The Mathematics Department follows a traditional syllabus based upon the current National Curriculum.
A brief outline of the curriculum content is detailed below.
Number and Algebra – Fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, proportion, powers, equations, formulae, sequences functions and graphs.
Shape and Space – Properties of shapes, geometrical reasoning, similarity, congruence, theorems, transformations, co-ordinates, measures and constructions.
Data Handling – Collecting processing and interpreting data, probability.
Ratio, proportion and rates of change – A new strand of mathematics, previously incorporated under Numeracy, to prepare students for the new GCSE beginning in 2015.
For all students our aim is the same; to present work that challenges, stretches and excites on a daily basis, in an environment that celebrates progression and excellence and is supportive of those who may, in years to come, break the boundaries of what we know and understand.
In Years 7, and 8 the students are taught in ability sets which enables them to make progress at a pace which is suitable for them. There are regular assessments of students to measure their progress. End of year assessments take the form of standardised assessment tests in years 7 and 8. Stour Valley Curriculum levels (1 to 8) are used to report on progression. These have been mapped to the new 9-1 GCSE grades.
Teaching for the Mathematics GCSE begins in Year 9. The course follows the National Curriculum as set out by the Edexcel Examining Group, and its aim is to develop mathematical knowledge through oral, written and practical skills. Emphasis will be on the ability of each student to apply mathematics in everyday situations. This will include developing skills in experimentation, problem solving and using the appropriate computing systems. The students are encouraged to think and work logically and to generalise and prove their ideas. The application of mathematics relating to Science, Technology and other subjects will be explored. The course will lay a firm foundation appropriate to the further study of mathematics and other related subjects.
Final examinations in Year 11 consisting of 3 papers, each assessing elements of all 5 curriculum strands:
Paper 1 Non Calculator
Paper 2 Calculator
Paper 3 Calculator
The papers are 1h 30mins long for both the Higher tier (grades 9-1) and the Foundation tier (grades 5-1).