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Mathematics

Key Stage 3 Mathematics

Have you ever fancied being the next Fibonacci, Sir Isaac Newton or even Albert Einstein?

Curriculum
Here at Caedmon College Whitby we help you to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding encouraging a holistic view of mathematics.
At Key Stage 3 students in Year 7 and 8 study twelve units throughout each year.
Under the new Scheme of Learning there are now six strands to be covered:
Algebra; Geometry and Measures; Number; Probability; Ratio, Proportion and Rate of Change and also Statistics.
Students are encouraged to develop their understanding and spellings of key words through research and discussion.

Assessment
For students in Year 7 and 8 there are assessments at the end of each half term on the two topics covered.
The assessment at the end of the summer term is classed as the end of year exam.
Students are set homework on a regular basis and these may include written tasks, research tasks or tasks set on ‘Mymaths’. Students will then receive feedback on this and will be expected to make any corrections or complete a challenge task.

Extra-curricular opportunities
At the Scoresby site catch-up and intervention sessions are held on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtime.
Students are also invited to participate in the UKMT Maths Challenges and the National Cipher Challenge.

For further information
Please contact Miss Wilson – c.wilson@ccwhitby.co.uk (Head of KS3 Mathematics) for further information.

ICT is now an integral part of the Maths curriculum. The Maths department uses ICT both in assisting learning, by means of interactive whiteboards and mathematical programmes, and in increasing the students’ capability in ICT in topics such as spreadsheets. The department also subscribes to the My Maths website and the maths-net website for A-level.
The programme of study is flexible enough to allow all students, including those with special needs, to progress at their own rate through the levels of the National Curriculum and build on the progress already made at primary school. Some will be encouraged to pursue harder and more demanding work, whilst others will benefit from work which will enable them to consolidate a particular skill.
With this in mind, Mathematics at the College consists of various activities to help all students achieve the next level in each attainment target.
The lessons consist of more traditional approaches along with group work, practical work, investigational work and individual study. A full range of stimuli – including computers, videos and the students’ own initiative is used within the mathematics lesson to increase motivation. Students learn how to use a calculator effectively but the ability to do mental arithmetic is also considered very important.
Assessment is ongoing and may be of a written, oral, practical or investigational nature. All provide valuable learning experiences for the student and provide the teacher with informative and reliable details of the students’ progress. These details are then used to plan further work.
Some more able students are given the opportunity to take part in the Mathematics Challenge, which can lead to involvement in the International Mathematics Challenge. The Mathematics Challenge is all about problem solving and students’ results in this very popular event have consistently been of a high standard.
Mathematics is a subject that can be hard work and very demanding, but at the College we aim to make it rewarding and enjoyable for all.

GCSE Mathematics

What will you be learning?
The course content follows directly from what has been taught at Key Stage 3. Homework is set on a regular basis, and should take from half an hour to one hour each week. Students must meet deadlines for homework so that their class has the opportunity to review and correct work with their teacher.

* Students must bring their own calculator

Assessment will be by three exams at the end of the course.
There are two tiers of exam entry and you will be entered for the examination at your own level of ability.

Progression
Students with grade 9, 8, 7 or 6 at GCSE are in a good position to continue to do A-level Mathematics and A-level Further Mathematics. Students with a grade 5 who take A-level Mathematics are likely to find the course extremely challenging. It is essential that these grades are achieved at the Higher level tier. Maths GCSE is useful for many of the other courses in the Sixth Form at Caedmon College Whitby, and is important for a wide range of professions.

What other learning could you do:
You may need to strengthen your grades by completing further study such as a foundation or intermediate vocational qualification.
With further training, you could go into a job related to mathematics such as an Engineer or Business Management.
You could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer.

Where Can I Find More Information:
You can contact the College, talk to your Personal Careers Advisor or College careers staff.

A-level Mathematics

What will you be learning?
Mathematics A-level is available to students who have achieved grade 7 or above at GCSE. Study materials are available during the summer term and are a prerequisite for starting the course. Students with grade 6 at GCSE must be prepared to do some extra work to catch up at the beginning of the course and should have a reference from their teacher before starting the course.

Mathematics is regarded as a ‘high status’ qualification and students generally find it to be a very useful qualification to have, no matter what course or job they expect to follow.

The course covers many topics including:
Algebra, co-ordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, calculus, logarithms and exponential functions, numerical methods, functions, probability, correlation and regression, discrete random variables and the normal distribution. mechanical modelling, kinematics, statics and dynamics in mechanical modelling.

Method of Assessment:
Final examinations in Year 13.

What other learning could you do:
You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses in any subject areas, which could lead onto higher education in areas of Mathematics, related areas such as Engineering, Economics, Sciences or more general higher education courses.

With further training, you could go into a job related to Mathematics such as an Actuary, Engineer, Financial Adviser, Scientist or Business Manager as the GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop key skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries think highly of.

The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the economic and financial sectors.

What career options do you have?
Recent students have pursued Higher Education and careers in the following areas:
accountancy, mechanical engineering, electronic engineering and computer systems, microelectronics, physics, electronic engineering with music technology, computer studies, astrophysics, teaching, nanotechnology, medicine, natural sciences, Earth sciences, game design, pharmacy, veterinary science and apprenticeships with Rolls Royce and British Aerospace as well as other maths and science-based fields.
There are posters showing student destinations in the maths area of the College.

Where Can I Find More Information:
You can contact the College, talk to your Personal Careers Advisor or College careers staff.
The Mathematics department website ccwmaths.wordpress.com has links to Maths careers information on the home page.
A website for the new A-level course is being created this year.

A-level Further Mathematics

What will you be learning?
Further Mathematics is for those people who really like Mathematics and have an aptitude for it. Good reasons for studying Further Mathematics include:

  • to be better prepared for university courses with a high mathematical content
  • to assist your entrance onto competitive courses in higher education
  • academic stimulation
  • an impressive addition to any UCAS form.

Students who take this course must be studying Mathematics A-level. The course is covered in extra lessons in a small group and some self-study time. You will study Decision Mathematics and broaden your study of Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics.

Method of Assessment:
Final examinations in Year 13.

What other learning could you do:
You could take this course to complement an Advanced GCE in Mathematics, it will support entry to higher education in areas of Mathematics, Electronics, Economics, Physics or more general higher education courses. Students who do Further Mathematics followed by a maths related degree find themselves at an advantage.

With further training, you could go into a job related to Mathematics such as an Accountant, Analyst, Architect, Designer, Engineer, Scientist …studying Further Mathematics opens doors to many career options and is highly regarded.

You could also go straight into a job as the GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the economic and engineering sectors.

Note: you cannot take Further Mathematics without A-level Mathematics.

What career options do you have?
Recent students have pursued Higher Education and careers in the following areas: accountancy, mechanical engineering, electronic engineering and computer systems, microelectronics, physics, electronic engineering with music technology, computer studies, astrophysics, teaching, earth sciences, natural sciences, civil engineering, and other maths and science-based fields. The majority of CCW students who applied to Oxbridge Universities in the last few years have studied Further Mathematics.

Where Can I Find More Information:
To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Personal Careers Advisor or school/college careers staff.
The Mathematics department website ccwmaths.wordpress.com has links to maths careers information on the home page.

 

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