Mathematics

The aim of the Misbourne Mathematics Team is to focus on understanding and helping our students to become secure and confident with their knowledge of mathematics.  We help students learn how to solve problems which require the use of mathematical knowledge and techniques.  We aim to give all students the chance to take an active role in every mathematics lesson.  We do this through the use of high-quality active learning and teaching techniques, such as:

  •  a well-planned curriculum, which builds students' understanding
  •  collaborative tasks, where pupils work in small groups to discuss and solve mathematics problems
  • class discussions using higher-order questioning techniques
  •  the use of mini-whiteboards to collect and discuss answers from every student in the class
  • use of ICT to enhance learning through use of interactive whiteboards in every lesson

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8)

The major topics that will be covered in Key Stage 3 are below.  These will be tested using regular assessments and end of Year levelled tests.

  • Number
  • Algebra
  •  Data
  • Shape

All students follow a syllabus focusing on embedding core areas of learning through investigation and problem solving

GCSE Mathematics

Years 9,10,11 – Year 9 are studying the three year syllabus working towards the new Edexcel GCSE Mathematics Linear Examination 1MA1 (see below for details) which will be first assessed in June 2017. The examination will consist of one non-calculator and two calculator based written papers, each one being one and a half hours long.

Edexcel GCSE Mathematics Linear Examination 1MA1

The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9 to 1) in Mathematics is a tiered qualification.                          

There are two tiers:

● Foundation tier - grades 1 to 5 available

● Higher tier grades – 4 to 9 available (grade 3 allowed)

The assessment for each tier of entry consists of three externally-examined papers, all three must be from the same tier of entry. Students must complete all three papers in the same assessment series.

A Level Mathematics  Edexcel

Year 12

In Year 12 you will study: Core Mathematics - proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, Integration and vectors.  Two hour calculator paper - 62.5% of mark.   Statistics and Mechanics Statistical Sampling; data presentation and interpretation; probability; statistical distributions; hypothesis testing; quantities and units in mechanics; kinematics; forces and Newton’s laws.  Seventy-five minute calculator paper - 37.5% of marks.  This will be taken as an internal assessment to help determine predicted grades for UCAS.

Year 13

In Year 13 you will study: Core Mathematics Paper 1 - same as Year 12 Core Mathematics but to greater depth, also including numerical methods.   Two hour calculator paper - 33.3% of mark.   Core Mathematics Paper 2 - same as paper 1.  Two hour calculator paper - 33.3% of marks.  Statistics and Mechanics – same as Year 12 Statistics and Mechanics but to greater depth, also including moments and normal distribution.  Two hour calculator paper - 33.3% of mark.

Advanced GCE Further Mathematics 

In Year 12 you will study Further Pure Core Mathematics - proof; complex numbers; matrices; further algebra and functions, further calculus, further vectors.  One hundred minute calculator paper- 50% of marks.  The other 50% will be a paper from one of the following options: Pure Mathematics, Statistics, Decision and Mechanics.    One hundred minute calculator paper - 50% of marks.  This will be taken as an interlal assessment to help determine predicted grades for UCAS.

In Year 13 you will study Further Pure Core Mathematics 1 – which is the same as Year 12 but to greater depth and also including polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions and differential equations.   Ninety minute calculator paper- 25% of marks.   Further Pure Core Mathematics 2, which is the same as Further Pure Core Mathematics 1.  Ninety minute calculator paper- 25% of marks.  

You will choose one paper from each of the following two options blocks:

Option 1: (Ninety minute calculator paper - 25% of marks):  Further Pure Mathematics 1; Further Statistics 1; Further Mechanics 1; Decision Mathematics 1.

Option 2 (Ninety minute calculator paper, 25% of marks): Further Pure Mathematics 2; Further Statistics 1;  Further Mechanics 1; Decision Mathematics 1; Further Statistics 2; Further Mechanics 2; Decision Mathematics 2.

Examinations

All examinations will take place in the summer of the second year of study.

Department Staff

  • Curriculum Leader Mathematics  – Mr S Egan
  • Assistant Curriculum Leader – Miss N Weber
  • KS5 Coordinator – Mr S Egan
  • Mr R Francis
  • Mrs M Lu
  • Mr S Reese
  • Mr R Symington
  • Mr N Kokkinidis

Useful Websites and Resources