Mathematics equips people 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.The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. It is a creative discipline. Without it mobile phones, bar codes, texting, etc. would not exist.Our courses allow students to develop their problem solving skills, numerical ability and mathematical confidence so that they can thrive in a rapidly changing world.
You will follow a spiral course designed to develop your abilities in;
- Using and Applying Maths
- Number and Algebra
Each year will re-visit and build on the previous year’s learning.
You will be encouraged to develop;
- A positive attitude towards Maths
- An ability to think and communicate clearly, accurately and logically
- An ability to solve problems using Maths skills, independently and as part of a group
- An awareness of how Mathematics is used in everyday life.
Examination Board EDEXCEL
What will you do?
All pupils study mathematics. The subject content of this specification matches that set out in the Department for Education’s Mathematics GCSE subject content and assessment objectives document.
The following topics are covered within the course:
- Algebra Ratio Geometry
- Probability and Statistics
Pupils will be encouraged to
- Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
- Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
- Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
- Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.
This course in mathematics will provide a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. We encourage 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. We will also provide a strong mathematical foundation for students who go on to study mathematics at a higher level post-16.
How will you do it?
Students will sit three examinations; one calculator and two non-calculator.
Each exam last 1 hour 30 minutes and content from any part of the specification is examinable in each exam. There is no coursework element to this exam.
Pupils who find Mathematics very challenging can be entered for Functional Skills Certificate at either Level 1 or Level 2. We also offer an Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics.
More able students will study Further Mathematics in addition to Core Mathematics, gaining two distinct GCSE in Mathematics. Further Mathematics gives highly able students an introduction to post-16 mathematics that will fully prepare them for whatever mathematics course they choose to study after GCSE’s.
The pupils will be required to complete TWO homework sessions of 60 minutes per week. These may include written work from a text book or worksheet, investigation work or revision.
The department encourages self-assessment and evaluation of progress to allow for immediate teacher response to misunderstandings. ‘Out of hours’ time is available for more individual support especially at lunchtimes. There is also a series of formative assessments and extended tasks to monitor progress. Exercise books are reviewed by the class teacher every two weeks.
Families can help by encouraging good organisation to achieve deadlines, regular completion of homework and by talking about the mathematics to improve communication skills. Playing strategy developing games and encouraging puzzle solving is also very important.
As part of the IB Diploma, all students study Mathematics.
We offer 3 levels of study;
HL Mathematics (4 hours per week) for those who wish to study Maths or a related subject beyond sixth form.
SL Mathematics (2 hours per week in year 12 and 3 in year 13) for those who may need Maths to support their studies
SL Mathematical Studies (2 hours per week in year 12 and 3 in year 13) for those who do not need Maths to support their future learning.
You will complete TWO homework tasks each week. They could be written work
from a text book or worksheet, investigation work, research or revision.
KS3: 30 minutes per homework
KS4: 45-60 minutes per homework
KS5: 60 – 90 minutes per homework
Year 7 – Alcester Maths Trail
Armed with a worksheet including practical tasks to complete, pupils discover that maths is all around them when they explore the local historical town of Alcester.
Year 7 – Spatial Awareness Day
The objective of the day is to improve pupils’ spatial awareness to enhance their knowledge and understanding of shape, space and 3 dimensional ideas.
Year 8 – Drayton Manor Theme Park
As part of the Maths, Science and Computing Curriculum all of year 8 visit Drayton Manor Park to look at elements of the tourist industry and to gain experience with compound measures such as speed and acceleration.
For further information contact Mrs. K. Farelly, Head of the Maths Department