Mathematics

Mathematics

Mathematics is the means of looking at the patterns that make up our world and the intricate and beautiful ways in which they are constructed and realised. Numeracy is the means of making that knowledge useful.

Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing pupils’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data. Mathematics is important for pupils in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Technology. It is also important in everyday living, in many forms of employment, and in public decision-making. As a subject in its own right, Mathematics presents frequent opportunities for creativity, and can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a problem is solved for the first time, or a more elegant solution to a problem is discovered, or when hidden connections suddenly manifest.

It enables pupils to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence. The power of mathematical reasoning lies in its use of precise and concise forms of language, symbolism and representation to reveal and explore general relationships. These mathematical forms are widely used for modelling situations; a trend accelerated by computational technologies.

The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics helps us to understand and change the World.

Aims

  • To set challenging targets with high expectations for all pupils.
  • To offer a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate pupils and demand their active participation.
  • To smooth the transition for pupils between Key Stages and ensure progression in teaching and learning throughout their time at School.
  • To explore enrichment opportunities outside the curriculum to enhance pupils’ enjoyment of mathematics.

Objectives

At the end of his/her mathematical education in this school, each pupil will be able:

  • To perform basic numeracy skills
  • To perform the basic mathematical skills needed in his/her chosen career or for entry to higher or further mathematical education
  • To understand the mathematics likely to be encountered in daily adult life
  • To reason clearly and logically, and to set out a rational argument
  • to identify patterns encountered in diverse situations and to extrapolate from these
  • to approach problems systematically, choosing appropriate techniques for their solution
  • To follow logical instructions clearly expressed
  • to experience satisfaction in and enjoyment of his/her mathematical achievements
  • To obtain any formal mathematical qualifications needed for his/her chosen career
  • To obtain his/her best possible results at KS3, KS4 & AS/A Level

In addition, we hope that pupils will acquire the logical abilities characteristic of a mathematician.

We have Mymaths!

Please visit http://www.mymaths.co.uk/  

to access a range of fun activities, incredibly useful lessons, homeworks and revision aids. 

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– ask your maths teacher!

Key Stage 3

We have designed our Scheme of Work around the Curriculum Wales Programme of Study for Mathematics and the Numeracy Framework:

http://learning.gov.wales/docs/learningwales/publications/150717-nc-maths-en.pdf  

Each year group is split into classes of similar ability. Throughout Key Stage 3 maths classes do not use a single resource or text book. We recommend using MyMaths for revision and practice. At the end of each unit pupils complete a homework in their homework booklet and then at the end of two units pupils sit a test (approx. every 5 to 6 weeks) covering all of the two units work and this is a good way of highlighting to the pupils which topics they have grasped well and which ones perhaps need a little extra revision.  At the end of the year, after the Whitsun half term, Year 7 and 8 classes sit the end of year assessment.  This is two 100 mins exams (one Non-Calculator and one with a Calculator) that covers all of the work learned throughout the year.  It is the marks from the tests and the end of year assessment that are then used to decide which sets pupils will be placed in the following year.

Key Stage 4

From September 2015 all Welsh pupils will study two GCSE’s in Mathematics.  At Bryntirion pupils will start preparing for their GCSE’s in Year 9 and be given the first opportunity to sit both their Mathematics exams at the end of Year 10.

As there are now Three Tiers of entry we have decided to teach the top three sets the Higher content. Some of this content will be extremely challenging for pupils in Set 3, hence the class teacher and head of department will use discretion to decide which A* topics can be thoroughly covered. Very few pupils will study the Foundation course due to the fact that it is not possible to attain a C grade. If a pupil does enter Foundation and achieves a Grade they will then be given the opportunity to sit Intermediate and improve their grade before leaving School.   All other pupils will prepare for and sit the Intermediate exams. Pupils in sets 7 and 8 will find some of the topics extremely challenging, hence the teacher and head of department will use discretion to decide which B grade topics can be thoroughly covered.

Key Stage 5

Students at KS5 study Edexcel AS and A level in Maths. They will develop an understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes, develop the ability to reason logically and construct mathematical proofs, and understand coherence and progression in mathematics and how different areas of mathematics can be connected. 

In Year 12 all students study Pure Mathematics Modules, CORE 1 and CORE 2 and a third Applications Module in STATISTICS. These three courses are examined at the end of Year 12 and each account for a third of the final grade. In Year 13 all students study Pure Mathematics Modules, CORE 3 and CORE 4 and a third Applications Module in MECHANICS.