'I can do all things with the help of God who strengthens me.' Philippians (4:13)

Mathematics

Approach to Teaching

The Mathematics department at Saint Edmund’s uses a variety of techniques to guide students through their learning. We support a wide range of teaching styles but students can still expect to see several things each lesson; Modelling – Mathematics teachers will typically model their thought process and approach to any new problem. Clearly explaining their method and involving students in discussions about necessary next steps.

Mini-whiteboards – within each class there is a set of whiteboards that students will use to demonstrate understanding and progress to their class teacher. This feedback can take many forms but is the basis of enabling our teachers to identify any misunderstandings and target support appropriately.

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 - 9)

The Saint Edmund’s KS3 curriculum builds upon the excellent teaching and progress students receive from our primary feeder schools. It aims to push the students to achieve above traditional expectations, moving learners who are broadly in line with the age related expectations to learners who are above age related expectations. We ensure that the entire K3 curriculum is delivered at the appropriate level for each learner. You can see the scheme of work which we follow in the KS3 Curriculum Map.

Key Stage 4 (Year 10 - 11)

Exam board: Edexcel    

Specification: 1MA1

Tiers of entry: Higher and Foundation

Exam: 3 papers, each 33.3% of total grade. 1 paper completed without a calculator, 2 completed with a calculator.

 

All the content within the specification is covered to the appropriate level of the students, whether they are Foundation or Higher tier students. Typically, the final half-terms of Year 11 are spent using high quality exam preparation resources and supporting revision.

The overview of topics taught, beginning in Year 10, can be found below:

Foundation:

Unit

Title

Estimated hours

1

a

Integers and place value

3

b

Decimals

4-5

c

Indices, powers and roots

4

d

Factors, multiples and primes

3

2

a

Algebra: the basics

4

b

Expressions and substitution into formulae

3

3

a

Tables, charts and graphs

8

b

Pie charts

3

c

Scatter graphs

2

4

a

Fractions, decimals and percentages

8

b

Percentages

4

5

a

Equations and inequalities

8

b

Sequences

3

6

a

Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts

6

b

Interior and exterior angles of polygons

3

7

 

Statistics, sampling and the averages

6

8

 

Perimeter, area and volume

6

9

a

Real-life graphs

5

b

Straight-line graphs

4

10

 

Transformations

5

11

a

Ratio

5

b

Proportion

4

12

 

Right-angled triangles: Pythagoras and trigonometry

6

13

 

Probability

10

14

 

Multiplicative reasoning

7

15

a

Plans and elevations

2

b

Constructions, loci and bearings

7

16

a

Quadratic equations: expanding and factorising

5

b

Quadratic equations: graphs

4

17

 

Circles, cylinders, cones and spheres

6

18

a

Fractions and reciprocals

5

b

Indices and standard form

5

19

a

Similarity and congruence in 2D

7

b

Vectors

7

20

 

Rearranging equations, graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions and simultaneous equations

5

 

 Higher

 

Unit

Title

Estimated hours

1

a

Calculations, checking and rounding

2

b

Indices, roots, reciprocals and hierarchy of operations

2

c

Factors, multiples, primes, standard form and surds

6

2

a

Algebra: the basics, setting up, rearranging and solving equations

8

b

Sequences

3

3

a

Averages and range

4

b

Representing and interpreting data and scatter graphs

5

4

a

Fractions and percentages

7

b

Ratio and proportion

4

5

a

Polygons, angles and parallel lines

3

b

Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry

5

6

a

Graphs: the basics and real-life graphs

4

b

Linear graphs and coordinate geometry

4

c

Quadratic, cubic and other graphs

4

7

a

Perimeter, area and circles

5

b

3D forms and volume, cylinders, cones and spheres

6

c

Accuracy and bounds

3

8

a

Transformations

4

b

Constructions, loci and bearings

5

9

a

Solving quadratic and simultaneous equations

8

b

Inequalities

2

10

 

Probability

7

11

 

Multiplicative reasoning

7

12

 

Similarity and congruence in 2D and 3D

6

13

a

Graphs of trigonometric functions

3

b

Further trigonometry

7

14

a

Collecting data

1

b

Cumulative frequency, box plots and histograms

7

15

 

Quadratics, expanding more than two brackets, sketching graphs, graphs of circles, cubes and quadratics

10

16

a

Circle theorems

5

b

Circle geometry

2

17

 

Changing the subject of formulae (more complex), algebraic fractions, solving equations arising from algebraic fractions, rationalising surds, proof

12

18

 

Vectors and geometric proof

6

19

a

Reciprocal and exponential graphs; Gradient and area under graphs

6

b

Direct and inverse proportion

3

Resources

Students are expected to supply their own calculator and should purchase one before starting at Saint Edmund’s Catholic School. We provide books, homework and all additional resources necessary for the successfully achievement of the learners in our charge.