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 Mathematics

Purpose of study

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected problem solving discipline developed over centuries. Through history, mathematics has been essential for solving some of the most intriguing problems and today it is just as necessary for everyday life. Although we now have technological advances to solve many difficult calculations, these are a direct result of mathematical knowledge and the needs for mathematical thinking in science, technology and engineering, demonstrating its power and importance.

The mathematics curriculum provides a foundation for understanding and develops reasoning, ability whilst also developing enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Aims

We aim to develop pupils’ understanding of key mathematical concepts and processes in order to enable pupils to solve problems using a variety of techniques and skills. This requires pupils to be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and to reason mathematically. This is turn happens through repeated practise to increase fluency and mastery, application of skills to familiar and unfamiliar contexts, learning of formulae, application to calculations, analysis and interpretation of mathematical information, as well as contextualising and applying appropriate elements to situations within which pupils are familiar.

Areas of study/Subject content

Number

Algebra

Ratio, proportion and rates of change

Geometry and measures: learn and apply formulae in order to calculate problems.

Probability

Statistics

Year 7 – All year 7 pupils start secondary mathematics with strong links to STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics).  This enables Pupils to develop a depth of understanding for core operations + - × ÷ with strong links to physical application to support their understanding of core concepts.

Key Stage 3 - Throughout Key Stage 3, all pupils study mathematics covering the full spectrum of: Number, Calculating, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics. These sit alongside Mathematical Processes and Applications and Functional mathematics in order to develop independent mathematicians with skills which are transferable to other subject areas.

Key Stage 4 - All pupils are studying a Linear GCSE mathematics course set by Edexcel. This is a two year course with two examination papers sat in the summer of Year 11, one of which is a calculator paper and the other a non-calculator paper. These will test the core skills of Number, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Probability and Ratio.

 Courses offered Key stage/year: Qualification: Main topics students study &   Main skills students develop: Compulsory Collins Mathematics KS3 National Curriculum Main topics students study:   Number Algebra Shape Data     Main skills students develop:   Our 2 year KS3 course is designed to ensure our pupils have the full tool kit in Mathematics that they need to tackle GCSE. It builds on their numeracy and starts to develop their ability to use and manipulate algebra. It also continues to develop their skills in data handling and shape, space and measure. Functional Mathematics is built into the course and is also the focus of a dedicated lesson every half term.   For more information please see the Collins website:  collinseducation.com/Secondary/Mathematics Edexcel GCSE Mathematics KS4 - Year 9-11 GCSE Main topics students study: Number   Algebra   Shape   Data      Main skills students develop:   We teach the Edexcel linear course with pupils either following the foundation or higher specification. The foundation course covers a range of topics in Number, Algebra, Shape and Data handling up to C grade. It emphasises pupils ability to use these skills and also be able to apply them to real life problems. The higher course takes these topics further so pupils can tackle more complex problems, as well as giving them the basis they need to use Mathematics beyond GCSE.   For more information please see the Edexcel website: edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse10/maths