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Mathematics

Introduction

Our aim is to consolidate and build upon students’ basic numeracy skills.  Following the National Curriculum, we work with them to achieve a better understanding of maths that prepares our students for the challenges they will face and equip them with the life skills they will need.  All students are challenged and encouraged to fulfil their potential.  We use a number of online packages and students will be given passwords and logins for https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle and the PiXL apps for maths and times tables.  Students are encouraged to use these sites to support and extend their learning.

Year 7

This course comprises: number and algebra; shape and measures; handling data and probability.  Students will draw pentominoes (geometric figures formed by joining five equal squares) and conduct a car survey.  Students will learn about Fibonacci and investigate his Golden Ratio.

Year 8

This course comprises further units on number and algebra; shape and measures; handling data and probability.  They will learn about Pythagoras and his theorem; they will construct and bisect using a pair of compasses.

Year 9

In Year 9 pupils formally begin working towards the GCSE course.  They will be introduced to surds, learn to factorise simple quadratics and find out the stories real-life graphs are trying to tell us.  They will complete a project on mortgages and find out how much buying a home can really cost.

Year 10

In Year 10 pupils continue working towards the GCSE course with Pearson.  They will study topics including trigonometry, simultaneous equations and how to find the volume and surface area of some complicated shapes.  They will construct perpendiculars to a line, draw loci and learn about advanced probability.  At the end of the year the Head of Department will run a walking talking mock exam to demonstrate how they can successfully complete a GCSE exam.

Year 11

In Year 11 students will finish working towards the Pearson GCSE course.  They will complete the course material, largely the more advanced part of the course.  Higher Tier pupils will study topics including advanced trigonometry, simultaneous equations with a quadratic, proportion, similarity, proving congruence and vector proof.  Foundation Tier pupils will factorise quadratics, plot quadratic graphs, work with circles, pyramids and cones to find lengths, areas and volumes.  Assessments are completed regularly; tests are revisited with pupils and areas of difficulty are identified and addressed.  The January mock exams are used to confirm the tier of exam that pupils will sit in the summer.  We use the time at the end of the course to help pupils revisit material to ensure they can do their best in their GCSE exams.