Curriculum - Maths

The department is staffed by 15 teachers with many years of experience. We have a Subject Leader, as well as 3 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 just over a year 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 are Edexcel for GCSE Maths (Year 11) and AQA for GCSE Maths (Year 10), AQA for GCSE Statistics, OCR for FSMQ, OCR for A-level.

 

 

The Department

Mrs Siddons

Mr Moore

Mrs Giles

Mr Levesley

Ms Rumsey

Mr Mukhtar

Mr D Smith

Ms Wilde

Mr Yates

Dr Leary

Mrs A Roberts

Ms Hardy

Mr Bambra

Miss L Roberts

Mr Walker

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 last year we are now using the ‘Mastery approach’ in Year 7 and Year 8 and will hopefully continue this into Year 9 next year.

 

In Year 9 the students follow a course based on the “Mathslinks” texts. The Ebooks used in lessons can be found on Firefly. We are also implementing reasoning and problem solving questions alongside the books to set the pupils up for GCSE.

 

 

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Year 7 and 8 are following the mastery approach.

 

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

 

Year 9 are following the Mathslinks books which can be found on Firefly.

 

 

 

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 Mondays after school from 3pm until 4.15pm in D18.  The students also have access to two Websites www.mymaths.co.uk and vle.mathswatch.co.uk which the department subscribes to.

 

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

A-Level Maths

Year 13

 

The year 13 students are following the OCR Advanced GCE Mathematics (7890) course which is split into six modules. Three of the modules are taken in year 12 – Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics 1 giving an AS-Level at the end of the first year. A further three modules are taken in year 13 – Core 3, Core 4 and Decision 1 and all six units contribute equally to the final A-level grade.

 

The Core modules cover topics which are extensively algebraic and the applied modules give more practical applications of higher level Mathematics.

 

The current year 13 students are the last who will be examined on this specification.

 

Year 12

 

Students in year 12 commence on the new Edexcel Advanced GCE Mathematics specification (9MA0) and will follow this linear course for two years. 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.

 

 

Long Term Plan

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Long Term Plans for Maths can be downloaded here