There are four broad areas of learning;
- Using and Applying Mathematics
- Number and Algebra
- Shape, Space and Measure
- Handling Data
At all possible opportunities the students are encouraged to improve their skills in talking mathematically to develop precision, reasoning, articulation and clarity. Practical activity features regularly in classwork, so that techniques can be learned and developed through application to real situations.
The intention is to develop students' mathematical skills and knowledge, through oral, written, graphic and practical work. This should be in a manner which encourages confidence, enabling the individual to apply skills to both everyday and theoretical situations in order to find solutions to problems. We aim to develop each student's ability and confidence to cope with practical aspects of everyday life at work, at home and in leisure activities.
Key Stage 3
Students undertake baseline assessment in July, before entering year 7, and are put into teaching groups accordingly. Students entering the grammar stream are baseline tested in September at the start of year 7. The varied experiences from Year 6 are reviewed and developed, essentially covering levels four to eight as appropriate for the individual student. All students are expected to make at least two sub-levels of progress in this first year. The grammar stream follow and accelerated curriculum and are expected to make three sub-levels of progress per year as a minimum. Number, Algebra, Shape and Space and Data Handling topics are covered using a wide variety of texts and resources.
Mathematics is a spiral curriculum leading to skills and concepts being revisited and then extended. New areas of the curriculum are also explored. In the Grammar stream areas of data handling and statistics are explored in greater depth.
The GCSE syllabus is started in year 9 for all students and they will all be required to review and extend their knowledge and skills. The course followed is Edexcel Syllabus 1MA0 linear option A. The assessment pattern for this option is in the form of two terminal examinations, one calculator and one non-calculator, sat at the end of the course in year 11. The papers are offered at two levels, foundation (C-G) and higher (A*-E). Students will continue to work in the four areas of the National Curriculum. GCSE texts are used to supplement the teaching of key topics which appear on past papers.
Key Stage 4
Students continue to follow a course leading towards their GCSE. The level of entry for the individual student is determined after the mock examination in Year 11. Students in the Grammar stream and those who show a high level of achievement in other groups will be able to take an additional GCSE in statistics at the end of Year 11.
Key Stage 5
Entry to the Advanced level course requires an A*, A or B on the Higher GCSE tier.
Year 12 AS
Students follow a modular course comprising of three units, Pure Core 1 and 2 and Mechanics 1.
Year 13 A2
Students continue from the AS course with three further units comprising Pure Core 3 and 4 and Statistics 1