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.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 and 8

  • The reference books for this scheme of work are 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. Some of our students also complete an additional level 3 (AS equivalent) qualification – Edexcel Level 3 in Algebra.

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.

A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics

Specification and resources

We follow the new AQA specification for A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

Entrance requirements

Students require at least a grade 7 at GCSE Mathematics for A level Mathematics and at least a grade 8 for study of Further Mathematics

A Level Mathematics

The new A levels are examined after 2 years over 3 two hour papers which cover Pure/Core Maths and Applied Mathematics (Mechanics/Statistics) in a 2:1 ratio.

We use the Oxford A level Mathematics textbook to cover the content as well as the MEI integral resources, both of which are specific to the AQA specification.

Students cover the AS content of the full A level in year 12. This content is the basis for their end of year finals. As well as these finals students are given 3 formal assessments during the year.

Useful information:

  • To see the full specification please click here.
  • Students require the Casio classwiz calculator which they can purchase through school.
  • Students are given 1 hours’ worth of homework for each of their 5 weekly lessons.
  • Students have access to Kerboodle online textbooks, MyMaths and integral resources websites provided by us.

AS and A Level Further Mathematics

Further Mathematics is a separate subject and students who do this will gain two A levels; A level Mathematics and A level Further Mathematics. You will be allocated extra lessons for this extra A level and it will take up one of your option blocks when you apply for sixth form with us.

Further Mathematics also covers Pure/Core Mathematics and applied Mathematics. We follow the AQA specification and choose to cover Mechanics and Discrete/Decision modules for our applied options.

Further Mathematics is the right choice for you if:

  • You are a gifted Mathematician and would like to focus on Mathematics at A level
  • You are interested in applying for Mathematics or Mathematically related degrees at University

The best thing to do is speak to us if you are considering doing Further Mathematics.

We also provide support for Oxford/Cambridge papers for those who wish to apply.

Extra Support and Resources

We spend thousands of pounds each year subscribing to services such as Kerboodle and MyMaths so that our students have FREE access to the best resources on offer online.

We also have a Maths clinic running three times a week after school. Currently the dates and times are:

  • Monday room 20: 3 – 4 pm for Years 10 – 13
  • Tuesday room 20: 3 – 4 pm Years 7 – 9
  • Thursday room 20: 3 – 4 pm for Years 12 & 13

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)