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Maths

‘Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty.’ – Bertrand Russell

 Introduction

“As Year 7 students we think Maths is important in everyday life.  We all feel like we are being challenged enough, but not to the point where it is too hard.  We use maths to learn about things we will do later in life such as dealing with money, length and time.  Maths is used in all careers so it is very important for us to learn.”

Kaila Madden, Milli Littler and Emily Clarkson – Y7

“Maths in Year 10 is extremely enjoyable; we cover a range of subjects and helpful tips surround the classrooms.  The teachers help greatly when needed, but students do also.  Group work builds confidence, and individual work enhances and refines your mathematical skills. Overall learning and fun is high!”

Jade Foster and Katherine Sutcliffe – Y10

KS3 Maths

What will I study?

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which you need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programme of study for Key Stage 3 is organised into apparently distinct domains, but you should build on Key Stage 2 and connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. You should also apply your mathematical knowledge in science, geography, computing and other subjects.

Students in Year 7 & 8 will follow the National Curriculum KS3 programmes of study which cover all areas of mathematics:

  • Number – number place and value & Calculations
  • Algebra
  • Fractions, decimals & percentages
  • Geometry – measurements, mensuration & calculation, properties of shapes & construction and position & direction
  • Statistics
  • Ratio & proportion

How will I be assessed?

All students will complete assessments at the end of each taught topic.  These will be graded using the Lancashire Local Authority band system and will enable you to track progress and identify strengths and weaknesses in different areas.  In addition to this, once a term you will complete GCSE exam style papers to assess overall learning.

How can I stretch my learning?

In mathematics, the best way to improve is through regular practice.  You can consolidate work you have been taught using www.mymaths.co.uk and our online textbooks on Collins Connect.   You can also use these to learn new topics before they are taught.

One of the key concepts in mathematics is problem solving and reasoning.  The more you do this type of activity, the better your skills become in these areas.  You can go onto the NRICH website to access different types of problems along with others listed below.

Useful links

 

GCSE Mathematics

What will I study?

Students will follow Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics.  This is a three year course designed to:

  • Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and develop concepts
  • Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions
  • Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

GCSE Mathematics will cover content across all areas of mathematics:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proporton & rates of change
  • Geometry & measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

How will I be assessed?

Over the course of three years you will have end of topic assessments which will be based on exam style questions.  Each term you will also sit a GCSE exam paper to assess your overall progress.  At the end of Y11 you will sit three mathematics papers, which all last 1hour 30 mins in duration.

How can I stretch my learning?

In mathematics, the best way to improve is through regular practice.  You can consolidate work you have been taught using www.mymaths.co.uk and our online textbooks on Collins Connect.   You can also use these to learn new topics before they are taught.

One of the key concepts in mathematics is problem solving and reasoning.  The more you do this type of activity, the better your skills become in these areas.  You can go onto the NRICH website to access different types of problems along with others listed below.

You can also ask your teachers for advice, for extra exam papers and for extension work.

Useful links

 Key contact name, role & email

Mrs L Harrison

Curriculum Leader – Maths

lharrison@shuttleworth.lancs.sch.uk

01282 682300

 

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