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    Mathematics

    Curriculum Leader: Mr N. Patel

    At The Ferrers School, we view Mathematics as a key aspect in supporting the development of young adults in becoming active, independent, engaged and interested citizens.  Whether we are training the minds of tomorrow’s engineers or simply supporting students to ensure that they can effectively budget, we believe that confident mathematicians will cope better in a world where numbers play a vital role.

    Whatever the innate mathematical skill of a student, we will develop their knowledge and understanding so that they leave The Ferrers Schoolwith an appropriate range and depth of skills.   Through the use of real life modelling we will ensure that students see the relevance of their work.  At the same time we know that there is a beauty in mathematics that can be drawn upon to engage and excite every student.

    Useful Maths links:

    MyMaths

    Edmodo

    www.kerboodle.com    (Key Stage 4)

    For exam support with videos and past paper help:

    www.examsolutions.co.uk

     Subject Champion 2016 - Elliott Spowart,  Head Boy

    "A year ago, I would have been surprised had you told me that I would be so enthusiastic about Maths.  Once the teachers explain the reasoning behind those formulas that you might not at first understand you begin to realise that the world revolves around Maths and I find that astonishing.  It is a challenging subject; however, if you enjoy Maths then I would recommend it for A Level because it opens many opportunities for a prosperous career. "

    Curriculum map

    Detailed information about the Mathematics curriculum is available here.

     

     

    It is important that students see Mathematics as a useful tool rather than a set of rules to be learnt and practised.  In Years 7 and 8, students work through a series of projects that allow them to use Mathematics to answer questions.  As well as consolidating their previous understanding and developing new skills students are asked to work in pairs and groups and they are encouraged to talk about their maths.  These projects are diverse, from Design a Farm, where students to develop an understanding of area, to Paying the Taxman where students use real world figures to calculate percentages.  Alongside the project work students will be set regular homework that tests the key skills being learnt. 

    During Year 9, students will begin their formal GCSE course.  Where appropriate, students will spend the first term of Year 9 consolidating their understanding of the basic skills before beginning the GCSE course in January.  Students who find Mathematics challenging will work towards an Entry Level Qualification and then move on to the GCSE course.

     

     

    Students will work towards the AQA GCSE qualification.  This course is split into Higher (students aiming for a Grade 6 and above) and Foundation (students aiming for a Grade 5 or below).   Students will be expected to demonstrate key skills and apply these skills to real life situations.

     Students will take three examination papers, two of which require a scientific calculator (available to purchase via the school).  All examinations will be taken at the end of Year 11.  Part of the GCSE programme of study will be a built-in revision programme.  Students will have access to an online text book to support their ongoing work and revision.

    Some students will take a second GCSE in Further Mathematics.  This is designed to support those students who may wish to continue to study Mathematics in Sixth Form and extends their understanding by introducing some A Level topics.

     

    Students who achieve a B or better at GCSE may apply to study the following courses:

    A level Mathematics (Edexcel)
    Students study Core Mathematics and 2 additional units from Statistics, Mechanics, or Decision Theory

    • A level Further Mathematics (Edexcel)
    • This course is for exceptional students who expect to achieve an A or A* at GCSE and who are aiming for an A grade in A Level Mathematics
    • AS Use of Mathematics (AQA)
    • This course is designed for students who are interested in Post-16 Mathematics as a support for their other subjects
    • GCSE Mathematics (Edexcel or AQA)
    • Students who just miss their grade C at GCSE in Year 11 are prepared to retake this exam in November of Year 12
    • Level 1 & 2 Use of Mathematics (AQA)
    • Students who require a longer term approach towards improving their Mathematics qualifications work through this series of qualifications which relate Mathematics to real world scenarios and cover functional skills as well as more complex topics

     

    Throughout the year the Mathematics department takes every opportunity to promote numeracy within the school.  

    In recent years, students have participated in the UK Maths Challenge, organised by the UK Mathematics Trust, NSPCC Number Day and STEM activities.

     

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