Mathematics

Exam Board - AQA

Our curriculum is engaging, exciting and aims to develop a keens sense of why mathematics itself is critical to success al round. Our team of committed and experienced staff help ensure that through focussed teaching, structured group work, discussion and reflection, students learn to master the skills of mathematics and to identify those areas essential for their own development. At St Ives School we are heavily focussed on embedding numeracy and have a detailed Numeracy Policy in place. We use a number of resources to support the progress of our students including MathsWatch, Mathsbox and Exampro.

We use AQA for our Year 11 assessments following the 8300 specification. Our able mathematicians have the opportunity to gain an additional qualification in Further Maths at the end of Year 11. The faculty enhances the curriculum for gifted and talented students and supports the Maths masterclasses held at Truro College for Year 9 students. We have a strong track record of success with students through year 7 to 11 in the UKMT team and individual challenges.

At Cape Cornwall School we are heavily focussed on numeracy. Studies have shown that when children have a strong grasp of numeracy at an early age they are more likely to exceed targets and gain higher GCSE grades. Parents can help their children with numeracy by listening and practicing multiplication tables with them. Rote learning is still one of the most effective ways of ensuring multiplication tables are learnt and able to be recalled, when problem solving. We also have resources available to students online, which can be used for homework or revision. These are:

www.vle.mathswatch.com

Your child has a login for this website, if you need any login details please contact your child’s maths teacher.

Year 7 and 8 – Mathematics

The emphasis in Years 7 and 8 is on securing progress so that all students can go on to achieve their potential at GCSE. The scheme of work for Maths has several strands: number and algebra; geometry; data; mathematical processes and applications. The last strand is embedded in work throughout the other three as it deals with mathematical thinking and the ability to solve problems. We focus on teaching for understanding so that we develop confidence in mathematics and the ability to tackle problem solving which helps with real-life application of mathematics.

A variety of problems and other rich tasks are tackled in lessons during each topic, each topic last between two and three weeks in general. During the year students will undertake assessments; these will assess students’ broader understanding of the subject.  We constantly review a students’ achievement and progress; assessments, evidence from lessons, and homework. Based on this information we ensure they are in the correct group to support their progress.  Any suggested changes to groups will be discussed with the student and parents prior to a move.  All groups are reviewed at the end of each year.

Year 9, 10 and 11 - Mathematics

 In Years 9, 10 and 11 students work towards their GCSE Maths qualification. There is a renewed emphasis on problem-solving, functionality and mathematical thinking in the mathematics GCSE. There is a much greater emphasis in examinations on the assessment of applying mathematics and using mathematics to solve problems, and some questions will be set in contexts that students should be expected to deal with in the real world. Students might be asked to answer questions on, for instance, decorating a room or designing a garden, or perhaps paying bills or sorting out rotas for shop staff.

Questions will also require students to be able to communicate the mathematics they have applied (this is called Quality of Written Communication, QWC, which is compulsory for all GCSE examinations). This may involve, for example, giving a reason for an answer, correctly setting out a proof or accurately marking up a statistical diagram. About 5% of marks in the examination will be given over to QWC.
The GCSE will be entirely assessed by written examination, which means that no coursework will be expected from any student. The content of GCSE mathematics has been grouped into the topic areas of Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measures, Statistics and Probability.

At the end of Year 11, students are entered for the GCSE Examinations (Foundation or Higher Tier). The exam consists of two papers one calculator and one non-calculator.

It is essential that students have their own Scientific Calculator, from Year 7, in order to develop their understanding and use of its’ functions.

 


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