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 (Years 12 and 13)

AS Level Edexcel (8371)

  •  Core 1 - Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (xy) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration.
  • Core - Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (xy) plane; sequences and series; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; integration.
  • Statistics 1 - Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary of data; probability; correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions; the normal distribution.

A2 Level Edexcel (9371)

  •  Core 3 - Algebra and functions; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; numerical methods.
  • Core 4 - Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (xy) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration; vectors.
  • Mechanics 1 - Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors in mechanics; kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line; dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; statics of a particle; moments.

Advanced GCE Further Mathematics (9372)

Further Pure Mathematics units FP1, FP2, FP3 and a further three Applications units (excluding C1–C4) to make a total of six units; or FP1, either FP2 or FP3 and a further four Applications units (excluding C1–C4) to make a total of six units.

 

Examinations

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

Department Staff

  •  Curriculum Leader Mathematics  – Miss M Guy
  • Assistant Curriculum Leader – Mr J Davidson
  • KS5 Coordinator – Mr S Egan
  •  Mr R Cameron
  •  Mr R Francis
  •  Mr W Gunstone
  • Mrs A Harding
  • Mrs M Lu
  • Mr S Reese
  • Miss G Smith
  • Miss N Weber

Excursions, Trips and other interesting projects

Various maths challenges will take place throughout the academic year – locally and regionally.

Homework and Assignments

Key Stage 3 students will be set 30 minutes of homework per week.  This can take the form of short independent tasks or sometimes more extended projects set over a number of weeks.

Key Stage 4 students will be set approximately 90 minutes of homework per week.  This can take the form of one homework or possibly split into different tasks.  Revision and refinement is a key part of success at GCSE.

Key Stage 5 students will be expected to complete the same amount of work independently as they have contact time with their teacher.  In most cases this will be five hours of work. To be successful at AS and A2 students must work outside of the classroom and will be expected to research and read around topics themselves without being directed to by the teacher.

Past Examination Results

GCSE Summer 2016

Progress 8 Score  -0.06

Attainment

  •  A*/A    17.5%    (national 16.4%)
  • A*/C    68%       (national 61%)

A Level Summer 2016

  •  A*/A     28%
  • A*/B      56%
  •  A*/C      83%  
  • A*/E      94%

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