Mathematics
Our Vision
The Mathematics Department aims to equip our students with the independence, problem solving skills and knowledge they need to be creative and adaptive in our world.
Aims
At Astor College, our aim is for our students to become numerate, independent and curious learners with skills that are transferrable to other areas of the school's curriculum.
We do this by:
 Implementing the school vision of being adaptable, creative and proud.
 Setting challenging and high expectations for all pupils.
 Offering a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate pupils and demand their active participation.
 Smoothing the transition for pupils between Key Stages and ensure progression in teaching and learning throughout their time at Astor College.
 Ensuring all pupils regardless of ability make expected progress between key stages.
 Exploring enrichment opportunities outside the curriculum to enhance pupils’ enjoyment of mathematics.
Curriculum
Students receive a varied curriculum which contains the core skills needed for success in this and other subjects.
Throughout their 5 years, students study areas of Mathematics within Number, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics and Probability.
The Mathematics specification is a very challenging one that is rewarding when successful.
There are no short cuts to learning Mathematics  practise and revision are key to gaining the best grades by Year 11.
For any enquiries please contact Mrs Melanie Williams, Director of Mathematics
KS3
KS3 Mathematics
At Astor College, KS3 Mathematics is for Years 7 and 8.
Year 7 have Mathematics taught in their tutor groups.
Year 8 have 5 classes  Our Grammar Stream + 4 classes set on ability.
Our students participate in 7 Mathematics classes per fortnight plus a Maths Challenge lesson.
Please find below the content covered for each group over the year.
Year8SOWGrammarset1and2.pdf
KS4
KS4 Mathematics
GCSE Mathematics requires students to not only be fluent in mathematical concepts but also, more often, to be able to recognise then when applied into a context. There is emphasis on reasoning and explanation of required methods so students must show a deep understanding of all the course content.
Students are entered for examination at either Foundation or Higher Tier where the grades available are 15 and 49 respectively. Both tiers consist of three 1½ hour written examination papers taken in May/June of Year 11. Paper 1 is a noncalculator paper whereas Papers 2 and 3 are both calculator papers.
Within each question paper students are asked a variety of style of questions that comprise of the following assessment objectives. The percentage of each assessment objective used within the entire GCSE is also given.
Assessment Objective (AO) 
Detail of the Assessment Objective 
Percentage of GCSE 
AO1 
Recall and use knowledge of the prescribe content 
4050% 
AO2 
Select and apply mathematical methods in a range of contexts 
2530% 
AO3 
Interpret and analyse problems and generate strategies to solve them 
2530% 
In GCSE Mathematics the key skills, already seen in Key Stage 2 and 3, are developed further and linked to real life applications.
The table below shows the topic area and the extent to which they are examined at each tier.

Extent examined at: 

Topic Area 
Foundation Tier (%) 
Higher Tier (%) 
Number 
25 
15 
Algebra 
20 
30 
Ratio 
25 
20 
Geometry 
15 
20 
Probability and Statistics 
15 
15 
Students are expected to have a high standard of numeracy and to quickly identify the multiple skills required within each question.
Schemes of Work for each Year group can be found below:
Year10Foundation201819.pdf
Year11Foundation201819.pdf
AQA Revision Guides and Workbooks at both tiers are available to purchase via Parentmail
KS5
KS5 Mathematics
In KS5 we have two options :
1) Students who have performed at GCSE Grade 6 or above can choose AS/A Level Mathematics
2) Students who are still to achieve at least a Grade 4 at GCSE must attend lessons and resit their GCSE Mathematics.
Extra Curricular Opportunities
Astor College Mathematics department is trying to arrange as many opportunities as we can for our students to experience Mathematics outside of the classroom.
These include:
 UKMT Mathematics Individual and Team Challenges
 Events run by the Further Maths Support Program
 Workshops and sessions run by the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Kent
20182019 Term 2
Year 11 Maths Team Challenge
4 Year 11 students attended a Maths Team Challenge competition at Invicta Grammar School in Maidstone.They participated in a variety of mathematical rounds against a range of other secondary schools in the area. Astor College stood their ground in each round to finish 4th in the competition but overall they were 1st in the nonselective public school sector. Well done Astor College!
20182019 Term 3
UKMT Intermediate Individual Maths Challenge
Selected students from Year 9, 10 and 11 were chosen to enter the UKMT Intermediate Individual Maths Challenge.
This challenge had students answering a variety of multiple choice questions in order to score the most points possible.
Students could then receive a selection of certificates dependent on the score achieved.
One Year 9 and a Year 11 student achieved a Silver certificate.
3 Year 9 students, 3 Year 10 students and 2 Year 11 students also achieved Bronze certificates.
20182019 Term 3/4
Year 9 Royal Institute Masterclasses
4 of Astor College's finest Year 9 mathematicians attended 6 Saturday sessions at the University of Kent.
