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Learning Area: Maths

Department Overview Statement

The Maths Department is a fantastic place to work and study: the staff are a group of hard-working and committed teachers who all have, at the very heart of their practice and approach, a belief in valuing each student and giving them the very best educational opportunities that the school can offer.

As a department, we are proud of the results achieved in recent years and bear out the reality that the Maths Department is constantly striving to build on the successes and improve.

Programmes of Study - Topics/Curriculum by Year Group Details

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Students follow a comprehensive scheme of work, which is broken down into stages. Year 7 follow the Stage 7 learning and Year 8, the Stage 8 learning. Each stage is comprehensive and contains tasks which link science and technology to mathematics, in all five of the key areas: number, algebra, shape space and measure, handling data and ratio and proportion.

These rich tasks help develop pupils' problem-solving skills in readiness for Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

All students are following the AQA GCSE course.  Students who are expected to exceed a grade 5 at GCSE follow the Higher Specification.  Students who are expected to achieve a grade 5 or below at GCSE follow the Foundation Specification.

In addition to this course, some students may also follow a supplementary course, Freestanding qualification in Further Maths. 

Key Stage 5

From Sept 2017, A Level Maths students will follow the new AQA Maths Specification 7357.  This new specification is examined at the end of year 13 and includes material from previous Core, Mechanics and Statistics modules.

The A Level Maths qualification is taught by a team of teachers working closely together. 

Students receive 10 hours of lessons a fortnight and are expected to complete a further 10 hours independent study. 

Enrichment

In addition to the teaching of Math’s, the department also extends the most able students in mathematics by taking part in the UKMT Maths Challenge. This promotes mathematical thinking, processing and logical skills. In addition the Maths department organises trips to places with a mathematical history such as Bletchley Park.

How to Support Your Child

Ensure students complete past examination papers.
Ensure key terms to be revised.

Ensure key formulae are memorized

Encourage the use of GCSEpod and SAM Learning
Encourage the use of the Mymaths website.
Encourage the use of other Maths websites.

Ensure homework tasks are completed regularly and on time.

In addition to the above, it is essential that students attend every lesson with a geometry set and a scientific calculator. We recommend the  CASIO fx-85GT, or equivalent, as these are the most commonly used calculators.  This type of calculator carries out the basic functions required at primary school and the functions required for secondary school:

  • Key Stage 3 - Fractions, Brackets and Powers
  • Key Stage 4 - Trigonometry, (Sin, Cos and Tan), Roots and Statistics functions, (Mean, Standard Deviation and Variance)
  • Key Stage 5 – The new recommended calculator to go alongside the new course is Casio fx-991EX

Prospect School is not affiliated in any way with CASIO.

The mathematics department at Prospect supply calculators to students at cost price and no profit is made. 


Department Structure and Exam Results

Staff

9 full time specialists

2 part-time specialists

2 part-time intervention specialists

Structure

Head of Mathematics

Head of KS3 Mathematics

KS5 Co-ordinator

Numeracy across the curriculum co-ordinator

Examination courses for KS4

GCSE Mathematics (AQA)

Examination  courses for KS5

A Level (AQA)

GCSE examination results

2015         53.7% (A* - C)                                                 11.5% (A*- A)

2016         62.7% (A* - C)                                                 16.9% (A* - A)  

2017         69.0% (9 – 4)              49.8% (9 – 5)             10.9% (9 – 7)                

A Level examination results

2015         100% (A – E)               71.4% (A – C)            42.9% (A – B)

2016         100% (A – E)               58.3% (A – C)            41.7% (A – B)

2017         100% (A – E)               76.9% (A – C)            46.2% (A – B)

Timetable structure

Year 7 – 6 lessons per fortnight

Year 8 – 6 lessons per fortnight

Year 9 – 8 lessons per fortnight

Year 10 - 8 lessons per fortnight

Year 11 - 8 lessons per fortnight

KS5 – 10 lessons per fortnight

Intervention

We have an extensive suite of intervention programmes that we use to support vulnerable cohorts of Year 11.  These include maths based tutor groups, out of school hours sessions and a revision residential.