Mathematics

The Mathematics Department at STMLC supports all pupils’ potential for achievement, providing them with a solid foundation of mathematical skills, whilst promoting a sense of wonder about the beauty of mathematics.

“Mathematics is the alphabet with which God has written the universe” Galileo (1564 – 1642)

The Mathematics Department at St Thomas More Language College will provide for all students mathematical experiences through spiritual, moral, cultural and social contexts – irrespective of their background, ability or race. These experiences should help the students to acquire the mathematical skills and understanding they need as they journey through life. Mathematics plays an important role in our lives. It is used in everyday activities such as buying food and clothes, keeping time and playing games.

All students at St Thomas More Language College study mathematics. We aim to provide a wide range of mathematical experiences enabling students to:

• acquire skills in mathematical thinking;
• develop confidence in using and applying mathematics and to  appreciate its challenges and aesthetic satisfaction within wider contexts;
• develop positive attitudes to mathematics and an understanding of its nature and purpose in a variety of relevant contexts;
• progress appropriately through a challenging programme of work differentiated to meet individual needs;
• develop, initiate and enjoy working cooperatively, collaboratively and individually.

Students are encouraged to develop their thinking skills and approaches to problem solving and enquiry using a range of techniques. The development of an understanding of number and its application, in particular the development of mental strategies and the use of appropriate language is a priority.

A wide range of teaching methods are used, in order to meet the varying needs of students. Included are whole class, small group and individualised learning approaches. The emphasis is on active learning. Active involvement in mathematical experiences, in real and relevant contexts is essential for the mathematical development of our students. This is particularly so in KS4 where ‘Functional Skills’ become the basis of study programmes. We are committed to providing a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum for all our students, presented at a level appropriate to the needs and ability of individual students.

An overview of the Maths Scheme of work is available below:

Year 7

Autumn Term 1

Integers and decimals
Sequences and Functions
Measures
Solving Problems

Autumn Term 2

Fractions, Decimals and percentages
Representing and Interpreting Data
Expressions and Formulae
Solving Problems

Spring Term 1

Calculation and Measure
Probability
2D shapes and Construction
Solving Problems

Spring Term 2

Integers, Functions and Graphs
Percentages, Ratio and Proportion
Expressions and Equations
Solving Problems

Summer Term 1

Transformations and Symmetry
Surveys and Data
Calculations
Solving Problems

Summer Term 2

Equations and Graphs
3D Shapes and Construction
Solving Problems

 

Year 8

Autumn Term 1

Integers
Measures
Probability
Solving Problems

Autumn Term 2

Fractions, Decimals and percentages
Expressions and Formulae
Angles and 3D Shapes
Solving Problems

Spring Term 1

Equations and Graphs
Calculations
Transformations
Solving Problems

Spring Term 2

Sequences and Roots
Collecting and Representing Data
Ratio and Proportion
Solving Problems

Summer Term 1

Algebra
Construction and 3D Shapes
Analysing and Interpreting Data
Solving Problems

Summer Term 2

Calculation Plus
Solving Problems

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Foundation

 

Higher

Autumn 1

Number

·     Integers and place value

·     Decimals

·     Indices, powers and roots

·     Factors, multiples and primes

Number

·      Calculations, checking and rounding

·      Indices, roots, reciprocals and hierarchy of operations

·      Factors, multiples and primes

·      Standard form and surds

Autumn 2

Algebra

·     Basics

·     Expanding and factorising single brackets

·     Expressions and substitution into formulae

Algebra

·      Basics

·      Setting up, rearranging and solving equations

·      Sequences

Spring 1

Statistics

·     Tables

·     Charts and graphs

·     Pie charts

·     Scatter graphs

Statistics

·      Averages and range

·      Representing and interpreting data

·      Scatter graphs

Spring 2

Number

·     Fractions

·     Fractions, decimals and percentages

·     Percentages

Number

·      Fractions

·      Percentages

·      Ratio and proportion

Summer 1

Algebra

·     Equations

·     Inequalities

·     Sequences

Geometry

·      Polygons, angles and parallel lines

·      Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry

Summer 2

Geometry

·     Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts

·     Interior and exterior angles of polygons

Graphs

·      Graphs: the basics and real-life graphs

·      Linear graphs and coordinate geometry

·      Quadratic, cubic and other graphs

Year 10

Foundation

 

Higher

Autumn 1

Statistics

Geometry

·     Statistics and sampling

·     The averages

·     Perimeter and area

·     3D forms and volume

Geometry

 

 

 

Transform & locus

 

·        Perimeter, area and circles

·        3D forms and volume, cylinders, cones and spheres

·        Accuracy and bounds

·        Reflection, rotation, enlargement &

·        Constructions, loci and bearings

Autumn 2

Graphs

Transform.

·     Real-life graphs

·     Straight-line graphs

·     Translations, rotations and reflections

Algebra

 

 

Probability

·        Solving quadratic and simultaneous equations

·        Inequalities

·        Probability

Spring 1

Transform.

Ratio etc

·     Enlargements and combinations

·     Ratio

Number

Geometry

·        Multiplicative reasoning

·        Similarity and congruence in 2D and 3D

Spring 2

Geometry

·     Proportion

·     Pythagoras and trigonometry

Trig.

·        Graphs of trigonometric functions

·        3D trigonometry

·        Advanced trigonometry

Summer 1

 

·     Probability

·     Preparation for mocks

Statistics

·        Collecting data

·        Cumulative frequency, box plots and histograms

·        Preparation for mocks

Summer 2

 

·     Mocks

·     Problem Solving

Graphs

·        Mocks

·        Problem Solving

Year 11

Foundation

 

Higher

Autumn 1

Geometry

·        Multiplicative reasoning

·        Plans and elevations

·        Constructions, loci and bearings

Algebra

 

 

 

Geometry

·        Quadratics, expanding more than two brackets, sketching graphs, graphs of circles, cubes and quadratics

·        Circle theorems

·        Circle geometry

Autumn 2

Quadratics

 

 

 

Geometry

 

·        Quadratic equations: expanding and factorising

·        Quadratic equations: graphs

·        Circles, cylinders, cones and spheres

Algebra

 

 

 

 

 

·        Changing the subject of formulae (more complex), algebraic fractions, solving equations arising from algebraic fractions, rationalising surds, proof

Spring 1

Transform.

Ratio etc

·        Fractions and reciprocals

·        Indices and standard form

·        Similarity and congruence in 2D

·        Vectors

Geometry

Graphs

 

·        Vectors and geometric proof

·        Reciprocal and exponential graphs; Gradient and area under graphs

Spring 2

Algebra

·        Rearranging equations, graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions and simultaneous equations

·        Exam Preparation

Number

·        Direct and inverse proportion

·        Exam Preparation

 

                                            Qualification Information

 
Examination Offered Options
 
Exam Specification
 
Progression options Assessment
GCSE Higher & Foundation Linear Click here for exam specification A Level Terminal examinations

Click here for information explaining changes to the GCSE 

Click here for information on AQA Level 2 Qualification in Further Maths which is studied by top set students. The specification may be found by clicking here

 

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