Mathematics is a core subject which means it is compulsory to study it throughout years 7 to 11. Most employers and post 16 courses will expect you to have some kind of qualification in Maths. The aim is to provide a course which is relevant to everyday needs, further study in mathematics and other related subjects, and future employment. This course is graded from 1 to 9.
Students will develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including: number, ratio and proportion, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics and probability. Students will use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts and apply them to real-life situations.
The aims and objectives of the qualification are to enable students to:
- Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts.
- Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems.
- Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions.
- Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.
The programme of study we have developed aims to build on key stage 2 and then, each year, build on the content already covered and introduce appropriate new areas of study to ensure that all parts of the mathematics national curriculum are covered prior to KS4.
We are following a progressive scheme throughout all year groups which are called 'stages'. Every stage follows a different strand and level. Each class' 'stage' is decided after thorough assessment and careful reflection of each pupil's target grade.
The aim is that all pupils are taught lessons which are appropriate for them and their needs, in order to help them progress at the perfect pace for their own ability.
Key Stage 4
At the end of Year 11 pupils will leave The Grangefield Academy with the qualifications and skills they need to set them on the right foot for their chosen path, in either employment or further education. We know how important Mathematics is, so we aim to prepare our students in the best way possible.
Throughout KS4 we track the pupils' progress constantly to ensure that every pupil reaches their potential. During year 10 and Year 11 pupils are assessed every half term, through STEP assessments. The results of these assessments influence our teaching and the discussions had with each pupil on what they need to do to improve.
Although we give every student the opportunity to learn and succeed during lesson time, some students may require further assistance to achieve their full learning potential. During Year 11 this may involve small group sessions. During Year 10 and 11 all students will be expected to attend an afterschool session from 2.30 to 3.30pm. These revision classes are specific to student needs; focusing on specific topic revision, exam techniques and exam practice.
How you will be assessed
Mathematics is a linear course and will be examined by three terminal papers at the end of year 11. It is offered at two different tiers, Higher (Grades 4 to 9) and Foundation (Grades 1 to 5). Each paper carries an equal weighting towards the final grade in each tier. We follow the linear AQA 8300 GCSE course.