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We encourage students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. To develop an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and an enjoyment, love and curiosity of mathematics so they can discover how it can be applied in a wider context.

Staffing

Subject Leader:

Mr D McDonald: dmcdonald@deepings.anthemtrust.uk

Subject Staff

Mr A Akhtar, Mr C Barham, Mr S Bannister, Mr A Burnell, Miss C Butterworth, Mr D Cherry, Mr L Hipwell, Mr T Meneaugh, Mrs S Robinson, Mr P Pearson, Mr H Shafiq

 

Key Stage 3

Mathematics encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. To develop an appreciation of the beauty and power of maths and an enjoyment, love and curiosity of Maths so they can discover how it can be applied in a wider context.

Become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics, including with varied and frequent practice of increasingly complex problems over time so that students develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately

Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisation, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Key Stage 4

KS4’s aim is to develop the numeracy, problem solving, reasoning, analytical and logical thinking skills so that students can apply mathematical models/techniques to problems in real world or other subject contexts. Within this approach we have equipped students to present not only their details of their method with clarity and structure but also any data analysis in the form of charts, diagrams, graphs and tables. Such representation enables them to draw conclusions and make recommendations should the need arise.

The Year 10 curriculum moves students on to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills. They are also challenged to apply previous skills further to either higher level or new topics that are present within the GCSE specification.

The Year 11 curriculum will be based around demands of the two PPE sessions, and their final exam. After concluding the curriculum journey in the Autumn term focus will shift onto revision and new therapy on any gaps identified at their PPEs.

Key Stage 5

  • Mathematics A Level

  • A two year course written and examined by Edexcel.  This Syllabus is designed to involve students developing mathematical ideas and relating them to everyday life as far as possible.  This course is demanding, but very rewarding. 
  • The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:
  • understand mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence, fosters enjoyment and provides a strong foundation for progress to further study
  • extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques
  • understand coherence and progression in mathematics and how different areas of mathematics are connected
  • apply mathematics in other fields of study and be aware of the relevance of mathematics to the world of work and to situations in society in general
  • use their mathematical knowledge to make logical and reasoned decisions in solving problems both within pure mathematics and in a variety of contexts, and communicate the mathematical rationale for these decisions clearly
  • reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning
  • generalise mathematically
  • construct mathematical proofs
  • use their mathematical skills and techniques to solve challenging problems that require them to decide on the solution strategy
  • recognise when mathematics can be used to analyse and solve a problem in context
  • represent situations mathematically and understand the relationship between problems in context and mathematical models that may be applied to solve them
  • draw diagrams and sketch graphs to help explore mathematical situations and interpret solutions 
  • make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions by using mathematical reasoning
  • interpret solutions and communicate their interpretation effectively in the context of the problem
  • read and comprehend mathematical arguments, including justifications of methods and formulae, and communicate their understanding
  • read and comprehend articles concerning applications of mathematics and communicate their understanding 
  • use technology such as calculators and computers effectively and recognise when their use may be inappropriate
  • take increasing responsibility for their own learning and the evaluation of their own mathematical development.

Students study and sit exams in the following modules: Pure 1, Pure 2, Statistics and Mechanics.

Further Mathematics A Level

Further Mathematics is an A level qualification which both broadens and deepens the mathematics covered in A level Mathematics.   The first year of Further Mathematics is designed to be learnt alongside the first year of Mathematics in year 12.  Students studying Further Mathematics find it to be an enjoyable, rewarding and stimulating experience.  For someone who enjoys mathematics, it provides a challenge and a chance to explore new and more sophisticated mathematical concepts.  This course is demanding, but very rewarding. 

Students study and sit exams in the following modules: Core Pure 1, Core Pure 2, Further Mathematics Option 1 (Students take one of the following four options: A: Further Pure Mathematics 1 B: Further Statistics 1  C: Further Mechanics 1  D: Decision Mathematics 1) and Option 2 (Students take one of the following seven options: A: Further Pure Mathematics 2 B: Further Statistics 1  C: Further Mechanics 1  D: Decision Mathematics 1  E: Further Statistics 2  F: Further Mechanics 2  G: Decision Mathematics 2)

Students who have studied Mathematics have gone on to study a variety of courses including Mathematics, Computing, Medicine and Architecture.  Students have selected a variety of universities in which to study these courses with many being accepted to study at Imperial, Durham and Cambridge.

Core Mathematics - Level 3 Mathematical Studies

Core Maths is a Level 3 course offered by AQA for post 16 students who have passed GCSE Mathematics with a Grade 4 or above who decided not to study A Level Mathematics. Introduced in 2014, it forms part of the Governments plan to increase participation and raise standards in mathematics education. It has been designed in association with employers, universities and professional bodies as valuable preparation for employment and further studies.

The course equips students with the skills and confidence to tackle everyday demands they are likely to encounter in their working lives.The course covers: statistics and algebra; probability and estimation; data analysis and modelling; sequences and growth; financial planning and management; collaborative problem solving approaches and techniques, and using technology and spreadsheets.

 

Useful Websites

https://hegartymaths.com/ - An excellent resource with video support prior to completing topic specific tasks)

http://www.mrbartonmaths.com  - Excellent resources of all types

https://corbettmaths.com   - Excellent resources of all types

https://www.examsolutions.net/ - Great support for A Level Students

http://www.mathsphere.co.uk/ - Useful free mathematical resources

http://www.emaths.co.uk/ - Worksheets and advice when finding topics difficult