Wednesday January 29th, 2020
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# Maths

We aim to equip students with skills for life, together with the best possible qualifications.

Students are supported to achieve the highest grades they can, taking account of their individual needs.

In recent years, there has been a shift in Maths education to make it more functional and based on problem solving.  Students are expected to be flexible in their approach to problems and they are supported to generate their own examples and tackle problems set by their peers. Students are encouraged to use diagrams to make links between different aspects of Maths and to use a variety of different representations to deepen their understanding, for instance using area diagrams to represent algebraic expressions.

There are opportunities to participate in activities such as the UK Maths Challenges, visits to the Maths Institute in Oxford, and visits to Warwick University, to investigate Maths in action. Additional support is offered for some students, within the class or through withdrawal groups, to help students to narrow gaps in knowledge and enable them to make better progress in the subject. There are after school Maths clinics for A-level students, GCSE revision sessions for Year Eleven students, as well as Easter school.

Key Stage Three

Below is a list of the topics learned in Year Seven:

• Use positive integer powers and associated real roots
• Apply the four operations with decimal numbers
• Write a quantity as a fraction or percentage of another
• Use multiplicative reasoning to interpret percentage change
• Add, subtract, multiply and divide with fractions and mixed numbers
• Check calculations using approximation, estimation or inverse operations
• Simplify and manipulate expressions by collecting like terms
• Simplify and manipulate expressions by multiplying a single term over a bracket
• Substitute numbers into formulae
• Solve linear equations in one unknown
• Understand and use lines parallel to the axes, y = x and y = -x
• Calculate surface area of cubes and cuboids
• Understand and use geometric notation for labelling angles, lengths, equal lengths and parallel lines

Below is a list of the topics learned in Year Eight:

• Apply the four operations with negative numbers
• Convert numbers into standard form and vice versa
• Apply the multiplication, division and power laws of indices
• Convert between terminating decimals and fractions
• Find a relevant multiplier when solving problems involving proportion
• Solve problems involving percentage change, including original value problems
• Factorise an expression by taking out common factors
• Change the subject of a formula when two steps are required
• Find and use the nth term for a linear sequence
• Solve linear equations with unknowns on both sides
• Plot and interpret graphs of linear functions
• Apply the formulae for circumference and area of a circle
• Calculate theoretical probabilities for single events

Key Stage Four

Below is a list of the topics learned in Year Nine:

• Calculate with roots and integer indices
• Manipulate algebraic expressions by expanding the product of two binomials
• Manipulate algebraic expressions by factorising a quadratic expression of the form x² + bx + c
• Understand and use the gradient of a straight line to solve problems
• Solve two linear simultaneous equations algebraically and graphically
• Plot and interpret graphs of quadratic functions
• Change freely between compound units
• Use ruler and compass methods to construct the perpendicular bisector of a line segment and to bisect an angle
• Solve problems involving similar shapes
• Calculate exactly with multiples of π
• Apply Pythagoras’ theorem in two dimensions
• Use geometrical reasoning to construct simple proofs
• Use tree diagrams to list outcomes

In Years Ten and Eleven we follow the AQA Maths GCSE Specification (8300). There are two tiers, Foundation and Higher. For more details please visit: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/gcse/mathematics-8300

Key Stage Five

Maths and Further Maths are very popular subjects at A-Level. They are also very successful with many students achieving the highest grades possible.

We study AQA Maths and Further Maths. Further information can be found on the AQA website: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/as-and-a-level/mathematics-7357

Faculty Staff

• Mrs P. Davys (Faculty Leader)
• Mrs J. Faulkner (Assistant Faculty Leader)
• Mrs K. Usher (Assistant Faculty Leader)
• Mr D. Dobson
• Ms E. Doherty
• Mr R. Hosking
• Mr S. Williams (Head of Sixth Form)
• Mrs N. Heydon