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Mathematics

Introduction

At the Sutton Academy every student in Years 7-11 studies mathematics. Mathematics is an essential discipline in today’s world. It is a powerful tool for understanding the world around us and our perspective of the important issues facing us. It surrounds us; we see and use math skills and capabilities every day– sometimes without even realising. Most professions use math to perform their job better and to get ahead in the world.

We aim to engage our students by following a bespoke, challenging yet supportive 5-year scheme of work that is designed to ensure all students are given every opportunity to achieve their full potential in maths. Throughout the entire curriculum for Years 7-13 we have ensured that the order in which content is taught is coherent, ensuring students have strong foundations of knowledge to build on as they progress through each academic year.

The curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of all students across all three key stages, ensuring that students who require support spend longer on objectives until they master them whilst more able students are challenged through problem solving and extension of their learning. Wherever possible we make links between maths and ‘real life’, showing students how what they are learning applies to other subjects as well as the world around them. We also strive to make explicit links between the content being covered within maths and the different careers they may aspire to pursue. We build in clear cross-curricular links so that students can see how their learning in maths links with other subjects they are studying.

Meet the Team
Miss Parker Mr Courtney Miss Henry Mr Rattan

Faculty Leader Mathematics Assistant Faculty Leader Mathematics Curriculum Leader
Numeracy across
the Curriculum
Curriculum Leader
KS3 Mathematics
 
Curriculum Leader
KS5 Mathematics
Miss Lowe Mrs Callaghan Mr Hunter Ms Maddocks

Teacher of Mathematics Teacher of Mathematics Teacher of Mathematics Lead Practitioner of Mathematics
Mrs Wright Miss Thomas Mr Bolton Mr Oulton

Teacher of Mathematics Teacher of Mathematics Teacher of Mathematics Teacher of Mathematics

Years 7, 8 & 9

What will I study?

In years 7, 8 and 9 we currently follow a bespoke PACE curriculum which is based on developing the key knowledge and skills required for future success in mathematics by building on what has been learned previously. The curriculum aims to be both challenging and engaging for our students with a clear development in the content being taught through from year 7 into year 8 and 9 and onwards into key stage 4.

The curriculum is designed to allow students to move through topics at their own pace. Pupils who require support spend longer on objectives until they master them whilst more able pupils are challenged and extended through problem solving and extension of their previous learning. We regularly assess student’s prior knowledge to identify any gaps in knowledge so that we can address these to ensure the foundations for learning new content are as strong as possible.

Details of the content taught across key stage 3 can be found in the attached Curriculum Overviews.

How will I be assessed?

At key stage 3 students are assessed in a number of ways. There are three rounds of formal tracking exams over the course of the academic year. These assessments are based on the content that has been covered since the beginning of the academic year.

Students in key stage 3 also sit mini-assessments at the end of every unit of work. These are used by the class teacher to then create feedback sheets that either secure, sustain or stretch your child’s understanding of the content that has been covered. Students then spend time in lesson working on either securing something they got wrong on these, sustaining a skill that they need more practise of or being stretched by a more challenging question that requires them to apply their understanding.

After every round of tracking exams set changes take place based on our student’s academic achievement. As well as the results of these exams being taken into consideration, effort in lesson and results in mini-assessments are also take into account. Sets are fluid throughout your child’s time at the academy meaning that students have every opportunity to move up and down sets as appropriate.

Years 10 & 11 

What will I study in Years 10 and 11?

Your child will follow the Edexcel GCSE specification with students following either the higher or foundation course. Year 10 set 1 and set 2 students will follow the Edexcel Higher GCSE scheme of work and sets 3, 4, 5 and White Pathway students follow the Edexcel Foundation scheme. As with every academic year the setting is fluid and therefore students may move from foundation to higher or vice versa as they progress through Year 10. Where this is the case students will be supported in ensuring any knowledge gaps are addressed as required. As always we ensure that we stretch and challenge students appropriately in every lesson whilst also ensuring we provide support to those that need it, spending longer on some topics with some classes than we would with others.

In Year 11 we will revisit all areas of mathematics spending less time on those topics that our students have built confidence with in previous years and more time on those that require consolidation.

Details of the content taught in Years 10 and 11 can be found in the attached Curriculum Overviews.

