Key Stage 3

We have recently started a new style of teaching in Y7 and Y8 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.   

 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

Year 12

The new course for Year 12 will consist on a full A level taken at the end of their 2 years of study. The Academy has decided to change our exam board for A level maths for this year group to AQA Advanced Mathematics (7357). Pupils will sit three exams at the end of the course which will be 2 hours long each with equal weighting

Paper 1

What's assessed

Any content from:

  • A: Proof
  • B: Algebra and functions
  • C: Coordinate geometry
  • D: Sequences and series
  • E: Trigonometry
  • F: Exponentials and logarithms
  • G: Differentiation
  • H: Integration

I: Numerical methods

Paper 2

What's assessed

Any content from Paper 1 and content from:

  • J: Vectors
  • P: Quantities and units in mechanics
  • Q: Kinematics
  • R: Forces and Newton’s laws

S: Moments

Paper 3 

What's assessed

Any content from Paper 1 and content from:

  • K: Statistical sampling
  • L: Data presentation and Interpretation
  • M: Probability
  • N: Statistical distributions

O: Statistical hypothesis testing

Year 13 (A-Level)

The course offered is OCR Advanced Mathematics (7890).  Six units are studied; the mandatory core units,  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.  Calculators may be used for all other units.

The content for each module is as follows:

  • 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.

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.