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Mathematics

Mathematics is the key to opportunity. No longer just the language of science, mathematics now contributes in direct and fundamental ways to education, business, finance, health, and defense. For students, it opens doors to careers. For citizens, it enables informed decisions. For countries, it provides knowledge to compete in a technological community. To participate fully in the world of the future, students from St Edwards must tap the power of mathematics.

Communication has created a world economy in which working smarter is more important than merely working harder. Jobs that contribute to this world economy require workers … who are prepared to absorb new ideas, to adapt to change, to cope with ambiguity, to perceive patterns, and to solve unconventional problems. It is these needs, not just the need for calculation, which make mathematics a prerequisite to so many jobs. More than ever before, adults need to think for a living; more than ever before, they need to think mathematically.

Examples of careers with Mathematics include:

  • Engineer
  • Doctor
  • Accountant
  • Investment analyst
  • Lecturer/Teacher
  • Meteorologist
  • Statistician
  • Actuaries
  • Surveyors
  • Astronomer
  • Architect
  • Government

 

Key stage 3

Year 7:

Term Topic
Half term 1 Place value and Number sense
Addition and Subtraction
Perimeter
Estimation and rounding
Half term 2 Multiplication and Division
Factors and Multiples
Area of rectangles and triangles
Half term 3 Fractions as part of a whole
Fractions as a value
Fractions as a value
Fractions as an operation
Half term 4 Order of operations
Basic rules of algebra
Expand and factorise
Substitution
Half term 5 Angles
Polygons
Symmetry and reflection
Coordinates
Half term 6 Mean
Two way tables &  Venn diagrams

At the end of each topic, a chapter test is given and recorded by the teacher. This allows us to monitor the strengths and weaknesses of each child. There will also be a formative assessment at the end of each term.

 

Year 8:

Term Topic
Half term 1 Indices
Prime Factorisation
Rounding
Fractions
Percentage (Year 7 Recap)
Half term 2 Linear equations
Linear equations
Coordinates and basic graphs
Half term 3 Units of measurement
Angles
Angle (2)
Circumference
Half term 4 Proportional Reasoning
Fractions, deciamls and percentages
Ratio
Half term 5 Area of composite shapes
Presenting and interpreting data
Averages
Half term 6 Two way tables
3-D visualisation
Volume

 

At the end of each topic, a chapter test is given and recorded by the teacher. This allows us to monitor the strengths and weaknesses of each child. There will also be a formative assessment at the end of each term.

 

 

GCSE Maths

Exam Board – Edexcel (Examination code: 1MA1)

The Course

During Years 9, 10 and 11, students continue to work in classes based on their ability. Each year group will follow a course designed to meet the requirements of the specification at a level appropriate to the ability of the students. Students use a variety of resources which include the GCSE MyMaths textbook, Hegarty Maths and Pinpoint learning. The use of a scientific calculator is essential for the course.

In the assessment there is now greater emphasis on problem solving, communication, proof and interpretation. This introduction ensures that students have the skills they need to use Mathematics in a real life context.  Problem solving questions are used in lessons on a regular basis to give pupils confidence to tackle these type of questions.

Assessment

The qualification will be graded and certificated on a nine grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade.

At the end of the two year course there will be now three equally weighted written examination papers each counting for 33.3% of the examination: two calculator papers and one non-calculator. Each paper is 1hr and 30mins long and worth 80 marks each.

Fewer formulae will be available in examinations and students are expected to learn most of them.

The assessment will cover following content headings:

Number; Algebra;   Ratio, proportion and rates of change; Geometry and measures; Probability; Statistics

 

 

The assessment objectives are the following:

Assessment Objective Weighting (Foundation) Weighting

(Higher)

AO1 Use and apply standard techniques 50% 40%

 

AO2 Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically 25% 30%
AO3 Solve problems within mathematics and other context 25% 30%

 

Where it leads

GCSE Mathematics course will provide excellent skills to continue studies in Mathematics and Further Mathematics to AS/A2 Level.

Home learning:

  • Hegartymaths
  • Maths genie
  • Corbett maths
  • Exam solutions
  • Pinpoint learning (year 11 only)
  • Maths watch
  • Alternative textbooks: Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics: Student Book (Higher) – ISBN 1447980204

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics: Student Book (Foundation) – ISBN 1447980190

 

Key stage 5:

In Key stage 5 we offer both A-level Maths and Further Maths. The units below are what is covered throughout the two year course.

 

Why Mathematics?

 

 

Mathematics and Further Mathematics are versatile qualifications, well-respected by employers and are both facilitating subjects for entry to higher education.

A level Mathematics is an interesting and challenging course which extends the methods you learned at GCSE and includes applications of mathematics, such as Statistics and Mechanics. The mathematical skills learned at A level Mathematics are of great benefit in other A level subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology, computing, geography, psychology, economics and business studies.

Course Content

 

 

Pure Mathematics 1 and 2

·         This comprises two thirds of the total content of the course.  It focuses on Algebra and Functions, Coordinate Geometry, Sequences and Series, Differentiation, Integration, Exponentials and Logarithms, Vectors, Proofs and Problem Solving

Statistics and Mechanics

·         Section A: Statistics- Sampling, Presentation of Data, Correlation; Probability; Statistical Distributions and Hypothesis Testing.

·         Section B: Mechanics- Modelling in Mechanics; Kinematics; Forces and Newton Laws; Moments; Variable acceleration

Assessment:

Each paper is worth 100 marks and all three exams will be sat at the end of Year 13.  All papers carry equal weighting.

·         Paper 1:  Pure Mathematics 1 – 2hrs

·         Paper 2- Pure Mathematics 2  –  2hrs

·         Paper 3- Mechanics and Statistics – 2hrs

Why study mathematics?

 

Employers highly value mathematics qualifications as Mathematicians demonstrate the ability to think logically and analytically through solving problems.

There are many opportunities for further study which could lead to higher education and a range of careers including accountancy, banking, chemistry, physics, Actuarial Science, medicine, computing, engineering and teaching.

 

BOARD SUBJECT TITLE AWARD

CODE

Edexcel Pure Mathematics 1 9MA0/01
Edexcel Statistics and Mechanics 9MA0/03
Edexcel Pure Mathematics 2 9MA0/02
Edexcel Core Pure Mathematics 1 9FM0/01
Edexcel Core Pure Mathematics 2 9FM0/02
Edexcel Decision Mathematics 1 9FM0/3D
Edexcel Further Pure Mathematics 1 9FM0/4D

 

Staff
Mr Hussain Head of Maths
Mr Islam Deputy Head of Maths
Mr Etemadi
Mr Kilembwe
Mr Quansah
Mrs Folley
Ms Agogbua
Ms Ali
Ms Begum