Mathematics

 

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Subject Leader: Mrs T Povey 

Subject Leader Email Address: teresa.povey@swale.at

 

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

DR. SEUSS

Subject overview

Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education, therefore, provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. The mathematics curriculum at The Sittingbourne School aims to develop a love of learning, development of character, a sense of community and achievement for all. 

Key Stage 3

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which students are able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas throughout the year. The scheme of work for Key Stage 3 is organised into distinct domains, where students will build on Key Stage 2 knowledge, skills and connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They will also have opportunities to apply their mathematical knowledge in science, geography, computing and other subjects.  Students will: 

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • Learn to follow a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • Be able to solve problems by applying mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. 

The main topic areas are:

  • Number - including topics such as relationships between different mathematical operations
  • Algebra - including topics such as algebraic expressions, equations and sequences
  • Geometry and Measures -  including topics such as constructions and angles
  • Statistics -  including topics such as collecting data and averages.

We cover all elements of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3 and aim to make lessons stimulating, interesting and engaging so students have the core skills to take forward to the next school year.

GCSE

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which students are able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas throughout the year. The scheme of work for Key Stage 4 is organised into distinct domains, where pupils will build on work studied at Key Stage 3 with knowledge, skills and connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They will also have opportunities to apply their mathematical knowledge in science, geography, computing and other subjects.  

Our core purpose at Key Stage 4 is to deliver an engaging and challenging curriculum through outstanding teaching and learning. We aim to give students the best opportunities to learn the Key Stage 4 curriculum in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for their GCSE examinations in Year 11, and to make them confident and responsible members of the school and wider community. 

The success of our curriculum is measured through the impact it has on achievement and attainment. A successful curriculum will lead to excellent results and students being well prepared for the next stage of their education, training and employment.

Students will study a two year GCSE mathematics course during Year 10 and Year 11.   Students study higher or foundation tier.  The examinations are at the end of Year 11. The examinations consist of three papers, each 1 hour and 30 minutes long. Of the three examination papers, two of the papers allow students to use a calculator.

This qualification in mathematics 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. This qualification prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology and the management of money. It also provides further learning opportunities and career choices through:

  • Developing students’ knowledge, skill and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including number, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics and probability
  • Allowing students to use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts
  • Enabling students to apply functional elements of mathematics to solve problems in real-life situations.

Mathematics is needed in everyday life, and some of the exciting careers that can lead from this qualification are computer games designer, builder, carpenter, forensic scientist, architect, fashion designer and business owner.

The sole aim is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to gain this valuable qualification and to support them in achieving their goals in the next phase of their lives.
 

Sixth Form - GCSE Resit

Students who do not achieve at least Grade 4 in their GCSE examinations will have time-tabled lessons to help them gain this valuable qualification to further advance their future life plan.
Students sitting their resit examination will study a condensed version of the Y11 curriculum.