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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 5 year scheme of work. This is designed in a way to ensure that our pupils are appropriately challenged and supported to achieve their full potential across all phases. Throughout the entire curriculum from Years 7-12 we have ensured that the order in which content is taught is coherent and allows for students to learn and thoroughly understand the mathematics that they are being taught. We ensure that we have ordered the topics within each unit of work as ‘building blocks’ of knowledge that can be built on as we move through the curriculum.

Across all three phases, students who require support spend longer on objectives until they master them whilst more able students are challenged through problem solving. Where possible we make links to maths used in ‘real life’ in addition to equipping pupils with the Mathematical skills needed to access other areas of the curriculum.

Meet the Team
Miss Parker Mr Courtney Mrs Wright Miss Henry

Faculty Leader Mathematics Assistant Faculty Leader Mathematics Curriculum Leader
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KS3 Mathematics
Learning Coach
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KS5 Mathematics
Miss Lowe Mrs Callaghan Mr Hunter Ms Maddocks

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Mr Rattan Miss Thomas Mr Bolton Mr Oulton

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Phase 1 - Years 7 & 8

What will I study?

In phase 1 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 learnt in Key Stage 2. 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 onwards. The curriculum is designed to allow students to move through topics at their own pace. Students who require support spend longer on objectives until they master them whilst more able students are challenged and extended through problem solving. Where possible we make links to maths used in ‘real life’ in addition to equipping students with the Mathematical skills needed to access other areas of the curriculum.

Details of the content taught across year 7 and 8 can be found in the attached Curriculum Overviews. These also provide details of how parents can best support their children whilst they study mathematics.

How will I be assessed?

In years 7 and 8 students are assessed in a number of ways. There are three rounds of formal tracking exams over the course of the academic year. The first round of tracking exams will be in October, the second in February and then the end of year exams will be in June. These assessments are based on the content that has been covered since the beginning of the academic year and therefore the amount of content that can potentially be on each tracking exam increases considerably each time.

As well as the tracking exams students in years 7 and 8 also sit mini-assessments at the end of every unit of work. These are used by the class teacher to then create SSS 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.

Phase 2 – Year 9

What will I study?

At The Sutton Academy year 9 is ‘Phase 2’, a yearlong phase which acts as a bridge between key stage 3 and key stage 4. We start preparing our students for the challenges of GCSE maths by revisiting prior learning and consolidating and continuing to build on those foundations. We aim to ensure that students move through the curriculum at an appropriate pace, with students who require extra support being given more time to consolidate knowledge and practise key skills whilst the more able students are stretched and challenged through tasks requiring them to apply their knowledge to problem solving tasks. Once the initial foundations that need to be built on are secured we will then introduce new topics and concepts to our students to ensure they are constantly progressing. Our higher ability students will move through the curriculum at a slightly faster pace to allow us to begin to introduce ‘higher tier’ GCSE content to ensure they are well prepared for the challenges of the new GCSE in years 10 and 11.

Details of the content taught in Year 9 can be found in the attached Curriculum Overview. This also provide details of how parents can best support their children whilst they study mathematics.

How will I be assessed?

In year 9 students are assessed in a number of ways. There are three rounds of formal tracking exams over the course of the academic year. The first round of tracking exams will be in October, the second in February and then the end of year exams will be in June. These assessments are based on the content that has been covered since the beginning of the academic year and therefore the amount of content that can potentially be on each tracking exam increases considerably each time. Details on how you can support your child in preparing for their tracking exams can be found in the attached Curriculum Overview.

As well as the tracking exams students in year 9 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 lesson. These are used by the class teacher to then create SSS 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.

Phase 2 Curriculum Overview 

Phase 3 - Years 10 & 11 

What will I study in Years 10 and 11?

Year 10 is the first year of the GCSE course. In maths we follow the Edexcel GCSE specification with students following either the higher or foundation course. They will be sitting three papers at the end of Year 11 (two calculator papers and one non-calculator paper).  Year 10 set 1 and set 2 students will follow the full Edexcel Higher GCSE scheme of work and sets 3, 4, 5 and White Pathway students follow the full Foundation Edexcel 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 start the year back at the beginning of the scheme of work and use the personal learning checklists to identify the topics and skills that we need to spend longer with our classes over the course of the academic year. 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. This also provide details of how parents can best support their children whilst they study mathematics.

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. The first round of tracking exams will be in October, the second in February and then the end of year exams will be in June. These assessments are based on the content that has been covered since the beginning of the academic year and therefore the amount of content that can potentially be on each tracking exam increases considerably each time. Details on how you can support your child in preparing for their tracking exams can be found in the attached Curriculum Overview.

As well as 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 lesson. These are used by the class teacher to then create SSS 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 lesson. These are used by the class teacher to then create SSS 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
  • 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

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.

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