MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT VISION
The Mathematics team have the combination of innovative Newly Qualified and experience inspirational teachers from a variety of cultural backgrounds, who bring a combination of experience to help each student explore and logically unfold the challenges of the everyday world beyond language and culture. We have very high expectation of students and teachers. We believe, anyone can achieve, regardless of the background or ability. Our dedicated team go extra mile to support our students and make them an independent learner.
With the changes of New GCSE curriculum (Grade 9-1), our programmes of study are adopted and designed to ensure that all students are able to develop fluency, reason mathematically and solve problems by applying the knowledge they have acquired.
Year 7- 11 students will have 2 double and 1 single lesson, 5x50 minute lessons per week.
In year 7 students are organised into classes according to their KS2 data and other assessments carried out in the first few weeks of term. Progress is monitored continually and updated regularly through DPR (Dynamic Progress Reporting). Therefore students, parents and mentors can access to the updated report regularly, anytime from anywhere. Based on the progress in the class, movement between classes usually take place at the end of each term. Year 7-8 are known as KS3 and Y9-11 follows KS4 – a three 3 years GCSE Curriculum.
The programme of study in both KS3 and KS4 is divided into:
Number, Algebra, Ration, Proportion and Rate of Change, Geometry and Measure, Probability and Statistics.
MATHEMATICS KEY STAGE 3
Below are the list of units covered at KS3:
Unit 1: Numbers, powers, decimals, HCF, LCM, roots and rounding
Unit 2: Expressions, substituting into simple formulae, expanding and factorising
Unit 3: Drawing and interpreting graphs, tables and charts
Unit 4: Fractions and percentages
Unit 5: Equations, inequalities and sequences
Unit 6: Angles, polygons and parallel lines
Unit 7: Statistics, sampling and the averages
Unit 8: Perimeter, area and volume
Unit 9: Real-life and algebraic linear graphs
Unit 10: Transformations
Unit 11: Ratio and Proportion
Unit 12: Right-angled triangles: Pythagoras and trigonometry
Unit 13: Probability
Unit 14: Multiplicative reasoning: more percentages, rates of change, compound measures
Unit 15: Constructions: triangles, nets, plan and elevation, loci, scale drawings and bearings
Unit 16: Algebra: quadratic equations and graphs
Unit 17: Perimeter, area and volume 2: circles, cylinders, cones and spheres
Unit 18: More fractions, reciprocals, standard form, zero and negative indices
Unit 19: Congruence, similarity and vectors
Unit 20: Rearranging equations, graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions and simultaneous equations
MATHEMATICS KEY STAGE 4
From year 9, students will follow the Edexcel (9-1) linear course, 1MA1. The course is designed to recognise the different levels of achievement reached by students. All students will be encouraged to study and learn in groups, in pairs and on their own. Together with all other equipment, a scientific calculator will be an essential tool for success so all pupils will be required to have their own.
Below are the units covered in year 9:
Unit 1: Powers, decimals, HCF and LCM, positive and negative, roots, rounding, reciprocals, standard form, indices and surds
Unit 2: Expressions, substituting into simple formulae, expanding and factorising, equations, sequences and inequalities, simple proof
Unit 3: Averages and range, collecting and representing data
Unit 4: Fractions, percentages, ratio and proportion
Unit 5: Angles, polygons, parallel lines; right-angled triangles; pythagoras and trigonometry
Unit 6: Real-life and algebraic linear graphs, quadratic and cubic graphs, the equation of a circle, plus rates of change and area under graphs made from straight lines
Unit 7: Perimeter, area and volume, plane shapes and prisms, circles, cylinders, spheres, cones; accuracy and bounds
Unit 8: Transformations; constructions, triangles, nets, plan and elevation, loci, scale drawings and bearings
Unit 9: Algebra; solving quadratic equations and inequalities, solving simultaneous equations algebraically
Unit 10: Probability
Unit 11: Multiplicative reasoning; direct and inverse proportion, relating to graph form to direct, compound measures, repeated proportional change
Unit 12: Similarity and congruence in 2D and 3D
Below are the units covered in year 10 and 11:
Unit 13: Sine and cosine rules, 1/2 ab sin C, trigonometry and Pythagoras' Theorem in 3D, trigonometric graphs, and accuracy and bounds
Unit 14: Statistics and sampling, cumulative frequency and histograms
Unit 15: Quadratics, expanding more than two brackets, sketching graphs, graphs of circles, cubes and quadratics
Unit 16: Circle theorems and circle geometry
Unit 17: Changing the subject of formulae (more complex), algebraic fractions, solving equations arising from algebraic fractions, rationalising surds and proof
Unit 18: Vectors and geometric proof
Unit 19: Direct and indirect proportion; using statements of proportionality, reciprocal and exponential graphs, rates of change in graphs, functions, transformations of graphs.
ACADEMIC INTERVENTION IN MATHEMATICS
Homework helps to consolidate learning that takes place in class. It will be set formally, once each week and notified through planner and DPR (Dynamic Progress Reporting). This can be in the form of a worksheet or online tasks set from www.mathswatchvle.co.uk or www.mymaths.co.uk sources. The time taken to complete homework will increase from 30 minutes in year 7 to 60 minutes in year 11.
Homework tasks can be viewed by both students and parents via the DPR link on the Eastlea Community school website. Students can also pursue independent study throughout the year as each individual is issued with login details for www.mathswatchvle.com.
Attending Exam Skills and targeted intervention sessions are great ways to consolidate learning, so there will be an expectation that students attend Maths study clubs and intervention sessions regularly. Throughout the year a range of assessment methods will be used to measure progress. These will include marking and feeding back of class work and homework, end of unit tests, end of term tests and end of year tests. Progress will then be communicated to parents at various times in the year.
ENRICHMENT & EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
We focus on developing personal learning and thinking skills to provide a solid foundation for our young learners. We encourage them to think out of the box by embedding functional aspects of Mathematics in our work. Maths department organises various outdoor trips to explore maths in real life context. The high achievers take part in the UK Maths Challenge and similar activities like ‘Chess for All’, ‘Maths relay.’
Most able and enthusiastic students from Year 10 and Y11 get the opportunity to attend fortnightly GCSE enrichment sessions at King’s College London Mathematics School.
USEFUL LINKS & RESOURCES
Textbooks, Recommended Books and Study Guides:
Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Higher Student Book published by Pearson
Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Foundation Student Book published by Pearson
CGP Revision guides
www.vle.mathswatch.com Username and password is provided by the maths teacher of your child.
Recommended Internet Sites to help students achieve:
CONTACT DETAILS FOR MATHEMATICS
Rashed Mostafa - Curriculum Team Leader of Mathematics
Muhammad Abu Naser - Acting Curriculum Team Leader of Mathematics
Daniel Boachie - Subject Coordinator of Mathematics
If you wish to make contact please mark FAO at:
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT & INFORMATION
Tips and Hints for parents/carers:
Make sure that your child comes to school equipped for Mathematics lessons. In addition to the minimum equipment: a calculator, an angle indicator (or protractor) and a pair of compasses will be useful for Mathematics lessons.
Encourage your child to work out simple arithmetic mentally to help sharpen their arithmetical skills.We believe that students achieve their full potential only when the school and the family work closely together and communicate effectively. If at any stage you are concerned or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Mathematics teacher.