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Maths

Mathematics transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. It develops students’ ability to calculate, reason logically, to problem solve and handle data, all important aspects in everyday living and employment.

Key Stage 3

Overview

During these years students will be able to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence when problem solving.

Students will study a series of themed units incorporating a wide range of activities including the four main areas of Number, Algebra, Shape, Space and Measure and Handling-Data.

Key Stage 4

On the basis of KS3 results and teacher recommendation, all students are prepared for GCSE Mathematics at the appropriate level with the final decisions regarding tier of entry being made during the first half of Year 11.

Our programme is designed to develop students’ mathematical skills by incorporating a wide range of activities, which deliver a rich mathematical experience. This will build confidence and has a particular focus on problem-solving and functional skills.

At the end of Year 11, there are three equally weighted written papers, one without a calculator and two with a calculator.

Outline of topics

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measures and Statistics
  • Probability
  • Shape
  • Space
  • Data handling

Key Stage 5

Whilst this course builds at a higher level on many topics studied in the Higher Tier GCSE course it also introducing some more complex areas of Mathematics, which will stimulate our more mathematically able students.

Year 12

Students study three modules.

Core 1 and Core 2 focus mainly on algebra : coordinate geometry : trigonometry : differentiation : integration : sequences : logarithms : exponentials

Probability and Statistics 1 covers statistical diagrams : measures of location and spread : correlation and regression : probability theory : combinations : permutations : discrete probability distributions

Year 13

Students study a further three modules:

Core 3 and Core 4 which build on the work covered in Core 1 and 2, Mechanics 1 covers equations of motion : forces and equilibrium : momentum

More detailed course information is on the Portal.

There is also an opportunity for able mathematicians to study AS/A2 Further Maths.

Year 12 students study three modules:

Decision 1 covers algorithms, linear programming, critical path analysis and simulation. Numerical Methods covers a range of strategies to solve equations and problems for which an analytical solution cannot be found.

FPI covers matrices, complex numbers, curve sketching, roots of polynomials, proof by induction and summation of series.

Year 13 students study a further 3 modules:

Statistics 2 covers hypothesis testing, Poisson distribution, normal distribution, correlation and regression.

Mechanics 2 covers friction, moments centre of gravity, impulse & momentum and work, energy & power.

FP2 covers additional work on matrices and complex number as well as advanced calculus, polar curves and hyperbolic functions.