Mathematics

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

The KS3 Mathematics course builds on the numeracy skills learned at primary and ensures all students understand the processes and can apply it to various problem solving questions. Students are introduced to algebra and taught to be systematic with their written responses. In addition, there will also be more in-depth lessons on statistics and understanding its uses.

The Mathematics department is passionate about their subject and look forward to sharing their expertise with the students through various engaging and enriching activities.

Our programme of study has been created to suit the students’ mathematical abilities and has taken into account the changes to the GCSE course. Whilst the general headings do not change whether they are in Year 7 or Year 8, the students will learn new content that builds on the previous year. The most able students in Year 8, including those in the Excellence Academy, start a number of new topics that are met at GCSE. Please see below for further details.

Key Information:

  • Lessons per week
    • Year 7: 3 sessions
    • Year 8: 4 sessions

Year 7 and 8

Autumn 1 Number and Algebra

 

There is a big focus on ensuring basic numeracy skills are good and students have a sound knowledge of shapes and their properties. They are then introduced to statistics with particular focus on averages. More able students are then introduced to algebra and they learn to expand and simplify expressions.

 

to manipulate and solve problems involving algebra.

Autumn 2 Number and Shape

Students apply their numeracy skills to decimals, fractions and negatives. We consolidate angle knowledge and focus on transformations.

Spring 1 Number and Algebra

 

Students further their understanding of fractions and the link to percentages. Percentages are looked at in more detail and students practise applying it to real life problems. There is then a focus on graphs with the more able students extending to curved graphs.

Spring 2 Algebra and Shape

 

This half term, we focus on sequences: numerical and algebraic and students develop their understanding by working out the formula of certain sequences. Students then look at finding the surface areas and volumes of 3D shapes.

Summer 1 Algebra and Statistics

 

We ensure students are competent with all algebra met this year and extend prior knowledge. Everything on solving linear equations is also met.

Summer 2 Revision and Statistics

 

To ensure students are progressing and learning as they should, we recap many of this year’s topics with particular focus on number and algebra work. There is a big focus on statistics and students will spend more time doing small projects where their statistics skills can be applied and results can be analysed.

Year 8 Most Able (Those entering Heath Park with Level 5/6)

Autumn 1 Number and Algebra

 

Students learn everything to do with powers and roots as well as how to use further algebraic notations. Students’ knowledge on brackets is extended and applied in problem solving contexts. Everything on solving linear equations is also met. We look at angles in more depth at those in polygons.

Autumn 2 Shape and Statistics

 

This half term students learn about Pythagoras’ theorem and apply it to real life problems. There is also an emphasis on box plots in statistics where students learn how to read them, draw them and analyse results by comparing them.

Spring 1 Shape and Algebra

 

We recap previously met shapes and work out the area and perimeter of them before extending to further shapes. Students discover what  (pi) is and learn of its importance in working out the perimeter and area of shapes. Graph work is then also recapped and developed further in the algebra lessons.

Spring 2 Algebra and Shape

 

Students learn to solve simultaneous equations and apply the methods to solving real life problems. Various numeracy skills are applied in this topic. We also extend the work done on area and apply it to 3D shapes.

Summer 1 Statistics and Shape

 

Students learn to read and draw travel graphs and learn to apply physics formula   to graphs. We take a look at other conversion graphs such as those converting £ to euros. We then look at a completely different way of describing movements with vectors.

Summer 2 Statistics and Algebra

 

Students look at how to collect data and the pros and cons of the different methods. We look at key terminology and different methods for sampling. Further algebraic work is met that will develop students’ use of algebra to prove and justify statements.

 

To find out more information about this course, you can email maths@heathpark.net.

Statistics

Statistics

Statistics (as a stand-alone subject) is offered as a GCSE option. Students follow the Edexcel GCSE Statistics syllabus.

An understanding of statistics is a valuable tool in life, in further studies, and in many jobs. Higher Education Institutions and employers recognise GCSE Statistics as a worthy qualification in its own right. In the current job market, medical researchers with a statistical background are particularly valued. The subject supports the study of many other related disciplines, such as Maths, Sciences and Humanities, at both GCSE and A Level.

All students in Key Stage 3 will study the Statistics foundation specification as part of their existing maths lessons. Not only will this build strong foundations for their Key Stage 4 study for an additional qualification, it will also support the students study of the Statistics content for the GCSE Maths syllabus. At the end of Year 9 students will complete their Controlled Assessment through the completion of a statistical investigation.

During Year 11 until 2016, students will study the Higher specification and complete their Controlled Assessment through the completion of a statistical investigation.

