Curriculum - Maths

The department is staffed by 12 teachers with many years of experience. We have a Subject Leader, as well as 2 Key Stage leaders to support students throughout their time at the academy.  High expectations and quality of teaching ensures that many of our pupils exceed national and school expectations.

 

Maths is based in two separate buildings at the back of the school. Over half of our classrooms are only a couple of years old, creating new positive learning environments and they are equipped with the most up to date technology.

 

Mathematics is a popular subject at KS3, KS4 and KS5 and success levels are high. Very able pupils are encouraged to take STEP papers alongside A-Level and there are pupils who annually apply to Oxbridge to study Maths based courses.

 

Any questions, please contact the subject leader Mrs C Siddons on carriesiddons@chellaston.derby.sch.uk

 

 

• Exam boards AQA for GCSE Maths and Edexcel for A Level.

The Department

Mrs Siddons

Subject Leader

Mr Moore

Mrs Giles

Mr Walmsley

Mr Tudor

Mr Mukhtar

Mr D Smith

Ms Hardy

Mr Walker

Dr Leary

Mrs A Roberts

Ms Furness

Miss L Roberts

KS3 Maths

Key Stage 3 Mathematics at Chellaston follows the National Curriculum.

 

The quality of our tracking and monitoring means that we can cater specifically for the potential of our students and complement this with clear expectations for our groups.

 

The learning of Mathematics is a continuum from the primary school and we are grateful to our partner schools for the information they provide. From last year we decided to follow a ‘Mastery approach’ which encourages the students to have a deeper understanding of the topics taught which will benefit the pupils once entering GCSE and beyond.

 

From the success of the course 2 years ago we are now using the ‘Mastery approach’ in all three KS3 year groups.

 

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All of KS3 follow the mastery curriculum.

 

Students will either be following the Higher Learning Plan or the Foundation Learning Plan.

GCSE Maths

The GCSE course followed at Chellaston is the AQA Linear course completed in both Year 10 and Year 11. At the end of Year 11, students will sit 3 papers (each worth 1/3 of their total Grade) leading to a GCSE qualification graded from 9 to 1.  Please see the link to the AQA Specification here.

 

To support the students, a KS4 Maths Club runs on Tuesdays after school from 3:15pm until 4.15pm in D6.  The students also have access to many websites; two of the main ones are: https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk and vle.mathswatch.co.uk which the department subscribes to.  Monday Seminars are also now available - this is at lunch time at 13:30 in D6. The seminars focus on specific topics each week (please see the newsletter for more details).

 

It is really important that students are fully equipped for every lesson, particularly in the possession of their own calculator.  Revision Guides can also be ordered through Wisepay.  This usually happens in September with a second run taking place in January.

A-Level Maths

Students follow the Edexcel Advanced GCE Mathematics specification (9MA0) at Key Stage 5. The A-level in Mathematics is split into Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics with a 2:1 ratio between the two areas.

 

Pure Mathematics focusses on algebraic topics initially extending work from GCSE and then extending these into new areas. Topics familiar from GCSE include algebra, functions and graphs, equations and inequalities and trigonometry. New areas in Pure Mathematics include methods of proof, sequences and series, exponentials and logarithms, vectors and calculus – differentiation and integration. Additionally, numerical methods in solving equations and other problems that cannot be readily solved algebraically will also be encountered.

 

The areas covered in Applied Mathematics are evenly split between Statistics and Mechanics. Studying Statistics will involve methods of sampling, representing and interpreting data, probability, statistical distributions and hypothesis testing. Students will also be expected to become familiar with a large data set and perform a variety of statistical calculations from it, including the use of ICT. Areas encountered in Mechanics will involve S.I. units, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws and moments. Vector methods will underpin many of these topics and there is a strong cross curricular link to Physics.

 

Further Mathematics is also offered following the Edexcel (9MF0) specification. Students opting this course would further extend work in Pure Mathematics and Statistics as well as covering a unit in Decision Mathematics.

Long Term Plan

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Long Term Plans for Maths can be downloaded here