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Mathematics

Mathematics is the most widely used subject in the world. Every career uses some aspect of Maths. More importantly, doing Maths helps the mind to reason and organise complicated situations or problems into clear, simple, and logical steps.

Mathematics is a Core subject and our aim is to ensure that we foster an understanding and appreciation of Maths so students can use their skills in their everyday lives as well as essential exam success. Knowledge of mathematical procedures, an ability to apply logic to solve problems and a patient approach to problems are all skills developed through the study of mathematics these same skills are held in high regard by prospective future employers and education establishments that pupils may go on to encounter.

Problem solving and critical thinking strategies are embedded into the Mathematics syllabus to develop pupils’ ability to think independently. We endeavour to help our students develop a positive attitude to mathematics and to develop their understanding in a way that promotes confidence and enjoyment.

Mathematics at Thomas Aveling is taught by highly qualified, mathematics teachers who adapt their teaching to varying abilities of their students. Students are taught in ability sets based on KS2, a baseline test and progress over time. Every classroom in the maths department has an interactive whiteboard allowing for a more interactive and engaging approach to teaching mathematics.

Each year, a selected number of years 8 students take part in the Junior Mathematics Challenge where they are faced with unusual mathematical problems, whilst year 10 students take the Intermediate Mathematics Challenge.

We are also subscribed to hegartymaths.com which forms part of our online homework system. Hegartymaths.com provides short topic-based videos and quizzes delivered by a highly lauded maths professional. For KS3 we also use Times Tables Rockstars which is often seen at KS2. TTRockstars uses short games in order to improve recall of crucial multiplication and division facts that underpin the understanding of many topics in mathematics.

Subject Leader: Ms Karolyi (mkarolyi@thomasaveling.co.uk)

Deputy Leader: Mr Prescott (dprescott@thomasaveling.co.uk)

Key Stage 3

In year 7 students are set in ability groups according to their attainment at Key Stage 2, and a baseline assessment undertaken in the first week. Regular assessment and homework are a vital part of their learning and setting arrangements are reviewed on a termly basis. The aim of our curriculum in KS3 is to build on prior knowledge attained at KS2 and develop fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills in six different strands of maths: Number, Ratio, Algebra, Shape, Data and Probability. This prepares pupils to begin GCSE study in year 10.

Topics Covered in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9

Integers Powers Roots Area and Perimeter
Sequences and Functions Probability
Lines Angles and Shapes Volume and Surface Area
Data and Interpreting Results Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
Ratio and Proportion Measures
Calculations and Accuracy Inequalities
Constructions and Loci Statistical Inquiry
Forming and Solving Equations Careers Related Projects

Key Stage 4 – Pearson Edexcel GCSE in Mathematics

Exam board: Edexcel

In GCSE students aim to build on the excellent foundation provided in Key Stage 3 and tackle with confidence the GCSE syllabus.

All students follow either the foundation or higher linear GCSE programs. Each program has a select group of topics in the curriculum that is covered in full. Students are taught to develop both calculator and non-calculator methods and to apply their skills to real-world problems wherever possible. This includes personal finance and career related tasks throughout the year.

In Yr 11 students are assessed through three examinations of equal weighting, two calculator and one non calculator exam.

The table below illustrates the topic areas covered in this qualification and the topic area weightings for the assessment of the Foundation tier and the assessment of the Higher tier.

 

Year 10 and 11

The curriculum in year 10 and 11 will depend on the ability set and program of the class. All pupils will cover the full range of topics in the KS4 curriculum according to whether they are in a foundation or higher GCSE class.

Key Stage 5 – Pearson Edexcel Advanced GCE in Mathematics

Exam board: Edexcel

The Mathematics A Level Course is designed to help a student’s understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment and provides a strong foundation for progress to further study.

A good grounding in Mathematics is not only intellectually rewarding, but also often provides the passport to a wide variety of jobs, as well as further work in scientific research. A Level Mathematics goes beyond the basics and into the advanced worlds of algebra, geometry, mathematical modelling and more.

This qualification will extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques, use their mathematical knowledge to make logical and reasoned decisions in solving problems, both within pure mathematics and in a variety of contexts, together with the ability communicate the mathematical rationale for these decisions clearly.

Students will learn to process logically and recognise incorrect reasoning.  They will be able to identify when mathematics can be used to analyse and solve a problem in context, represent situations mathematically, understand the relationship between problems in context and the mathematical models that may be applied to solve them. Students will also learn to read and comprehend mathematical arguments, including justifications of methods and formulae, and communicate their understanding. They will need to take increasing responsibility for their own learning as well as evaluating their own mathematical development.

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Mathematics consists of three externally-examined papers at the end of the two year course. There will also be assessments at regular intervals combined with an internal exam at the end of the first year to determine student’s ability to continue the course.

Paper 1 and Paper 2: Pure Mathematics

Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics

Each paper is 2-hour written examination and accounts for 33.33% of the qualification

 

Content and assessment overview

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Mathematics consists of three externally-examined papers.

Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 (*Paper code: 9MA0/01)

Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2 (*Paper code: 9MA0/02)

Each paper is:

2-hour written examination

33.33% of the qualification

100 marks

Content overview

● Topic 1 – Proof

● Topic 2 – Algebra and functions

● Topic 3 – Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane

● Topic 4 – Sequences and series

● Topic 5 – Trigonometry

● Topic 6 – Exponentials and logarithms

● Topic 7 – Differentiation

● Topic 8 – Integration

● Topic 9 – Numerical methods

● Topic 10 – Vectors

Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics (*Paper code: 9MA0/03)

2-hour written examination

33.33% of the qualification

100 marks

Content overview

Section A: Statistics

● Topic 1 – Statistical sampling

● Topic 2 – Data presentation and interpretation

● Topic 3 – Probability

● Topic 4 – Statistical distributions

● Topic 5 – Statistical hypothesis testing

Section B: Mechanics

● Topic 6 – Quantities and units in mechanics

● Topic 7 – Kinematics

● Topic 9 – Forces and Newton’s laws

● Topic 10 – Moments

All course related information can be found on Pearson Website

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels.html