The Mathematics Department is a forward thinking and innovative department committed to raising standards in teaching and learning.  All colleagues are hard-working, share an enthusiasm for the subject and inspire each other with new ideas and initiatives.

Aims: To enable students to discover the joy and beauty of Mathematics and to be confident in applying Mathematics in the real world.

The Department aims to enhance the teaching and learning of Mathematics and to inspire and develop mathematical curiosity in students. It is believed that to actively involve the students in their learning will help to foster independence of thought and informed planning. Each teacher endeavours to provide a variety of experiences and activities which encourage creativity, enthusiasm and an excitement for Mathematics.

Curriculum

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13

Term 1

Autumn Term 1

  • Decimals, rounding and Bidmas
  • Drawing and Calculating Angles
  • Intro to Probability
  • Fractions
  • Introduction to Algebra

Assessment (Test)

Ice Cream Investigation

Spring Term 1

  • Symmetry
  • Averages
  • Powers, Prime and HCF/LCM
  • Straight Line Graphs
  • Quadrilaterals properties
  • Solving Equations

Assessment (Test)

Summer Term 1

  • Probability and Sample Spaces
  • Area and Perimeter of Circles
  • Solve Harder Equations
  • Multiply/divide fractions
  • Area of Other Shapes
  • Ratio

Term 2

Autumn Term 2

  • Pie Charts
  • Area of a triangle and compound shapes
  • Directed Numbers
  • Expanding Brackets
  • Substitution
  • Co-ordiantes
  • Translation

Asessement (Test)

Xmas Investigation

Spring Term 2

  • Data Collection Investigation
  • Percentages
  • Reflection and rotation
  • Travel Graphs and Speed Calculations
  • Sequences
  • Constructions

Asessement (Test)

Summer Term 2

End of Year 7 Exam (2 papers, 1 Calculator, 1 non-calculator)

  • Pair product investigation
  • Convertion of Units
  • Loci
  • Volume and Surface Area of Cuboids
  • Writing expressions
  • Formulas

Term 1

Autumn Term 1

  • Scale Drawings and Bearings
  • Negative numbers and substitution
  • Sequences
  • Brackets and solving equations
  • Decimals and Fractions
  • Pythagoras
  • Drawing Views

Assessment (test)

Spring Term 1

  • Plotting Quadratic graphs
  • Factorising
  • Percentages
  • FOIL
  • Averages for Frequency Tables
  • Frequency polygon
  • Basic congruency
  • Angles in a polygon

Assessment (test)

Summer Term 1

  • 9 pins investigation
  • Simultaneous Equations
  • Indices
  • Standard Form
  • Area/Perimeter of shapes involving Circles
  • Change Subject

Term 2

Autumn Term 2

  • Volume
  • Perfume investigation
  • Trial and Improvement
  • Transformations and enlargement
  • Stem and leaf
  • Scatter graphs

Asessement (Test)

Xmas Investigation

Spring Term 2

  • y=mx+c
  • Solving and Graphing Inequalities
  • Compound measures
  • Probability of Two Events
  • Rounding to Significant Figures and estimating
  • Error Bounds

Assessment (test)

Summer Term 2

End of Year 8 Exam (2 papers, 1 Calculator, 1 non-calculator)

  • Trigonometry
  • Direct and Inverse Proportion
  • Board game investigation
  • Questionnaires
  • Functional Skills

Term 1

Autumn Term 1

Chapter 1: Number and Problem Solving

C 2: Expressions

C 3: Statistics

C 4: Linear Equations

Asessement (Test)

Investigation

Spring Term 1

C 8: Algebra (part 2 – Sequences, Function Notation)

C 9: Measures, Constructions and Loci

C 10: Trigonometry

Assessment (test)

Investigation

Summer Term 1

C 13: Indices, decimals and surds

Investigation

Revision for Year 9 Tests

Year 9 Maths exam (2 papers, 1 Calculator, 1 non-calculator)

Term 2

Autumn Term 2

C 5: Ratio

C 6: Statistics 2

C 7: Geometry (Pythagoras)

C 8: Algebra

Asessement (Test)

