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Teaching & Learning

Maths

All students study Mathematics at Key Stage 3 and 4, with a large number also choosing to study Mathematics at Key Stage 5. We believe that mathematical learning is life long and so, in addition to preparing students for success in exams, we develop problem solving skills, as well as those of team work and organisation. The department is also involved in extended activities that focus on investigation and key functional skills, helping to prepare our students for the world beyond the classroom.

The Mathematics department at Wolfreton is made up of enthusiastic, specialist teachers. We are a team that seeks to support students at all stages of their school life both in and beyond the classroom. We welcome students who seek help in our lunchtime maths clinics.

Staff Position
Mr R Markham Director of Learning Maths
Mrs A Bradley Lead Teacher of Maths
Mr P Cartlich Teacher of Maths
Mr S Hemsley Teacher of Maths
Mr S Layne Teacher of Maths
Mr J Rowe Leading Teacher of Maths
Miss G Scott Leading Teacher of Maths
Mr A Spratt Teacher of Maths
Mr R Walker Teacher of Maths
Mr P Wood Teacher of Maths

Key Stage 3 

In Years 7 and 8 students follow courses to fulfil the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum says:

"Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject."

 

Students study the following units in Key Stage 3:

Year 7

Year 8

  • Analysing and displaying data
  • Number Skills
  • Expressions, functions and formulae
  • Decimals
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Probability
  • Sequences
  • Transformations
  • Number Skills
  • Area and Volume
  • Expressions and Equations
  • Linear graphs
  • Statistics, graphs and charts
  • Angle properties
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages

Additional resources Key Stage 3 Maths

There are always things that parents can do to help their son or daughter with mathematics. It is important that students are confident with basic numeracy, whether this be their times tables or having sound written methods such as being able to use short division. Conversions between fractions, decimals and percentages are vital in everyday life. Much basic numeracy can be practised whilst out shopping.

Mymaths is an online package used by the school. It is not just for homework but also a tool to encourage your child if they are struggling on a topic or to extend them if they feel ready to move on. They can also work on the booster packs as revision or to advance to the next level. Parents are very welcome to get involved with this, simply record any results on the student's individual profile. The teacher will then be aware of the work completed. 

A range of resources can also be found on Doddle and the school's virtual learning environment Frog:

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk/

https://frog.wolfreton.co.uk

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly. For further support, please contact the school. 

Key Stage 4 

Students follow the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics specification.

Aims of the course:

The course aims to allow you tocontinue to improve your knowledge of mathematics and encourages you to use your knowledge confidently in everyday situations and in your other subjects.

Course content:

The course builds on knowledge and understanding from Key Stage 3 and introduces many new topics which can be broken down to six key areas:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry and Measure
  • Statistics
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Probability

You will be taught methods of carrying out calculations and how to appreciate the significance of those calculations. There will continue to be an emphasis on functional mathematics in line with National policy. Problem solving is an important part of the course and the need for clear presentation of solutions and the use of checks will be stressed.

Assessment:

You will be entered at either Higher or Foundation tier, depending on your ability. Both tiers will allow students to access a Grade 5. Mathematics GCSE is now examined by three external examinations at the end of the course. Two papers require a calculator and the other is a non-calculator paper.

Additional resources GCSE Mathematics

There are always things that parents can do to help their son or daughter with mathematics. It is important that students are confident with basic numeracy, whether this be their times tables or having sound written methods such as being able to use short division. Conversions between fractions, decimals and percentages are vital in everyday life. Much basic numeracy can be practised whilst out shopping.

Mymaths is an online package used by the school. It is not just for homework but also a tool to encourage your child if they are struggling on a topic or to extend them if they feel ready to move on. They can also work on the booster packs as revision or to advance to the next level. Parents are very welcome to get involved with this, simply record any results on the student's individual profile. The teacher will then be aware of the work completed. 

Encourage your son/daughter to continue to use Mymaths on a regular basis for revision and extension. Students can find past papers and mark schemes on the Edexcel website. We have copies of GCSE Higher level revision guides and workbooks to purchase from the Library.

A range of resources can also be found at

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk/ 

https://frog.wolfreton.co.uk

https://www.gcsepod.com/

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly. For further support please contact the school.

Sixth Form Courses 

Post 16, students can choose to study the following qualifications in Maths:

  • A Level Mathematics (AQA)
  • A Level Further Mathematics (AQA)

In addition, a GCSE re-sit option is provided. 

A Level Mathematics (AQA)

Aims of the course:

The course aims to encourage students to:

  • develop their understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment
  • develop abilities to reason logically, to generalise and consruct mathematical proofs
  • recognise how a situation may be presented mathematically and understand the relationship between real world problems and mathematical models

The course examines three areas:

Pure Mechanics Statistics
Proof Vectors Sampling
Algebra and functions Kinematics Data presentation and interpretation
Co-ordinate geometry Forces, Newtons Laws Probability
Sequences and series Moments Statistical distributions
Trigonometry Projectiles Hypothesis testing
Calculus Variable acceleration Correlation coefficients
Numerical mechanics   Probability models

Students beginning the A Level course in September 2017 will complete the linear A Level. The assessment comprises:

  • Three 2 hour examinations

A Level Further Mathematics (AQA)

Aims of the course:

The course aims to encourage students to:

  • develop their understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment
  • develop abilities to reason logically, to generalise and consruct mathematical proofs
  • recognise how a situation may be presented mathematically and understand the relationship between real world problems and mathematical models

Corse content:

The course has a compulsary Pure element comprising:

  • complex numbers
  • matrices
  • heretical equations
  • further calculus
  • hyperbolic functions
  • vectors

In addition, there are different combinations of the following options available

Mechanics Statistics Decision
Dimensional anlysis Discrete random variables Graphs
Momentum and collisons Poisson distribution Networks
Work, energy and power Continuous random variables Network flows
Circular motion Chi tests Linear programming
    Critical path analysis
    Game theory
    Binary operations

Assessment:

Students beginning the A Level course in September 2017 will complete linear A Level. The assessments comprise:

  • Three 2 hour examinations

Additional resources for Sixth Form Maths

  • Encourage your son / daughter to study beyone simply completing the homework set. We only have a limited time to complete each unit so it is important that your son / daughter fully understands all work completed in a lesson and revisits this (or comes to maths clinic if they need help), ready to build on their studies the following lesson. Mymaths is a useful interactive resource for A Level.
  • Make use of MyPLC, a mobile-based resource. This online resource enables students to self-assess their progress about a specification related learning checklist. 

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly. For further support, please contact the school. 

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