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Curriculum Statement for Mathematics

MATHEMATICS

Subject Leader – Mr R Webb

rwe@pewsey-vale.wilts.sch.uk

Mathematics
Mathematics is a core subject at GCSE and all students will take a full GCSE qualification or an Entry Level certificate. The Mathematics GCSE encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, Mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. It prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices. A mastery approach to Mathematics is used to develop a complete understanding of key Mathematical concepts and processes

Year 7
The focus for students is the acquisition of core Mathematics processing skills, Mathematical fluency, Mathematical reasoning and problem solving.

Autumn Term Topic Assessment Home Learning 
September - October Core Number In Class Electronic Portfolio
November - December  Core Number Continued End of terms 1 & 2 Formal Electronic Portfolio
Spring Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
January - February Fractions, Statistics  In Class Electronic Portfolio
March - April  Percentages End of terms 3 & 4 Formal Electronic Portfolio
Summer Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
April - May Algebra In Class  Electronic Portfolio
June - July Geometry End of terms 5 & 6 Formal Electronic Portfolio

 

Year 8
The focus for students is to develop their mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills whilst applying core Mathematics skills to other areas of the curriculum.

Autumn Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
September - October Number Revisited In Class Electronic Portfolio
November - December Data End of terms 5 & 6 Formal Electronic Portfolio
Spring Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
January - February Algebra In Class Electronic Portfolio
March - April Geometry End of terms 5 & 6 Formal Electronic Portfolio
Summer Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
April - May Ratio, proportion and rates of change In Class Electronic Portfolio
June - July Probability and Geometry in 3d End of terms 5 & 6 Formal Electronic Portfolio

 

Year 9
The focus for students is to further develop their problem solving skills whilst applying the content from years 7 and 8 to more advanced Mathematics topics. The emphasis changes to preparing pupils for the higher order thinking of the GCSE curriculum.

Autumn Term Topic Assessment Home Learning 
September - October Year 7 and 8 Revisited In Class Electronic Portfolio
November - December Advanced Algebra End of terms 5 & 6 Formal Electronic Portfolio
Spring Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
January - February Geometry In Class Electronic Portfolio
March - April Statistics and Probability End of terms 5 & 6 Formal Electronic Portfolio
Summer Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
April - May Advanced Number In Class Electronic Portfolio
June - July Geometry, Pythagoras and Trigonometry End of terms 5 & 6 Formal Electronic Portfolio

 

Assessment
Assessment: Students will be tested with end of topic tests. Mental arithmetic skills and spelling of mathematical vocabulary will be tested on a regular basis. Assessment of using and applying Maths is ongoing through both class and homework/independent study. An examination, similar in format to those of the National Curriculum tests, is given in the middle, and at the end of the academic year. By the end of Key Stage 3, students are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Assessment Matrices

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Equipment
Students are expected to bring the following equipment to every lesson:

Pen, pencil, ruler, protractor, pair of compasses, scientific calculator. Exercise books are provided. In case of damage students are expected to finance a replacement book.

Extra-Curricular Activities
Mathematics intervention runs every Wednesday after school for Year 11 students. Students will have this timetabled.

The UK Maths challenge (Junior and intermediate) is run every academic year for students in set 1 across all year groups.

Suggested Extension Activities
Students can visit museums and locations which encourage and celebrate pure and applied Mathematics e.g. Bletchley Park, Techniquest, Science Museums and Mathematics mastery days hosted by universities.

GCSE Maths
Examination Board: EDEXCEL
Specification: Mathematics MA01

Specification link

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html

Overview

Year 10

Autumn Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
September - December

Number

Algebra

In class assessments

End of terms 1 & 2 Formal

Electronic Portfolio
Spring Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
January - April

Geometry

Data and Statistics

In class assessments

End of terms 1 & 2 Formal

Electronic Portfolio
Summer Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
April - July

Ratio, proportion and rates of change

Probability

In class assessments

End of terms 1 & 2 Formal

Electronic Portfolio

 

Year 11

Autumn Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
September - December

Number

Algebra

Revision

In class assessments

PP Examination

Electronic Portfolio and revision booklet
Spring Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
January - April

Geometry

Data

Ratio, proportion and rates of change

Revision

In Class assessments

PP Examination

Electronic Portfolio and revision booklet
Summer Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
April - July

Probability

Revision

In class assessments

Formal Examination

Revision Papers

 

Equipment
Students are expected to bring the following equipment to every lesson:

Pen, pencil, ruler, protractor, pair of compasses, scientific calculator. Exercise books are provided. In case of damage students are expected to finance a replacement book.

Assessment
Assessment: Students will be tested with end of topic tests. Mental arithmetic skills, spelling of mathematical vocabulary and retention of key formulae will be tested on a regular basis. Assessment of using and applying Maths is ongoing through both class and homework/independent study. An examination, similar in format to those of the formal GCSE is sat at the end of year 10 and again for the internal mock exams. By the end of Key Year 11, students are expected to know, remember, apply and understand all Mathematical concepts that they have been taught since year 7.

Home Learning
All homework for GCSE Mathematics will be set as an electronic portfolio for completion over the course of the term. This will be set each week, and will available to view online on Class Charts and MyMaths. Year 11 students are set additional revision tasks and, closer to the formal examination, practice papers to prepare them for the formal GCSE.

Useful resources:

Websites

https://www.mymaths.co.uk/

https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/gcse.html

https://mathsmadeeasy.co.uk/

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z38pycw

http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/index.html

https://justmaths.co.uk/2015/12/21/9-1-exam-questions-by-topic-higher-tier/

 

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