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Mathematics

Mathematics Teachers

  • Mrs H Mennis (Subject Leader)
  • Mr V Bardsley
  • Mrs N Cloudsdale
  • Mrs R Costello
  • Mr J Gallagher
  • Mr C MacGreevy
  • Mr N Mander
  • Mr J Mundy
  • Mr M Rubini
  • Mrs A Southall
  • Miss M Taylor

Key Stage 3

Years 7-9:

Mathematics is studied in the following units:

  1. Whole numbers and decimals (Number)
  2. Measures, perimeter and area (Geometry and measures)
  3. Expressions and formulae (Algebra)
  4. Fractions, decimals and percentages (Number)
  5. Angles and shapes (Geometry and measures)
  6. Graphs (Algebra)
  7. Mental calculations (Number)
  8. Collecting and representing data (Statistics and probability)
  9. Transformations (Geometry and measures)
  10. Equations (Algebra)
  11. Written and calculator methods (Number)
  12. Constructions (Geometry and measures)
  13. Sequences (Algebra)
  14. 3D shapes (Geometry and measures)
  15. Ratio and proportion (Ratio and proportion)
  16. Probability (Statistics and probability)
  17. Everyday maths (Real life maths)

Key Stage 4

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course: GCSE (9-1)

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100% exam for both higher and foundation entry. Grades 9 – 4 for higher and 5 – 1 for foundation. 3 exams, one non-calculator, each 1 hour 30 minutes.

Key Stage 5

A Level

Edexcel

Subject Leader: Mrs N Cloudsdale

Course Content: Mathematics A-Level teaches highly respected and widely used skills.  The skills are essential for further study in areas such as engineering, economics, business, electronics, computing and design.  The course consists of Pure and Applied papers, in the ratio 2:1.  The Applications are Mechanics and Statistics, each equally weighted.

Pure Maths is the manipulation of algebra and solving harder equations.  Students will begin to use differentiation for rates of change and integration for area under curves, and extend their knowledge of trigonometry and series.  Mechanics is the study of motion and equilibrium of bodies, including forces and moments.  Statistics is the study of data and probability, to make predictions of the likelihood of events.

Maths is a very popular and successful subject at Richard Challoner, and successful completion of the course provides very good career prospects.

Enjoyment and ability in algebra is essential to the course.  An algebra test forms part of the enrolment process to A-Level Maths.

Assessment: At the end of year 13 there are 3 exams, each approximately 2 hours in length.  Calculators are allowed for all exams.  Purchase of the Classwizz from Casio is required.

Specific Entry information: Grade 6 GCSE maths is a minimum requirement, although grade 7, 8 or 9 is advised and a suitable mark in the Algebra test.

If Mathematics or Medicine is to be studied at University, please read the individual university prospectus’s to discover the need, or not, of Further Mathematics at A Level.  Information can be found at www.ucas.co.uk or http://furthermaths.org.uk/universities for advice.

FURTHER MATHEMATICS: A Level

Edexcel

Subject Leaders: Mrs N Cloudsdale

Course Content: Further Mathematics broadens the student’s understanding of Mathematics by introducing new topics of Pure Mathematics and a larger selection of mathematical applications.  Pure Mathematics topics include matrices, complex numbers, differential equations and Maclaurin and Taylor series.

Students study Further Pure and optional papers comprising of Mechanics, Statistics or Decision Maths.  Further Pure and the optional units are in the ratio 1:1

Students must also study the standard Maths A level in years 12 and 13.

There may be the opportunity to sit AS Further Maths in year 12 as a fourth subject option.

Assessment: Four papers, two Further Pure and two optional papers, plus the standard Maths A level course. Each exam is 1.5 hours.

Specific Entry information: Grade 8 GCSE maths

If Mathematics or Medicine is to be studied at University, please read the individual university prospectus’s to discover the need, or not, of Further Mathematics at AS or A Level, and whether it is an advantage or disadvantage.  Visit www.ucas.co.uk for information about university requirements or http://furthermaths.org.uk/universities for advice.