Key Stage 3

We have recently started a new style of teaching in Y7 which is currently sweeping through the UK called Mastery. Mastery teaching is an engaging and accessible style of mathematics teaching, inspired by Singapore and Shanghai. Our approach enhances mathematical understanding, enjoyment and achievement for every child. The scheme has three main categories developing, fluent and mastered.

Problem Solving

Mathematical problem solving is at the heart of the approach. Pupils are encouraged to identify, apply and understand relevant mathematical principles and make connections between different ideas. This builds the skills needed to tackle new problems, rather than repeating routines without grasping the principle.

High Expectations

The belief is no child should be left behind. The focus is on pupils ‘keeping up not catching up’. By making high expectations clear and emphasizing the high value of mathematics education – learners are encouraged to build confidence and resilience.

Depth from Breadth 

All learners benefit from deepening their conceptual understanding of mathematics, regardless of whether they have previously struggled or excelled. Pupils must be given time to fully understand, explore and apply ideas – rather than accelerate through new topics. This approach allows pupils to fully grasp a concept and the challenge comes from investigating it in new, alternative and more complex methods.   

The Programme of Study for Years 8 is organised in six strands, linked to the National Curriculum for Mathematics covering the new 1-9 grades.  The strands are:

  • Using and applying mathematics to solve problems.
  • Numbers and the number system.
  • Calculations.
  • Algebra.
  • Shape, space and measures.
  • Handling data.

Students will extend the progress made at Key Stage 2; the year 8 programme of study is set to change to mastery next year.

Key Stage 4

Students build on their learning at KS3 following a Programme of Study organised in 4 branches;

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Shape, Space and Measures
  • Handling Data

Students are currently entered onto the Edexcel exam board

All examinations are currently offered at two tiers of entry:

  • Foundation – Grades 1-5
  • Higher – Grades 4-9

And have a non-calculator and 2 calculator papers. Making the calculator an essential piece of equipment from Y9 onwards

Key Stage 5

The course offered is OCR Advanced Mathematics (7890).  Six units are studied; the mandatory core units, C1, C2, C3 and C4, together with two ‘application’ units.

For each unit, the Question Paper consists of questions of different mark allocations, but the total mark for each paper is 72, and candidates attempt all questions.  Each paper is 1 hour 30 mins long.  No calculators may be used for C1, but calculators may be used for all other units.

The content for each module is as follows:

  • C1 – Indices and surds, polynomials, co-ordinate geometry, differentiation.
  • C2 – Trigonometry, sequences and series, algebra, integration.
  • C3 – Algebra and functions, trigonometry, differentiation and integration, numerical methods.
  • C4 – Algebra and graphs, differentiation and integration, differential equations, vectors.

The two application modules usually studied are:

  • D1 – Decision Maths – algorithms, graph theory, networks, linear programming.
  • S1 – Probability and Statistics – representation of data, probability, discrete random variables, bivariate data.

The Key Stage 5 course is set to have changes September 2018

Look out for

  • Y11 revision sessions – Pupils will be made aware when after school revision session are available dependent on the tier they have been entered for.