Key Stage 3
For Key Stage 3 we follow a two year course.
Students’ progress is assessed throughout the
course against the eight National Curriculum levels by teacher assessment, based
on a combination of formal examinations and on-going assessments.
The curriculum in both years incorporates many opportunities to
develop Functional and Key Process Skills using resources from the NRich
website and the Bowland Trust.
Collins New Mathematics Frameworking textbooks are available as a
resource for all classes but the curriculum does not slavishly follow the
Extension and Enrichment
3 Enrichment Days focus on Functional Skills, Key Process Skills and Problem
Key Stage 4 GCSE
Exam Board and Content
Edexcel GCSE Mathematics A Higher
All students are entered for the higher tier and there is no coursework. Students sit for the exam (calculator and non-calculator) at end of Year 11 in summer.
This Edexcel GCSE in Mathematics A gives students the opportunity to develop the ability to:
- acquire and use problem-solving strategies;
- select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real-world situations;
- reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions; and
- interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.
From 2013 September onwards, students at the start of the KS4 are taught an IGCSE-equivalent qualification: the Edexcel Certificate in Mathematics which is based on the Edexcel International GCSE Mathematics A qualification. Students will sit for two calculator papers at the end of Year 11 in summer.
This qualification covers some non-GCSE content, for example, basic calculus.
This Edexcel Certificate in Mathematics requires students to demonstrate application and understanding of the following:
Number and algebra
- Numbers and the number system (including set language and notations)
- Equations, formulae and identities
- Sequences, functions and graphs (including basic calculus)
- Shape, space and measure
- Vectors and transformation geometry
In addition to the GCSE (or Edexcel Certificate – first entries in summer 2016), the most able students study for the Free-Standing Mathematics Qualification (Additional Mathematics) by OCR in Year 11. This qualification allows students to bridge the gap between GCSE and A-level Maths, and gives them the appropriate rigorous challenge and stretch. The rest of the Year 11 students study Edexcel Level 2/3 Award in Algebra. Level 2 helps to build students' confidence in algebra, a topic many students find challenging whilst Level 3 provides stretch and challenge for more able students, giving them the opportunity to work at a faster pace, keeping them motivated and motivating them to continue studying mathematics.
Extension and Enrichment
Students have done investigations and activities on various
topics such as strategic board games, golden ratios, fractals, logic algorithm,
code-deciphering, rocket-car building and many more. Students were inspired by the renowned
stand-up mathematician, Matt Parker, when he held an immensely enjoyable presentation
and workshop in one Enrichment Day last year. Schemes of work also allow for
ICT-based enrichment using websites like www.mymaths.co.uk and www.nrich.maths.org. Maths Challenges are organised for students in every year
Mathematics is offered at
AS/A2 level and both courses use the Edexcel exam board. Mathematics is a
popular choice and it complements many other subjects in the curriculum. Pure
Maths modules, C1 and C2, and Statistics 1 are studied in Year 12 as part of
the AS course. Students in Year 13 complete their A-Level by studying Pure
Maths modules, C3 and C4, and Mechanics 1. Further Mathematics is also offered
at AS/ A2 level and the course uses the Edexcel exam board. Additional modules
that are studied to those above include Further Pure Maths 1-3, Decision 1,
Statistics 2 and Mechanics 2.
More detail on the a-level course can be found here