Mathematics

We believe in a relatively traditional approach to teaching this subject. Students are placed in a teaching set during their first term with us and are encouraged both to enjoy their work and gain satisfaction from success at solving mathematical problems, which include practical exercises and solving problems involving real life situations. All students follow courses which give the opportunity for G.C.S.E. entry at the appropriate level.

We are constantly striving to provide the best possible mathematical experience for our pupils and as such, we have enrolled on the Linked-Pair Pilot. This will allow the majority of our pupils to achieve two maths GCSEs. These are in: Methods in Mathematics and Applications of Mathematics.

GCSE statistics may also be offered to some pupils.

Key Stage 3 Mathematics

The Progression Maps below expand upon the statements of subject content in the DfE document Mathematics programmes of study: Key Stage 3 published September 2013.

Each Progression Map has been split by year group and topic content based on these five areas of mathematics: Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Geometry and Measures and Probability and Statistics.

In the classroom, links between topics on the map, and between different maps, should be looked for and explored at every opportunity, so that “by the end of Key Stage 3, pupils … know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified”. Throughout Y7 - 9 pupils should have regular and opportunity and developmental feedback that helps them to develop fluency, to

  • consolidate their numerical and mathematical capability from Key Stage 2 and extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include decimals, fractions, powers and roots
  • select and use appropriate calculation strategies to solve increasingly complex problems
  • move freely between different numerical, algebraic, graphical and diagrammatic representations [for example, equivalent fractions, fractions and decimals, and equations and graphs]
  • use language and properties precisely to analyse numbers, algebraic expressions, 2-D and 3-D shapes, probability and statistics;

to reason mathematically, to

  • extend their understanding of the number system; make connections between number relationships, and their algebraic and graphical representations
  • extend and formalise their knowledge of ratio and proportion in working with measures and geometry, and in formulating proportional relations algebraically
  • make and test conjectures about patterns and relationships; look for proofs or counter-examples
  • begin to reason deductively in geometry, number and algebra, including using geometrical constructions
  • interpret when the structure of a numerical problem requires additive, multiplicative or proportional reasoning
  • explore what can and cannot be inferred in statistical and probabilistic settings, and begin to express their arguments formally;

and to solve problems, to

  • develop their mathematical knowledge, in part through solving problems and evaluating the outcomes, including multi-step problems
  • develop their use of formal mathematical knowledge to interpret and solve problems, including in financial mathematics
  • begin to model situations mathematically and express the results using a range of formal mathematical representations
  • select appropriate concepts, methods and techniques to apply to unfamiliar and non-routine problems.

Assessments

This will be done by peer and self-assessment, where appropriate, and by regular marking from the class teacher. There will be more formal assessments done on a half-termly basis using previous SAT papers.

For further information please contact Mr Burley at school: Tel. (01736) 788501 or email: burleym@cape.cornwall.sch.uk


Key Stage 4 Mathematics

At Key Stage 4 our pupils are prepared for their GCSE(s) in Mathematics. Sets 1, 2 and 3 are entered for the Linked Pair GCSE, which means they will achieve two GCSEs one in Methods in Mathematics and the other in Applications of Mathematics. Pupils in Set 4 will be entered for the Linear Mathematics GCSE. Each course is assessed by 100% terminal examination, which is sat at the end of Year 11

Assessments

This will be done by peer and self-assessment, where appropriate, and by regular marking from the class teacher. There will be more formal assessments done on a half-termly basis using previous GCSE papers.

For further information please contact Mr Burley at school: Tel. (01736) 788501 or email: burleym@cape.cornwall.sch.uk


Click here for links to Useful Maths Websites for Pupils 


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