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# Mathematics

Mathematics equips learners with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.

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**What will I learn?**

From Year 7 to Year 11 learners will follow the Edexcel GCSE Maths specification. The most able learners will also have the opportunity to study an additional qualification - AQA Certificate in Further Mathematics, to prepare them for A Level Maths post 16. These qualifications will be examined at the end of Year 11.

Students currently in Years 7, 8 and 9 will also study towards the new Edexcel GCSE Statistics qualification which will be examined at the end of Year 10 or 11.

Learners will develop the skills and knowledge needed in the future to tackle unfamiliar problems. They will become more aware of the connections between different areas of Mathematics and its application in the world around us. Learners will become increasingly capable of calculating fractions, decimals and percentages and using proportional reasoning. They will build on their understanding of number and make generalisations using letters by manipulating expressions and equations.

Learners will extend their mathematical vocabulary to talk about numbers and geometrical objects. They will also use geometrical properties to find missing angles and lengths, explaining their reasoning. Learners will collect data and learn statistical techniques to analyse this data and display and interpret the results.

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**What will I do?**

Learners will cover a variety of Mathematical skills across a range of grades to help push them to be the best Mathematician that they can be. Learners will engage in a variety of activities depending on what they are learning, to enhance their learning experiences in Maths. Some lessons will involve using ICT to develop other areas of Mathematics.

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**What is the expectation of homework?**

All homework will be set during the first lesson of the week and is due at the beginning of the following week. This will give ample opportunity for learners to complete their homework and seek support if they are struggling with it. The homework tasks set include revision and repetition of key topic areas that you will be required to know for your GCSE Maths exams, including topics that you will be studying in the near future. There are resources linked to the homework to support you in completing the questions and at times you will find it extremely challenging.

In addition to practice questions, you will be expected to learn key words, facts and formulae which will be tested during lessons.

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**What support and guidance will I be given?**

Our entire Maths curriculum is linked to the Maths Watch VLE, where you will have your own unique login to access it either in school or from home. This will be a key resource to support you in your learning of Maths at Magna. One lesson every three weeks will be dedicated to acting upon the regular guidance that your teacher has given you, to ensure that you make ‘Outstanding’ progress in Maths. There will also be workshop sessions offered to all learners to attend after school, to gain additional support and new learning.

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**How will I be assessed?**

Throughout Year 7 to 11 learners will be assessed each half term using previous Edexcel GCSE Past Papers, to help them understand the standard required and to give them practice sitting exam-style questions. Learners will initially be tested using Foundation GCSE Past Papers and then will progress to Higher tier as soon as their knowledge and understanding is at the appropriate level. There is no better way to assess learners to see how they are progressing.

The GCSE Maths exam consists of 3 written papers; 1 non-calculator paper and 2 calculator papers. Each paper assesses the full range of topics studied.

Learners will sit their GCSE Maths exam at the end of Year 11.

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**What equipment do I need to be successful?**

We expect all of the learners at Magna to attend their lessons with the correct equipment so that their learning is not affected. All learners should have pens, pencils, a ruler, a rubber, a protractor, a pair of compasses and a scientific calculator (preferably Casio fx-85GT Plus).

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**What other opportunities exist outside of class?**

We strongly believe that Maths should not only happen in the classroom but should be experienced in as many different ways as possible. To this end, we try to involve our learners in a number of different activities. Learners will have the opportunity to take part in the UKMT Maths Challenges, which enables them to compete against other schools including some prestigious private schools from the South.

**GCSE Statistics**

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will study GCSE Statistics in addition to GCSE Maths. This is to enable them to gain a range of qualifications to a good standard, in order to reach their goals beyond Year 11. The aims of the course are to;

- Actively engage students in an accessible and relevant discipline
- Helps students acquire knowledge and understanding and statistical techniques and concepts
- Encourages statistical problem solving
- Develop student understanding of the importance and limitations of statistics
- Supports students in their progression through statistics and other related disciplines

The GCSE Statistics exam consists of two written papers and will be examined at the end of Year 10 or 11.

**AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics**

The Academy’s most able Mathematicians will study this qualification, in order to stretch and challenge their mathematical skills. By assessing their higher order mathematical skills, particularly in algebraic reasoning, in greater depth without infringing upon AS Level mathematics, learners are fully prepared to maximise their potential in further studies at Level 3.

It offers the opportunity for stretch and challenge that builds on the Key Stage 4 curriculum and is intended as an additional qualification to the GCSE Mathematics, rather than as a replacement. The content assumes prior knowledge of the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study and covers the areas of algebra and geometry, which are crucial to further study in the subject in greater depth and breadth.

This new qualification places an emphasis on higher order technical proficiency, rigorous argument and problem solving skills. It also gives an introduction to calculus and matrices and develops further skills in trigonometry, functions and graphs.

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**A Level Maths Learning at Magna**

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**What will I learn?**

The course is intended to build on knowledge, understanding and skills established at GCSE. You are expected to be able to use the material covered at GCSE which will be used to build upon further mathematical areas. You will be regularly involved in problem-solving and applying techniques to real life situations.

This will involve the study of the following modules:

**Modules**

Learners study three modules for AS level, followed by a further three modules for the A2 level. Each module has an equal weighting towards your final grade.

In Core Mathematics you will be extending your knowledge of graphs, trigonometry and algebraic techniques learning the fundamentals of calculus; differentiation and integration.

In Statistics you will study probability and data handling including representing data, correlation and regression and measures of spread. Statistics is useful for those studying Biology, Geography, Business Studies, Economics and Psychology.

In Mechanics you will study forces, kinematics and Newton’s laws of motion. Mechanics is recommended for students studying Physics and those wishing to follow a career in engineering.

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**What is the expectation of homework?**

Homework is set in to form of an Assignment and will be set during the first lesson of the week and due in the last lesson of the week. This will give ample opportunity for learners to complete their Assignments and seek support if they are struggling with it. The Assignments consists of key topic areas that you will be required to know for your exams. However they may not necessarily be topics that you have already learnt and you will be expected to carry out further independent learning to complete each assignment. This is in order to prepare you effectively for your next stage in education or employment.

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**How will I be assessed?**

Learners will be assessed each half term using past examination papers, to help them understand the standard required and to give them practice sitting exam-style questions. There is no better way to assess learners to see how they are progressing and to see what support they require to be successful.

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**Where will it take me?**

Learners who successfully complete A-level Mathematics will have a suitable basis for progression to further study in mathematics or related subjects such as engineering, science and economics, or directly into employment.

A Level Maths learners could go on to study Mathematics and maths related degrees at university including; Medicine, Engineering, Accountancy, Dentistry, Physics and Chemical Engineering.

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**What other opportunities exist outside of class?**

All AS and A2 Level Mathematics learners have the opportunity to compete in the individual UKMT Senior Maths Challenge and we enter a team in the regional senior UKMT Team Maths Challenge.

Learners are also invited to attend maths enrichment conferences and lectures such as ‘Take Maths to the Limit’ and ‘Maths Inspiration’. All A-level Maths learners are welcome to attend after school workshop sessions where they can receive additional support from staff and work with other learners.

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**What equipment do I need to be successful?**

We expect all of the learners at Magna to attend their lessons with the correct equipment so that their learning is not affected. All learners should have pens, pencils, a ruler, a rubber, a protractor, a pair of compasses and a scientific calculator (preferably Casio fx-85GT Plus). They are also required to purchase the specified textbooks, as published by the examination board. Due to the new specifications for A Level Mathematics from September 2017, learners will be advised of the textbooks required as soon as they are published and available for purchase.