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Mathematics

Mr Anyon

Welcome to the Mathematics Faculty at New College Leicester.

The Mathematics Faculty is a team of passionate teachers who all share a keen interest in their subject. It is our aim to share this with our students and to develop not only talented mathematicians but also a lifelong appreciation of the subject for all.

The Mathematics team work in a collaborative and supportive environment, and are dedicated to developing an innovative curriculum that offers learners accessibility and challenge. The faculty is well resourced with access to a variety of technologies in the classroom, scientific and graphical calculators, interactive whiteboards, visualisers, subscriptions to specialist websites and software, to enable students to explore the subject further.

In recent years, the Faculty has established close links with the University of Leicester and regularly host undergraduates to work with students who may be considering studying mathematics beyond GCSE.

Key Stage 3

In order to address the demands of the new curriculum, we have transformed our teaching at Key Stage 3. Our aim is to allow students to become fluent in the most basic elements of mathematics, improve numeracy and to promote their reasons skills and give them tools to solve interesting and challenging problems.

At New College Leicester, the curriculum in Years 7 and 8 covers the following broad themes:

Year 7 Year 8
Autumn Term 1 Introduction to Number
Ratio and Proportion
Laws of Indices
Iterative Processes
Autumn Term 2 Number Properties
Simple Fractions
Ratio and Scale Factors
Calculations with Percentages
Spring Term 1 Percentages
Calculations with Fractions
Estimation – Significant Figures
Upper and Lower Bounds
Large and Small Numbers
Spring Term 2 Sequences
Scales and Measures
Compound Measures
Rational and Irrational Numbers
Summer Terms The Unique Factorisation Theorem Proportion

While number plays a significant part in this strategy, the opportunities to link to other parts of the curriculum, for example shape, probability, algebra and measures, are abundant and staff exploit these links wherever possible.

 

Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE Mathematics (Syllabus Number 8300)

From their beginnings at New College Leicester, students are effectively placed on a five year program towards their GCSE’s. For the most confident and able students, their work at Key Stage 3 will have already introduced them to some of the more demanding concepts in the curriculum, while for others there will be opportunities to review and consolidate earlier topics.

The curriculum in Years 9, 10 and 11 covers the following broad themes:

Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Autumn Term Basic Number
Factors and Multiples
Angles
Scale diagrams and Bearings
Algebra Review
Fractions
Decimals
Coordinates and Linear Graphs
Rounding
Collecting and Representing Data
Sequences
Angles, Scale drawings and Bearings
Basic Number, Factors and Multiples
Algebra Review
Fractions and Decimals
Coordinates and Linear Graphs
Rounding
Collecting and Representing Data
Sequences
Percentages
Collecting and Representing Data
Number Review
Percentages
Fractions
Perimeter and Area
Volume and Surface Area
2D representation of 3D objects
Spring Term Percentages
Perimeter and Area
Real Life Graphs
Circumference and Area
Ratio and Proportion
Equations
Perimeter and Area
Circumference and Area
Real Life Graphs
Ration and Proportion
Properties of Polygons
Equations
Indices
Surds
Basic Probability
Standard Form
Measures
Collecting and Representing Data
Probability
Reading and Interpreting Tables, Charts and Graphs
Metric and Imperial Units
Real Life Graphs
Ration and Proportion
Sequences
Equations
Indices
Inequalities
Angles
Transformations
Congruence and Similarity
Summer Term Basic Probability
Scatter Graphs
Standard Form
Transformations
Construction and Loci
2D representations of 3D objects
Transformations
Congruence and Similarity
2D representations of 3D objects
Calculating with Percentages
Statistical Measures
Construction and Loci
Collecting and Representing Data
Statistical Measures
Probability Review

As with Key Stage 3, students’ fluency with each topic is paramount, and with that comes the ability to solve problems, which is key to the new curriculum.

There are significant changes to assessment at GCSE. These are summarised in the table below:

Paper 1 – Non Calculator Paper 2 – Calculator Paper 3 – Calculator
How is it assessed? Written Exam – 1 hour 30 minutes Written Exam – 1 hour 30 minutes Written Exam – 1 hour 30 minutes
Total marks 80 80 80
Calculator Not allowed Allowed Allowed
Weighting 33 1/3% of final grade 33 1/3% of final grade 33 1/3% of final grade

In addition, rather than being awarded a grade, given as a letter as we have seen in the past, students will now be awarded a number from 1 to 9, 9 being the highest. What was a grade C before will now be approximately equal to a grade 4 in the new GCSE.

 

AQA GCSE Further Mathematics (Level 2) (Syllabus Number 8360)

For our most talented mathematicians, the faculty also offers a second GCSE in Further Mathematics. This is designed to build on the work done in their GCSE and give students opportunities to see what mathematics is like at A-Level.

This course is taught concurrently with the GCSE, and students are asked to attend an after school session once a week throughout the year.

Paper 1 – Non Calculator Paper 2 – Calculator
How is it assessed? Written Exam – 1 hour 30 minutes Written Exam – 2 hours
Total marks 70 105
Calculator Not allowed Allowed
Weighting 40% of final grade 60% of final grade

 

My Maths website provides a fully interactive online learning resource suitable for all ages and abilities right up to A-Level, and can be accessed 24/7 from school, home, or even when on holiday.

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Thank you,

Mr M Anyon – Head of Mathematics

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