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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:

• Mrs Jones – Full Time (Principal Teacher)
• Mr Proctor – Full Time (Associate Principal Teacher)
• Miss Bagley – Full Time (Teacher of Mathematics)
• Mrs Buyers – Full Time (Teacher of Mathematics)
• Mr Thompson – Full Time (Teacher of Mathematics)
• Mrs Pickles – Part Time (Teacher of Mathematics)
• Mr Smith (Teacher of 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