Mathematics

Teaching Aims and Objectives

      • To equip students with sufficient numerical skills to cope with the demands of everyday life
      • To support other subject areas
      • To ensure independent thinking
      • To develop problem solving skills
      • To enjoy the power of mathematics.
Course Information

See booklets for Key Stage 3 and GCSE and GCE.

Marking and Assessment

Students should expect to have their books marked regularly.

Peer assessment will be used in conjunction with formative and summative assessment.

Homework Policy

Homework is set in line with the expectations of the school.

Homework is usually set once or twice a week; short tasks are set to be completed for the next lesson and for extended tasks students are given up to a week.

Examinations

GCSE Edexcel

The new linear Mathematics GCSE is designed to consolidate the connections between Mathematics and improve the range of students’ knowledge, understanding and skills. The course now places a bigger emphasis on the applications of mathematics in real-life, everyday contexts, and to provide an introduction into financial and business applications. The course prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, career choices and to help them function as informed citizens.

Tiers

Foundation 5-1

3 papers, 1 hour 30 min each, with 2 calculator papers

Higher 9-4

3 papers, 1 hour 30 min each, with 2 calculator papers

GCE Edexcel

Maths

AS Level: Pure Maths and Mechanics & Statistics

A Level: Pure Maths and Mechanics & Statistics

Further Maths

AS Level: Core Pure Maths 1, Further Mechanics & Decision Maths

A Level: Core Pure Maths 1 and 2, Further Mechanics & Decision Maths

Department Resources

The Department is well equipped with textbooks. All teaching rooms are equipped with whiteboards. Six rooms have digital projectors and an interactive whiteboard.

Parents

Parents are key to the support of students’ education. In Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, additional Parents’ Evenings are organised which explain how parents can support their child’s progress in Mathematics.

How to Support Your Child
      • Ask what they have learnt today
      • Support the organisation of books and equipment
      • Practise mental mathematics, with particular focus on the multiplication tables. Maximum time 10 minutes
      • Ask to look at completed homework
Department Policies

All students are expected to attend every lesson with suitable equipment:
      • Pen
      • Pencil
      • 30cm ruler
      • Pair of compasses
      • Clear protractor
      • Scientific calculator (preferably Casio)
      • Exercise book
Presentation of Work

Students are encouraged to take particular care and pride in the presentation of their work. Students must adhere to the following guidelines:
      • The learning objective of the lesson must be written in their exercise books at the start of each lesson
      • Each lesson’s work must be clearly dated
      • Lines must be drawn with a ruler and pencil
      • Work must be set out clearly to reflect logical work
      • Students must write in blue or black pen
      • Students may mark in red pen
Key Stage 3

(Years 7 and 8)

The curriculum covers all strands of the Numeracy Strategy. This includes: Using and Applying Mathematics, Number and Algebra, Shape, Space and Measures and Statistics. At Waddesdon, the Numeracy Strategy is taught in Years 7 and 8.

Key Stage 4

GCSE  (Years 9, 10 and 11)

All students follow the Edexcel Linear GCSE.

Key Stage 5

For the Edexcel GCE A Level Mathematics course, students will study Pure Mathematics, Mechanics & Statistics.

For the Further Mathematics A Level, students will study Core Pure Mathematics, Further Mechanics and Decision Mathematics.

Further information can be found in the Sixth Form prospectus.

Useful Revision Websites for Maths:

To help your son or daughter revise or consolidate specific topic areas in Mathematics, you can use the following links:
  • Subject Leader: Michelle Hughes
  • Student Achievement Manager: Thabo Nkoane
  • Teachers: Hazel Allen, Abdel Anouar, Matthew Dipple, Christopher Dowrick, Tracey Smith