Overview of Content:

1. Planning and data collection
2. Processing, representing and analysing data
3. Reasoning, interpreting and discussing results
4. Probability

Key Information

  • Exam Board: Edexcel
  • Lessons per week: Studied as part of the 3 current maths lessons

Examination Details

  • Year 9
    • In Year 9 all students will complete their controlled assessment.
    • There is one piece of controlled assessment which counts for 25% of the final mark. This takes the form of a statistical project for which the use of ICT is encouraged
  • Year 10
    • In year 10 pupils will sit their exam
    • The exam lasts 2 hours and counts for 75% of the final mark

Year 7-8 Statistics

Autumn 1 This half term is focused on ensuring students cover the basics required for the Maths specification
Autumn 2 Students are introduced to statistics with particular focus on averages.
Spring 1 Students develop their understanding of types of data and the use of Index numbers.
Spring 2 Time Series are introduced here with Scatter Diagrams for the most able students.
Summer 1 Probability is a large focus during this half term.
Summer 2 Students will have the opportunity to complete a small scale statistical project that will prepare them for the controlled assessment that they will be expected to complete in year 9.

Key Stage 4 Year 11 Statistics

Key Information

  • Lessons per week: 3 sessions
  • Exam Board: Edexcel

Examination Details

In Year 11 all students will study the higher tier specification in which targets grades A* – D.

During this year they will be entered for an exam and complete their controlled assessment. There is one piece of controlled assessment which counts for 25% of the final mark. This takes the form of a statistical project for which the use of ICT is encouraged.

The exam lasts 2 hours and counts for 75% of the final mark.

Year 11 Statistics

Autumn 1 Students are introduced to the Higher specification focusing predominantly on topics required for the controlled assessment. For example, box plots, stem and leaf diagrams and standard deviation.
Autumn 2 Students will complete their controlled assessment this half term.
Spring 1 Lesson spent focussing on the normal distribution and proability.
Spring 2 A variety of topics will be covered in preparation for the final exam. For example, estimating the mean from frequency tables and drawing and interpreting histograms.
Summer 1 A variety of topics will be covered in preparation for the final exam. For example, using cumulative frequency graphs and drawing and comparing pie charts.
Summer 2 Revision and final preparations for the exam

 

To find out more information about this course, you can email maths@heathpark.net.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

The Mathematics department is passionate about their subject and look forward to sharing their expertise with the students through various engaging and enriching activities.

The KS4 Mathematics course builds on the mathematical skills learned at KS3 and ensures all students understand the processes and can apply it to various problem solving questions. Students’ knowledge is built upon stretching and challenging their understanding of topics such as algebra, shape, number and data handling.

Our programme of study has been created to suit the students’ mathematical abilities and has taken into account the changes to the GCSE course. For example, certain elements of the Higher specification have been moved onto the foundation scheme and some A level content has been included in the higher scheme to encourage challenge for the most able students.

Key Information

  • Exam Board: Edexcel
  • Lessons per week: 3 sessions

Examination Details

  • Year 9
    • Edexcel GCSE Statistics controlled assessment
  • Year 11
    • Edexcel 1MA0 (2 examinations – 1 non calculator and 1 calculator)
  • Year 10
    • 3 Exam papers to be completed at the end of year 11– Edexcel Code 1MA1 – All 1 hour and 30 mins.
      • Paper 1 (Non Calculator) – Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion, Rates of Change, Geometry, Probability and Statistics. 80 Marks
      • Paper 2 (Calculator) – Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion, Rates of Change, Geometry, Probability and Statistics. 80 Marks
      • Paper 3 (Calculator) – Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion, Rates of Change, Geometry, Probability and Statistics. 80 Marks
Autumn 1 Integers, powers and roots

Place value, calculations and checking

Equations, formulae, identities and expressions

Geometrical reasoning: lines, angles and shapes

 

Autumn 2 Fractions, decimals and percentages

Sequences, functions and graphs

Transformations and coordinates

Processing and representing data; Interpreting and discussing results

 

Spring 1 Measures and mensuration

Measures and mensuration; area

Ratio and proportion

Probability

 

Spring 2 Statistical enquiry

Construction and loci

Sequences, functions and graphs

Equations, formulae, identities and expressions

 

Summer 1 Measures and mensuration; volume

Geometrical reasoning: trigonometry

Equations, formulae, identities and expressions

 

Summer 2 Revision for Examination series.

 

To find out more information about this course, you can email maths@heathpark.net.

Key Stage 5