Menu

Mathematics

'The highest form of pure thought is in mathematics' 

Plato

We believe that Mathematics equips students with uniquely powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world and as such is a critical part of the core curriculum.

All of our Maths staff are passionate about their subject and actively encourage every student to aspire to achieve their best. 

 

Head of Department: Miss E. Wife

Assistant Head of Department: Miss J Plummer

Assistant Head of Department: Mr A Dixon

Assistant Head of Department: Mr A Parkinson

Maths Teacher & Vice Principal: Mr L Wilkinson

Maths Teacher: Mr A Rooke

Associate Maths Teacher: Mr G Bagnall

Maths Teaching Assistant: Mrs G Bayliss

 

In Year 7 and 8 students are placed in ability groups based upon both English and Maths Key Stage 2 results and information provided by the primary school. Students are regularly assessed to monitor their progress and set changes may be made throughout the school year where it is deemed appropriate for the student. Pupils with special needs are catered for by differentiated work in lessons and by the provision of specialist support staff and a Mathematics specialist teaching assistant attached to the faculty.

Students are fully supported throughout their time at All Saints Academy with excellent resources, targeted teaching, opportunities to attend after school sessions as well as extra support from teachers in the department on an individual and small group basis. In line with the Academy’s policy, to reinforce and extend skills, homework is set regularly once per week in Year 7 to 11 and twice per week in Sixth Form.

Our objective is to prepare all of our students for life in modern Britain by ensuring they are able to:

• consolidate their numerical and mathematical capability from Key Stage 2 and further extend their understanding of the number system, along with other mathematical concepts.

• become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, developing conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

• reason mathematically by following a line of inquiry, developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

• solve problems by applying mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps.

 

Curriculum

From the moment that students start at All Saints' Academy their Maths lessons provide them with the skills and knowledge required to achieve the highest grades at GCSE. Students follow a structured curriculum with topic assessments scheduled every 2-3 weeks.  The results of the assessments are used to feedback student progress and inform future lesson planning. 

 

Year 7 Overview

Overview Autumn Term:

Unit 1: Place Value and Powers of 10

Unit 2: Rounding and Estimating

Unit 3: Adding and Subtracting Decimals

Unit 4: Mental Calculations

Unit 5: Written Calculations with Positive Numbers

Unit 6: Factors, Multiples and Primes

Unit 7: Proportional Reasoning

 

Overview Spring Term:

Unit 8: More Complex Written Calculations

Unit 9: Introduction to Algebraic Expressions

Unit 10: Equations

Unit 11: Basic Angles

Unit 12: Properties of Shape

Unit 13: Fractions

 

Overview Summer Term:

Unit 14: Percentages

Unit 15: Straight Line Graphs

Unit 16: Data Collection

Unit 17: Graphs and Charts

Unit 18: Averages

 

Year 8 Overview

 Overview Autumn Term:

Unit 1: Algebraic Indices

Unit 2: Expressions and Substitution

Unit 3: Percentages

Unit 4: Proportional Reasoning

Unit 5: Units and Conversion

Unit 6: Area

 

Overview Spring Term:

Unit 7: Equations

Unit 8: Circles

Unit 9: Ratio

Unit 10: Fractions

Unit 11: Probability

Unit 12: Squares and Roots

 

Overview Summer Term:

Unit 13: Pythagoras’s Theorem

Unit 14: Sequences

Unit 15: Volume

Unit 16: Construction

Unit 17: Congruence and Similarity

Unit 18: Averages


Year 9 Overview

HIGHER TIER ROUTE (Sets 1-3)

 

Overview Autumn Term:

Unit 1: Basic Number

Unit 2: Fractions, Ratio and Proportion

Unit 3: Statistical Diagrams and Averages

Unit 4: Number and Sequences

 

Overview Spring Term:

Unit 5: Further Ratio and Proportion

Unit 6: Angles

Unit 7: Transformation, Construction and Loci

 

Overview Summer Term:

Unit 8: Algebraic Manipulation

Unit 9: Length, Area and Volume

Unit 10: Linear Graphs

Unit 11: Geometry- Right Angled Triangles

 

