**Teaching Staff:**

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**Learning Support Tutor:**

- Ms McKeever - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

**Head of Department:**

KS3 is spread over three years. Students are taught in sets according to their ability and have five lessons per week. Our KS3 schemes of work consolidate the core skills in the four key areas of Mathematics: Number, Algebra, Shape and Space and Data Handling. Students also have the opportunity to apply the mathematics they learn by completing Functional Skills tasks, rich tasks and investigations. Students are assessed four times throughout the year and are given targets to help them improve their work.

**Course Outline:**

Pupils will be encouraged to learn basic computational skills without using a calculator and practise mental arithmetic. Throughout the year students will be introduced to ICT through Mathematics with the use of their Samsung tablets, interactive white boards, online interactive lessons and tests using a computer.

**Assessment:**

All students will also sit standardised class tests in Mathematics throughout the year. Results from these tests will be compared to pre-identified differentiated quality indicators to monitor each student’s progress and identify any further students who may also require support.

**Study/Homework Requirements:**

**Key Points To Success:**

- Attend all classes. (If class is missed due to illness make sure to catch up on any work missed.)
- Ask if you don’t understand.
- Attend additional classes provided by the Mathematics department.
- Maintain a positive attitude towards work.
- Bring the correct equipment to school each day.
- Ensure ‘Tablets’ are fully charged each day.

**Aims:**

For GCSE Mathematics the course followed is that described by the Statement of Attainment and Programmes of Study as laid down for Key Stage 4, and the syllabus followed is that offered by the CCEA exam board. Pupils are expected to have their own scientific calculator at the beginning of Year 11.

**This Course Is Suitable If:**

**What Will I Study?**

- Foundation Tier T2 and T5
- Higher Tier T3 and T6 or T4 and T6

You Will Study:

- Unit T2 plus Unit T5
- Unit T3 or Unit T4 plus Unit T6

All Units will cover the following areas:

- Number and Algebra;
- Geometry and Measures; and
- Statistics and Probability.

Depending on your ability and performance you may be entered for a combination of units.

Every candidate has access to Grade C.

**How Will I Be Assessed?**

Candidates entered for Higher Tier must also have studied all of the content of the Foundation Tier. Candidates may sit units from different tiers and the results from each unit will be combined to give a total uniform mark. The final grade will be determined by the total uniform mark for the better results in both the unit test and the completion test.

**Foundation Tier:**

- Unit T1 - external written test with a calculator - 1 hour and 30 minutes - worth 45% or
- Unit T2 - external written test with a calculator - 1 hour and 30 minutes - worth 45% and
- Unit T5 - external written tests: one paper with a calculator/one without a calculator – each 1 hour - worth 55%.

**Higher Tier:**

- Unit T1 - external written test with a calculator - 1 hour and 30 minutes - worth 45% or
- Unit T2 - external written test with a calculator - 1 hour and 30 minutes - worth 45% and
- Unit T5 - external written tests: one paper with a calculator/one without a calculator – each 1 hour - worth 55%.

**What Skills Will I Gain Studying This Subject?**

- develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts;
- acquire and use problem-solving strategies;
- select and apply mathematical techniques/methods in mathematical everyday and real-world situations;
- reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusion;
- interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context; and
- acquire a foundation appropriate to a further study of mathematics and of other disciplines.

**Progression Routes After This Course:**

**Where Can I Find Out More?**

- CCEA microsite www.ccea.org.uk/mathematics;
- Mathematics Teachers in St Mary's CBGS;
- Students who have already studied the subject.

**Head of Department:**

**Aims:**

- It caters for students who require knowledge of mathematics beyond GCSE Higher Tier Mathematics and who are capable of working beyond the limits of the GCSE Mathematics specification.
- It is designed to broaden the experience of students whose mathematical ability is above average and who: will follow mathematical courses at AS/A-Level; will follow other courses at AS/A-Level that require mathematics beyond GCSE Higher Tier; or would like to extend their knowledge of mathematics.
- This is now a unitised specification. This means that students have the opportunity to sit one or both units and repeat units if necessary in the first year of teaching.

**This Course Is Suitable If:**

**What Will I Study?**

**Paper 1 topics:**

Algebraic Fractions / Completing the Square / Equations / Trigonometry / Trigonometric Equations / Solution of Triangles / Differentiation of a Basic Function / Applications of Differentiation / Integration of a Basic Function / Application of Integration / Laws of Logarithms / Solution of Index Equations / Matrix Calculations / Matrix Equations / Simultaneous Equations / Concept of a Vector / Vector Geometry.

**Paper 2 topics:**

Kinematics / Displacement and Velocity Time Graphs / Constant Acceleration Formulae / Vector Introduction / Introduction to I and j Vectors / Units of Force / Resolving Forces / Equilibrium / Newton’s Laws of Motion / Connected Particles / Friction and Normal Reaction / Limiting Friction / Moments / Statistical Language / Limits and Boundaries / Class Widths and Mid-Values / Age Distribution / Histograms / Measures of Central Tendency and Measures of Dispersion / Standard Deviation, Mean and Median / Results for Transformed Data / Independent and Mutually Exclusive Events / Tree Diagrams / Venn Diagrams / Conditional Probability / Bivariate Analysis / Scatter Diagrams and Correlation / Line of Best Fit / Spearman’s Rank Correlation Coefficient.

