Maths

Intent

The mathematics curriculum at The Wellington Academy is designed to create fluent mathematicians and independent learners.

We aim to…

  • Encourage pupils to think and work independently
  • Enable pupils to acquire mathematical skills and knowledge
  • Provide opportunities to use these skills
  • Allow space for pupils to think critically about mathematics

Implementation 

In KS3 our curriculum is specifically designed to ensure that all pupils are competent with the basic building blocks of mathematics whilst still being challenging. Alongside this students will complete, using home learning, a guided workbook that utilises the Harkness method of teaching. This gives space for pupils to develop other topics in an independent fashion.

In KS4, which starts in Year 9, pupils will be split into higher, intermediate, and foundation sets. This allows them then to be taught the entire curriculum between the start of year 9 and January of year 11. Pupils are able to move up sets fairly easily due to our bespoke intermediate curriculum which contains a crossover of foundation and higher tier work.

Please click here for a detailed overview of the Subject curriculum

Impact

We believe that pupils at The Wellington Academy enjoy their mathematics lessons and develop into fluent, independent learners. This is seen in attitudes and also in GCSE and A Level outcomes. Our pupils regularly perform in line with and above national averages.

Year 7

In Year 7 the aim is to ensure that the students’ experience of transitioning to secondary school is positive and challenging. Formal, whole class learning is introduced, especially of topics new to all. There is an intended overlap with the primary school syllabus on basic topics. Exercises are set on these basic topics to reassure, to build confidence and to challenge. Mathematical activities are planned which enable teachers to get to know students individually and which encourage students to work cooperatively. Emphasis, encouragement and support is given to the establishment of the standards of organisation (equipment, books, deadlines) and of presentation of written work that are expected at the Wellington Academy.

Year 7 Assessment without Levels information

Year 8

In Year 8 basic understanding and competence are established in fundamental mathematical topics – algebraic simplification, solving equations, using percentages and ratio, finding areas and volumes, drawing graphs, finding and using averages and calculating probability. Problem solving tasks and investigations are based on recognising patterns, solving puzzles and appreciating strategy in mathematical games. Tasks are chosen in which it is possible for the pupil to relate their solution to the underlying mathematical structure. The curriculum provides the foundation from which students tackle their GCSE course in Years 9, 10 and 11.

Year 8 Assessment without Levels information

GCSE

Mathematics is a core subject at GCSE and all students will take a full GCSE. The maths GCSE encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. Skills that are developed throughout the course include the management of money, key mathematical concepts for a range of professions (i.e. engineering, medicine, finance), and general problem solving and thinking skills.

The students will develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts in the following areas:

  • Number - Number, fractions, decimals and ratios, factors, powers and roots
  • Algebra - Formulae and equations, inequalities, graphs, quadratic equations, sequences
  • Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change – ratio notation, direct and inverse proportion, relationships between variables
  • Geometry and Measures - Shapes, coordinates, transformations and vectors, calculating lengths, areas and angles, measurements, Pythagoras’ theorem, trigonometry
  • Statistics and probability - Collecting data, averages, representing data, probability

They will use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts and apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations. The content of the GCSE course is a natural progression from the Key Stage 3 syllabus. Topics covered in Year 9 will be revisited to ensure that progression through each unit of work is based on a solid foundation.

How will I be assessed? The GCSE is available at Higher tier (grades 9-4) and Foundation tier (grades 5-1). The assessment consists of three exam papers each lasting one hour thirty minutes which are taken at the end of Year 11. One exam paper is non-calculator. There is no controlled assessment.

Click here for further information regarding the Edexcel GCSE Maths Specification.

A Level Mathematics

A Level mathematics is one of the most respected A Level qualifications that can be attained in KS5 and is sought after by top universities and employers alike. The course is designed for you to develop your ability to reason logically, extend your range of mathematical skills and use mathematics as an effective means of communication. Students are required to have achieved a minimum of a grade B in GCSE Mathematics to be considered for study at A Level.

Throughout the course you will study both pure and applied modules (statistics and mechanics) which will build upon the topics studied at GCSE.

In Statistics we look at the process of data collection and how such data can be analysed. Mechanics involves the rules of the physical world and applies them to things like particle models, rods and pulleys.

Course Content
In Year 12 students will study a unit of pure mathematics and small units of statistics and mechanics. This is then mirrored in year 13 but to a higher level.

Examinations
All units are assessed with a written examination at the end of the second year. There is, however, an option of sitting an AS level at the end of Year 12 if you should wish.

Year 12
Optional Mathematics GCE-AS - Edexcel
Resit - depending on student GCSE - Edexcel

Year 13
Mathematics GCE-A2 - Edexcel

A Level Further Mathematics

This course is designed for students who wish to study mathematics at university or pursue a mathematics related subject beyond A Level. The course builds upon the pure mathematics component of the A Level course with two further pure units and then there are two additional optional modules in more pure maths, mechanics, statistics or decision maths. The recommendation is that students need a minimum of a grade 8 at GCSE to succeed on this course.

Course Content
In Year 12 students currently study two units, core pure mathematics which is compulsory and one choice of the optional units.In Year 13 students take two more units; one more core pure unit and one optional unit

Assessment
All modules are assessed with a written examination. All modules carry equal weighting.

Year 12
Optional Further mathematics GCE-AS - Edexcel

Year 13
Further Mathematics GCE-A2- Edexcel

Click here for more information on the Edexcel GCE Maths Specification and course material.

Click here to download a copy of the Edexcel GCE Maths Specification

Contact details:

Mr J Burns - Director of Maths
JamieBurns@thewellingtonacademy.org.uk

Mr J Biggs
JamieBiggs@thewellingtonacademy.org.uk

Ms J Buckle
JoanneBuckle@thewellingtonacademy.org.uk

Miss A Humphries
AbigailHumphries@thewellingtonacademy.org.uk