Maths

The Mathematics Department at Carre's aims to provide its students with a first class introduction to the subject and instil confidence in the subject that will serve them well throughout their future lives.

Staff

Resources

The department has five dedicated rooms (Rooms 1,2,3, Π and 39) equipped with whiteboards and IT-linked projectors.

Schemes of Work

Key Stage 3

The first three years (Y7-9) teaching programmes have recently been completely overhauled to take into account the latest pedagogical advances, IT capabilities and government Numeracy Strategy requirements. The boys are organised into two bands. One band works towards level 8 at the end of Key Stage 3, the other towards level 7. Pupils are originally banded based on Key Stage 2 results and primary school recommendations but will subsequently move if their performance and ability show them to be in the wrong band. Boys are expected to provide their own scientific calculators and although frequently used in class much "non-calculator" work is also undertaken. They are also expected to provide normal Maths equipment (protractor, compasses etc.). Separate homework books are provided and homework is set once a week to provide valuable practice and reinforcement of work.

The Year 7 scheme of work covers the following topics : sequences & functions; number calculations; perimeter & area; fractions, decimals and percentages; probability; expressions and formulae; handling data; multiplication and division; functions and graphs; triangles and quadrilaterals; percentages, ratio and proportion; linear equations; transformations; more number calculations; analysing statistics; probability experiments; equations and graphs; polygons.

The Year 8 scheme of work covers the following topics : number and sequences; angles and bisectors; probability; fractions, decimals and percentages, expression and formulae; measures and measurement; functions and graphs; multiplicative reasoning; transformation and congruence; equations and formulae; handling data; multiplication & division; equations and graphs, solving problems; dimensions and scales; data projects, statistical experiments.

The Year 9 scheme of work covers the following topics: sequences; functions and graphs; proportional reasoning; solving equations; geometrical reasoning and construction; handling data; perimeter, area and volume; number calculations; graphs of functions; probability; transformations; problem solving; equations, functions and formulae; statistical reports; applying geometrical reasoning; theoretical and experimental probability; trigonometry and Pythagoras.

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 the boys are placed in 5 sets by ability and are prepared for the OCR Higher level Mathematics examination (3301), this has grades A*-D available. There are two papers sat at the end of the course, each two hours long one with, and one without, calculators. In addition the top set is also given the opportunity to study Additional Mathematics. Boys are provided with a textbook in class and a separate homework book, which in most classes also contains a CD on which explanation of all topics can be found. Homework is set once a week to provide valuable practice and reinforcement of work.

The work covered in Key Stage 4 matches exactly with the GCSE syllabus. The schemes of work vary between the sets with the higher groups covering work to a greater depth, the precise order in which topics are tackled will also vary. A full copy of the syllabus can be found on the OCR website.(www.ocr.org.uk) but the general areas covered are as follows: Number; fractions and percentages; ratio and proportion; shape; Algebra; Pythagoras and trigonometry; constructions; powers, standard form and surds; statistics; real-life graphs; similarity; linear graphs and equations; probability; dimensional analysis, variation; limits of accuracy; inequalities and regions; vectors; transformation of graphs; proof.

Key Stage 5

In the Sixth form (Key Stage 5) pupils, both boys and girls, who choose to study the subject at Carre's are prepared for the following OCR A-level exams

Qualifications & Further Education

Mathematics qualifications are vital at GCSE level, and at A-level represent an enormously valuable unit of currency for University courses in virtually all Scientific, Technological and Financial areas. Increasingly students mix Maths with a wide range of both Arts and Science subjects and can often gain great satisfaction from studying the order and logic that Maths brings to a wider understanding of the world around us.