How will I be assessed in Year 10?

In year 10 students are assessed in a number of ways. There are three rounds of formal tracking exams over the course of the academic year. From the very beginning of key stage 4 all students are assessed using GCSE past papers. This is to ensure students are fully aware of what to expect and get used to the format of the GCSE papers they will be expected to sit at the end of year 11. After every round of tracking exams students will receive a ‘Personal Learning Checklist’ to provide clear guidance on their strengths and areas for development. Further details on these can be found in the curriculum overview.

As well as sitting the tracking exams, students in year 10 also have ‘Exam Preparation’ lessons at the end of every unit of work. In these lessons students complete a short booklet of tailored past GCSE exam questions on the topics that they have been studying in recent lessons. These are used by the class teacher to then create feedback sheets that either secure, sustain or stretch your child’s understanding of the content that has been covered. Students then spend time in lesson working on either securing something they got wrong on these, sustaining a skill that they need more practise of or being stretched by a more challenging question that requires them to apply their understanding.

After every round of tracking exams set changes take place based on our student’s academic achievement. As well as the results of these exams being taken into consideration, effort in lesson and results in ‘exam preps’ are also take into account. Sets are fluid throughout your child’s time at the academy meaning that students have every opportunity to move up and down sets as appropriate. This is particularly important in year 10 as the set that your child is in will determine whether they sit the higher or foundation exam at the end of Year 11.

How will I be assessed in Year 11?

In year 11 students are assessed in formal mock exams in November. There are other opportunities throughout the year for students to sit formal exams ahead of tracking cycles to enable us to track the progress of our students accurately however the November mocks are used to make final decisions about whether or not students will sit the Higher GCSE exam or the Foundation GCSE exam. After every round of tracking exams students will receive a ‘Personal Learning Checklist’ to provide clear guidance on their strengths and areas for development. Further details on these can be found in the curriculum overview.

Students have additional opportunities to be assessed against official GCSE exams through their completion of homework booklets. Students will receive one homework booklet each half term

As well as the mocks and tracking exams students in year 11 also have ‘Exam Preparation’ lessons at the end of every unit of work. In these lessons students complete a short booklet of tailored past GCSE exam questions on the topics that they have been studying in recent lessons. These are used by the class teacher to then create feedback sheets that either secure, sustain or stretch your child’s understanding of the content that has been covered. Students then spend time in lesson working on either securing something they got wrong on these, sustaining a skill that they need more practise of or being stretched by a more challenging question that requires them to apply their understanding.

Year 11 GCSE Exams

At the end of Year 11 all students at The Sutton Academy will sit three maths exams. Each maths exam is 1 hour 30 minutes long. Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper whilst Paper 2 and Paper 3 are both calculator papers.

How to be best prepared for your GCSE Exams
  • Attend boost and secure every Tuesday after school
  • Ensure you own your own scientific calculator
  • Complete all homework to the best of your ability
  • Use the revision guides that are provided to you – it’s never too early to start revising!
  • Use Hegarty maths to its full potential – refer to the Hegarty maths user guide for some top tips
  • Attend the Saturday revision sessions
  • Put your best effort into your mock exams
  • Use the PLCs that you get after each round of exams
  • Use the front covers on your homework booklets to tackle areas for improvement!

Key Stage 5

Introduction

At the Sutton Academy we currently offer Post-16 courses in A-Level Mathematics and A-Level Further Mathematics. Both courses give students a great opportunity to learn new maths skills while encouraging independent thinking and functional skills. Studying mathematics Post-16 prepares you well for university study and future employment. Mathematics helps to support the study of subjects like physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, computer science, economics, business, geography, health and social care and IT. Problem solving and modelling are key aspects of both courses. The real-life context would help you to apply your knowledge and skills towards solving problems in a huge range of careers.

A-Level mathematics:

A level Mathematics is an interesting and challenging course, which extends the methods and ideas you learned at GCSE. You need to attain a grade 7 or higher at GCSE to take part in this course.

A level mathematics is split in to 2 sections:

• Pure Mathematics broadens your mathematical skills and promotes deeper mathematical thinking. You will be introduced to interesting new areas of pure mathematics in a wider range of contexts. Pure content makes up two thirds of the overall course.

