Mathematics

The faculty is a team of experienced, inspirational mathematicians who engender a love of mathematics for all our students. The inter-connected discipline of mathematics is essential in everyday life and provides a foundation for understanding the world. We aim to ensure students leave school with the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Homework booklets are given to students in both key stages on a half termly basis. There may also be supplementary homework set online.

Equipment is needed in all lessons, students are expected to ensure they have a pen, pencil and ruler at all times. They will sometimes be required to use a calculator.

Key Stage 3 (KS3) Mathematics is designed to develop core skills, building on KS2, allowing all pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. Pupils will develop their conceptual understanding throughout KS3 allowing them to solve increasingly complex problems by recalling and applying knowledge. At KS3 pupil progression is monitored and decisions about progression are based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content in preparation for KS4.

Below are samples of the teaching plans currently used at KS3:

Year 7

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Year 8

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Year 9

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Key Stage 4 (KS4) Mathematics aims to build on the foundations laid at KS3; to further develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. Students are taught within the programmes of study below:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Statistics and Probability

Mathematics is however an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programme of study for KS4 is organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should develop and consolidate connections across mathematical ideas.

Assessment is linear with two written question papers at each tier. AQA Website

Paper 1 Paper 2
40% of the GCSE Mathematics assessment – written paper (non-calculator) 60% of the GCSE Mathematics assessment – written paper (calculator)
Foundation tier (grades G – C) 1 hour 15 minutes – 70 marks Foundation tier (grades G – C) 1 hour 45 minutes – 105 marks
Higher tier (grades D – A*) 1 hour 30 minutes – 70 marks Higher tier (grades D – A*) 2 hours – 105 marks

A sample of the KS4 teaching plan is below:

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Extra-Curricular clubs within the faculty take place on every day;

  • Monday – Enrichment Club
  • Tuesday – Homework Club
  • Wednesday – Homework Club
  • Thursday – Year 11 Revision
  • Friday – Bridging the gap to A-Level

We promote and develop numeracy across the school throughout the year with a particular focus on Maths week in the summer term. The schools more able students are entered in to the UK Maths Challenge and prizes are rewarded as recognition of achievement.

Useful Links:

Corbett Maths

Mr Barton Maths

The Kingswood School Maths Resources

Contact us:

Key Stage 3: mashton@beaumontleys.leicester.sch.uk

Key Stage 4: kthakrar@beaumontleys.leicester.sch.uk

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