**How Will I Be Assessed?**

- Paper 1 - Pure Mathematics (50%)
- Paper 2 - Applied Mathematics (Mechanics & Statistics) (50%)

**What Skills Will I Gain Studying This Subject?**

- develop further their mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding;
- select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, everyday and real-world situations;
- reason mathematically, interpret and communicate mathematical information, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions;
- extend the base in mathematics from which they can progress to: higher studies in mathematics; and/or studies such as science, geography, technology or business which contain a significant requirement in mathematics beyond Higher Tier GCSE Mathematics; and
- design and develop mathematical models that allow them to use problem solving strategies and apply a broader range of mathematics to a variety of situations.

**Progression Routes After This Course:**

The study of Mathematics at A-Level opens the door to many careers - engineering, medicine, architecture, actuarial sciences, computing and others. While being highly desirable for some of these it is essential for others. The financial world also recognises the value of a Mathematics qualification.

**Where Can I Find Out More?**

- CCEA microsite www.ccea.org.uk/mathematics;
- Mathematics Teachers in St Mary’s CBGS;
- Students who have already studied the subject.

**Head Of Department:**

GCSE Further Mathematics (CCEA’s old Additional Mathematics GCSE) will be available to those pupils who have consistently demonstrated a very high level of ability in Mathematics in Years 8-10. Pupils in the GCSE Further Mathematics classes will normally sit their GCSE Mathematics before they embark on completing the Further Mathematics course.

**Course Outline:**

**Assessment:**

**Personalised Learning:**

**Coursework:**

**Study/Homework Requirements:**

**Key Points To Success:**

- Attend all classes. If class is missed due to illness make sure to catch up on any work missed;
- Ask if you don’t understand;
- Attend revision classes provided by the Mathematics department;
- Maintain a positive attitude towards work;
- Past paper practice is vital for exam success;
- Bring the correct equipment to school each day.
- Ensure ‘tablet’ is fully charged each day.

**Head Of Department:**

**Course Outline:**

Further Mathematics takes the study of Mathematics beyond the content of GCSE Higher Tier. It introduces some of the mechanics and statistics topics that students encounter in A-Level Mathematics and acts as a ‘stepping stone’ between GCSE and A-Level. Pupils in the Further Mathematics classes will sit their GCSE Mathematics in June of Year 11 and then spend Year 12 completing the Further Mathematics GCSE course.

**Assessment:**

- Paper 1 - Pure Mathematics (50%)
- Paper 2 - Applied Mathematics (Mechanics & Statistics) (50%)

**Coursework:**

**Study/Homework Requirements:**

**Key Points To Success:**

- Attend all classes. If class is missed due to illness make sure to catch up on any work missed;
- Ask if you don’t understand;
- Attend revision classes provided by the Mathematics department;
- Maintain a positive attitude towards work;
- Past paper practice is vital for exam success;
- Bring the correct equipment to school each day.
- Ensure ‘tablet’ is fully charged each day.

Mathematics is a very popular and successful A-level subject with currently over 60 students studying A-level Mathematics. The department follows the Edexcel course giving students the option of completing their As-level after one and their A2-level after 2 years study. Some students in Year 13 have taken on A2 Further Mathematics

There are lots of maths apps and games out there, but many of them are not good. A lot of them ask you to do lots of calculations and encourage you to do them fast, which we know can be damaging. Here we will show you some good math apps and games that teach math visually and conceptually.

**Refraction**

**Mathbreakers**

Link to App Website: http://www.mathbreakers.com

**Wuzzit Trouble**

Link to App Website: http://www.wuzzit-trouble.com

**Dragon Box**

Link to App Website: http://www.dragonboxapp.com

**Motion Math**

Link to App Website: http://motionmathgames.com

**My Maths**

Aimed at: All Key Stages.

What a fantastic resource! In this website you find anything you need, from lesson demonstrations to booster sessions and even popular television games. Ask your teacher for the school’s password.

**Ask Nrich**

Aimed at: All Key Stages

Another great resource. This is a forum where you can submit any really annoying maths questions, and a fellow student or one of the brainy people from Cambridge University will help you solve it. Of course, you can also answer other people's questions yourself, and this really is an excellent way of understanding a topic even more. There specific forums you might want are: Please Explain - GCSE Onwards and Upwards - A Level Nrich Talk - Anything that isn't to do with maths

**E-Maths**

Aimed at: Key Stages 3 and 4

If you are studying for your Assessment Recording Points or GCSEs, whatever level you are working at, then this website is a must visit! It is jammed packed full of help, resources and examples, and best of all everything is very clearly arranged and levelled so you are sure to find just the help you need. A truly excellent website!

**Rainforest Maths**

Aimed at: Key Stages 3 and 4

If you are in Years 8 to 10, or you are doing the Foundation paper at GCSE, then have a look at this excellent Australian website. It has lots of interactive notes and activities for you to practise your maths and sort any problems out.

**BBC BiteSize**

Aimed at: All Key Stages

They say the old ones are the best, and this is still probably the best one-stop place to call in for notes, examples, interactive solutions and questions for you to have a go at yourself. Each question has its level next to it, and you can even download a big revision check-list to make sure you there will be no nasty surprises in the exam. What more could you want in a website?

**Subtangent**

Aimed at: Key Stages 3 and 4

Lots of topics in the Revision section, and in the Test Yourself bit you can tackle the following topics - Function Machines, Number Properties, Pythagoras, and Quadratics. The questions are of an interactive nature, and are extremely well laid out. There are also some good games, for when you have earned a break from revision.

**InteractiveMaths Puzzles**

Aimed at: Key Stages 3

Quite a few decent puzzles covering a wide range of topics. Many puzzles rely on the use of "matching things". Good for a quick revision of topics, and it shouldn’t give you too much of a headache.

**Supermathsworld**

Aimed at: Key Stages 3 and 4

A collection of some of the best and most original maths games around. The website even keeps a record of your progress, and the longer you play, the more you learn.