Mathematics

Mathematics is a core subject and is taught to all students at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

The school aims to provide an environment where every student can achieve their personal best and have the support that they need to do this. Mathematics is accessible to all and KES aims to provide stimulating and challenging lessons for all age ranges and abilities. Students are encouraged to work hard, become independent thinkers, and feel confident and secure with their knowledge of Mathematics. Lessons provide them the opportunity to learn how to solve problems in Mathematics and also in other subjects.

Mathematics rooms are fully resourced and up to date, with interactive whiteboards and mini whiteboards, as well as a variety of practical resources for use during lessons (for example: height and foot measurers, dice, puzzles, tangrams, tarsia jigsaws, PCs, etc).

Students are set end of year and end of Key Stage targets. Each student’s progress is monitored carefully with targeted support or intervention implemented, in order to help all students be successful learners. This includes one-to-one or group tuition, Saturday morning revision classes and an extensive after school revision/support programme.

Each year, students have the opportunity to take part in the UK National Maths Challenges and many students achieve bronze, silver or gold certificates. Students attend a variety of trips and have recently visited two Institute of Education Mathematics Lectures. Students learn team working skills during our Business & Enterprise week through visits to a local outdoor pursuits centre.

Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 Mathematics course is based on the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum, covering: number; algebra; shape, space and measures and handling data as well as lessons on problem solving and ICT. Students are placed into sets early in Year 7, according to ability. Student sets are flexible and students may move sets if they continue to make better than or less than expected progress. This structure is continued through Years 7, 8 and 9, with each student receiving seven mathematics lessons per fortnight.

Homework is an integral part of the learning process and students are set homework each week. A Key Stage 3 homework and support club runs each Friday. Students are continuously tracked and progress measured against National Curriculum levels each term. The school also offers one-to-one tuition for students that are making less than expected progress.

The Mathematics Faculty has moved away from traditional talk and text methods of teaching and aims to make every lesson interesting. Students are taught using a variety of methods so every student’s learning needs are accommodated. Mini-whiteboards, card sort activities and tariza puzzles, along with online resources, are regularly used to keep all students engaged and to help raise attainment.

Depending on student ability, each topic is taught to the appropriate level.

Students of all abilities cover the main branches of Mathematics at Key Stage 3. See below for an outline of the topics covered:

  • Calculations, orders of operation, fractions, decimals, and percentages, factors, multiples, rounding and approximation
  • Algebra
  • Formulas, inequalities, expressions, substitution, equations, coordinates, graphs and sequences
  • Handling data
  • Recording and representing data, measures of average, probability and relative frequency
  • Measures
  • Reading and converting measurement units, perimeter, area, volume and time
  • Shape and space
  • Shapes, constructions, loci, transformations, angles, triangles, lines, polygons, symmetry, circles, Pythagoras' theorem 

Key Stage 4

In Year 10, students are split into two mixed ability bands, which are each split into sets 1 to 6 based on ability. Class sizes are approximately twenty to twenty eight students per group. Students will sit either Higher Tier (A* - D) or Foundation Tier (C – G). The majority of students in the top three sets in each half will study Higher Tier Mathematics (which is designed for students who achieve a level 5a + by the end of Key Stage 3) and the other students will sit the Foundation Tier Paper.

A linear GCSE course (Edexcel-Pearson examination board) is followed. Currently, this GCSE is assessed by two, one hour forty five minute papers at the end of the course (a calculator and non calculator paper). Students have regular practise answering examination questions by using homework booklets which are based on past examination questions. A scheme of work has been developed within the faculty, which is updated on a yearly basis in line with current curriculum developments.

This qualification contains four key areas of study:

  • Algebra and Number
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Processes and applications (choosing correct methods and problem solving)

The course content is covered across Years 10 and 11, with time given at the end of Year 11 for revision.

Students are regularly tested and those who need extra help are identified and supported. Many staff run after school revision classes which are available to support students with any questions they may have. There is also a weekly Enrichment Club after school each Monday, for students who wish to study Mathematics further and who enjoy problem solving. This approaches many interesting branches of Mathematics not included in GCSE and also supports students with the transition to AS Level Mathematics.

Title

Exam board

Exam code

Content

Mathematics A

Edexcel

1MA0

Year 10

Term 1

Number, Algebra, Shape and Data

Term 2

Term 3

Year 11

Term 1

Number, Algebra, Shape and Data

Term 2

Link to specification: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse10/maths/maths-a/Pages/default.aspx

For more information with regards to the spiral curriculum studied in Maths, please download the documents below.

Title

Exam board

Exam code

Content

Statistics

Edexcel

2ST01

Year 10

Term 1

Sampling, Types of Data, Diagrams and Representations

Term 2

Term 3

Year 11

Term 1

Sampling, Types of Data, Diagrams and Representations

Term 2

Link to specification: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse09/statistics/Pages/default.aspx

Key Stage 5

The school follows the modular Edexcel-Pearson course for A2/AS Level Mathematics, with students studying modules in Decision Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics as well as Core (or Pure Mathematics) Modules. Students take three modules in Year 12 and three in Year 13 which are sat in May/June of each year.

In addition, for the more able students in Year 13, there is the opportunity to take AS Further Mathematics.

There has been a significant increase in the number of students choosing to take A Level Mathematics which reflects our popularity and examination success in recent years. 

Gifted and Talented Students

Projects and Opportunities on Offer

  • The faculty takes part in the UK Maths Team Challenge in addition to inviting students to local junior, intermediate and senior challenges. 

  • Gifted and talented students are invited to extra-curricular Maths clubs to work on specific equations and areas of interest.

  • KS4 and KS5 students run their own Maths club for younger students.

  • Conferences are attended in London for those who have the potential to achieve A* and A grades.