# MATHEMATICS

## KEY STAGE 3

The Mathematics syllabus follows the National Curriculum and the National Numeracy Strategy and enables pupils to extend their knowledge, skills and understanding in familiar and unfamiliar contexts. There is some reinforcement of basic skills, but the main emphasis is on extending understanding and reasoning through enquiry and a variety practical activities.

### Year 7

Pupils extend their range of mental and written calculation strategies and use efficient procedures to calculate with integers, fractions, decimals and percentages. They undertake activities that show how algebra, as an extension of number using symbols, gives precise form to mathematical relationships, formulae and calculations. They use angle facts and properties of two and three-dimensional shapes in constructions and calculations. In statistical work pupils construct and interpret data in tabular and diagrammatic representations, as well as calculating averages and spread of data. In tackling investigative work pupils select and combine known facts and problem solving strategies to reach solutions to real-life problems.

### Year 8

Pupils continue to build further upon their knowledge of number, measures, algebra, shape and space, and data handling through activities that provide frequent opportunities for pupils to discuss their work, to develop reasoning and understanding, and to explain their strategies. Pupils learn to solve a range of numerical problems, in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts, including those involving fractions and percentages. They use algebraic notation to describe patterns and sequences, they solve equations, use formulae and construct graphs. Pupils calculate lengths, areas and volumes of two- and three-dimensional shapes, including the using of circle formulae. In statistical work they use increasingly sophisticated diagrammatic representations and make inferences from data that they have collected. They work in groups to consider the application of mathematics in everyday situations.

### Year 9

Pupils continue to extend their knowledge of number, measures, algebra, shape and space, and data handling.

Pupils learn to solve accurately a range of numerical problems, including those involving ratio and percentage. They develop their use of algebraic notation through describing increasingly complex number patterns and sequences and through using formulae and equations in a variety of contexts. Pupils calculate lengths, areas and volumes of two- and three-dimensional shapes, including using Pythagoras's Theorem and trigonometry. In statistical work they use appropriate diagrammatic representations as well as calculating averages and spread of data in order to make inferences and comparisons. Pupils also tackle extended pieces of investigative work that provide opportunities for students to develop reasoning and understanding, and to explain their strategies and solutions.

## GCSE

All students study mathematics to GCSE. Over the two years, students are prepared for higher level papers at a pace appropriate to them.

### Year 10 and Year 11

The course is taught holistically throughout the two years with inbuilt opportunities to revisit prior learning and extend knowledge and skills from a firm foundation. In each year, students will study topics from all strands and will apply their skills, knowledge and understanding in a variety of real-life contexts and in solving problems. GCSE Mathematics requires students to:

• Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including: Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measures, Probability, Statistics
• Use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts
• Apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations.

It also gives students the opportunity to develop their ability to:

• acquire and use problem-solving strategies
• select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, everyday and real-world situations
• reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
• interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

Given the importance of mathematics, all students will continue its study to GCSE level.  The most able of our students will also have the opportunity to prepare for a second qualification, the AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics.

## A LEVEL

A useful and highly regarded subject, mathematics is well worth the effort involved in its study. The A level syllabus is varied and interesting and will enable you to acquire knowledge and skills with confidence, satisfaction and enjoyment. The skills used by a mathematician are highly valued in academia, industry and business.

### Year 12

Mathematics students follow the Edexcel AS course and study three units:

• Core 1
• Core 2
• Statistics 1

Further mathematicians study another three units:

• Mechanics 1
• Decision 1
• Further Pure 1

### Year 13

Mathematics students follow the Edexcel A2 course and study three units:

• Core 3
• Core 4
• Statistics 2

Further mathematicians study another three units:

• Further Pure 2
• Further Pure 3
• Mechanics 2

## OTHER INFORMATION

All studens will have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities:

• UK Maths Trust Challenges
• Team Challenges (Junior Years 8 and 9, Senior Years 12 and 13)
• The National Cipher Challenge
• Enrichment Days organised by the Further Maths Support Network (Year 10)
• Enrichment Days organised by local schools
• Maths Inspiration lectures (Years 12 and 13)