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Mathematics

Subject Head: Graeme Spurr

Contact: gspurr@farmors.gloucs.sch.uk 

KS3 Mathematics

Course outline 

During their first two years at Farmor’s all students will study mathematics for five periods each week, rising to six periods each week in Year 9. The tables below give guidance on the Mathematics that will be covered during Key Stage 3. Teachers can vary in the amount of time they spend on a topic depending on the class they are teaching and the pupils proficiency and pace. The Mastery indicators represent the key skills that we are looking for pupils to develop over each year. The essential knowledge column represents the knowledge that pupils will either bring with them from primary or from the previous year of Maths education. We recognise that some pupils will arrive with variations in their mathematical knowledge so the teachers will be assessing pupils throughout the course of each year but there will be summative assessments at the end of each term. More detailed information on topics can be found by downloading the Secondary Progression Map for Mathematics.

Course Detail 
  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6

7

Numbers and the number system 

Counting and comparing 

Calculating 

Visualising and constructing 

Investigating properties of shapes 

Algebraic proficiency: tinkering

Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages

Proportional reasoning

Pattern sniffing

Measuring space

Investigating angles

Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages

Solving equations and inequalities

Calculating space

Checking, approximating and estimating

Mathematical movement

Presentation of data

Measuring data

8

Numbers and the number system

Calculating

Visualising and constructing

Understanding risk I

Algebraic proficiency: tinkering

Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages 

Proportional reasoning 

Pattern sniffing 

Investigating angles 

Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages 

Solving equations and inequalities

Calculating space 

Algebraic proficiency: visualising 

Understanding risk II 

Presentation of data 

Measuring data

9

Calculating 

Visualising and constructing 

Algebraic proficiency: tinkering 

Proportional reasoning

Pattern sniffing 

Solving equations and inequalities I 

Calculating space 

Conjecturing

Algebraic proficiency: visualising

Solving equations and inequalities II

Understanding risk

Presentation of data

KS4 Mathematics

Head of Key Stage 4 (GCSE): Graeme Spurr

Contact: gspurr@farmors.gloucs.sch.uk

Specification: Edexcel 1MA1

Course outline

The Mathematics GCSE covers a wide range of mathematical knowledge and skills with a strong focus on depth of understanding and problem solving. The knowledge and skills content is grouped into five areas:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Geometry
  • Probability and Statistics

What should students expect to do during the course?

Students will be expected to:

  • Recall and use standard mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems. 
  • Be able to break down more complex problems into small steps in order to solve them.
  • Be able to apply mathematical skills to analyse problems in a real life context.
  • Be able to use a calculator to solve problems quickly and effectively.

Students will be given the opportunity to discuss mathematical ideas in groups and undertake investigations. The core textbooks and other resources develop learning through practical activities and traditional exercises. These books are supplemented by other appropriate materials, including computer software. 

Homework is set on a regular basis to consolidate work taught in class or to revise topics previously learned. On-line homework may be set on occasions and students without internet access should speak to their teacher to get a hardcopy of the homework.

Assessment (graded 9- 1)

The assessment for the course consists of 3 papers all sat at the end of year 11.  Each paper is 1½ hours long and there is one non-calculator and two calculator papers.  Each paper is marked out of 80 giving a maximum total of 240 marks.

Students will be entered for either the foundation or higher tier exam papers. The higher tier examination is graded from 9 to 4 while the foundation tier is graded from 5 to 1.

Progression into Sixth Form

The GCSE prepares students to take any of the 3 maths options in the sixth form which include A level Mathematics; A level Further Mathematics and Core Mathematics.  The course also supports the subjects that require some level of maths which are the sciences, psychology, business & economics and geography