# Mathematics

** Who are we?**

• Miss Pateman- Director of Mathematics

• Miss Mann- Deputy Director of Mathematics and Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator

• Mr Parr- Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator

• Mrs Woods- Key Stage 5 Co-ordinator

• Mr Jahanshahi- Lead Teacher

• Niall Gavin- Lead Teacher

• Mrs Williams- Lead Teacher

• Miss Alcorn- Classroom Teacher

• Miss Lovibond- Classroom Teacher

• Mrs Crane- Classroom Teacher

• Ms Omagwa- Classroom Teacher

• Mrs Kaine-Ejimogu- Classroom Teacher

• Mr Heywood- Classroom Teacher

• Mrs Langmaid- Key Stage 3 Teacher

• Mr Jahanshahi- Lead Teacher

• Mrs Clubb- Deputy Headteacher and Teacher of Mathematics

• Mr King- Teacher of Mathematics

**What we do in KS3:**

The Key Stage 3 Mathematics course covers five main areas:

• Number

• Algebra

• Geometry and Measure

• Statistics and Probability

• Using and Applying Mathematics

The Key Stage 3 Mathematics course is an exciting and engaging course, which offers students the opportunity to use knowledge, skills and mathematical understanding to solve a series of problems which link to everyday life.

Students will also engage in a series of projects, which ask students to use their mathematical knowledge and problems solving skills and apply these to a series of real life problems.

Students will also embark on a ‘Key Skills License’ Programme across Year 7 and 8 to ensure that students have mastered the key skills required for GCSE.

**What we do in KS4:**

Students start their Key Stage 4 course in Year 9, with students studying the same five areas in more detail. These areas are:

• Number

• Algebra

• Geometry and Measure

• Statistics and Probability

• Using and Applying Mathematics

The Mathematics GCSE is a 3 year linear course with students taking their final exams at the end of Year 11. The course is divided into two tiers of entry:

1. Foundation Tier – Covers grades 1-5 (old grade G-C)

2. Higher Tier – covering grades 3-9 (old grade E – A*)

The GCSE Mathematics course allows students to further their understanding of the core basics covered in Key Stage 3. This is achieved with an exciting and engaging course which is designed to incorporate real life scenarios and situations which allow students to apply their mathematical knowledge and understanding to everyday problems.

**What we do in KS5:**

The A Level Mathematics course compromises 6 units of study. There are 6 compulsory units, C1 to C4, S1 and M1. The course is broken down into 3 years with students covering the following units in each year:

• Year 1 – Students complete the C1, C2 and S1 modules

• Year 2 – Students complete C3, C4 and M1 modules

The content of every module varies but an underlying understanding of algebra is key. The module content is laid out below:

• C1 Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration.

• C2 Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; integration.

• C3 Algebra and functions; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; numerical methods.

• C4 Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration; vectors.

• S1 Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary of data; probability; correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions; the Normal distribution.

• S2 The Binomial and Poisson distributions; continuous random variables; continuous distributions; samples; hypothesis tests.

• M1 Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors in mechanics; kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line; dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; statics of a particle; moments.

To start the Key Stage 5 course in Mathematics, students must have achieved a least a grade B in their GCSE studies.

**Assessment:**

Key Stage 3

Year 7 students are assessed at the end of each term through a termly assessment. This assessment is levelled according to each student’s ability and assesses a range of topics at that level. Students are then given written and verbal feedback on their results with targets for improvement.

All students complete an end of year assessment as well which helps stream them for entry into Year 8.

Year 8 students have two different types of assessment:

1. Students are assessed at the end of each unit of work through an end of topic assessment.

2. Students have an end of term assessment.

All students complete an end of year assessment (based on a GCSE Foundation Paper as well which helps stream them for entry into Year 9.

Key Stage 4

Key stage 4 students follow the same assessment pattern as Year 8 students in that they have an end of topic assessment after every unit of work as well as an end of term assessment, which is levelled based on students current attainment.

At the end of Year 10 students take an end of year assessment. which is based on a past GCSE paper to ensure that students are entered for the correct tier and to assess how well they have achieved during this year.

Students take their final GCSE exam in Year 11. There are three papers for each tier one non-calculator and two calculator. Each paper contributes equally to the students overall grade and last for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 students complete an end of chapter assessment for each unit of work completed and will sit a formal exam in each unit.

Year Unit

12 C1, C2 & S1

13 C3, C4 and M1

**Skills gained for the future:**

Students who study Mathematics gain a large number of transferable skills, which they can apply to future studies and careers. Skills students will develop include:

• Problem solving in a variety of contexts

• Estimation and accuracy

• Presenting and analysing data in a variety of formats

• Efficient and effective use of a calculator to support mental arithmetic

• Investigational strategies

• The use of algebra in a wide range of applications

• Solving problems involving shape and space

Most importantly studying Mathematics allows students to develop keen analysis skills, which help them analyse a situation, determine important pieces of information, plan and implement a solution which can then be reflected upon to see if this is the optimal solution to the problem.

**How to find out more information:**

If you require more information please contact:

Director of Mathematics: Miss Pateman (holly.pateman@futureschoolstrust.com)

For Key Stage 3 queries: Mr Parr (daniel.parr@futureschoolstrust.com)

For Key Stage 4 queries: Miss Mann (cara.mann@futureschoolstrust.com)

For Key Stage 5 queries: Nicola Woods (nicola.woods@futureschoolstrust.com)