## Our Mathematics Team

#### Mr Nigel Mills

Curriculum Area Leader of Mathematics

#### Mrs E Tranter

Teacher of Mathematics

#### Mrs J Sanderson

Teacher of Mathematics

#### Mr A Blackburn

Teacher of Mathematics

#### Mrs S Bradshaw

Teacher of Mathematics

#### Mr M Hargreaves

Teacher of Mathematics

#### Mrs K Webster

Teacher of Mathematics

#### Ms K Proctor

Teacher of Mathematics

#### Mr S Thomson

Teacher of Mathematics

#### Mr A Dhukai

Teacher of Mathematics

#### Mr M Shepherd

Teacher of Mathematics

## An Introduction to Mathematics

As a department we strive to foster a positive attitude towards maths and its applications. We provide pupils with the knowledge of how to use and apply maths, along with encouraging pupils to explore its potential to enrich the wider aspects of education. Problem solving is actively encouraged and where possible pupils are faced with real life tasks, requiring them to use their maths based knowledge to find a solution.

Pupils will cover aspects of number, shape, algebra, ratio, proportion and data handling that is appropriate for their ability.

Lessons are engaging, interactive and use a wide range of assessment for learning tools to inform future learning.

All pupils have a dedicated numeracy lesson each week during year 7. Pupils work to become numeracy ninjas, working up through the graded belts, aiming for the prestigious award of grand master. This is achieved through fluency in numeracy. Numeracy tasks are functional during these lessons and draw on their learning throughout the year. Pupils will undertake a variety of tasks, such as designing a chocolate bar, costing the product, looking for the most cost effective advertising strategies for an event.

Pupils build on their prior learning, developing their knowledge further and exploring the world of mathematics.

Pupils sit a baseline assessment at the end of year 9 to determine the initial tier of entry for their GCSE entry. This will be sat before the school year is promoted.

## Key Stage 4 - GCSE Edexcel Mathematics

The table below illustrates the topic areas covered in this qualification and the topic area weightings for the assessment of the Foundation tier and the assessment of the Higher tier.

### Foundation Tier

Number | 22 - 28% |

Algebra | 17 - 23% |

Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change | 22 - 28% |

Geometry & Measures | 12 - 18% |

Statistics & Probability | 12 - 18% |

### Higher Tier

Number | 12 - 18% |

Algebra | 27 - 33% |

Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change | 17 - 23% |

Geometry & Measures | 17 - 23% |

Statistics & Probability | 12 - 18% |

All three papers must be at the same tier of entry, Higher or Foundation.

- Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment
- Paper 2 & 3 are calculator assessments
- Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.
- Each paper has 80 marks.
- Each paper has a range of question types; some questions will be set in both mathematical and non-mathematical contexts.

- A01 style questions
- A02 style questions
- A03 style questions