Homework will be set twice a week, one short piece and another longer piece. These will be marked in accordance with academy policy. There will be regular assessment throughout the course with tests as sections of work are completed, along with three summative tests in Autumn, Spring and Summer terms.
Key Stage 3 - Year 7 to Year 9
Years 7 and 8
Students are taught in teaching groups. The varied experiences from Year 6 are reviewed and developed, essentially covering levels four to eight as appropriate for the individual student. The scheme of work will be based around the National Numeracy Strategy framework. Problem solving strategies are developed through 'Using and Applying Mathematics' activities which will be integral to each of the areas of study - Number, Algebra, Shape and Space and Data Handling.
Mathematics is a spiral curriculum leading to skills and concepts being revisited and then extended. New areas of the curriculum are also explored.
Working now in sets, students will review and extend knowledge and skills. Students will continue to work in the four areas of the National Curriculum. The National Numeracy strategy will continue to be followed which will allow opportunities for practical work and problem solving activities.
Key Stage 4 – Years 10 and 11 GCSE
Students follow a course leading towards the Edexcel Syllabus 1387 Examination Option A, which will be taught using a variety of resources. Currently the assessment pattern is 20% coursework and 80% written examination consisting of two papers of equal weighting. The coursework requires a minimum of two completed investigations in the form of extended problem solving exercises, one of which is statistical in nature. These take place during Year 11. There are currently three levels of GCSE examination entry, depending on ability and achievement;
Foundation: Grades currently available D-G
Intermediate: Grades currently available B-E
Higher: Grades currently available A*-C
The level of entry for the individual student is determined after the mock examination in Year 11.
Entry to the Advanced level course requires an A*, A or B on the Higher GCSE tier.
Year 12 AS
Students follow a modular course comprising of three units, Pure Core 1 and 2 and Statistics 1.
Year 13 A2
Students continue from the AS course with three further units comprising Pure Core 3 and 4 and Statistics 2.