Mathematics
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 | |
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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 | |
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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 | |
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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.
OCR Free Standing Maths Qualification (Level 3) (Syllabus Number 6993)
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 additional sessions throughout the year.
- How is it assessed? – Written exam for 2 hours
- Total marks – 70
- Calculator – Allowed
- Weighting – 100% of final grade
Revision resources
The Faculty has subscriptions to two websites My Maths and Maths Watch, both of which provide 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. To access these, students will need a username and password. They should obtain these from their teacher.
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Thank you,
Mr M Anyon – Head of Mathematics