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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.

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 Cyphers
Algebra – Sequences
Algebra – Understanding and using algebraic notation
Algebra – Equality and equivalence
Negative numbers
Algebra – Sequences
Algebra – Understanding and using algebraic notation
Revision, assessment, feedback
Algebra – Equality and equivalence
Autumn Term 2 Number – What’s the point?
Number – FDP equivalence
Revision, assessment, feedback
Statistics – Presenting data
Number – Percentages
Number – Indices (index laws, standard form, surds)
Revision, assessment, feedback
Statistics – Presenting data
Spring Term 1 Number – Addition and subtraction
Number – Multiplication and division
Revision, assessment, feedback
Fractions
Number – Ratio, proportion and rates of change
Revision, assessment, feedback
Fractions
Spring Term 2 Fractions
Revision, assessment, feedback
Geometry – Lines and angles
Geometry – Geometric reasoning
Fractions
Revision, assessment, feedback
Geometry – Lines and angles
Geometry – Geometric reasoning
Summer Term 1 Revision week
End of year exams
Closing the gap
Revision week
End of year exams
Closing the gap
Summer Term 2 Number sense
Data – Sets and probability
Number – Prime numbers and proof
Number sense
Data – Sets and probability
Geometry – Circles and area

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.

 

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

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