Investigation

Spring Term 2

C 11: Statistics – histograms, box plots and presenting data

C12: Planning and Collecting data

C 11: Properties of shapes

C 12: Fractions, decimals and percentages

Summer Term 2

C 14: Straight-line Graphs

Investigation

Start year 10 SOL

Set Theory

Term 1

Autumn Term 1

Finish Year 9 Part 5

Venn Diagrams

Part 1

  • Transformations
  • Inequalities
  • Similarity
  • Congruency

Part 1 Test

Functional Skills Investigation

Part 2

  • Simultaneous Equations

Spring Term 1

Part 3

  • Algebraic Manipulation
  • Perimeter, area, volume and 2-D representation
  • Trial and Improvement

Summer Term 1

  • Measures
  •  Percentage and Proportional change

End of Year Revision

End of year Exams

Based on all work from year 9 and 10

Term 2

Autumn Term 2

  • Simultaneous Equations
  • Vectors
  • Circle Theorems
  • Scatter diagrams and time Series

Part 2 Test

Christmas Activities

Spring Term 2

  • Probability

Part 3 Test

Functional Skills Investigation

  • Bowland

Part 4

  • Graphs
  • Drawing Quadratics
  • Kinematics

Summer Term 2

Large Data Sets Activity – Excel

Starts y11 SOL

Part 1

  1. Standard form and using a calculator
  2. Similarity
  3. Factorising
  4. Solving Quadratic Equations

End of year Activities

 

Term 1

Autumn Term 1

Part 1

  1. Solving Quadratic Equations
  2. Three dimensional geometry
  3. Algebraic fractions

Unit C Part 2 Test

Spring Term 1

Part 2

  1. Further Trigonometry
  2. Functions
  3. Simultaneous equations
  4. Proportion and variance

 

Summer Term 1

Revision and Past Papers

GCSE Exam

Term 2

Autumn Term 2

 

Revision

Mocks – year 9/10/11 work

Mock recap lessons

Spring Term 2

Part 3

  1. Equations of motion
  2. Further Graphs
  3. Further Area and Volume
  4. Further Probability

Part 3 Test

 

Term 1

Autumn Term 1

Part 1 – Pure 1

  1. Problem Solving

Test – Basic Skills Baseline Test

  1. Surds and Indices
  2. Quadratic Equations
  3. Simultaneous Equations and Inequities
  4. Co-ordinate Geometry

Test – Part 1

Spring Term 1

Part 3 – Statistics

  1. Data Collection
  2. Data Processing and Interpretation
  3. Probability
  4. The Binomial Distribution
  5. Hypothesis Testing

Test – Part 3

Summer Term 1

Part 5 – Mechanics

  1. Kinematics
  2. Forces and Newton’s Laws
  3. Variable Acceleration

Test – Part 5

Revision –  Pure 1 , Pure 2,  Statistics and Mechanics

Year 12 Exams

Term 2

Autumn Term 2

Part 2 – Pure 2

  1. Trigonometry
  2. Polynomials
  3. Graphs and Transformations
  4. Binomial Expansion

Test – Part 2

Spring Term 2

Part 4 – Pure 3

  1. Differentiation
  2. Integration
  3. Vectors
  4. Exponentials and Logarithms

Test – Part 4

Term 1

Autumn Term 1

Core 3

  1. Differentiation recap
  2. Functions
  3. Integration
  4. Proof

Test – Core 3

Spring Term 1

  1. Vectors

Revision for Mock

MOCK – Core 3/4

Statistics 2

  1. Bivariate Data
  2. Poisson Distribution
  3. Normal Distribution

Summer Term 1

Test – Statistics 2

Revision Core 1 , Core 2,  Statistics 1

A2 Exams

Term 2

Autumn Term 2

Core 4

  1. Algebra
  2. Trigonometry
  3. Further Integration
  4. Differential Equations
  5. Parametric Equations

Spring Term 2

  1. Samples and Hypothesis Testing

Coursework

Core 4 Comprehention

Revision Core 3 , Core 4,  Statistics 2

Staff

The Mathematics Department consists of the following staff:

  • Mrs L Osborne (Head of Department)
  • Miss L Stanley (Second in Department and Year 7 Pupil Achievement Leader)
  • Mrs J Kendall (Deputy Head)
  • Mrs B Emmrich (Year 13 Pupil Achievement Leader)
  • Mr P Crockford
  • Miss S Gilks
  • Ms M Waqar
  • Mrs P Kaur
  • Miss Verma (teacher of Computer Science and Mathematics)

The department has eight full time Teachers of Mathematics, one of whom holds responsibility as a Deputy Head. All work together extremely well as a team and are very supportive to the Head of Department. Under the direction of the Head of Department members share responsibility for the progress of girls throughout Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and the Sixth Form.  The second in department is responsible for coordinating and overseeing KS3.

