Key Stage 3

KS3 is an important time for Mathematics. Students will develop fundamental skills and building blocks that they will use to support them through the whole of their Mathematical learning.

In Year 7, students work towards mastery of key skills in the areas of Number, Algebra and Geometry & Measures. In Year 8, we build on the skills from Year 7 whilst also introducing new, higher-skilled topics throughout the year. In Year 9, we build on the skills from Year 8 and, once again, continue to introduce more and more complex content as the year progresses. By the end of Year 9 students will have covered content from all 5 areas of GCSE Mathematics: Number, Algebra, Geometry & Measures, Ratio, Proportion & Rates of Change, Probability and Statistics.

The KS3 curriculum is based on a mastery approach where students learn about each skill in depth before moving on to the next topic. The schemes of work are designed to interleave topics regularly so that students can connect new and existing knowledge. This helps students to develop fluency and transfer knowledge to their long-term memory.
As well as building Mathematical skills and knowledge, we also aspire to equip students with life-long skills in the areas of independence, resilience and confidence; skills that will support them and lead them to success.

Assessments

All KS3 students have a series of formal termly assessments, as well as regular informal topic tests to review their understanding. All assessments will have a mixture of the 3 GCSE assessment objectives: AO1, AO2 and AO3.

AO1 focuses on using and applying standard techniques. AO2 concentrates on reasoning, interpreting and communicating mathematically. AO3 is based on problem solving and evaluating methods.

What can you do?

We are working hard to ensure that we build a culture of independence across the Collegiate, encouraging students to regularly review, practise and consolidate their learning outside of the classroom.

It is important to understand that the most effective way to improve in Maths is to practice! This means regularly completing questions and then checking and correcting answers.

In order to support students at home:

  • Ensure students regularly practice their numeracy skills:
    • Multiplication facts (1 x 1 up to 12 x 12)
    • Mental Methods (addition and subtraction of 1- and 2-digit numbers mentally)
    • Written Methods (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division without a calculator)
    • Place value (multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000).
  • Ensure students are completing their independent study to the best of their ability.
  • Encourage students to read back through their notes, learn key formulas and remember key points.
  • Encourage students to re-attempt questions from their Maths books and see if they can still do it correctly.
  • Use MathsWatch regularly

MathsWatch

For extra support and practice, we recommend using Mathswatch.co.uk.

MathsWatch is an online learning program where each student has their own individual log in. It provides students with tutorial videos for all topics in the KS3 and 4 curricula. The website also has interactive questions which can be marked instantly online, and worksheets that can be printed off.

Schemes of Work

Key Stage 4

Mathematics at KS4 extends the skills taught throughout KS3 to more advanced topics alongside a greater emphasis on preparing students for their GCSE examinations.

Due to the nature of our cohort, the Higher Tier GCSE Mathematics examinations is suitable for most of our students. Our scheme of work reflects this by the implementation of a ‘Higher’ and a ‘Higher Support’ schemes. The topics in these schemes differ slightly in order to provide the most suitable learning journey for the varied student needs.

In both schemes, students will develop their understanding in the six main sections; Algebra, Geometry, Number, Ratio & Proportion, Probability and Statistics. The allocated topics can be viewed in the related linked scheme of work.

LINK TO SCHEME OF WORK – Year 10 Higher Support
LINK TO SCHEME OF WORK – Year 10 Higher
LINK TO SCHEME OF WORK – Year 11 Higher Support
LINK TO SCHEME OF WORK – Year 11 Higher

Assessments

In Year 10, students will be assessed similar to that of KS3. They will have a series of formal termly assessments, which will assess a broad range of skills and assessment objectives, as well as regular informal topic tests to review their understanding of more specific topic content. The assessment objectives of which all GCSE examination papers are made up from are denoted AO1, AO2 and AO3.

AO1 focuses on using and applying standard techniques. AO2 concentrates on reasoning, interpreting and communicating mathematically. AO3 is based on problem solving and evaluating methods.

In Year 11, the PPEs (Pre-Public Examinations) will dominate the assessment structure. Two PPEs are usually completed each with three papers to replicate that of the GCSE examinations that the students will sit in the summer.

What can you do to support?

The main attribute of a successful learner is one that has the correct attitude to learning. This type of student will not only work hard in lesson but also have an independence outside of them.

Throughout the whole learning journey in mathematics, students need to be developing a cycle of reflection to improve. As such students will be encouraged to practice hard, review and mark their work regularly, identify areas of relative weakness and then most importantly rectify these.

There are a series of ways in which students can perform the latter task and these are highlighted as our ‘closing the gap’ resources. The main resources are: MathsWatch, CorbettMaths, HegartyMaths.

MathsWatch is an online learning program where each student has their own individual log in. It provides students with tutorial videos for all topics in the KS3 and 4 curricula. The website also has interactive questions which can be marked instantly online, and worksheets that can be printed off.

CorbettMaths.com is another online resource that hosts a variety of different worksheets. Most useful of these is the 5-a-day section of the website. Students in KS4 are encouraged to complete these worksheets which contain five quick GCSE-style questions for each day of the year as revision and to develop recall.

HegartyMaths.com hosts a fantastic range of videos for independent learning and revision for GCSEs. Most of these videos are also available on their YouTube channel for ease of access.

Schemes of Work

Key Stage 5

In College VI, Mathematics students will study two main elements: Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. The core modules cover Algebraic processing skills, Functions, Sequences and Series, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus. The applied module consists of two main areas of expertise: Mechanics and Statistics. Mechanics considers topics such as Forces and Dynamics, Kinematics, Equations of Motion and Moments. Statistics examines areas such as Probability, Graphical Representation of Data Sampling Methods and Hypothesis Testing. This is a challenging course which requires a high level of commitment from all who study it, regardless of ability.

We also offer the opportunity to study Further Mathematics.

Mathematics

Pure 1 will be studied in Year 12 and Pure 2 will be studied in Year 13, with elements of both Statistics and Mechanics covered alongside each of these modules. The course is weighted heavily towards Pure, compromising 2/3 of the total course with Mechanics and Statistics worth 1/6 respectively.

Further Mathematics

Further Pure 1 will be studied in Year 12 and Further Pure 2 will be studied in Year 13. Alongside these modules, two further modules in applied mathematics will also be taken, compromising of Statistics, Mechanics or Decisions. Decision mathematics deals with application of algorithms in order to solve problems. The course is weighted equally between Pure and Applied.

Schemes of Work