Year 7

Structure
At the beginning of Year 7 the pupils are placed in one of three bands for Mathematics. The basis for this initial placement is the Key Stage 2 Mathematics results and our baseline testing but movement between groups is possible throughout the year. All pupils will follow a programme based upon the National Numeracy Strategy and will undertake activities and tasks which will consolidate and develop their skills in number and algebra, their understanding of spatial properties and handling data.

The course that the students follow will require them to interact as a class and in small groups, as well as to work individually. Many of the tasks have been specifically designed to encourage investigative techniques and to develop problem-solving strategies.
 
Equipment
All students will be expected to have their own scientific calculator and will be taught when it is appropriate to use it. The expectation is that mental fluency with number must come first. A list of essential equipment is provided in the student planner.
 
Homework
Homework is an important element within the course and will be set after each lesson. The majority of homework will involve consolidation or extension of the work covered in that lesson, although some of the work set will be preparatory work for the next lesson. Completing homework on time and to the best of their ability is therefore a major priority.
 
Assessment
Throughout the course there are a series of regular assessments based upon the scheme of work. Classwork, homework and tests will all be considered when determining movement between the groups.
 
All students will sit an end of year examination.
Year 8

Structure
At the beginning of the Year 8, all students are set into seven groups within a half-year population. The structure allows for a great deal of movement between groups to find the correct level for each individual. During Year 8, all students will undertake activities and tasks which will consolidate and develop their skills in number and algebra, their understanding of spatial properties and handling data.

The scheme is organised into three tiers, which allow a differentiated approach and suitable preparation for the end of Key Stage tests. The course that the students follow will require them to interact as a class and in small groups, as well as to work individually. Many of the tasks have been specifically designed to encourage investigative techniques and to develop problem-solving strategies.

Equipment
All students are expected to have their own scientific calculator. For the Foundation course a non-scientific calculator is sufficient. A list of essential equipment is provided in the student planner.

Homework
Homework is an important element within the course and will be set after each lesson. The majority of homeworks will involve consolidation or extension of the work covered in that lesson, although some of the work set will be preparatory work for the next lesson. Completing homework on time and to the best of their ability is therefore a major priority.

Assessment
Throughout the course there are a series of regular assessments based upon the scheme of work. Classwork, homework and tests will all be considered when determining set moves.

All students will sit an end of year examination.

Year 9

Structure
The structure will continue to allow a great deal of movement between groups to find the correct level for each individual prior to the end of Key Stage tests. During Year 9, all students will undertake activities and tasks which will consolidate and develop their skills in number and algebra, their understanding of spatial properties and handling data.

The scheme is organised into three tiers, which allow a differentiated approach and suitable preparation for the end of Key Stage tests. The course that the students follow will require them to interact as a class and in small groups, as well as to work individually. Many of the tasks have been specifically designed to encourage investigative techniques and to develop problem-solving strategies.

Equipment
All students are expected to have their own scientific calculator. For the Foundation course a non-scientific calculator is sufficient. A list of essential equipment is provided in the student planner.

Homework
Homework is an important element within the course and will be set after each lesson. The majority of homeworks will involve consolidation or extension of the work covered in that lesson, although some of the work set will be preparatory work for the next lesson. Completing homework on time and to the best of their ability is therefore a major priority.

Assessment
Throughout the course there are a series of regular assessments based upon the scheme of work. Classwork, homework and tests will all be considered when determining set moves.

Formal end of Key Stage tests will take place in early May. These tests consist of a non-calculator paper and a paper that requires the use of a calculator in line with current GCSE requirements. The students will then begin their GCSE course after May half term.

GCSE

The course aims to enable each student to develop the mathematical skills and understanding required for adult life, for employment and for further study and training. Mathematical ideas are presented in real-life situations enabling students to see the relevance and usefulness of Mathematics.

Higher Tier will also prepare students for studying Maths at A-Level. The new GCSE syllabus is more challenging at both tiers than previous years.

Students are entered for the Edexcel Linear GCSE Mathematics syllabus. Students who are unable to access the GCSE course will follow the Edexcel Certificate of Achievement programme.

 FoundationHigher
Number and Ratio35%50%
Algebra30%20%
Geometry and Measures20%15%
Statistics & Probability15%15%

These are assessed by three examination papers (one non-calculator paper) at the end of the course. Elements of using and applying mathematics will be incorporated into the written papers. There is no coursework component in the GCSE course.

The final examination is offered at two tiers of entry. The grades available at each tier are:

  • Foundation: Grades 1-5 (Existing grades G - B-)
  • Higher: Grades 4-9 (Existing grades C - A*)

Additional Mathematics Qualification (Top sets ONLY)
This course provides students with an introduction to the Mathematics studied at AS level and is graded beyond GCSE and so attracts UCAS points. The course is split into four areas, Algebra, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus.

Assessment will be a two-hour examination at the end of Year 11. This course will only be offered to the most able mathematicians (i.e. level 8 students).

Homework and Assessment
Homework is set 3 times a week and is often used as the starting point for the next lesson. It is an integral part of the consolidation, revision and extension aspects of the course.

Regular tests are set throughout each course and tests are reviewed in detail to identify areas for improvement. Test results, along with classwork and homework, are all considered in determining movement of students between sets and the appropriate tier of entry for the GCSE examination.

Students will sit a full mock GCSE at the end of Year 10 and 2 further mocks in Year 11.

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