Mathematics

Mathematics

Staff

The Mathematics department comprises seven specialist teachers. We are fortunate to have a team where every member has the expertise for teaching key stage 3 up to key stage 5 (A level). The Department staff are:

  • Mr G Dhillow(Head of Department)
  • Ms K Drage (Deputy in Department)
  • Mr A Campbell(Head of year 11)
  • Mrs Y Lin-Fellows
  • Mr A Nicklin
  • Ms P To
  • Mr R Sangar
 

Vision

To enable students to discover the joy and beauty of Mathematics and to be confident in applying Mathematics in the real world.

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Aims

  1. To create a positive attitude to mathematics and to develop, maintain and stimulate students’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in mathematics.
  2. To develop students’ familiarity with appropriate mathematical concepts, principles, methods and vocabulary.
  3. To develop students’ understanding of mathematics in its widest context, to see how it relates to themselves outside school and to appreciate the purpose, power and relevance of mathematics.
  4. To encourage students to develop personal qualities such as perseverance, initiative, self-confidence and independence.
  5. To enable pupils to work independently and as part of a team.
  6. To enable all students to have equal access to mathematics and to experience success in their work.
  7. To allow students to develop transferable skills and informed opinions about mathematics and to be able to support them by reasoned arguments.

CURRICULUM

KEY STAGE 3

Year 7 and 8

  • The reference books for this scheme of work is Oxford MyMaths KS3 1C, 2C and 3C books. These are associated with the Kerboodle MyMaths resources including digital interactive versions of the books (with links to tutorial videos and other web links) and online testing facilities.
  • Work through the grades 1-5 material of the new GCSE Mathematics.
  • We place a great emphasis on using mathematics as well as learning mathematics and so we also make use of investigations as well as entering students for the UKMT Maths challenge.
  • For each chapter of work there is a prior knowledge check to begin with and regular summative and formative assessments for each chapter of work.
  • Every three chapters we also have a formal assessment in class. These results are used for tracking progress against targets and maybe used for setting purposes.
  • In year 7 pupils are taught in form groups and in year 8 there are 5 ability sets.
  • Pupil self-assessment is a very important part of assessment for learning. Pupils have ample opportunity to reflect upon their strengths and areas for development.
  • We subscribe to the MyMaths and Kerboodle websites as well as sharing resources through the schools VLE – moodle. Your son has access to these and will find them invaluable in consolidating his learning.
  • Homework is set regularly, on average twice weekly, and may make use of the aforementioned online resources.
  • To view a summary of the KS3 scheme of work click here.
  • Your son will need a scientific calculator and geometry set for this course of study.

 

Key stage 4

GCSE, Year 9, 10 and 11

The department follows the new 2015 specification of EDEXCEL GCSE Mathematics.  All students are entered at the higher level. The students are placed in 3 ability sets. Most of our students also complete an additional level 3 (AS equivalent) qualification – Edexcel Level 3 in Algebra.

We also cover aspects of the additional qualification is OCR Additional Mathematics scheme of work for top sets in preparation for A level study.

All qualifications are taken in year 11.

  • We use the Oxford Edexcel GCSE Maths higher textbooks. These are used in conjunction with the associated Kerboodle course and MyMaths. A fully interactive digital book is available on Kerboodle (including lots of tutorial Invisi-pen videos).
  • The new GCSE is assessed over 3 90 minute examinations. Two of which allow a calculator. All are marked out of 80 marks.
  • For more information about assessment and the new qualification please click here
  • It comprises a non-calculator paper and a calculator paper.
  • We place a great emphasis on using mathematics as well as learning mathematics and so we also make use of investigations as well as entering students for the UKMT Maths challenge.
  • We subscribe to the MyMaths and Kerboodle websites as well as sharing resources through the schools VLE – moodle. Your son has access to these and will find them invaluable in consolidating his learning.
  • Homework is set regularly, on average twice weekly, and may make use of the aforementioned online resources.
  • Work will be assessed regularly in the form of unit tests which will assess on average 3 modules as they are completed.
  • To view a summary of the KS4 scheme of work click here.
  • Your son will need a scientific calculator and geometry set for this course of study.

