Headteacher Award for Excellence

I’m very privileged every year to present 12 students in Years 7-10 with the Headteacher Award.  T...

The N5 Project

We were very excited to have been awarded a grant of £29,500 from The Savoy Education Trust allowi...

Art Exhibition

On Thursday 14th June (4.00pm – 6.00pm), the Art Department will open its doors to show the work o...

  • 6th Form Open Evening

  • Winter Wonderland 2018

  • Headteacher Award for Excellence

  • The N5 Project

  • Art Exhibition

Mathematics

Head of Department: Mr Paul Worrall-Thompson [email protected]

 

Our aims:

• Develop the ability of students to read, write and communicate mathematics, ensuring equal opportunities for all. 

• Provide courses which are challenging and to develop students’ understanding of mathematical concepts. 

• Create a positive attitude to mathematics and develop confidence in written, oral and practical skills. 

• Ensure that students apply their mathematical skills to problems in a variety of situations, are able to present solutions to their problems and interpret their results. 

• Ensure that students see the relevance of mathematics and the part it plays in the world around them. 

• Show students the suitability and adaptability of their mathematical knowledge to other subjects, to prepare students for their exams and the world of work.

 

KS3 Maths

When Year 7 students start Maths at Therfield they are taught in their tutor group as mixed ability classes for the first term. After half term they are placed into different mixed ability groups. The mixed ability groups are decided upon by taking into account:

• Pupil's performance in a baseline test.

• The work carried out in the first term.

• Evidence from their class teachers.

• Evidence from their Primary School.

• The student’s flightpaths

All students in years 7 and 8 follow a curriculum designed to both meet the National Curriculum specification and to focus on mastering skills rather than just content. This heavily mirrors the shift at Key Stage 4 to a focus on the application and use of maths. Homework will be completed through consolidation tasks, online resources.

A strong emphasis is placed on numeracy and students practice their written and mental arithmetic skills regularly.

 

KS4 Maths

In Key Stage 4 (and year 9) students are working towards a GCSE in Mathematics. Selected students will also be given the opportunity to study for the OCR Additional Mathematics Qualification, this is a level three course and an excellent bridge between GCSE and AS study.

Students are set in teaching groups in years 9, 10 and 11 by ability and performance and each student will be taught to their ability. They will be entered at either Foundation (grades 5 - 1) or Higher (grades 9 - 4) level.

All students in years 9, 10 and 11 are working towards the Edexcel Linear GCSE in Mathematics (1MA1) and as such are regularly assessed throughout the three years to ensure progress towards their target grades.

There is a comprehensive program of both ongoing and exam support in place in school for students. Additional support and revision resources are available from the Key Stage 4 room on the school’s VLE.

 

KS5 Maths

At Key Stage 5 we offer both A-level Mathematics and A-level Further Mathematics. We follow the Edexcel A Level (9MA0) and the Edexcel Further Maths (9FM0) courses. The specification and more details can be found here: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/mathematics-2017.html#tab-3

Students will study a range of pure, statistical and mechanical topics throughout their 2 year course, and will be assessed on these topics in the following examination papers at the end of the 2 year course

Paper 1                    Pure Mathematics                 100 marks                Duration: 2 hours

Paper 2                    Pure Mathematics                 100 marks                Duration: 2 hours

Paper 3                    Statistics and Mechanics         100 marks                Duration: 2 hours

Additionally, the Further A Level course will cover a range of other branches of applied mathematics to build on the A Level content.

Paper 1                    Core Pure Mathematics 1        75 marks                  Duration: 1.5 hours

Paper 2                    Core Pure Mathematics 2        75 marks                  Duration: 1.5 hours

Paper 3                    Further Pure Mathematics 1     75 marks                  Duration: 1.5 hours

Paper 4                    Decision Mathematics 1         75 marks                  Duration: 1.5 hours

In order to be successful at A-Level students will need to engage in regular independent study. For every hour they spend in lessons at school they should expect to be doing the same amount at home in addition to any work that is set.

 

Homework. Homework will be set regularly and is not an ‘optional extra’. Failure to complete homework will be recorded.

Support: The A-Level maths programme is demanding and in order to support our students a weekly after school support workshop will be provided. Students may come to this to seek extra help from their teachers and if their progress is of concern their attendance to this extra session may become compulsory. Additionally, a wealth of support resources is available on the school network and from the school library.

 

Additional Resources for KS5

Large Data Set

Candidates are to be familiar with one or more specific large data sets, to use technology to explore the data set(s) and associated contexts, to interpret real data presented in summary or graphical form, and to use data to investigate questions arising in real contexts. We will be using the Edexcel Data Set.

This blog gives you a good starting point: http://www.amathsteacherwrites.co.uk/large-data-sets/

This is the link to the large data set: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/A%20Level/Mathematics/2017/specification-and-sample-assesment/Pearson%20Edexcel%20GCE%20AS%20and%20AL%20Mathematics%20data%20set%20-%20Issue%201%20(1).xls