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Mathematics

Why do we study Mathematics?

To participate fully in our society it is vital to be numerate. Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnective subject which is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.

The high quality mathematics education at Mangotsfield School ensures every student has a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and a sense of curiosity and enjoyment about the subject. We want to support students to achieve the highest grade possible in Mathematics at GCSE so they leave us confident in their mathematical ability, whatever their next step will be.

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure all students;

become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Our expectation is that the majority of students will move through the programme of study at broadly the same pace. Decisions, however, about progress will always be based on the security of students’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Students who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged with harder, complex problems on topics. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier materials will be given support and time to consolidate their learning with additional practice before moving on to the next topic.

Meet the team

  • Miss Singleton (Head of Maths)
  • Mr Britton (Assistant Head of Maths)
  • Mr Pullen
  • Mr Tanner
  • Dr Gentile
  • Mr O'Dwyer
  • Mr Arif (Literacy Coordinator)
  • Miss Copperstone
  • Miss Lyons

 KS3 Programme of Study

Year 7

Term 1: Analysing and displaying data
Number Skills

Term 2: Expressions, functions, formulae
Decimals and measures

Term 3: Fractions and percentages

Term 4: Probability, Ratio and proportion
Lines and angles

Term 5: Sequences and graphs

Term 6: Transformations

Year 8

Term 1: Number (calculations, divisibility, negative numbers, powers and roots).
Area and volume

Term 2: Statistics, graphs and charts
Expressions and equations

Term 3: Real-life graphs
Decimals and ratio

Term 4: Lines and angles
Calculating with fractions

Term 5: Straight line graphs

Term 6: Percentages, decimals and fractions

Year 9

Term 1: Indices and standard form
Expressions and formulae

Term 2: Dealing with data
Multiplicative reasoning

Term 3: Constructions
Sequences, inequalities, equations and proportion

Term 4: Circles, Pythagoras and prisms
Graphs

Term 5: Probability

Term 6: Comparing shapes

Course: Mathematics

Exam Board: Edexcel Mathematics (either Higher or Foundation Tier)

Outline how the course is assessed
The course is assessed by examination at the end of Year 11. There are three papers, all of which are compulsory.

Paper 1 Non calculator 1hr 30 mins
Paper 2 Calculator 1hr 30 mins
Paper 3 Calculator 1hr 30 mins

GCSE Programme of Study

Y10 Foundation Tier

Term 1 and Term 2: Equations, Inequalities and sequences

Term 3: Angles, Averages and range

Term 4: Perimeter, area and volume, Graphs, Transformations

Term 5: Ratio and proportion, Right-angled triangles, probability

Term 6: Multiplicative reasoning, Construction, loci and bearings.


Y11 Foundation Tier

Term 1: Quadratic equations and graphs
Perimeter, area and volume
Fractions, indices and standard form

Term 2: Congruence, similarity and vectors, Algebra

Term 3: Exam Preparation

Term 4: Exam Preparation

Term 5: GCSE Exams

Term 6: GCSE Exams


Y10 Higher Tier

Term 1: Number (estimation, roots, indices, surds)
Algebra 1

Term 2: Interpreting and representing data
Fractions, ratio and percentages
Angles and trigonometry

Term 3: Graphs
Area and volume
Transformations and constructions

Term 4: Equations and inequalities
Probability

Term 5: Manipulative reasoning

Term 6: Manipulative reasoning


Y11 Higher Tier

Term 1: Circle Theorems
Algebra 2

Term 2: Vectors and geometric proof
Proportion and graphs

Term 3: Exam Preparation

Term 4: Exam Preparation

Term 5: GCSE Exams

Term 6: GCSE Exams

Resources

KS3 Pearson Maths Progress Book 1 (Year 7), Book 2 (Year 8) and Book 3 (Year 9)
KS4 CGP Mathematics for GCSE (Foundation or Higher Tier Versions)

Online Resources
Hegarty Maths (KS3 and KS4), Mathsbox (KS3 and KS4), Times Tables Rock Stars (KS3) and Methodmaths (KS4)

Homework

Homework is set every Monday for all groups at KS3 and KS4 and is due in on the following Monday.

We mostly use online homework tasks. The tasks enable students to get immediate feedback on their progress as well as providing progress data to teachers. At both KS3 and KS4 we use Hegarty Maths. At KS3 we also use Timetable Rockstars and at KS4 Methodmaths. Timetable Rock Stars enables pupils to gain confidence using their multiplication tables. Methodmaths enables pupils to complete exam style GCSE papers to help prepare for final exams.

Enrichment Opportunities in Mathematics

In KS4 we offer after school workshops to support Year 11 students preparing for their GCSE exams (these will be starting in Term 3)

At both KS3 and KS4 we offer lunchtime Mathematics Clubs for those wanting to extend their mathematical knowledge beyond the curriculum.