Maths

Welcome

Maths, where everyone counts

Our aim is to inspire students to have a love of Maths. The dept are ambassadors of this and we want to show students there is no stereotype of someone who has a love of Maths and solving problems. Anyone can become successful with a dose of aspiration and inspiration. We want students to become confident problem solvers who think, reason and analyse but more importantly be resilient. We create a culture where it is Ok to fail, as long as we learn from it. We want all students to have that elation from solving a problem.

“Your best is always good enough”

Key Stage 3

Our curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programme of study for key stage 3 is organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should build on key stage 2 and connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.

Key Stage 4

Our curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programme of study for key stage 4 is organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should develop and consolidate connections across mathematical ideas. They should build on learning from key stage 3 to further develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.

Key Stage 5

A level mathematics provides a framework within which a large number of young people continue the subject beyond GCSE level. It supports their mathematical needs across a broad range of other subjects at this level and provides a basis for subsequent quantitative work in a very wide range of higher education courses and in employment. It also supports the study of AS and A level further mathematics. A level mathematics builds from GCSE level mathematics and introduces calculus and its applications. It emphasises how mathematical ideas are interconnected and how mathematics can be applied to model situations mathematically using algebra and other representations, to help make sense of data, to understand the physical world and to solve problems in a variety of contexts, including social sciences and business. It prepares students for further study and employment in a wide range of disciplines involving the use of mathematics

Assessment

GCSE – 100% exam

3 papers which can cover any content

2 calculator papers and 1 non-calculator paper

Content may be repeated on more than one paper.

A level – 100% exam

3 papers (1 pure only, 1 pure and mechanics and 1 pure and statistics)

All calculator papers

Examination Boards

GCSE – AQA Higher and OCR Foundation

A Level – AQA

Resources to Support Learning

Maths @ DCHS booklets – these contain:

  • The scheme of learning for each half term.

  • The topics which will be tested, on both the retention and current assessments each half term.

  • Key vocabulary for each half term.

  • Department staff contact details.

  • Guide to how to use MathsWatch, our online homework website.

  • Details of how and when students will be assessed.

Useful Websites

www.corbettmaths.com

www.mathswatch.com

www.senecalearning.com

https://uk.ixl.com/math/

www.onmaths.com

Careers Links

Our Maths department strive to teach the application of maths in the real world where-ever it is relevant to the curriculum. We feel that students should leave us with a broad set of maths tools which they can use to solve real life problems and make good decisions. Areas such as mortgages, finance and interest rates, best buys and scaling amounts e.g. on a recipe.

Most jobs require a basic level of Maths, and until the age of 18 you will need to resit the subject if you did not achieve a level 4 at GCSE. If you are aiming for an apprenticeship, many apprenticeships require Maths at level 4 or above, with some apprenticeships paying more

Generally learners who want to study degrees like engineering or natural sciences have to pass mathematics if they want to qualify for university admission. However, learners are sometimes surprised to find that they need a good GCSE Maths level to be accepted into courses that fall in ‘non-science’ related university departments.

Maths is vital in many aspects of life, but some jobs that specifically require a qualification in maths are Bookkeeper, Economist, Engineer, Statistician,Accountant, Actuary, Structural Engineer, and Broker.

Subject Staff

Miss S. Green – Head of Maths Department susan.green@dchs-alnwick.uk

Mr M. Lillico – Deputy Head of Maths

Mr D. Drummond

Mrs H. Eggleston

Mrs K. Hopper – KS3 Standards – Year 8

Mr R. Lyst

Mr A. McGarry

Mr G. Mulhearn

Mr D. Patten

Mr S. Phillips

Miss A. Sidebotham – KS5 Responsibility

Mrs J. Steel – Assistant Head

Miss L. Sweet – KS4 Standards – Progress

Mr S. Wilkes