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Mathematics

Mathematics at Our Lady’s is taught to all pupils.

Staffing

We have 5 full time members of staff and 2 part time members of staff who deliver the full Mathematics curriculum to all pupils at Key Stage 3 and Key stage 4. We also have a member of the Science department who teaches mathematics to KS3 classes and a HLTA intervention teacher who delivers small group intervention work primarily at KS3:

  • Miss Hodge – Full Time (Principal Teacher)
  • Mr Hankin – Full Time (Assistant Principal Teacher)
  • Mrs Tuson – Full Time (Assistant Headteacher)
  • Miss Bagley – Full Time (Teacher of Mathematics)
  • Mrs Buyers – Full Time (Teacher of Mathematics)
  • Mrs Pickles – Part Time (Teacher of Mathematics)
  • Mrs Hoyles – Part Time (Teacher of Mathematics)
  • Miss McEnnernye-Whittle (Teacher of Science and Mathematics)
  • Mrs Wilson (HLTA assigned to the Mathematics Department)

Facilities

The Mathematics Department has seven purpose built classrooms, each containing an interactive whiteboard.

Curriculum

Key Stage 3Key Stage 4

All students in Year 7, 8 and b band Year 9 are taught over six periods per fortnight and m band Year 9 have 8 lessons per fortnight. Pupils are taught similar topics throughout KS3 with increasing difficulty as they progress to the next year.

Pupils are assessed half-termly at KS3 on the topics they have covered that half term. The topics are divided into 4 areas;

Number

  • Basic number operations and methods (+, -, x, ÷)
  • Negative numbers
  • Multiples, factors and prime numbers
  • Squares, cubes and roots
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Bidmas
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Rounding

Algebra

  • Simplifying, expanding and factorising expressions
  • Indices
  • Using and manipulating formulae
  • Linear, quadratic and real life graphs
  • Solving equations
  • Sequences

Shape and Space

  • Metric and imperial measures
  • Perimeter and area of 2D shapes
  • Angles Facts for shapes and lines
  • Properties of 2D and 3D shapes
  • Transformations (enlargement, reflection, translation, rotation)
  • Constructions (shapes and bisectors)
  • Loci
  • Volume and surface area of 3D shapes
  • Pythagoras Theorem (Y9 only)

Statistics

  • Drawing statistical charts, diagrams and graphs e.g pie charts, bar charts, line graphs etc.
  • Calculating averages
  • Probability
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Data Collection
  • Writing statistical reports

Pupil’s study a full GCSE in Mathematics.

Pupils will sit three one and a half hour examinations at the end of the course comprising of 1 non calculator and 2 calculator components.

Examinations are split into two tiers, Foundation or Higher and content will vary slightly depending on the tier. The following grades are available:

  • Higher Tier Grades 9 – 4
  • Foundation Tier Grades 1 – 5

Year 10 Content

Number – Factors and Multiples, Indices, Surds, Fractions, Decimals, Percentages, Rounding and Standard Form

Algebra – Equations, Linear graphs, basic algebra skills, sequences

Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change – ratio and proportion

Geometry and Measures – Angles, Scale Diagrams, Bearings, Perimeter, Area, Measures, Transformations, Congruence, Similarity, Constructions and Loci, Real life graphs

Probability – Basic Probability

Statistics – Collecting and Representing Data, Using statistical measures

Year 11 Content

Algebra – Quadratics, formulae and functions, numerical methods, equations of circles, simultaneous equations, further graphs, inequalities, pre-calculus and area under a curve, algebraic fractions, sketching graphs

Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change – direct and inverse proportion, growth and decay, gradients and rates of change

Geometry and Measures – Volume, Pythagoras and Trigonometry, Vectors, Sine and Cosine Rules, Circle Theorems

Probability – Conditional Probability and Sets

Statistics – Scatter graphs,

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Opportunities are available for students to enter into the UKMT Maths Challenges and competitions
  • Opportunities are available for students to partake in an Investors Challenge where they compete to earn mythical money on the stock market

If you require further information about this curriculum area please contact the Principal Teacher Miss C Hodge – cho@olchs.lancs.sch.uk