The sessions covered a range of Mathematical areas such as:
Topology and Euler’s Theorem
Towers of Hanoi
Dynamics of Population Growth
Continued Fractions and the Pell Equation or Conic Sections
Modular Arithmetic and Cryptology
Maths in Juggling and Music
The attendees were also treated to a tour of the University campus and its facilities.
The Year 9 students thoroughly enjoyed their experiences particularly those involving food items and the juggling.
Look out for details for this event again next year...
2018  2019 Term 5
UKMT Junior Individual Maths Challenge
On Tuesday 30th April selected students from Year 7 and Year 8 will be participating in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge. There will be a range of multiple choice questions to answer where certificates can be awarded dependent on the score achieved.
20182019 Term 5
Maths, What's the point?
This event is being run by the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science faculty at the University of Kent, Canterbury. 14 year 8 and 9 students will be attending this event on the 25th April 2019 for a funfilled day of Mathematics. They will be looking at a range of application of mathematics in the real world including fraud detention.
Check your Parentmail for further details for the invited students.
20182019 Term 5
Year 11 Maths Challenge Day
This event is being run by the AMSP (Advanced Mathematics Support Program) at the University of Kent, Canterbury on Saturday 4th May 2019. This event is targetting students who are aiming for a Grade 6/7 in their GCSE Mathematics this summer. 10 students have been invited to attend. Topics they will recapping include surds, sine and cosine rule, indices and problem solving.
Check your ParentMail for further details for the invited students.
20182019 Term 6
Statistics Gone Wild
This event is being run by the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science faculty at the University of Kent, Canterbury. 14 year 7 and 8 students will be attending this event on the 18th June 2019 for a funfilled day of Statistics. They will be looking at a range of applications of statistics in connection with identifying the population of wild animals.
A ParentMail will be sent inviting students and providing them with further details.
GCSE Revision Resources
Revision Guides
CGP Revision guides, workbooks and exam practise books, for both Higher and Foundation tiers, are available to purchase through Astor College.
NOTE: If you are ordering from 18/07/18 these orders will not be processed until September.
Understanding the language in the Mathematics exam paper
All the formulae needed for GCSE Maths are here:
More revision materials are available on the following websites:
Mathswatch
https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/
Log in: FIRSTNAMESURNAME@ASTOR
Password: FIRSTNAMESURNAME
PiXL Maths App
https://mathsapp.pixl.org.uk/PMA.html
School ID: AT3121
Log in: SURNAMEFIRSTNAME
Password: SURNAMEFIRSTNAME
Corbettmaths
This website contains videos, worksheets, practise questions, 5aday questions for regular practise of individual topics and concepts.
Access Maths
This website contains lots of revision resources in different formats to help with memory retention.
Homework
Here at Astor College homework is important for our students both for recall of previous content taught and consolidation of current topics being learnt.
Since there is a huge range of content within the Mathematics curriculum that will be tested in their termly assessments as well as their GCSE Mathematics exams in Year 11 this can not be completely revised in every lesson. Our students must develop their skills in independent learning if they are to perform well for each assessment.
From September all KS3 and 4 Mathematics homework is set from gaps in their subject knowledge from their previous assessment. A termly individual booklet is produced which should be completed weekly to assist with memory recall. There will also be a numeracy section every week to ensure their basic arithmetic skills are regularly practised. Please contact your son/daughter's teacher should they lose their booklet.
Summer Holiday Homework
All students have been set a booklet of appropriate Mathematics homework for the summer.
This should be handed into their class teacher in the first lesson in September.
It is important that our students still practise their Mathematics skills especially during such a long period away from school.
If your son/daughter has misplaced/lost their homework please see below for the booklet that have been set. They are based on the class set they have been in for Term 6.
year_7_set_1__2_and_grammar.pdf
year_10_set_1__2_and_grammar.pdf
Easter Holidays Revision Materials
The Mathematics department will be in Astor College on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th April 2019 to provide students with additional support and resources to ensure they should all have revision materials to continue with over the holiday period.
All Year 11 students should have been given an A3 sheet of revision relevant to their tier of entry before they leave school on Friday 5th April.
They can, of course bring these materials with them to the Easter holiday sessions to get some help.
I have also added below some further practice papers for all students sitting their GCSE this summer.
Foundation tier  Question Papers
Foundation Paper  Mark Schemes
Higher Tier  Question Papers
Higher Tier  Mark Schemes
Astor students can also access Mathswatch, PiXL Maths app and PiXL Times table app with their individual log ins to revise individual concepts.
Please email melanie.williams@astor.dfamat.com for these details if they are not already known.
Happy Revising
Mrs Williams