FOUNDATION TIER ROUTE (Sets 4-6)

 Overview Autumn Term:

Unit 1: Basic Number

Unit 6: Number Approximations 

Unit 5: Number Properties

Unit 7: Decimals and Fractions

 

Overview Spring Term:

Unit 2: Measures and Scale Drawings 

Unit 10: Ratio, Speed and Proportion

Unit 3: Charts, Tables and Averages

Unit 16: Percentages and Compound Measures

 

Overview Summer Term:

Unit 4: Angles

Unit 12: Transformations

Unit 9: Algebraic Expressions and Formulae

 

Year 10 Overview

HIGHER TIER ROUTE (Sets 1-3)

 

Overview Autumn Term:

Unit 1: Basic Number

Unit 2: Fractions, Ratio and Proportion

Unit 3: Statistical Diagrams and Averages

Unit 4: Number and Sequences

 Unit 5: Further Ratio and Proportion

 

Overview Spring Term:

Unit 6: Angles

Unit 7: Transformation, Construction and Loci

Unit 8: Algebraic Manipulation

Unit 9: Length, Area and Volume

Unit 10: Linear Graphs

 

Overview Summer Term:

Unit 11: Geometry- Right Angled Triangles

Unit 12: Similarity

Unit 13: Exploring and Applying Probability

Unit 14: Powers and Standard Form

 

FOUNDATION TIER ROUTE (Sets 4-6)

Overview Autumn Term:

Unit 1: Basic Number

Unit 6: Number Approximations 

Unit 5: Number Properties

Unit 7: Decimals and Fractions

Unit 2: Measures and Scale Drawings 

 

Overview Spring Term:

Unit 10: Ratio, Speed and Proportion

Unit 3: Charts, Tables and Averages

Unit 16: Percentages and Compound Measures

 Unit 4: Angles

Unit 12: Transformations

 

Overview Summer Term:

Unit 9: Algebraic Expressions and Formulae

Unit 13: Probability and Events

Unit 14:  Volume and Surface Areas of Prisms

Unit 15: Algebra- Linear Equations

Unit 16: Percentage and Compound Measures

 

Year 11 Overview

Edexcel 9-1 GCSE Mathematics (Exam Code 1MA1)

In Year 11, students will finish completing any remaining content and developing their exam technique under the careful guidance of their teachers. Students are advised to use their exercise books from Year 9-11, Specimen and sample Paper resources, the online resources outlined below, and the Collins Edexcel “All-In-One Practice & Revision Guide” available to purchase from the school.

This new GCSE is a more rigorous qualification which has an increased emphasis on mathematical reasoning and problem solving. It is essential that students complete independent work at home and also attend revision support after school and during the holidays, in addition to their normal timetabled lessons. The units that will be covered or revisited are as follows:

 

 Higher Tier:

Unit 1: Basic Number

Unit 2: Fractions, Ratio and Proportion

Unit 3: Statistical Diagrams and Averages

Unit 4: Number and Sequences

Unit 5: Further Ratio and Proportion

Unit 6: Angles

Unit 7: Transformation, Construction and Loci

Unit 8: Algebraic Manipulation

Unit 9: Length, Area and Volume

Unit 10: Linear Graphs

Unit 11: Geometry- Right Angled Triangles

Unit 12: Similarity

Unit 13: Exploring and Applying Probability

Unit 14: Powers and Standard Form

Unit 15: Equations and Inequalities

Unit 16: Counting, Accuracy, Powers and Surds

Unit 17: Quadratic Equations

Unit 18: Sampling and More Complex Data Diagrams

Unit 19: Combined Events and Tree Diagrams

Unit 20: Properties of Circles

Unit 21: Variation

Unit 22: Triangles (3D Trigonometry, Sine & Cosine Rules)

Unit 23: Complex Graphs 

Unit 24: Algebraic Fractions and Functions

Unit 25: Vector Geometry

 

