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Maths

The mathematics department is a very successful department within the school. Mathematics is important for students in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Design & Technology. It is also important in many forms of employment, and in public decision-making. Students are expected to achieve their full potential by enabling them to become independent learners, to question their own knowledge and seek creative solutions and alternate methods to mathematical problems.

There are 14 teachers and administrative support. The teachers work collaboratively: some having specific responsibilities within the department; some across the whole school. The teachers are driven to deliver a broad mathematical learning experience to pupils of all abilities from Key Stage 3, through to A level.

 

 

Key Stage 3

Key stage 3 at Prospect is made up of years 7 and 8.

Students follow a comprehensive scheme of work which caters for all students’ needs.  This is differentiated into Extension, Core and Support and covers four core modules Number, Algebra, Shape Space and Measure and Handling Data, as well as developing students’ Problem Solving skills.

Students are tested throughout the school year and are graded according to National Curriculum levels.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and Year 11 (from Sept 2014)

All students are following the Edexcel GCSE course.  Students who are expected to exceed a C grade at GCSE follow the Higher Specification.  Students who are expected to achieve a C grade at GCSE follow the Foundation Specification.

In addition to this course, some students will also follow a supplementary course.  Our most able students will follow the AQA AS course in year 11. Very able students will follow the GCSE Statistics course.  So, some students will finish year 11 with a GCSE in Maths and an AS in maths, some will finish with a GCSE in maths and a GCSE in Statistics, and the remainder will finish year 11 with a GCSE in maths.

Year 9 (from Sept 2014)

Students in year 9 will begin the newly revamped GCSE course.  This course has significantly different content to the current GCSE course and is graded differently.

The new GCSE has much more emphasis on problem solving and will require an increased number of mathematical techniques and a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts.  The traditional A*-G grades will be replaced with a 9-1 number system (with 9 being the highest).  Our schemes of work have been redeveloped to account for these changes and we are all very excited about the new requirements.

Key Stage 5

A Level students follow the AQA syllabus for AS and A2 Mathematics.  Students study the following modules for A2:

  • Core1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Statistics1
  • Mechanics1

Year 12 students are also given the option of following the AS course which will consist of Core1, Core2 and Mechanics1.

We are also pleased to offer A level Further Maths at Prospect.  Students will study the following modules for A2:

  • Further Pure Maths, 1, 3 and 4
  • Decision 1 and 2
  • Mechanics 2

Year 12 students are given the option of following the AS course in Further Maths, this will consist of Further Pure 1, Decision 1 and Decision 2 (this combination of modules may be subject to change).

Online Support for Students

Prospect School subscribes to the following websites and all students have their own logins:

My Maths | External Webpage

A general login allows access to the website including games and lessons.  The student’s individual login is only required to access online homework.  All students have their logins attached to their student’s planners.

Manga High | External Webpage

Mangahigh provides games and challenges which help develop mathematical skills.  These respond to the student’s needs, becoming more or less challenging as required.

The school id number is 97552.  Students can login using the link below:

www.mangahigh.com/myschool/prospectschoolreading

Maths Challenge

In order to develop students mathematical thinking, processing and logical skills, we take part in the national Maths Challenge competitions.  There are 2 types of competition – individual and team.

Competition

Date

Type

Notes

Senior Team

10th November 2014 (date may be subject to change)

Team

Students are selected from year 11, 12 and 13.  A maximum of 2 students can be selected from year 13.  A team is made up of 4 students and only one team can be entered per school.  Interested students are required to attend the pre-competition training sessions.

Team Challenge

Feb – April

(Exact date TBD)

Team

Students are selected from year  7, 8 and 9. A maximum of 2 students can be selected from year 9.  A team is made up of 4 students and only one team can be entered per school.  Interested students are required to attend the pre-competition training sessions.

Year 10 Team Challenge

Feb – March

(Exact date TBD)

Team

Students are selected exclusively from year 10.  A team is made up of 4 students but each school may enter more than 1 team.  Interested students are required to attend the pre-competition training sessions.

Senior Challenge

6th Nov

Individual

Open to students in Year 10, 11, 12 and 13.  The most successful students nationally will be invited to the follow up rounds – the Kangaroo and the Olympiad.

Intermediate Challenge

5th Feb

Individual

Open to students in Year 8, 9, 10 and 11.

The most successful students nationally will be invited to the follow up rounds – the Kangaroo and the Olympiad.

Junior Challenge

30th Apr

Individual

Open to students in Year 7 and 8. The most successful students nationally will be invited to the follow up round – the Olympiad.

Calculators

All Prospect students are required to have a calculator.  We recommend the CASIO fx-83GT, CASIO fx-85GT, or equivalent, as these are the most commonly used calculators at Prospect School.  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 -Logarithms, Regression lines, Radians, etc.

In short, this type of calculator is suitable for a student’s entire school career.

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.  At present we have around 20 calculators remaining in stock from the 2013-14 school year, these are available at the cost price of £7 on a first come first served basis. Once this stock is gone the new stock will be priced at £8.