# Mathematics

*It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul.*

- Sofia Kovalevskaya.

Mathematics is the study of order, relation and pattern. From its origins in counting and measuring, it has evolved in highly sophisticated and elegant ways to become the language used to describe and explore the whole of the physical world. Statistics is the study of ways of collecting and extracting information from data, and the methods of using the information to describe and make predictions about the world around us. Together, mathematics and statistics provide a framework for thinking, solving problems and a means of communication that is concise, precise, logical and ultimately, powerful.

**Believe, Achieve, Exceed: **

In Maths, we contribute to the BELIEVE curriculum by addressing SMSC/BV and Careers within different topics. For example, each Unit of work begins with a “Big Picture” where we look at the potential uses of the ideas in that topic in the workplace; and in Tessellations and Symmetry we look at Islamic and Rangoli tiling patterns. Maths contributes to the ACHIEVE curriculum by being a core subject. We ensure that all our KS4 pupils are able to study Maths at GCSE level. We also offer Functional Skills Maths as an additional opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised qualification in both Years 10 and 11. Finally, we contribute to the EXCEED curriculum by developing problem-solving skills and exposing children to the connections between mathematics and other areas, such as the sciences and the arts.

**KS3:**

We recognise that our KS3 provision has pupils beginning and finishing at different times. Thus, we have a rolling programme that focuses on foundational concepts and common gaps in understanding as well as introducing our pupils to how maths can be used in careers and other areas, such as science and art. The programme is flexible and is adapted where needed to the pupils we have at a given time. In addition, we improve the arithmetic ability of pupils, especially their times tables. Scaffolding and extension are incorporated where appropriate, and topics relate to the following key areas of mathematics: Number, Algebra, Statistics, Probability and Shape and Space.

**KS4:**

There are two foci for our KS4 pupils: GCSE Mathematics and Functional Skills Mathematics. Many of our pupils have had poor experiences with Mathematics prior to joining MMAP. They need increased support and motivation as a result. For those pupils who begin with us below a Grade 1 level at GCSE are given additional support through studying Functional Skills Mathematics. Depending on ability, this can range from Entry Level 1 through to Level 2. Due to the similarity in skills between GCSE and Functional Skills Mathematics, overlapping the qualifications is beneficial to our pupils so that they reduce their Mathematics related anxiety and achieve their best possible outcomes. Pupils who are higher tier candidates will be provided with increased extension, 1:1 support and online revision.

## Year 10

__Term 6__

- Number.
- Algebra.
- Graphs.
- Tables and charts.

__Term 1__

- Fractions.
- Decimals and percentages.
- Equations.
- Inequalities and sequences.

__Term 2__

- Angles.
- Averages and range.
- Perimeter.
- Area and volume part 1.

__Term 3__

- Graphs.
- Transformations.

__Term 4__

- Ratio and proportion.
- Right-angled triangles.
- Probability.

__Term 5__

- Multiplicative reasoning.
- Constructions.
- Loci and Bearings

## Year 11

__Term 6__

- Quadratic equations and graphs.
- Perimeter, area and volume part 2.
- Fractions, indices and standard form.

__Term 1__

- Congruence.
- Similarity.
- Vectors.
- Algebra.

__Term 2__

- Revision (closing gaps).

__Term 3__

- Revision (closing gaps).

__Term 4__

- Revision (exam practice).

__Term 5__

- Examinations.

## Examination Information

The Pearson Edexcel GCSE in Mathematics is a tiered qualification. There are two tiers – at Foundation Tier, pupils can obtain Grades 1-5 and at the Higher Tier, pupils can obtain grades 4-9. The assessment for each tier of entry consists of three externally-examined papers, all three must be from the same tier of entry. Pupils must complete all three papers in the same assessment series. Paper 1 is non-calculator and Papers 2 and 3 allow a calculator. Details of the topic distributions of the papers at each Tier are:

**Foundation tier**

**Topic area (weighting)**

- Number (22% - 28%).
- Algebra (17% - 23%).
- Ratio, proportion and rates of change (22% - 28%).
- Geometry and measures (12% - 18%).
- Statistics and probability (12% - 18%).

__Higher__

**Topic area (weighting)**

- Number (12% - 18%).
- Algebra (27% - 33%).
- Ratio, proportion and rates of change (17% - 23%).
- Geometry and measures (17% - 23%).
- Statistics and probability (12% - 18%).