Mathematics
Overview
Students are encouraged to be creative and flexible in their approach to learning and the teaching team cater well for the needs of students of all abilities.
“It is rewarding to face a challenge in maths and succeed; it gives you a sense of achievement.”
(Y9 Student)
“The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.”
Paul Halmos
KS3
Maths is taught in three broad ability bands, which are set from entry in Year 7. Students can be moved between groupings during their time at College. During Year 7 students have 4 lessons per week and in Years 8 and 9 students have 3 lessons per week.
A weekly lunchtime ‘Maths Surgery’ is offered to all KS3 students to provide assistance with homework and revision for exams. Over the year there are two numeracy weeks when the Learning Resources Centre run activities and competitions across the College. Students in Years 7 and 8 will also complete numeracy activities during their tutor time.
Year 8 students who are recognised as Gifted and Talented are entered for the Maths Challenge, a national competition organised by Leeds University. Year 9 students have the opportunity to take part in the Numeracy Leaders’ Programme, which gives students additional responsibilities throughout the College and the opportunity to help others with their Numeracy. This in turn develops their confidence and understanding of numeracy.
Programme of Study
Year 7
 Whole number and decimals
 Measures, perimeter and area
 Expressions and formulae
 Fractions, decimals and percentages
 Angles and 2D shapes
 Graphs
 Addition and subtraction
 Statistics
 Transformations
 Equations
 Factors and multiples
 Constructions and 3D solids
 Multiplication and division
 Ratio and proportion
 Everyday maths
 Probability
Year 8
 Whole number and decimals
 Measures, perimeter and area
 Expressions and formulae
 Fractions, decimals and percentages
 Angles and 2D shapes
 Graphs
 Whole number and decimals
 Measures, perimeter and area
 Expressions and formulae
 Fractions, decimals and percentages
 Angles and 2D shapes
 3D solids
 Ratio and proportion
 Everyday maths
 Probability
Year 9
 Whole number and decimals
 Measures and area
 Formulae
 Fractions, decimals and percentages
 Graphs
 Handling data
 Expressions
 Angles and polygons
 Problem solving week
 Formulae and functions
GCSE
“One should study mathematics simply because it helps to arrange one’s ideas.”
M. W. Lomonossow
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with the problem longer.”
Albert Einstein
Mathematics has many more uses than you might think. It is more than a subject in its own right – it supports learning in the Sciences, Humanities and Arts. The skills learnt within Mathematics can lead to a wide range of careers and courses beyond GCSE.
The new GCSE syllabus requires students to:
 Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including:
 Number
 Algebra
 Ratio, Proportion and rates of change
 Geometry and measures
 Statistics
 Probability
 Use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts
 Be able to apply the functional elements of mathematics to solve problems in reallife situations.
During the course students:
 Read, write and talk about mathematics in a variety of ways
 Carry out calculations and understand the significance of the results
 Solve problems by presenting clear, logical solutions, checking and interpreting their findings
 Work individually and cooperatively on work of an investigative nature.
A calculator is essential throughout the course and each student requires their own. At the beginning of the course the College advises which scientific calculator is most suitable and they can be obtained through the College Maths Shop.
Programme of Study
Year 10
 Formulae and functions
 Working in 2D
 Measures and accuracy
 Equations and inequalities
 Circles and constructions
 Ratio and proportion
 Factors powers and roots
 Graphs 1
 Working in 3D
 Handling data
Year 11
 Calculations 2
 Graphs 2
 Pythagoras
 Trignometry
 Vectors (higher only)
 The probability of combined events
 Sequences
 Units and proportionality
Useful Resources
Kerboodle
Each student has her own ID and password. This site contains a full copy of the KS3 – MyMaths Class textbooks and the KS4 GCSE textbooks and homework books.
MyMaths
Each student has her own ID and password. This site has lessons and homework task for each topic at both KS3 and GCSE. It is also directly linked to the Kerboodle textbooks.
Hegarty Maths
Each student has her own ID and password. This site is used for homework and revision; tasks will be set regularly and monitored by the class teacher.
Other useful sites:
Corbett Maths
Mr Bartonmaths
BBC Bite Sized Maths
Times table rock stars
Sumdog
Top Tips
Be positive about maths. Don't say things like "I can’t do maths" or "I hated maths at school"; your child might start to think like that themselves.
Make sure that your daughter has the equipment to complete her homework and revision:

A quiet space

A ‘workbox’ of pens, paper and other necessities

Protractor, compasses, calculator
Help your daughter with her HegartyMaths homework.

Watch the video together

Encourage her to set the working out fully in the back of her book when she does the quiz.