Post 16

A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics

Specification and resources:

We follow the AQA mathematics specification. We use the Heinemann textbooks for AQA, Every student needs to ensure that they purchase the Core text books. The school is able to provide the statistics and Mechanics books by deposit.. We also offer additional materials through our moodle VLE, as well as the MyMaths website. (For specification click here)

Entrance requirements:

We advise that you have at least an A grade in GCSE Mathematics to study AS level Mathematics. If you have studied a further qualification such as Additional Mathematics, a level 3 in Algebra or Statistics we would also look favourably upon your application.

Mathematics is an ideal choice for anybody hoping to pursue a wide variety of careers, particularly for those hoping to study Mathematics, the Sciences, Engineering, and will is a strong subject choice as part of your university application.

 

AS Mathematics:

AS Mathematics consists of three modules. Two pure or core modules  – Core 1 and 2, and an applied module – Statistics 1.  They are all worth 100 UMS marks and all examined in June. Some of the topics which will be covered:

CORE 1 and 2:

  • Introduction to Calculus –  differentiation and integration
  • Co-ordinate geometry
  • Logarithms
  • Algebra – manipulation, solving quadratics, transforming functions
  • Trigonometry
  • Indices laws
  • Sequences and series

Statistics 1:

  • Using distributions – Binomial and Normal
  • Probability
  • Finding measures of central tendency and spread for data sets
  • Regression analysis

 

A2  Mathematics:

At A2 level you again cover two pure modules and an applied module. The modules are Core 3, Core 4 and Mechanics 1. In your A level you would have completed all the core units and modules in both statistics and mechanics. Useful for those of you looking to do applied sciences.

Some of the topics which will be covered:

 

CORE 3 and 4:

  • Further Calculus, differentiating and integrating trigonometric functions and other complex functions
  • Trigonometric identities
  • Exponentials and the natural logarithm
  • Parametric equations
  • Partial fractions and binomial series

Mechanics 1:

  • Using Newton’s laws of motion
  • Using constant acceleration formulae
  • Solving problems in 2 dimensions
  • Finding states of equilibrium
  • Projectiles
  • Momentum

 

Why do Further Mathematics?

For anybody wanting to study a STEM (science, technology, engineering or Mathematics) courses at university, Further Mathematics provides a vitally important additional to your application. Students who study Further Mathematics quite often do so as part of four subjects, again enhancing their qualifications for application to the top universities. There are some courses for which Further Maths in compulsory and many others where it is very favourably looked upon.

How it works:

If you do Further Mathematics you will also be doing Mathematics. Therefore this counts as two of your options. You will receive more teaching time than those who study Mathematics alone. You will still cover the same modules as the Mathematics A level and an additional six modules.

Year 12 on the Further Mathematics and Mathematics route:

In year 12 you will cover all 6 modules – meaning you receive a full A level in Mathematics after one year. This is a great incentive to follow this route as it gives you an impressive base for your UCAS applications. It also means that you can re-sit an A2 module in year 13 if need be.

  • CORE 1
  • CORE 2
  • STATISTICS 1
  • CORE 3
  • CORE 4
  • MECHANICS 1

A2 Further Mathematics:

In year 13 you will cover a further 6 modules to gain an A level in Further Mathematics. You may also choose to cover 3 modules only to do an AS in Further Mathematics. This also means students who didn’t study Further Mathematics in year 12 may choose to do so in year 13.

AS Further Mathematics:

 

  • FURTHER PURE 1
  • DISCRETE 1
  • STATISTICS 2

 

A2 Further Mathematics:

 

  • FURTHER PURE 2
  • FURTHER PURE 3
  • MECHANICS 2

extra_support

At Handsworth Grammar we support our students using our VLE moodle as well as subscribing to Kerboodle, Mathster and MyMaths websites. Your son will be given a usernames and passwords to access these sites. These fantastic resources are also used by staff to set tasks. We encourage your son to regularly use these websites to help consolidate their work.

We also have support drop in sessions. For years 10 and 11 they can come to room 21 at lunch. For years 7 to 9 they may attend room 21 at lunch on Friday.

 

Extra curricular

Mr Nicklin daily has a room full of eager chess players. Students are offered many fun opportunities to get involved with lots of problem solving games and challenges.

At Handsworth Grammar we also participate in the UKMT Mathematics Challenge, a prestigious national competition (website click here)