The Mathematics Department aims to enable all pupils to acquire mathematical skills and knowledge and to provide opportunities for them to use these skills to undertake problem solving with confidence, enjoyment and success. Pupils are encouraged to think for themselves within a clear, rigorous mathematical framework, to be critical of their own thinking and prepared to test, justify and improve their conclusions or solutions. Students are assessed at the end of each term and they also complete an end of year test.
In Year 7 the aim is to ensure that the students’ experience of transitioning to secondary school is positive and challenging. Formal, whole class learning is introduced, especially of topics new to all. There is an intended overlap with the primary school syllabus on basic topics. Exercises are set on these basic topics to reassure, to build confidence and to challenge. Mathematical activities are planned which enable teachers to get to know students individually and which encourage students to work cooperatively. Emphasis, encouragement and support is given to the establishment of the standards of organisation (equipment, books, deadlines) and of presentation of written work that are expected at the Wellington Academy.
In Year 8 basic understanding and competence are established in fundamental mathematical topics – algebraic simplification, solving equations, using percentages and ratio, finding areas and volumes, drawing graphs, finding and using averages and calculating probability. Problem solving tasks and investigations are based on recognising patterns, solving puzzles and appreciating strategy in mathematical games. Tasks are chosen in which it is possible for the pupil to relate their solution to the underlying mathematical structure. The curriculum provides the foundation from which students tackle their GCSE course in Years 9, 10 and 11.
“Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics, I assure you that mine are greater.“ - Albert Einstein
Mathematics is a core subject at GCSE and all students will take a full GCSE qualification or an Entry Level certificate. The Maths GCSE encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. Skills that are developed throughout the course include the management of money, key mathematical concepts for a range of professions (i.e. engineering, medicine, finance), and general problem solving and thinking skills.
The students will develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts in the following areas:
They will use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts and apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations. The content of the GCSE course is a natural progression from the Key Stage 3 syllabus.
The GCSE course begins in Year 9 to ensure there is sufficient time to cover all the topics in depth and builds in plenty of revision time into Year 11.
How will I be assessed?
The GCSE is available at Higher tier (grades 3-9) and Foundation tier (grades 1-5). The assessment consists of three exam papers each lasting one hour thirty minutes which are taken at the end of Year 11. One exam paper is non-calculator. There is no controlled assessment.
The Entry Level Certificate is assessed using a series of tasks which are completed during normal lessons.
Click here for further information regarding the Edexcel GCSE Maths Specification.
A Level mathematics is one of the most revered A Level qualifications that can be attained in KS5 and is sought after by top Universities and employers alike. The course is designed so that you will develop your ability to reason logically, extend your range of mathematical skills and use mathematics as an effective means of communication. Students are required to have achieved a minimum of a grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics to be considered for study at A Level.
Throughout the course you will study Pure Mathematics modules which will build upon the topics studied at GCSE. In addition to Pure Mathematics you will also study compulsory Statistics and Mechanics units.
Topics covered during the 2 year course are:
All modules are assessed with a written examination at the end of Year 13.
This course is designed for students who wish to study Mathematics at university or pursue a mathematics related subject beyond A Level. The course builds upon the Core Mathematics component of the A Level course with additional optional modules in Mechanics, Statistics or Decision Maths. The recommendation is that students need a minimum of a grade 6 at GCSE to succeed on this course.
Compulsory content includes: proof, complex numbers, matrices, further algebra and functions, further calculus, further vectors, differential equations, hyperbolic functions, polar coordinates.
Two further units are required from the following (which units will be dependent upon the other subjects chosen by the student within the class).
All modules are assessed with a written examination at the end of Year 13. All modules carry equal weighting.
Click here for more information on the Edexcel GCE Maths Specification and course material.
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Deputy Head / Curriculum and Achievement
Dr Dan Rosen
Curriculum Director Maths
Ms Sarah Stocker
Subject Leader KS3 Maths Numeracy Coordinator
Miss Julia Noyes
Subject Leader KS4 Maths
Mr J Biggs
Teach First UQT & Residential Tutor
Miss L Baker