Mathematics

The Mathematics Department at The Urswick School aim to develop pupil’s abilities to use and apply mathematics confidently in a modern society: at the workplace, in business and in finance. Mathematics is an elegant and creative subject that provides tools for understanding science, engineering, technology, art and economics. We aim to equip all pupils with powerful ways to analyse, solve problems, discover solutions and make connections within the broad areas of the subject. Pupils are encouraged to develop logical processes, become functional in their use of maths and are able to think independently in applied and abstract ways. Pupils will experience that mathematics is an international language and over time develop means of solving problems and enjoy maths for its own sake.

Key Stage 3

In years 7 and 8 students are taught in 3 ability groups across two half-year groups. In year 9 students are taught in 6 ability groups across the whole year group. Students are able to move groups according to progress throughout the year. Our scheme of work follows the principles of the new Mathematics National Curriculum for Key Stage 3, with an emphasis on communication and reasoning as well as mathematical fluency.

Teachers use a variety of resources in their lessons including the online package Mastering Mathematics. Independent problem solving is actively encouraged in preparation for GCSE mathematics, and to enable students to experience the thrill of finding solutions by approaching problems in imaginative ways. Students in years 7 and 8 also have Numeracy and Challenge lessons to develop basic skills and stretch the higher achievers.

Students are regularly assessed throughout each year, and opportunities are provided for students to re-visit any topics that they struggled with.

Key Stage 4

The work in Key Stage 4 builds on the framework in KS3.

The current Year 11, are following the Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics (1MA1) Edexcel programme. Pupils are placed on the Higher or Foundation Tier and sit three papers (one non-calculator and two calculator).

The Grade Range for each tier is: Foundation (1 - 5) and Higher (4 - 9)

The current year 10 have begun their GCSE course.

To enrich students experience of Maths, the top 20% of students in each year group participate in the UKMT Maths Challenge.  Students in years 7 & 8 do the Junior Maths challenges. Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 do the Intermediate Maths challenge.

Key Stage 5

Mathematics

Course: AS and A2

At Key Stage 5 students will follow the Edexcel Advanced Level course over two years.

In Year 12 students study Core and Applied mathematics. Students are examined in June via 2 papers. At the end of Year 12 successful students will have completed the AS Level qualification and can then continue to the full A Level in Year 13. In Year 13 students will study further Core and Applied mathematics.

The key themes of Core Mathematics are Algebra and Functions, Coordinate Geometry, Sequences and Series, and Differentiation and Integration. These themes are continued into the second year of Core along with other topics such as Advanced Trigonometry. Students will be encouraged to develop their skills and apply them to a wide range of problems. The Applied section of the course cover Mechanics and Statistics in both years.

Students will have access to graphing software, iPad technology and e-books to help them throughout the course.