Maths

Curriculum Intent

Every student will be exposed to a wide and robust curriculum that supports their individual development.

All students will be challenged and supported to improve their understanding, ensuring that their mathematical prowess develops appropriately overtime.

All students will become self-analytical, thoughtful and independent.

All students will be able to apply their skills to the wider world, love learning and exploring their capabilities within mathematics.

KS3

At key stage 3 we establish the firm foundations required for students to excel into key stage 4. Our schemes of learning are tailored towards students’ starting points in year 7 to ensure that all have the support and challenge they need to experience success. Students will be exposed to mathematics and its applications in the real world, and develop important skills surrounding proportional reasoning, financial mathematics and problem-solving strategies.

Students are placed on a mathematics pathway at the beginning of year 7, based upon their starting points. By the end of year 9:

  • Delta Pathway – Initial (KS3) should be fluent with the majority of the Foundation level fluent also.
  • Theta Pathway – Initial (KS3) should be fluent with some of the Foundation level also fluent.
  • Pi Pathway – The majority of Initial (KS3) should be fluent with some early Foundation level being introduced.

KS4

Upon completion of our key stage 3 course, students are entered into their GCSE course. The curriculum is sequenced so that all students can reach their full potential at GCSE level, providing challenge and support where necessary to ensure maximum success and confidence.

By the spring term in year 11:

  • Higher Pathway – All levels taught to fluency.
  • Intermediate Pathway – Remaining Foundation level work taught to fluency.
  • Foundation Pathway – Foundation level and Entry Level taught to fluency.

The curriculum has been designed to ensure that students are not only exposed to key GCSE content, but also the applications of and real world uses of mathematics. The core topics included are:

  • Number – Including numerical skills with all varieties of number, numerical fluency, and applications of number.
  • Algebra – Including linear and quadratic equations/expressions, creation and uses of graphs, coordinate geometry and strategic problem solving.
  • Multiplicative Reasoning – Including ratio, proportion, currency conversion, algebraic proportion, value for money, percentages and financial skills.
  • Geometry and Measure – Including area, volume, angle facts, construction, transformation and applied measure.
  • Probability and Statistics – Including representations of data, interpretations of data, effective sampling, analysis of chance and using analysis of data/chance to make informed judgements.

The far reaching spread of the curriculum and its opportunities for exploration of mathematics ensure that pupils develop a love of challenge and learning.

KS5

The curriculum for mathematics at key stage 5 is designed to further their knowledge from the GCSE curriculum, and allow students to take a more independent approach to learning. Students will be given new methods for otherwise unsolvable problems at GCSE, and enable them to engage with algebraic formulas in more real life contexts, through the Statistics and Mechanics part of the course.

For those that loved have Mathematics so far, the A Level curriculum is designed for taking everything 1 step further than you have before, and through hard work both in and out of the lessons, achieve an A Level in one of the most challenging but rewarding A level courses there is to offer.

The KS3 Mathematics Pathways

 


 

The KS4 Mathematics Pathways


 

KS5

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6
Pure Mathematics

(Year 12)

Algebraic Expressions Quadratics Equations and Inequalities Graphs and Transformations Straight Line Graphs Circles
Statistics and Mechanics

(Year 12)

Data Collection Measure of Location and Spread Representations of Data Correlation Probability Statistical Distributions
Pure Mathematics

(Year 13)

Algebraic Methods Functions and Graphs Sequences and Series Binomial Expansion Radians Trigonometric Functions
Statistics and Mechanics

(Year 13)

Regression and Hypothesis Testing Conditional Probability The Normal Distribution Moments Forces and Friction Projectiles

 

  Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12
Pure Mathematics

(Year 12)

Algebraic Methods Binomial Expansion Trigonometric Ratios Trigonometric Identities and Equations Vectors Differentiation
Statistics and Mechanics

(Year 12)

Hypothesis Testing Modelling in Mechanics Constant Acceleration Forces and Motion Variable Acceleration
Pure Mathematics

(Year 13)

Trigonometry and Modelling Parametric equations Differentiation Numerical Methods Integration Vectors
Statistics and Mechanics

(Year 13)

Applications of Forces Further Kinematics

 

  Chapter 13 Chapter 14
Pure Mathematics

(Year 12)

Integration Exponentials and Logarithms
Statistics and Mechanics

(Year 12)

Pure Mathematics

(Year 13)

Statistics and Mechanics

(Year 13)

 

 


 

GCSE Examinations:

OCR GCSE Mathematics (J560)

Foundation Level – Grades 1 – 5

Higher Level – Grades 3 – 9

Specification: https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/168982-specification-gcse-mathematics-j560.pdf

A-Level Examinations:

Edexcel A-Level in Mathematics

Through our Trinity Sixth Form we also accommodate for Further Mathematics.

Link to National Curriculum:

KS3: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239058/SECONDARY_national_curriculum_-_Mathematics.pdf

KS4:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/331882/KS4_maths_PoS_FINAL_170714.pdf

 

Who should I contact for more information?

Mrs A. Pavitt (Acting Subject Leader) – abrookes@stmca.org.uk

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