted students.

Students will study the mathematics in the five key areas of number and algebra, geometry and measures, ratio and proportion, statistics and probability and using and applying Mathematics during their GCSE course. There will be rigorous progress checks and internal assessments at appropriate points in the course in order to monitor students’ progress towards their target grades.

Further information of the Edexcel linear GCSE course can be found at:-http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/demo/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-a-2015.html

WEBSITE LINKS

  • Hopefully you’ll find some of these links useful. Some will help with school work or preparation for exams while others are ideal for enrichment and an enjoyable read ….
  • www.tenticks.co.uk
    A good site with homework help and a huge library of java games
  • www.hegartymaths.co.uk
    A site the maths faculty subscribe to which has individual tutorial videos for the majority of topics. Students can complete additional study or may be set home learning from lesson.
  • www.mymaths.co.uk
    An excellent website ideal for revision. Includes online lessons and questions to practise.  You will require a school password which your child will have been given by his/her maths teacher.
  • nrich.maths.org
    An ever growing site of Maths problems and games at different skill levels. Ideal for stretching that able Mathematician
  • www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/maths/
    An easy-to-use revision service for GCSE Mathematics

To assist parents in helping their child with learning Mathematics we have listed several web sites and sources that will develop skills and support understanding of Mathematics topics.

In addition to these our own VLE, Firefly contains a wealth of resources which will support students in their learning of mathematics and when preparing for examinations.

POST-16 MATHS

A Level Mathematics

The course consists of Pure Mathematics (two thirds) and Applied Mathematics (the remaining third). The Pure Mathematics covers topics which follow directly from GCSE; for example, quadratics, functions, coordinate geometry, trigonometry and sequences. It also introduces new topics such as calculus and series.The Applied Mathematics module comprise Mechanics and Statistics. Each is equally weighted. Students will become adept at working with graphical calculators and will be exposed to large real life data sets.

The units have been designed to encourage candidates to:

  • develop their understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment
  • develop abilities to reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning, to generalise and to extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in more difficult, unstructured problems
  • recognise how a situation may be represented mathematically and understand the relationship between ‘real-world’ problems and standard and other mathematical models and how these can be refined and improved
  • acquire the skills needed to use technology such as calculators and computers effectively, recognise when such use may be inappropriate and be aware of limitations
  • develop an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work and to society in general
  • take increasing responsibility for their own learning and the evaluation of their own mathematical development.

Students sit two examinations in the summer term of Year 12 and then continue with their A2 course. Students who continue studying through to A Level sit three examinations at the end of Year 13.  Only Year 13 results contribute towards a student’s final A Level grade. The three papers are equally weighted.

Minimum Requirement – Grade 7

A2 MATHS – Year 13 2017 Only

The course consists of 6 units. 3 units at AS level and 3 units at A2. All units are equally weighted, and all examination papers are 1 hour 30 minutes long.

The units have been designed to encourage candidates to:

  • develop their understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment
  • develop abilities to reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning, to generalise and to extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in more difficult, unstructured problems
  • recognise how a situation may be represented mathematically and understand the relationship between ‘real-world’ problems and standard and other mathematical models and how these can be refined and improved
  • acquire the skills needed to use technology such as calculators and computers effectively, recognise when such use may be inappropriate and be aware of limitations
  • develop an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work and to society in general
  • take increasing responsibility for their own learning and the evaluation of their own mathematical development.

Minimum entry requirements:-GCSE Grade A

EXAMINATIONS:

YEAR 2 A2

All exams will be in June, students will sit Core 3, Core 4 and Mechanics.

Further Information can be found at:
http://www.edexcel.org.uk/quals/gce/maths

AS Further Maths

The course builds on the A Level course and is highly recommended for those students who wish to continue studying mathematics at a higher level.

The units have been designed to encourage candidates to:

  • develop their understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment
  • develop abilities to reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning, to generalise and to extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in more difficult, unstructured problems
  • recognise how a situation may be represented mathematically and understand the relationship between ‘real-world’ problems and standard and other mathematical models and how these can be refined and improved
  • acquire the skills needed to use technology such as calculators and computers effectively, recognise when such use may be inappropriate and be aware of limitations
  • develop an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work and to society in general
  • take increasing responsibility for their own learning and the evaluation of their own mathematical development.
  • The course consists of Pure Mathematics (50%) and two optional units (the remaining 50%).
  • Students will sit two papers in Year 12 and then continue with the A Level course after the examinations. Students who wish to continue studying to A Level will sit four papers at the end of Year 13. Only the Year 13 papers contribute toward the final grade and each paper is equally weighted.

Minimum requirement – Grade 8

A2 FURTHER MATHS – 2017 Year 13 only

This course is taught completely in-house at Caludon for both AS and A2 Year.
Students take six unit examinations according to the following timetable:

A2

June Mechanics 2 (M2)
June Further Pure Mathematics 2 (FP2)
June Mechanics 3 (M3)

WHAT IS FURTHER MATHEMATICS?

Further Mathematics is an AS/A level qualification which both broadens and deepens the Mathematics covered in AS/A level Mathematics.
AS level Further Mathematics is designed to be taught alongside AS level Mathematics in year 12, or taken up as a new AS subject alongside A2 Mathematics in year 13.

WHO SHOULD STUDY FURTHER MATHEMATICS?

Any student planning to take a Mathematics-related degree (Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/Economics, etc., as well as Mathematics itself) will benefit enormously from taking Further Mathematics, at least to AS level.

AS Further Mathematics introduces new topics such as matrices and complex numbers that are vital in many maths-related degrees. Students who have studied Further Mathematics find the transition to Maths-related degrees far more straightforward. Studying Further Mathematics also boosts students’ performance in AS/A-level Mathematics.

Further Information: www.fmnetwork.org.uk

CORE MATHEMATICS

Core Maths qualifications are designed for students who have achieved grade 5 or better in GCSE Mathematics. It enables learners to strengthen and develop the mathematical knowledge and skills they have learnt at GCSE so that they can apply them to the problems that they will encounter in their other courses, further study, life and employment.

Core Maths has been designed to maintain and develop real-life maths skills. What you study is not purely theoretical or abstract; it can be applied on a day-to-day basis in work, study or life and most courses will include a financial maths element. It will also help with other A-level subjects – in particular with science, geography, business studies, psychology and economics.

The skills developed in the study of mathematics are increasingly important in the workplace and in higher education; studying Core Maths will help you keep up these essential skills.

Students will follow the AQA scheme. There are 4 modules of compulsory content, analysis of data, maths for personal finance, estimation and critical analysis of given data and models along with some optional content which will focus around mathematical modelling and finance. There are two 1 hour 30 minute exams, one focussing on the compulsory content and one on the option.