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Mathematics is one of the most important subjects that will help you in later life. Whether you choose to study mathematics further after GCSE or leave it there, you will find mathematics everywhere you go.

From mobile phones to DVD players, most things you know and love today require maths in its invention and application. Mathematics is a subject that everyone can work on, and whether you're a natural or have to work at it; mathematics will certainly lead you to greater things.

Mrs K Curry
Joint Curriculum Leader

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Mrs R Susca
Joint Curriculum Leader

Mathematics KS3

Main skills developed in Year 7: Main skills developed in Year 8:

In Year 7, students will be taught the basics and will build on prior knowledge of mathematics with a focus on mastery. As well as learning topics in the areas of algebra, number, ratio and proportioning reasoning, geometry, and statistics, students will also be required to demonstrate good levels of reasoning within their answers. We are focusing on students’ ability to solve problems independently in addition.

In Year 8, students will develop their numeracy skills and extend them based on prior knowledge of mathematics with a focus on mastery. As well as learning topics in the areas of algebra, number, ratio and proportional reasoning, geometry, and statistics, students will also be required to demonstrate good levels of reasoning within their answers. We are focusing on students’ ability to solve problems independently in addition.

​How parents can help to support their son's/daughter's learning in Year 7: ​​​How parents can help to support their son's/daughter's learning in Year 8:

​To ensure that they make the best possible progress, students need to have the correct equipment every lesson. This should include a 30cm ruler, pair of compasses, and a protractor. A highlighter pen is also desirable.

It is also extremely important that students have their own scientific calculator, which they bring to every lesson. This will enable them to be familiar with the way all of the functions work and will then be able to use it efficiently.

All parents/carers can help to support their children's learning in mathematics in the following ways:

  • ask your child to explain what they have learnt in lessons
  • ensure that they spend time completing their home learning
  • encourage the use of www.mymaths.co.uk to further support their learning (students will receive login details for this website from their mathematics teacher)
  • remind your child to regularly review their targets from their STARS stickers.

​​To ensure that they make the best possible progress, students need to have the correct equipment every lesson. This should include a 30cm ruler, pair of compasses, and a protractor. A highlighter pen is also desirable.

It is also extremely important that students have their own scientific calculator, which they bring to every lesson. This will enable them to be familiar with the way all of the functions work and will then be able to use it efficiently.

All parents/carers can help to support their children's learning in mathematics in the following ways:

  • ask your child to explain what they have learnt in lessons
  • ensure that they spend time completing their home learning
  • encourage the use of www.mymaths.co.uk to further support their learning (students will receive login details for this website from their mathematics teacher)
  • remind your child to regularly review their targets from their STARS stickers.

Mathematics KS4

Exam Board:

AQA

Qualification:

GCSE

Assessment:

Examination 100% 2 papers (1 calculator, 1 non-calculator)

Outline of course content:

You will develop your mathematical skills and understanding in the areas of:

  • number - including fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio, and proportion, as well as general number skills

  • algebra - including expressions, equations, sequences, and graphs

  • geometry - including angle and shape properties, geometrical reasoning, measures, and constructions

  • statistics - including the data handling cycle, data collection, data presentation and analysis, data interpretation, and probability.

Outline of course structure:

As well as learning particular mathematical skills you will also be required to use and develop a wide range of problem solving skills.

It is important that you are able to use the mathematics you learn at school in the real-world - for example, the workplace, and everyday life. This is called functional mathematics. Over the course of KS4, we will continually look at the purpose and relevance of the topics which are being learned.

How will this course help me in the future:

As well as being an important subject in its own right, mathematics can also be used as a tool to help solve problems in virtually all walks of life. Many careers and further education establishments require you to have a GCSE in mathematics.

This course will develop a firm foundation for further study of mathematics. It allows for natural progression to AS and then A2 Level.

Careers using Mathematics

Good with numbers? This subject is the basis of a wide variety of careers.

Skills and how the subject relates to work:

  • You need to be able to think logically and work in an ordered way.
  • the ability to plan and solve problems
  • You will enjoy receiving information and then using this to make decisions.

Potential jobs

Statisticians – every day ‘stats’ are produced, e.g. weather patterns, inflation figures, how far a footballer runs in a match, how many people watched ‘Eastenders’ on Christmas day, etc. Statisticians compile the figures and often interpret them. What are the trends and the implications?
 
Economists – understanding the economy; why do we have prices increases; why are people unemployed; how should the government spend our taxes? These are all questions for economists and the answers usually involve a lot of maths work.
 
Financial work – what about working for an international bank or financial institution selling currencies, shares, or derivatives? Maybe working on the financial markets, buying and selling millions of pounds worth of commodities?  Maths people tend to be very good at this area of work.
 
Actuary – The pensions industry pays huge wages to mathematicians to calculate how much to pay out in pensions, and how much working people need to pay. It’s all to do with how long people might live. Mathematicians are in demand for this work.
 
Casinos and gambling firms – these pay huge wages to mathematicians to calculate ‘odds’ and make sure their business wins!
 
Accountancy – excellent mathematicians can earn a very good wage working as accountants and especially tax advisers.
 
Design and Civil Engineers - ever fancy designing a roller coaster? How about planning the construction of a sky scraper building? What about the design of the new AirBus A380 plane, which can carry 525 passengers? Thought about working out how to build a bridge across a very wide river? The people doing these things will be very good at maths!
 
Building and plumbing – want to install a central heating system? How about building a house extension? Numbers, diagrams, quotes, and costs all require strong maths skills.
 
IT development – The algorithms to run our computers, smart phones, and websites have all been developed by mathematicians. Twenty years ago, no-one had ever heard of ‘Google’. What will be next? It’ll probably be a mathematician who develops it!
 
Research science – Across the world, lots of work is happening with space developments and astronomy. It’s all about maths.