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Maths

"If equations are trains threading the landscape of numbers, then no train stops at pi." - Richard Preston

Student View

"I like maths now, teachers have helped me achieve where I am now. I am extremely proud of myself because I now know what I am doing." - Key Stage 4 Pupil

"I really like the fact that I am top in the class and I’m determined to get a high grade by the New Year." - Key Stage 4 Pupil

"Maths is fun, we learn a lot and we learn in a fun way." - Key Stage 3 Pupil

Overview

“It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul” Sofia Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya

The concept of mathematics is an amazing achievement of human kind. It has provided us with an insight and explanation into the way the world works, helped us to develop technology and medicine and is worthy of study as a subject in its own right. Within the field of mathematics you can find beauty as well as logic, chaos as well as structure and poetry as well as science.

No matter whom you are; there is a strand of mathematics that could inspire, excite and challenge you as you seek to make your contribution to the world – either within mathematics itself or used as an application within a separate field.

The study of mathematics will develop you as a person, helping you to improve your analytical, communication and problem solving skills – each very desirable in the working world.

Rene Descartes said “I think, therefore I am”. What do you think you could be and therefore what will you become?

Contact:  Williams.k@north.kent.sch.uk

Examination

Course Name:

GCSE Mathematics

Exam Board:

Edexcel Higher tier/ OCR Foundation tier

Level: 2

This qualification in mathematics encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards mathematics, as well as recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. This qualification prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices.

Assessment: 100% examination.

 

Course Name:

GCSE Statistics

Exam Board:

Edexcel

Level: 2

The skills students learn will help them in their GCSE Mathematics, as well as letting them see how mathematics is used in the real world. The course will also benefit those studying other subjects where data is used heavily, such as science, business and geography.

Assessment: 75% examination, 25% coursework.

 

Course Name:

A Level Mathematics

Exam Board:

Edexcel

Level: 3

The course consists of four core modules and two application module. The core module topics include – algebraic manipulation (including surds), trigonometric ratios in angles over 90 degrees, 3D coordinate geometry, geometric and arithmetic series, integration, differentiation and proof in mathematics. The application modules that are taught are statistics. These modules include interpretation of samples, correlation, regression and probability generators.

Assessment: 100% examination

 

Course Name:

Core Mathematics: Quantitative methods

Exam Board:

MEI

Level: 3

Candidates are taught to consider more than just how to calculate data. By the end of the course they should be able to explain their findings and interpret what data means. This is particularly relevant for students going on to study data heavy courses e.g. psychology, geography and sociology.

Assessment: 100% examination

Extra-curricular/OSL opportunities

Keystage 3

Years 7 & 8 maths  club with Miss Bailey  on Thursdays in kf2 3pm – 4pm – here you can get help with homework, practise on MyMaths, get support with topics and get great tips on how and what to revise for tests

Keystage 4

Year 10 – advanced maths with Mr Munday on Wednesdays in kf6. This is a course for top mathematicians to push B to A and A to A* - a great way to prepare for A level

 

Year 9 &10 – drop in clinic with Mr Gilbert on a Wednesday 3pm-4pm. Get help with homework, support with class work and great tips and resources for revision and exam preparation

Year 11 – advanced maths with Mr Munday on Thursdays in kf6. This is a course for top mathematicians to push B to A and A to A* - a great way to prepare for A level

Year 11 – OSL on Thursdays in Kent Block 3pm – 3:50pm. Secure the C grade. These topic based sessions are targeted at students who need to secure C grade. Students need to attend if they have had a written invitation, but all are welcome to join us! See Mrs Williams for details