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Mathematics

The essence of Mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.” S.Gudder

Our Philosophy

In the Mathematics faculty at LPGS we encourage the students to develop a real enjoyment and understanding of this beautiful subject.

We have nine dedicated Mathematics classrooms all of which are equipped with a data projector and many also with an interactive whiteboard. Mathematics is a popular subject within the school and we have high expectations of all of our students. Lessons follow a variety of formats which aim to offer the students opportunities of choice, challenge and collaboration. Students make good progress in Maths and are aware of their short and long term targets.

Students are placed in ability sets from Year 7. These sets are reviewed each term and changes made to ensure individual students are in the correct group to allow them to make their best progress.

Specialist Mathematics equipment needed

All students require a scientific calculator (we recommend the Casio fx83GTplus or fx85GTplus), a pair of compasses and a protractor.

Key Stage 3

Within Key Stage 3 students study the National Curriculum at a level relevant to them. This builds on the achievements and experiences of the primary curriculum and allows pupils to enjoy a smooth transition from primary to secondary school Mathematics. Class sizes vary according to ability with setting taking place at the start of Year 7. Setting is reviewed each term and changes made where felt necessary.

During Key Stage 3 students cover topics from all four aspects of the curriculum – number, algebra, geometry and measures and statistics. Topics covered in Year 7 will be extended further in Year 8. Mental calculations and real life numeracy are promoted in all years.

Example topics to be covered:

Number

  • Fractions, percentages, conversions and measurements

Algebra

  • Solving equations, simplifying expressions and deriving formulae

Geometry and Measures

  • Area, perimeter and volume, angle facts, 2D and 3D shapes

Statistics

  • Representing and analysing data, probability

There is a focus on applying knowledge to practical situations through Functional Maths tasks and students have opportunities to improve their ICT skills through the use of our set of laptops. Opportunities to develop mathematical skills beyond the standard curriculum are embraced through participation in national mathematics competitions and challenges. Students are assessed throughout Key Stage 3 using formal assessments and their progress is monitored to ensure that they fulfil their potential.

 

Textbooks for Year 7 and Year 8

Students in Year 7 and Year 8 use the My Maths for KS3 books series published by Oxford University press. The specific book will depend on the set the student is in.

  • Year 7: My Maths for KS3 books 1A, 1B, 1C (dependent on set)
  • Year 8: My Maths for KS3 books 2A, 2B, 2C (dependent on set)

 

Enrichment

  • Maths challenge, UKMT
  • Team Maths challenge, UKMT
  • Maths club
  • External speakers
  • Supervised extra help and support sessions

Key Stage 4: GCSE Maths

All students at LPGS sit Maths GCSE with an approximate split Higher: Foundation of 2:1. In addition to this the highest ability Year 11 students sit the AQA level 2 certificate in Further Maths and the Entry Level Certificate is offered to selected students for whom it is suitable.

  • The aims of Maths GCSE are to enable students to:
  • Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  • Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions
  • Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

The grading is 9 – 1 with 9 being the highest attainable grade. The Higher tier covers grades 9 – 4 and the Foundation tier grades 5 – 1. There is an overlap of content in the Higher and Foundation tier enabling final decisions about tier of entry to be made after the trial examinations in Year 11.

The Maths GCSE is a linear course with no controlled assessment or coursework. At the end of Year 11 the students will sit three equally weighted papers each 1½ hours long and worth 80 marks. One of these papers only will be non-calculator.

 

The course structure

In each term throughout the GCSE course students will cover progressively more challenging elements of each of;

  1. Number
  2. Algebra
  3. Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  4. Geometry and measures
  5. Probability
  6. Statistics
  7. Student resources

To support their study each student: 

  • has online access to Pearson Active Learn 
  • is issued with a Pearson Practice, Reasoning and Problem-Solving text book
  • has online access to Maths Watch
  • has online access to the LPGS VLE, firefly, where they can access a wealth of revision material and course information

There is no coursework or Controlled Assessment requirement in GCSE Maths.

 

Grade descriptors for GCSEs graded 9 to 1: mathematics

1. Grade 8

To achieve grade 8, candidates will be able to:

  • perform procedures accurately
  • interpret and communicate complex information accurately
  • make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  • construct substantial chains of reasoning, including convincing arguments and formal proofs
  • generate efficient strategies to solve complex mathematical and non-mathematical problems by translating them into a series of mathematical processes
  • make and use connections, which may not be immediately obvious, between different parts of mathematics 
  • interpret results in the context of the given problem
  • critically evaluate methods, arguments, results and the assumptions made

 

2. Grade 5

To achieve grade 5, candidates will be able to:

  • perform routine single- and multi-step procedures effectively by recalling, applying and interpreting notation, terminology, facts, definitions and formulae
  • interpret and communicate information effectively
  • make deductions, inferences and draw conclusions
  • construct chains of reasoning, including arguments
  • generate strategies to solve mathematical and non-mathematical problems by translating them into mathematical processes, realising connections between different parts of mathematics
  • interpret results in the context of the given problem
  • evaluate methods and results

 

3. Grade 2

To achieve grade 2, candidates will be able to:

  • recall and use notation, terminology, facts and definitions; perform routine procedures, including some multi-step procedures
  • interpret and communicate basic information; make deductions and use reasoning to obtain results
  • solve problems by translating simple mathematical and non-mathematical problems into mathematical processes
  • provide basic evaluation of methods or results
  • interpret results in the context of the given problem

Key Stage 4: Certificate in Further Mathematics

AQA LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATE IN FURTHER MATHEMATICS (8360)

The highest achieving Maths students may also sit the AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics. This complements and extends the Higher tier GCSE syllabus and can be taught alongside maths GCSE. It is sat at the end of Year 11 with decisions about entry being made after the trial exams.

The Further Maths course is designed for students who will comfortably achieve grades 8 or 9 at GCSE and it provides an excellent preparation for A-level study after Year 11.

You may find out more about this qualification and look at specimen assessment materials at

aqa fUTHER MATHEMATICS

Assessment

Two papers are sat at the end of Year 11

  • Paper 1 Non-Calculator 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Paper 2 Calculator 2 hours

Grades will be awarded as follows:

  • Award achievement at A* to C, with an additional distinction grade (A* with distinction), for students who achieve at a level beyond A*
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