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Headteacher: Mr T. McGuinness

Mathematics

Introduction

Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is important in everyday life, many forms of employment, science and technology, medicine, the economy, the environment and development, and in public decision making. Different cultures have contributed to the development and application of mathematics. Today, the subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics is a creative discipline. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a pupil solves a problem for the first time, discovers a more elegant solution to that problem, or suddenly sees hidden connections.

Staff
  • Miss S Costello - Director of Learning
  • Mr I Brennan - KS4 Coordinator
  • Mrs L Gould - KS3 Coordinator
  • Mr M Emmett - Numeracy Coordinator
  • Ms L McFadden - Lead Teacher of mathematics
  • Ms K Leung
  • Miss M Liebling-Davis
  • Mrs M Murphy
Aims of the Mathematics Department

To develop:

  • A positive attitude to mathematics, including confidence, enjoyment and perseverance;
  • The ability to read mathematics, and write and talk about the subject in a variety of ways;
  • The ability to use mathematics as a means of communication with emphasis on the use of clear expression;
  • The ability to solve problems, present solutions clearly showing all necessary working out, check and interpret results;
  • A willingness and ability to work independently and cooperatively;
  • The ability to apply mathematics in other subjects;
  • The ability to apply mathematics in everyday situations and develop an understanding of the part which mathematics plays in the world.
  • A feel for number, the ability to carry out calculations and to understand the significance of the results obtained;
  • The skill to investigate mathematical ideas to test and prove their own hypothesis;
  • To provide a caring, learning environment in which each pupil is valued and in which each pupil can fulfil their potential;
  • A firm foundation for appropriate further study.
Strategies for Success in Mathematics

There are a range of strategies you can use or attend to help you maximise your potential in Maths.

Events & Activities include:

  • Revision classes (when available)
  • A/A*Intervention (help desk and challenge questions on maths base)
  • B/C/D intervention (help desk and questions available on maths base)
  • Exam Booster Sessions (Carousel lessons in preparation for exam)
  • Lunch time help desk and staff available to help with homework
  • Challenge and differentiated homework (available on show my homework).
  • Dates and times for the above will be shared with pupils weekly.
Equipment

All pupils must have a pen, pencil, ruler and a casio calculator (scientific). The new curriculum has two calculator papers and one non calculator paper. It is vital that pupils have the casio calculator so that we can teach all pupils how to use the calculator from year 7 through to year 11. All Saints subsidise the casio calculator in school and therefore you can buy from our library for £5 (RRP £9.99).

Curriculum Overview

Now, with the new curriculum we have a 5 year GCSE. This means we work on GCSE material based on the National Curriculum from year 7 through to year 11.

The course is a circular course in which students will develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical skills and concepts. This course allows students to apply the functional element of Mathematics in everyday and real life situations. The content of the course has been grouped into topic areas:

