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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.org (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.

KS5 Maths Website

A-level Mathematics

A-level Maths

What will I study?
Do you have a flair for algebra? Do graphs get your pulse racing? If so you we can help you to become a proper mathematician. If you take maths at A-level, you will build on many GCSE topics such as surds, quadratics and trigonometry, as well as meeting new topics. You will also study applied maths, like statistics and mechanics.

What do students do afterwards?
In recent years, our A-level maths students have gone on to study a wide variety of subjects including maths, science and engineering. We’ve also had students entering degrees in law and business or apprenticeships. Maths A-level is really well regarded by universities and employers.

How will I be assessed?
100% exam at the end of the course.

What can I do to prepare?
Talk to other students who are already doing the course and ask them what they have done or wish they had done. We will give you a full bridging programme when you finish your GCSEs and we can help you with any bits you are stuck on.

“Maths opens up many different career opportunities.” – Will Stewart-Cross, Y13

A-level Further Mathematics

A-level Further Maths

What will I study?
Students taking Further Mathematics overwhelmingly find it to be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. In fact they often say it’s their favourite subject! For someone who enjoys mathematics, it provides a challenge and a chance to explore new and/or more sophisticated mathematical concepts. Students who take further mathematics find that the additional time spent studying mathematics boosts their marks in single A-level mathematics.

What do students do afterwards?
If you are planning to take a degree such as engineering, sciences, computing, finance/economics, etc, or perhaps mathematics itself, you will benefit enormously from taking further mathematics, at least to AS-level. AS further mathematics introduces new topics such as matrices and complex numbers that are vital in many science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees. Students who have studied further mathematics find the transition to such degrees far more straightforward.

How will I be assessed?
100% exam at the end of the course. 

What can I do to prepare?
Talk to other students who are already doing the course and ask them what they have done or wish they had done.  

Further reading
https://successatschool.org/advicedetails/186/Why-Study-Maths%3F
http://www.mathscareers.org.uk/ and http://furthermaths.org.uk/

“Further Maths helps me understand the subject in more detail and depth.” – Charlotte Robinson, Y13