Mathematics

Welcome to Mathematics

Staff

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Key Stage 3

The maths course at Key Stage 3 builds on the mastery of key number and geometry concepts studied in primary school and provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE maths course in Key Stage 4. Year 7 and Year 8 students follow a mastery scheme of work in which teaching for understanding enables students to continue their learning in number and geometry and extend this further into algebra and statistics. The scheme of work promotes a depth and breadth of understanding around each theme to ensure a fluent foundation is built and students’ deep understanding enables them to apply their skills and communicate their knowledge across a range of contexts and problems.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr Mark Crossley (Head of Maths).

Key Stage 4

Edexcel GCSE Mathematics

The maths course at Key Stage 4 builds on the mastery of key mathematical concepts acquired at Key Stage 3. Year 9 students follow a mastery scheme of work in which teaching for understanding enables students to continue their learning in key number concepts of ratio and proportional reasoning and geometry. The GCSE course is then taught with the same principals of teaching for understanding in all strands of Number, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Shape and Space and Statistics. There is a high focus on problem solving, reasoning and communicating mathematics to ensure that students develop the skills they need to apply to the final examination questions.

Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1) is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr Mark Crossley (Head of Maths)

Edexcel GCSE Statistics

The GCSE Statistics course at Key Stage 4 covers the whole range of statistical techniques for collecting, processing, representing and interpreting data from a variety of contexts and also in depth understanding of Probability. Teaching for understanding is promoted throughout to enable students to apply their learning to a range of problems in both familiar and non-routine contexts and to be able to model real life scenarios.

Edexcel GCSE Statistics is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr Mark Crossley (Head of Maths)

Key Stage 5

AQA A Level Mathematics

At Outwood Academy Valley we study A-level Mathematics with AQA. This course will be externally examined at the end of Year 13. Some students may have the option to be externally examined in AS mathematics at the end of Year 12 also.

A-level Mathematics offers students with a good understanding of Maths the chance to study it at a higher level. It provides a thorough grounding in the mathematical tools and techniques often needed in the workplace. Techniques covered include algebra & proof, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, exponentials & logarithms, sequences & series and numerical methods which together form the fundamental building-blocks of the subject. We will also study some applied mathematics: statistics (sampling, regression, measures of central tendency & spread, probability distributions and hypothesis testing) and mechanics (vectors, constant acceleration formulae, Newton’s laws, projectile motion, friction and moments). Please note that both the pure & applied content is all standardised and no longer varies based upon exam board chosen.

Students will enjoy studying a course which will give them a strong foundation for study in other A-level subjects and many varied careers from Astronomer to Zoologist, Cryptologist to Cartographer, Statistician to Systems Engineer and Meteorologist to … Mathematician!
By the end of the course students will have:
• an understanding of the mathematics that underpin many aspects of our lives;
• the ability to apply a range of mathematical skills to different situations;
• acute logical thinking and problem-solving abilities; and
• the ability to process, interpret & analyse information.

We hope to see you in our A-level classroom next year!

AQA A level mathematics is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr Mark Crossley (Head of Maths)

Enrichment Opportunities for Mathematics

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.