 FOUNDATION TIER

Unit 1: Basic Number

Unit 2: Measures and Scale Drawings 

Unit 3: Charts, Tables and Averages

Unit 4: Angles

Unit 5: Number Properties

Unit 6: Number Approximations 

Unit 7: Decimals and Fractions

Unit 8: Linear Graphs

Unit 9: Algebraic Expressions and Formulae

Unit 10: Ratio, Speed and Proportion

Unit 11: Perimeter and Area

Unit 12: Transformations

Unit 13: Probability and Events

Unit 14:  Volume and Surface Areas of Prisms

Unit 15: Algebra- Linear Equations

Unit 16: Percentage and Compound Measures

Unit 16: Percentages and Compound Measures

Unit 17: Percentages and Variation

Unit 18: Statistical Representation and Interpretation

Unit 19: Constructions and Loci

Unit 20: Curved Shapes and Pyramids

Unit 21: Algebraic Sequences and Patterns

Unit 22: Right-Angled Triangles (Pythagoras’s Theorem and Trigonometry)

Unit 23: Congruency and Similarity 

 

The exam consists of 3 papers, each lasting 90 minutes, and each containing 80 marks. The 1st paper is non-calculator while the 2nd and 3rd papers are calculator-based.

Students are encouraged to attend Friday after school revision sessions and to complete extra work outside of lessons. Intervention is provided for those students who need support to reach their potential.

We also make full use of the Pixl Maths App to monitor pupils progress against key objectives and to target intervention as needed. Each pupil has their own login and video tutorials are available to help as required.


Year 12 Overview

Students studying A Level Maths follow the Edexcel Mathematics specification. In Year 12 they have started the new specification and will be fully assessed at the end of Year 13. The new specification is divided into two components – Pure and Applied.

 

Overview Pure:

Algebraic expressions

Quadratics

Equations and Inequalities

Graphs and Transformations

Straight Line Graphs

Circles

Algebraic Methods

The Binomial Expansion

Trigonometric Ratios

Trigonometric Identities and Equations

Vectors

Differentiation

Integration

Exponentials and Logarithms

 

Overview Applied:

STATISTICS:

Data Collection

Measures of Location and Spread

Representations of Data

Correlation

Probability

Statistical Distributions

Hypothesis Testing

 

MECHANICS:

Modelling in Mechanics

Constant Acceleration

Forces and Motion

Variable Acceleration

 

Year 13 Overview

 Year 13 they still study the old specification and three modules are studied: Core 3, Core 4 and Statistics 2.

 

Core 3:

Algebraic fractions

Functions

The exponential and log functions

Numerical methods

Transforming graphs of functions

Trigonometry

Further trigonometric identities and their applications

Differentiation

 

Core 4:

Partial fractions

Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane

The binomial expansion

Differentiation

Vectors 

Integration

 

Statistics 2:

Binomial Distribution

Poisson Distribution

Continuous Random Variables

Continuous Uniform Distribution

Normal Approximations

Population and Samples

Sampling

Hypothesis Testing

 

Extending and Enriching

We enter many students in the UK Maths Challenge each year and have had many prize winners at Bronze and Silver level (quite an achievement – it’s extremely tough).

Additionally, we enter students into competitions against local schools in order to increase the opportunities to extend their enjoyment of maths and challenge themselves against the best.

Every fortnight maths teachers identify their 'Student of the Fortnight' in every class and award that recognition to the student in class, while also making contact with home to notify families of this achievement.

 

Future Careers

A good GCSE in Maths is vital to ensure that you can access any future career that you decide upon.  It is a requirement of most jobs and is necessary to be accepted onto manyFurther Education courses.  The higher the grade achieved, the more doors will open for you.

An A Level in Mathematics is highly regarded by the majority of employers and universities, precisely because of the demands it makes and the skills it develops. Surveys have found that an A Level in mathematics in itself led to salaries 8% higher than those of young people with otherwise similar backgrounds, by the mid-twenties. Some go straight into employment, with fields such as accountancy offering very viable careers straight from a Maths A Level, with prospects comparable with those of graduates. The A Level is comparatively demanding, increasing numbers progress to degree courses, the skills learned are highly transferable.

There are thousands of jobs that require the use of mathematics, here are just a few:

Physicist, engineer, doctor, actuary, statistician, research scientist, maths teacher, software engineer, cryptanalyst, pharmacist, and many more……