  • Number – number, fractions, decimals and ratios, factors, powers and roots
  • Algebra – Formulae and equations, inequalities, graphs, quadratic equations, sequences
  • Geometry & Measures – shapes, coordinates, transformations and vectors, calculating lengths, areas and angles, measurements
  • Statistics & Probability – Collecting data, averages, representing data and probability
Year 7
Autumn Term
  • Number: Place Value, Directed Numbers, Operations
  • Ratio and Proportion and Rates of Change: Fractions, Decimals, Percentages
  • Geometry and Measures: Measurements, Properties of Shape and Transformations
  • Statistics: Presenting Data, Averages
Spring Term
  • Number: Properties of Numbers, Four operations
  • Ratio and Proportion and Rates of Change: Ratio, Fractions, Decimals & Percentages
  • Geometry and Measures: Constructions, Transformations
  • Statistics: Displaying Data & Averages
  • Algebra: Equations, Formulae and Identities, Sequences, Functions and Graphs
Summer Term
  • Number: Four Operations.
  • Ratio and Proportion and Rates of Change: Ratio, Fractions, Decimals, Percentages
  • Geometry and Measures: Measurements – Conversions, Properties of Shape
  • Statistics: Averages
  • Algebra: Expressions & Equations
Year 8
Autumn Term
  • Number: Four Operations, Place Value
  • Ratio and Proportion and Rates of Change: Ratio and Proportion, Fractions, Decimals, Percentages
  • Geometry and Measures: Measurements – Conversions, Properties of Shape, Transformations, Mensuration
  • Statistics: Displaying and Interpreting Data, Averages
  • Algebra: Formulae, Expressions & Equations
Spring Term
  • Number: Primes, Roots and Powers
  • Ratio and Proportion and Rates of Change: Ratio and Proportion, Fractions, Decimals, Percentages
  • Geometry and Measures: Measurements – Properties of Shape
  • Statistics: Displaying and Interpreting Data, Averages
  • Probability:Theoretical Probability and Relative Frequencies.
  • Algebra: Formulae, Expressions & Equations.
Summer Term
  • Number: Four Operations, Place Value
  • Ratio and Proportion and Rates of Change: Ratio and Proportion, Fractions, Decimals, Percentages
  • Geometry and Measures: Measurements – Construction, Transformations, Measures and accuracy, Mensuration
  • Statistics: Displaying and Interpreting Data
  • Algebra: Sequences
Year 9
Autumn Term
  • Number: Factors, Multiples, Primes.
  • Ratio and Proportion and Rates of Change: Fractions, Decimals, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion
  • Geometry and Measures: Measurements – Mensuration, Construction
  • Statistics: Displaying and Interpreting Data, Correlation
  • Algebra: Graphs, Substitution, Expansion, Factorising, Indices
  • Algebra: Formulae, Expressions & Equations
Spring Term
  • Number: Calculations with roots, Limits of accuracy
  • Ratio and Proportion and Rates of Change: Ratio and Proportion, Fractions, Decimals, Percentages
  • Geometry and Measures: Constructions
  • Statistics: Displaying and Interpreting Data, Averages
  • Probability:Theoretical Probability and Relative Frequencies
  • Algebra: Formulae, Expressions & Equations, Sequences
Summer Term
  • Ratio and Proportion and Rates of Change: Ratio and Proportion, Fractions, Decimals, Percentages
  • Geometry and Measures: Mensuration, Congruence, Similarity.
  • Probability: Independent and Dependent events.
  • Algebra: Solving Equations and Inequalities.
Year 10
Autumn Term
  • Geometry and Measure: shape, area and perimeter and angles
  • Ratio and Proportion and Rates of Change: Fractions, Decimals, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion
  • Algebra: Substitution, Expansion, Factorising, Formulae, Expressions, Graphs
  • Number: Averages
  • Statistics: Displaying and Interpreting Data
Spring Term
  • Algebra: Formulae, Expressions, Inequalities, Simultaneous Equations and Trial and Improvement
  • Ratio and Proportion and Rates of Change: Ratio and Proportion, Fractions, Decimals, Percentages
  • Number: Integers and Decimals
  • Statistics: Collecting and displaying data 2 (Box plots, Cumulative frequency)
  • Geometry and Measure: Transformations, Pythagoras, Construction and Loci
Summer Term
  • Geometry and Measure: Volume, Surface Area, Shape, Angles, Circle Theorems
  • Number: F
  • ractions, Decimals and Percentages and Standard Form
  • Algebra: Equations and Quadratic Graphs
Year 11
Autumn Term
  • Number: Integers and Decimals, Index Notation and Surds, Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
  • Algebra 1: forming and Solving Equations, simultaneous Equations and Quadratic Graphs
  • Geometry and Measure: Shape, Area, Perimeter and Volume, Pythagoras and Trigonometry
  • Statistics: Cumulative Frequency and Box Plots
  • Ratio and Proportion and Rates of Change: Ratio and Proportion, Best Buy
Spring Term
  • Statistics: Collecting and displaying data, Probability
  • Geometry and Measure: Transformations, Similarity and Congruence, shape and angle, Circle Theorems, Vectors, Construction and Loci
  • Algebra: Formulae, expressions and equations
Summer Term
  • Personalised Programmes of Study.
Useful Websites
  • www.mathswatchvle.com
  • www.justmathsonline.co.uk
  • www.corbettmaths.com