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Mathematics reveals hidden patterns that help us understand the world around us. Now this is much more than arithmetic and geometry; mathematics today is a diverse discipline that deals with data, measurements, and observations from science; with inference, deduction, and proof.

It allows students to apply their understanding in the real world, how to problem solve with confidence and to understand and explain natural phenomena, of human behaviour, and social systems.

Staff

Miss H McGregor
Curriculum Team Leader – Mathematics
h.mcgregor@minster.notts.sch.uk
Mr P Tipple
Assistant Curriculum Team Leader – Mathematics
p.tipple@minster.notts.sch.uk

Curriculum

KS3

In Year 7, 8 and 9 students have 3 hours of Mathematics lessons per week.

In Year 7 students are taught in 8 mixed ability groups and work through a ‘Mastery’ based curriculum designed by our Maths HUB to deepen understanding and encourage the transfer of ideas and concepts to a variety of contexts.

In year 8 and 9 students are taught in half year ability groups (4 in year 8 and 5 in year 9). They continue to cover areas of Mathematics which includes Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measures and Data. Students will also be encouraged to develop confidence in Problem Solving in these areas. Our more able students in Year 7, 8 and 9 are encouraged to take part in the national Maths Challenge Competitions. Students are arranged into groups using Prior Attainment Data, internal assessments during Year 7 and Target Data for KS4.

KS4

At GCSE students have 7 lessons per fortnight in Year 10 and 6 lessons per fortnight in Year 11. Students are organised into 10 ability groups across the whole year group; there are usually 6 groups working towards the Higher Tier paper and 4 groups working towards the Foundation Tier.

Board and Specification

Edexcel GCSE 9-1 1MA1

Assessment Components

Two Tiers of Entry. Higher (grades 4 – 9) or Foundation (grades 1 – 5)

Paper 1 Non Calculator (Written Exam) 33.3%
Paper 2 Calculator (Written Exam) 33.3%
Paper 3 Calculator (Written Exam) 33.3%

Recommended Study Aids

  • Letts Edexcel GCSE 9-1 Revision Guide (sold at the beginning of Year 10)
  • Mathswatch VLE (login details provided by your teacher)
  • Students can use the school VLE (Moodle) where they will find practice papers, topic based exercises and other revision resources.