• Statistics and Mechanics - Many subjects make use of statistical information and techniques. An understanding of probability and risk is important in careers like insurance, medicine, engineering and the sciences.  Modelling with mechanics and analysing the physical world around us, including the study of forces and motion. Mechanics is particular useful to students studying physics and engineering. Statistics and mechanics make up one third of the overall course.

Both the pure and applied mathematics that you will learn feeds into real life applications.

Mathematics at such a high level opens many doors. A lot of students go on to study a wide range of courses in Higher Education such as mathematics, chemistry, engineering, biomedical science and accountancy to name a few. Skills learnt during this A level can be easily applied in the work place. It shows employers that you are logical and can solve problems.

What will I study in Year 12?

Students in year 12 will start building on their knowledge and skills from GCSE. Over time, they will learn new skills and content.

Year 12 topics:

Pure

  • Algebraic expressions
  • Quadratics
  • Equations and inequalities
  • Graphs and transformations
  • Straight line graphs
  • Circles
  • The binomial expansion
  • Trigonometric identities
  • Trigonometric equations
  • Vectors
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Exponentials and Logarithms

Statistics

  • Data collection
  • Measures of location and spread
  • Representations of data
  • Correlation
  • Probability
  • Statistical distributions
  • Hypothesis testing

Mechanics

  • Modelling in mechanics
  • Constant acceleration
  • Forces and motion
  • Variable acceleration

All the topics are broken down into different skills and methods. When the course of study is complete, students will have an opportunity to revise all topics using a variety of resources provided by their teacher.

How will I be assessed?

There are multiple rounds of formal tracking exams over the course of the academic year. The first assessment is based on the content that has been covered since the beginning of the academic year until October half term. This will give students a chance to show what they have learnt so far. The second assessment will be an actual As-Level exam paper, which is trimmed down to give students a fairer overall grade and give them experience of sitting an actual As-Level exam paper. The end of year exams will be a full set of As-Level exam papers set out in the structure shown below.

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

Paper 1: Pure mathematics

Paper 2: Statistics and mechanics

2 hours-62.5%-100 marks.

1 hour 15 minutes-37.5%-60 marks.

After each round of tracking students will be provided with individual feedback and PLCs. This will help students focus their revision on topics they have struggled to do in each set of exams and help them to improve for the next round of tracking.

 What will I study in Year 13?

In year 13 students will build on skills and content from year 12 while also learning some completely new topics.

Pure

  • Algebraic methods
  • Functions and graphs
  • Sequences and series
  • Binomial expansion
  • Radians
  • Trigonometric functions
  • Trigonometry and modelling
  • Parametric equations
  • Differentiation
  • Numerical methods
  • Integration

Statistics

  • Repression, correlation and hypothesis testing
  • Conditional probability
  • The normal distribution

Mechanics

  • Moments
  • Forces and friction
  • Projectiles
  • Applications of forces
  • Further kinematics

Students will then have time to revise topics after they have finished the course. Boost and secure sessions will also be available throughout the year.

How will I be assessed in Year 13?

There are multiple rounds of formal tracking exams over the course of the academic year. The first assessment is based on the content learnt from year 12 with a small amount of additional content from the beginning of the academic year. The second assessment will be an actual A-Level exam paper, which is trimmed down to give students a fairer overall grade and give them experience of sitting an actual A-Level exam paper. This set of paper may also include some As-Level content. Students will then prepare for the external exams.

The external exam structure is shown below:

Course Exam Time-Percentage of grade - total 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.

After each round of tracking students will be provided with individual feedback and PLCs. This will help students focus their revision on topics they have struggled to do in each set of exams and help them to improve for the next round of tracking.

Year 13 A-Level Exams

How to be best prepared for you’re A-Level Exams

  • Compete all topic papers
  • Attend boost and secure
  • Complete all the exam preparations and use the feedback to improve your skills and understanding
  • Complete all homework to the best of your ability
  • Use the revision guides that are provided to you – it’s never too early to start revising!
  • Use Hegarty maths to its full potential – refer to the Hegarty maths user guide for some top tips
  • Put your best effort into your mock exams
  • Use the PLCs that you get after each round of exams

Key Stage 5 Curriculum Overview 

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