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Newman Catholic College

NewmanCatholic College

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Mathematics

“ Pure mathematics is , in its way , the poetry of logical ideas “

Albert Einstein

We believe that, with the right scaffolding and support, every child can be successful in Maths.

The mathematics curriculum at Newman Catholic College intends to instil in students an appreciation for the beauty and power of mathematics and an understanding of how it permeates every aspect of our day to day lives. By adopting a mastery style approach to our teaching and curriculum design, we provide the knowledge and skills that will enable our students to reason mathematically and problem solve in a range of contexts.

We recognise and celebrate the highly inter-connected nature of mathematics. Students are given the opportunity to build upon their prior knowledge and make connections between topics within the subject itself and across different fields of education and employment. Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for most forms of employment. In particular, financial literacy is an essential tool for overcoming social inequality. Given the challenges our students face growing up in Brent, we feel we have a moral duty to raise aspirations and provide our students with the education necessary to fully engage with society and become active citizens of the world.

Key Stage 3 

The department follows a 2 year Key Stage 3 scheme of work for years 7 and 8. The students will be taught a balanced variety of topics covering the following areas:

  • Number

  • Algebra

  • Geometry and Measure

  • Statistics

The specific topics covered and the level of difficulty will vary according to which set your son is in. All students will be assessed throughout the year. Set changes take place regularly based on assessment.

In order to support the delivery of the new curriculum, the maths department have invested in differentiated text books for all year groups. This will enable students to develop further mathematical reasoning, deep understanding of the subject and problem solving skills.

In addition to this, the students also benefit from a wide range of support programmes including: *Accelerated Maths
* Use of ICT
*Maths Challenges

*Numeracy booklet and Numeracy Day *Homework Club
*Booster Classes

Accelerated Maths is an ICT assessment tool used for testing students of all abilities in order to identify key areas of strength and weakness. This enables our teachers to tailor lessons more closely to individual student needs and put in place interventions when necessary.

The Numeracy booklet equips all students with basic mathematical skills including the four operations, percentages and fractions. This programme of study is delivered during form time on a weekly basis and is supported by the mathematics department.

Homework club runs every Monday after school and gives students access to both one to one support from a mathematics teacher and the use of ICT equipment. It is open to all students in key stage 3.

Key Stage 4 

The mathematics department follows a 3 year Key Stage 4 scheme of work for Year 9, 10 and 11. The topics covered can be described under the headings

  • Number

  • Algebra

  • Geometry

  • Statistics and Probability

Years 9, 10 and 11 will be studying the newly launched GCSE Mathematics course, with first examination taking place in June 2017. The new syllabus has considerably more content and therefore students start their preparation in year 9. We will continue to follow the Edexcel specification. The new examination will be graded 1 to 9, where a 1 is grade F/G and a 9 is above the current A*. Depending on their ability, students will be targeted for grades 1 to 5 (Foundation tier examination) or 5 to 9 (Higher tier). A mark of 4 is equivalent to the current grade C. The examination will be assessed via three papers (one non-calculator, two calculator).

Year 11 students benefit from weekly revision sessions for an hour after school which develop their exam skills and consolidate their knowledge. In addition to this, extra sessions before school are provided for targeted groups in the run up to the exams.

Key Stage 5 overview 

The mathematics department offers A level mathematics following the Edexcel syllabus for our sixth form students. This is a 2 year course, with all assessments taking place at the end of the second year. The course consists of 6 modules, namely C1, C2, C3, C4, M1 and M2. Broadly, these modules will cover:

C1: algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, differentiation, integration

C2: algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, numerical methods

C3: algebra and functions, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, numerical methods
C4: algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, differentiation, integration, vectors.
M1: mathematical models in mechanics, vectors in mechanics, kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane, statics of a

particle, moments.
M2: Kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane, centres of mass, work and energy, collisions, statics of rigid bodies.

For those students joining the sixth form without a C in maths, the maths department runs a resit programme tailored to all abilities. There is an opportunity to sit the examinations after one year.

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