Additional Information

KS3

In Year 7 and 8 pupils are taught in five equal ability tutor groups each of 32 girls. The Mathematics Department has written its own comprehensive scheme of work in line with National Guidelines but with a considerable amount of extension material. In addition the girls complete a number of short investigations and problem solving activities to help them improve their functional skills in Mathematics. All the pupils follow the same scheme of work and are tested on a regular basis throughout the year and in addition they have an end of year examination. The year 8 results are used to place the girls in ability sets in Year 9.

From Year 9 onwards the pupils are taught in ability sets with each set covering the same scheme of work. The lower sets have a smaller number of pupils so they are able to receive more individual help where necessary.

In Year 9 the students begin the OCR Specification J560 GCSE course. The scheme of work is based on the content of the Essential Maths Higher GCSE textbook but is supplemented with other material where necessary. All girls take the same tests throughout the year and the same end of year examination. These results are used to adjust the setting for Year 10.

KS4

In Year 10 and Year 11 the girls continue preparation for GCSE.

All girls take the same tests throughout the year and the same end of year examination. These papers will be of the style of the GCSE papers and will contain actual GCSE questions. The results from year 10 are used to adjust the setting for Year 11. It is departmental policy not to make unnecessary changes to the teaching groups at this time, continuity with the same member of staff is considered to be important at this time. However changes in sets will be made if it is deemed to be beneficial to the student.

Students in set 1 and 2 will be extended beyond the GCSE specification using material from the OCR Additional Mathematics Qualification (FSMQ).
Results at GCSE are consistently excellent.

Sixth Form

Mathematics is an extremely popular option in the Sixth Form. Usually there are ninety or more girls who study A Level Mathematics and a further 12 who also study Further Mathematics. Current year 13 are following the MEI Structured Mathematics Specification for both Mathematics A Level and Further Mathematics A Level. Current year 12 will follow the MEI Structured Mathematics Specification H645 for Further Mathematics and AQA Mathematics Specification 7357 for Mathematics A Level. There are five teaching groups who study the single A Level. Those students who choose to study Further Mathematics form a separate teaching group.

Results at both single A Level and Further Mathematics A Level are consistently excellent.

Rooming/Resources.

The Department has six large teaching rooms in the main building and one in the Sixth Form block. All rooms have a computer, ceiling mounted projector and eBeam software so the whiteboard can be used interactively. In addition, the computer network throughout the school allows pupils access to a wide variety of mathematics software. All girls in the Sixth Form who study mathematics are advised to purchase their own graphical calculator for individual use. We use an extensive range of mathematics software on a daily basis for class demonstrations and individual use by students. Staff and students also have unlimited access to these online resources:

mymaths.co.uk

mei.org.uk (for Sixth Form Mathematicians).

How can parents help?

In Mathematics, you can best help by being interested and encouraging your daughter to talk about the work in which she is currently engaged.

Whenever possible, you should encourage your daughter to:

  • Read the teacher comments on written work and act upon them.
  • Review her work frequently.
  • Use the text book to consolidate classroom learning.
  • Follow the advice given in her assessment folder, assessment sheets clearly highlight   specific topics for improvement.
  • Make revision materials at the end of each topic.
  • Speak to her class teacher if further explanations or help is needed.
  • Attend Maths club.
  • Attend support sessions when necessary.
  • Use MyMaths or MEI (A-level) websites for extra support or to practice techniques.
  • At GCSE and A’ level, work through lots of past papers before the examinations and carefully read the mark schemes and examiner’s report.
  • Make use of the revision materials on Moodle.

Where next

The department has enjoyed a great deal of success at GCSE and A Level.  Results have been excellent and consistent over many years at all levels and the large number of girls choosing to study mathematics in the Sixth Form has been maintained due to the high success rate at GCSE.  Many of the girls have gone on to study Mathematics or Mathematics related courses at university, including Oxford and Cambridge. Mathematics can open the door to some very exciting degree courses and careers….

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