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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

 

Topics of Maths William Emeny

 

 

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.

Year-7-SOW-.pdf

Year-8-SOW-Grammar-set-1-and-2.pdf

Year-8-SOW-set-3.pdf

Year-8-SOW-Set-4.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 1-5 and 4-9 respectively. Both tiers consist of three 1½ hour written examination papers taken in May/June of Year 11. Paper 1 is a non-calculator 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

40-50%

AO2

Select and apply mathematical methods in a range of contexts

25-30%

AO3

Interpret and analyse problems and generate strategies to solve them

25-30%

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:

Year-9-Foundation.pdf

Year-9-Higher.pdf

Year-10-Foundation-2018-19.pdf

Year-10-Higher-2018-19.pdf

Year-11-Foundation-2018-19.pdf

Year-11-Higher-2018-19.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

Term 5

120 Year 7 and 8 participated in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge.

Congratulations go to 7 of our students who achieved Bronze Certificates

https://www.ukmt.org.uk/individual-competitions/junior-challenge/

Term 6

2 Year 10 girls have been selected to participate in the UKMT Mathematical Circles event on the 11th-12th June 2018 at the University of Kent, Canterbury.

https://www.ukmt.org.uk/outreach/mathematical-circles/

12 Year 10 students have been chosen to attend the FMSP event "Taking Maths Further" which is being held in Chatham at the Medway Campus of the University of Greenwich.

files.furthermaths.org.uk/files/events/11-16Enrichment/SE-20180619-11-16Enrichment-1.pdf

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                                 

Maths-Command-Words-Mat.pdf

All the formulae needed for GCSE Maths are here:

GCSE-Maths-Formulae.pdf

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           

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Password: FIRSTNAMESURNAME

Corbettmaths    

 https://corbettmaths.com/  

This website contains videos, worksheets, practise questions, 5-a-day questions for regular practise of individual topics and concepts.

Access Maths

www.accessmaths.co.uk/ 

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_7_set_3_and_4.pdf

year_8___grammar.pdf

year_8_set_1_and_2.pdf

year_8_sets_3_and_4.pdf

year_9_set_1_and_grammar.pdf

year_9_sets_2_3_4_5.pdf

year_10_set_1__2_and_grammar.pdf

year_10_set_3.pdf