Maths

IMG_9093Welcome to the Mathematics Department.

We hope to provide you with information about our department and give you an insight to some of the activities undertaken by our students.

Each student is required to attend lessons with the appropriate equipment. This includes; a pen, pencil, ruler, protractor and a pair of compasses. A scientific calculator is also required and can be purchased from the school.

Students can expect to receive one piece of homework every week. All pupils are expected to complete homework, and parents will be informed if pupils fail to do so.

By the end of key stage 3 pupils are expected to know apply and understand the matter, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study

Within the Mathematics department and throughout Trinity, we expect pupils to be independent learners.  This means taking responsibility to meet deadlines and engage in self-study outside of the classroom.

The Mathematics web page is designed to give pupils and parents the information necessary to make better than expected progress.  It includes links to the relevant curriculum documents for Key Stage three and four.  These documents describe in detail the topics to be covered in each stage.

 

Overview of Key Stage 3

IMG_9118The KS3 curriculum is delivered through a range of specially designed modules that are designed to give individual pupils the opportunity to reach their full potential.  These modules cover a range of topics from the National Curriculum Maths Framework.

Meeting the learning needs of individual pupils is at the heart of the Mathematics department.  Pupils are streamed into ability groups from Year 7 spring term.

Throughout the year progress is judged through teacher assessment and modular tests.  At the end of the year the pupils will sit an End of Year Assessment which will cover all of the topics taught over the course of the year.

At the end of KS3 pupils are placed in an appropriate tier of entry for GCSE.  This is decided on through formal end of stage assessment and teacher recommendation.

 

Overview of Key Stage 4

IMG_9073The GCSE has a foundation tier (grades 1 to5) and a higher tier (grades 4 to 9). Pupils must take 3 papers at the same level. All papers must be taken in the same series.

Paper 1: Non-calculator
1 hour 30 minutes, 80 marks available
A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper.

Paper 2: Calculator
1 hour 30 minutes, 80 marks available
A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper.

Paper 3: Calculator
1 hour 30 minutes, 80 marks available
A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper.

Each paper is work 331/3 percent

Subject content

1 Number

2.   Algebra

3.   Ratio, proportion and rates of change

4.   Geometry and measures

5.   Probability

6.   Statistics

 

SIXTH FORM

A level Maths teaching from September 2017

The changes to the Mathematics AS and A-level are the biggest in a generation.  The AQA specification rewards understanding and gives teachers the freedom to create better mathematicians.

We want students to see the links between different areas of maths and to apply their maths skills across all areas. That’s why our assessment structure gives you the freedom to teach maths your way.

Consistent assessments are essential, which is why we’ve worked hard to ensure our papers are clear and reward your students for their mathematical skills and knowledge.

The A-level in Maths will now be linear.  This means that there is no coursework and all the exams must be sat in the same series.

 

The AS Maths will no longer count towards A-level Maths. Both the AS and A-level can be co-taught but they are assessed separately.  All students sit the same exams covering the same content.

Pupils will study Pure maths with Statistics and Pure maths with Mechanics

Summary of the changes can be found at http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/mathematics/AQA-7356-7357-SOC.PDF

You can find out about all our Mathematics qualifications at aqa.org.uk/maths

 

Trinity promotes independent learning

Helpful KS3 and KS4 websites:

 

In order to support independent learning, the Mathematics department have provided helpful links to a range of videos.

Each link is taken from corbettmaths.com and covers a specific sub topic e.g. Highest Common Factor.  These can be used to extend a pupil’s knowledge, complete homework and to prepare for lessons.

Helpful content that aids independent learning for KS3 and KS4 on the following topics may be found from the links below:

 

STAFF

  • Mrs S Mitchinson – Director of Learning for Maths and Numeracy
  • Mr B Saccone – Curriculum Team Leader
  • Mr A Biesterfield – Assistant Curriculum Team Leader
  • Mrs A Bell – Assistant Headteacher
  • Mr N Coe – Subject Teacher
  • Mrs L Davies-Stewart – Subject Teacher
  • Miss N Dawson – Subject Teacher
  • Mr B Dobson – Subject Teacher
  • Mr T Marron – Subject Teacher
  • Miss N Pearson – Subject Teacher
  • Mrs C Reason– Subject Teacher
  • Mr J Robson – Subject Teacher
  • Mr M Roe – Subject Teacher
  • Mr C Bousfield – (ITT Student)
  • Miss A Stephenson (ITT Student)
  • Mrs D Byrne – Higher Level Teaching Assistant