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Mathematics Faculty

Mathematics Faculty

“The highest form of pure thought is in mathematics” – Plato

Students learn mathematics at West Craven in a variety of ways which have been designed to meet the needs of all learners. Students will experience a minimum of 4 timetabled hours a week of expert teaching in mathematics classrooms which are well equipped and suited together in the new part of the school.

The department now benefits not only from up to date equipment, but also from carefully designed flexible teaching spaces which allow for a variety of teaching and learning styles and enable staff and students to work closely together to achieve mutual goals.

All students need to bring their own mathematical equipment and scientific calculator to all mathematics lessons in order that they can be familiar with the most efficient use to solve mathematical problems and receive appropriate advice from staff when required. The new GCSE 1 – 9 examinations have an increased emphasis on using a calculator effectively to solve problems and maximum outcomes are achieved when students have an in depth understanding of the functions of their individual calculators. 

The Mathematics Faculty is currently made up of five members of staff:
Head of Faculty:  Mrs A Adams
Second in Faculty:  Mr Andrew Pickles
Mrs C Erskine
Mrs M Ridge 
Mr A Hughes
Mr S Foster

Key Stage 3

Years 7 and 8

Students will follow a comprehensive programme of study which provides a balanced curriculum and a firm foundation for later GCSE work. They will complete work involving; using and applying mathematics, number, calculation, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics.

Students will be ‘setted’ into ability groups early in Year 7 in order that all students can learn effectively and be appropriately supported. Setting will be determined where possible upon their Key Stage result and nationally recognised Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs), although this is supplemented by teacher assessment.

Students will be assessed after each topic they have been taught, changes to sets will be made if required and interventions will be put in place to ensure that all pupils meet or exceed their targets.

The programme of study each year is as follows:

 

Term 1 (Winter)

Term 2 (Spring)

Term 3 (Summer)

Year 7

  • Place Value/Decimals
  • Sequences
  • Measures
  • Number Functions
  • Averages
  • Algebra
  • Angles
  • Presenting Data
  • Factors/Multiples
  • Formulae
  • Transformations
  • Fractions
  • Percentages
  • Plotting Linear Equations
  • Constructions
  • Probability
  • Negative Numbers
  • Rounding
  • Solving Linear Equations
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Perimeter area and Volume

Year 8

  • Algebra
  • Angles
  • Presenting Data
  • Factors/Multiples
  • Transformations
  • Fractions
  • Percentages
  • Plotting Linear Equations
  • Constructions
  • Probability
  • Pythagoras Theorem
  • Rounding and Limits
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Perimeter area and Volume
  • Sequences
  • Averages
  • Formulae
  • Circles
  • Simultaneous Equations
 

Key Stage 4

Years, 9 10 and 11

Students will begin their Key Stage 4, GCSE course at the start of Year 9 and follow a 3 year scheme of work to prepare them for their final exams in June of year 11 (currently Edexcel exam board and schemes of learning are used).

The learning of mathematics at West craven follows a spiralling curriculum where topics are revisited to deepen understanding. Consequently the scheme of work touches on and reinforces concepts within each topic, covering them in greater depth each time, in order to build up knowledge and reach mastery where concepts can be used in new situations. The table below gives a broad stroke picture of which topics will be taught in each term. This plan is sometimes altered if a group or individuals are progressing at a particularly fast or slow rate to best suit their capabilities.

GCSE

Students will be following the EDEXCEL Linear GCSE Course (1MA1) at either Higher or Foundation tier according to their ability. The GCSE is gained by completing three exams, each 1.5 hours long and worth 80 marks. There is one non – calculator paper and two calculator papers. The examinations take place in May/June of Year 11 when students are best equipped to maximise their result.

The programme of study: Foundation GCSE – Level 1-5 

 

Term 1 (Winter)

Term 2 (Spring)

Term 3 (Summer)

Year 9

  • Calculations
  • Algebra basics
  • Averages and range
  • Fractions
  • Polygons, parallel lines
  • Graphs
  • Perimeter and area
  • Transformations
  • Indices
  • Rearranging and solving
  • Representing, interpreting data
  • Percentages
  • Linear graphs
  • Constructions
  • Factors multiples
  • Sequences
  • Scatter graphs
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Revision
  • Exams

Year 10

  • Factors Multiples and Primes
  • Expressions and Substitution
  • Pie Charts
  • Averages
  • Percentages
  • Polygons angles in parallel
  • Real Life Graphs
  • Inequalities
  • Straight Line Graph
  • Ratio
  • Transformations
  • Probability 
  • Interior Exterior Angles
  • Scatter Graphs
  • Sequences
  • 3D forms and Volume
  • Trans. Reflect, Enlarge
  • Exams
  • Exams
  • 11b Proportion
  • WORK EXPERIENCE
  • Right angled triangle

Year 11

  • Multiplicative Reasoning
  • Plans and Elevations
  • Probability
  • Circle, cylinders
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Similarity
  • Constructions
  • Fractions and Reciprocals
  • Quadratic graphs
  • Indices and Std. Form
  • Vectors
  • Simultaneous Equations
  • Revision
  • Exams

The Programme of study: Higher GCSE – Level 4 – 9

 

Term 1 (Winter)

Term 2 (Spring)

Term 3 (Summer)

Year 9

  • Calculations
  • Algebra basics
  • Averages and range
  • Fractions
  • Polygons, parallel lines
  • Graphs
  • Perimeter and area
  • Transformations
  • Indices
  • Rearranging and solving
  • Representing, interpreting data
  • Percentages
  • Linear graphs
  • Constructions
  • Factors multiples
  • Sequences
  • Scatter graphs
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Revision
  • Exams

Year 10

  • Standard form and surds
  • Pythagoras and trig
  • Probability
  • Quadratic and simultaneous Equations
  • Collecting data
  • Circle theorems
  • Inequalities
  • Circle, cylinder, cones
  • Multiplicative reasoning
  • Similarity
  • Graphs of trig functions
  • Cumulative frequency, box plots, histograms
  • Accuracy and bounds
  • Vectors
  • Complex algebra
  • Revision
  • Exams

Year 11

  • Reciprocal and exp. Graphs
  • Quadratics
  • Further trig
  • Direct/inverse proportion
  • Circle geometry
  • Mock exams
  • Revision
  • Exams