Mathematics is the means of looking at the patterns that make up our world and the intricate and beautiful ways in which they are constructed and realised. Numeracy is the means by which that knowledge is made useful.
Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing students’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data. Mathematics is important for students in many other areas of study, particularly science and technology. It is also important in everyday living for many forms of employment, and in public decision-making. As a subject in its own right, mathematics presents frequent opportunities for creativity. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a problem is solved for the first time, or a more elegant solution to a problem is discovered, or when hidden connections suddenly manifest.
The subject enables students to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence. The power of mathematical reasoning lies in its use of precise and concise forms of language, symbolism and representation to reveal and explore general relationships. These mathematical forms are widely used for modelling situations; a trend accelerated by computational technologies.
The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics helps us to understand and change the world.
The following topics are studied in the first term of the year.
The following topics are studied in the second term of the academic year.
These are the topics studied in the third term of the academic year.
The topics that follow are studied in the first term of Year 8.
Spring Term
The topics taught in the second term of Year 8 are as follows.
In the summer term of Year 8 these topics are taught.
The following topics are studied in the first term of the year.
The following topics are studied in the second term of the academic year.
These are the topics studied in the third term of the academic year.
Number
Graphs, Tables and Charts
Fractions and Percentages
Equations, Inequalities and Sequences
Angles
Averages and Range
Perimeter, Area and Volume 1
Graphs
Transformations
Ratio and Proportion
Right-Angled Triangles
Probability
Multiplicative Reasoning
Constructions, Loci and Bearings
Algebra Interpreting and Representing Data
Fractions, Ratio and Percentages
Angles and Trigonometry
Graphs
Area and Volume
Equations and Inequalities
Probability
Multiplicative Reasoning
More Trigonometry
Further Statistics
Equations and Graphs
Quadratic Equations and Graphs
Perimeter, Area and Volume 2
Fractions, Indices and Standard Form
Congruence, Similarity And Vectors
More Algebra
Circle Theorems
More Algebra
Vectors and Geometric Proof
Proportion and Graphs
Students will study the new AQA A-level Mathematics specification. This is a full two year A-level course. The new A-level provides students with a thorough grounding in the mathematical tools and techniques often needed in the workplace. The logic and reasoning skills developed by studying A-level Mathematics serves as a useful support for many other qualifications. Importantly it is a sought after qualification for the workplace and courses in higher education.
It is recognised that the mathematics skills learned at A-level, such as logical thinking, problem solving and statistical analysis, may be closer to those actually used in the workplace than skills learned in other subjects.
The Mathematics Department has a team of experienced teachers. Students are taught in small groups where the subject matter can be discussed in detail in seminar type lessons that complement the more traditional form of lesson. Homework is set regularly; it comprises undertaking additional tasks that stretch the understanding of the subject.
This is a two year course and students will sit the whole assessment in May and June in the second year of study. At the end of the first year of study there is an internally set examination, to assess progress.
While studying mathematics students will:
The course is divided into units, which cover three of the branches of mathematics. Students will study:
Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics
There are three externally examined papers. 9MA0/01, 9MA0/02 and 9MA0/03
Papers 1 and 2 examine the Pure Mathematics elements, including:
proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, and vectors.
The knowledge required for Paper 1 is assumed knowledge for Paper 2 and may be tested within parts of questions.
Paper 3 covers the applied elements,
Section A covers the statistics elements, including:
statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions, and statistical hypothesis testing.
Section B covers the mechanics elements, including:
quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws, and moments.
Each paper is 2 hours long and provides 33.33% of the qualification.
Calculators can be used in all three papers.
Students who have achieved a good Grade 7 from the Higher GCSE paper will be eligible to study Mathematics at A- level.