Teacher |
Position |

Mrs G Oberai |
Head of Mathematics |

Mrs A Scott |
Maths Teacher |

Mr C Mugagga |
Maths Teacher / Head of Learning Y9 |

Mrs T Ogunlana |
Maths Teacher |

Mrs K Ohiafi |
Maths Teacher |

Mrs N Khayash |
Maths Teacher |

Mr C Alozie |
Maths Teacher |

### Aims of mathematics

The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

- develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts;
- acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems;
- reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions;
- comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programme of study for Key Stage 3 is organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should build on Key Stage 2 and connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge in science, geography, computing and other subjects.

Decisions about progression should be based on the security of pupils' understanding and their readiness to progress to the the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content in preparation for Key Stage 4. Those who are not sufficiently fluent should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.

### GCSE Mathematics

GCSE Mathematics will cover the following content headings:

- Number;
- Algebra;
- Ration, proportion and rates of change;
- Geometry and measures;
- Probability and
- Statistics

#### Assessment Guidlines

- Two tiers are available: Foundation and Higher.
- The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier.
- All three papers must be at the same tier of entry and must be completed in the same assessment series.
- Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3.
- Each paper is an hour and 30 minutes long.
- Each paper has 80 marks.
- The content outlined for each tier will be assessed across all three papers.
- Each paper will cover all Assessment Objectives, in the percentages outlined for each tier. (See the section
*Breakdown of Assessment ObjectivesI* for more information)
- Each paper has a range of question types; some questions will be set in both mathematical and non-mathematical contexts.
- A formulae sheet is given at the front of each examination paper.
- The qualification will be graded and certificated on a nine-grade scale form 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade.

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.

### Key Stage 5

### Course structure

Since 2004, AS Mathematics has consisted of three units: C1, C2 and an applied unit. To complete the A level, students take a further three units: C3, C4 and another applied unit. C1 to C4 are Core units; the total content of C1 and C2 is almost identical for all awarding bodies; similarly for C3 and C4. There is a choice of applied units drawn from 3 strands, decision mathematics, mechanics and statistics; the possible units are detailed in awarding body specifications for A level Mathematics.

**At HACA: **We offer a choice of Mechanics & Statistics as applied modules in addition to the 4 Core modules.

In the first year all students will follow three modules: two compulsory Pure Modules plus one of either Mechanics or Statistics. This makes up the AS course. In the second year three more modules are taken: a further two compulsory Pure Modules and one optional: Mechanics or Statistics modules.

Applied units can be combined to make up an A Level qualification of **:**

- Mathematics Mixed: C1-4 and one module of mechanics and one module of statistics. This option complements all courses;
- Mathematics Statistics: C1-4 and two statistics modules. This option complements courses in biology, social sciences and economics;
- Mathematics Mechanics: C1-4 and two mechanics modules. This option complements courses in physics and engineering.

Pure Mathematics includes Differential Calculus, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry and Algebra. Statistics includes the uses and abuses of statistics in the media and politics and it is an extension of GCSE Statistics. Mechanics involves the study of problems in the physical world. Topics include vector analysis, projectiles, forces and accelerated motion.