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Mathematics

Introduction

Every student at The Sutton Academy studies mathematics as a core subject.  The mathematics faculty provides students with a wide range of learning from ages 11-18, enabling students to acquire the mathematical skills and understanding they need for the future.

PACE - Years 7 & 8

What will I study?

Students in KS3 are currently following the PACE curriculum which is based on developing the key knowledge and skills required for success at KS4 and building on what has been learnt in KS2. It is based on our high expected standards of students and it incorporates periodic summative assessment to support this ongoing formative feedback. The pace curriculum is simple and easy to understand – for staff, parents and students alike. It has consistent principles to be used across subjects, but the flexibility to be suitable for all subjects. 

How will I be assessed?

In year 7, students are set on ability. We analyse a variety of assessments including key stage 2 assessments and baseline tests. These sets are reviewed regularly and if a student flourishing or not in the correct set this can be altered to meet the needs of the student. Students are assessed on a regular basis by teacher assessments and in class tests. In year 8, students are set based on current and prior attainment. 

Key Stage 4 – Years 9, 10 & 11

What will I study?

Higher level students follow the Edexcel Linear 1MA1 programme and foundation level students follow the OCR J560 programme. Students are closely monitored and tracked ensure they are following they correct programme of study.

What skills will I develop?

The mathematics GCSE enables students to develop skills in each of the following topics:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, Proportion and Rates
  • Geometry and Measure
  • Probability
  • Statistics
How will I be assessed?

Students in years 9, 10 and 11 will be set on current and prior attainment. Students will be assessed regularly through homework booklets, skills tests and mock examinations. We have personalised intervention programmes in place for students who are struggling to meet their target grade. Students are invited to attend after school boost and secure sessions, along with some Saturday morning sessions to improve their grades. Students are provided with revision work books and Mathswatch login details to promote independent learning.

Key Stage 5

What will I study?

Students in year 12 will be the first to complete the new specification for A-level mathematics and further mathematics. They will study a variety of topics from pure mathematics and applied mathematics.  

Students will follow the Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Mathematics (9MA0) programme which allows the pure and applied content of AS and A level Mathematics to be taught in parallel with AS and A level Further Mathematics.  

What skills will I develop?

This scheme of work is based upon a two-year delivery model for A Level Mathematics where all AS Mathematics content is being taught in the first year (to aid co-teaching of AS and A level groups together) and the remaining A level Mathematics content in the second year. 

The scheme of work is broken up into units and sub-units, so that there is greater flexibility for moving topics around to meet the student’s needs.

How will I be assessed?

Students will be given regular skills tests in the form of a homework. This will help to assess their knowledge of the content. Students will be given exams to support tracking’s grades throughout the year.

The formal exam information is listed below:

Course Exams Time-Percentage of grade - total marks
Year 12 As level

Paper 1: Pure mathematics

Paper 2: Statistics and mechanics

2 hours-62.5%-100 marks.

1 hour 15 minutes-37.5%-60 marks.
Year 12 Further AS level

Paper 1: Core Pure mathematics

Paper 2: Further mathematics option.

1 hour 40 minutes-50%-80 marks.

1 hour 40 minutes-50%-80 marks.
Year 13 A-level

Paper 1: Pure mathematics 1

Paper 2: Pure mathematics 2

Paper 3: Statistics and mechanics

2 hour- 33.33%-100 marks.

2 hour- 33.33%-100 marks.

2 hour- 33.33%-100 marks.
Year 13 Further A-level

Paper 1: Core Pure mathematics 1

Paper 2: Core Pure mathematics 2

Paper 3: Further mathematics option 1

Paper 4: Further mathematics option 2

1 hour 30 minutes- 25%- 75 marks.

1 hour 30 minutes- 25%- 75 marks.

1 hour 30 minutes- 25%- 75 marks.

1 hour 30 minutes- 25%- 75 marks.