Maths

Intent

“Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.”

Galileo Galilei

We believe that it is important that our students:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics
  • Are able to reason mathematically
  • Can solve problems by applying their Mathematics in context

At Loreto College, these skills are embedded within Maths lessons and developed consistently over time. We are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of Mathematics in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of different contexts. We want our students to enjoy Mathematics and to experience success in the subject, with the ability to reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions. Above all we intend for our pupils to realise that Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.  We aim to embed an appreciation of the beauty and power of Mathematics from its many diverse sources, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Students follow the same core curriculum in Years 7 and 8, with some differentiation to allow for students’ educational needs. Our students will learn about the fundamentals of Mathematics, gaining grounding in:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

Our students begin GCSE at the start of Year 9 and will take either Foundation or Higher Tier.  By the end of Year 11 students will be adept at problem solving, have extensive mathematical knowledge and be able to use this to comprehend, interpret and communicate information in a variety of forms.

Implementation

Maths Home Learning

Key Stage 3 Maths

 

In Key Stage 3 pupils further build their confidence and competence with Numbers and Measures, and learn to generalise patterns and rules through Algebra. Geometric reasoning and visualisation skills are developed, as are methods of Handling Data, including making inferences from data.

Pupils are encouraged to develop their mathematical thinking so that they are able to use and apply their mathematical thinking skills. This means that they will be able to use and apply their mathematical knowledge in a variety of contexts.

We give students the opportunity to develop the ability to:

  • acquire and use problem-solving strategies
  • select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real-world situations
  • reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  • interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

All pupils are expected to do two set pieces of homework per week, one of which may be online, each taking up to 30 minutes in Year 7 and increasing to 45 minutes by the end of Year 8.

We offer various extracurricular opportunities:

  • Students in year 7 take part in our annual Maths Puzzle Day.
  • Students in Key Stage 3 are regularly entered for the UKMT Challenge, which pits their wits against students across the country.
  • Year 8 and Year 9 students participate in the UKMT Team Maths Challenge.
  • Each year two students from Year 9 are invited to take part in the Royal Society Mathematics Masterclasses, run by the University of Hertfordshire.
  • Students needing help with their studies also have the opportunity to attend our Maths Clinic which is held on two lunchtimes per week.

Useful websites:

Extension and enrichment materials

Revision:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/maths
http://www.mymaths.co.uk

GCSE Mathematics

 

We follow the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics specifications (1MA1).

The Edexcel GCSE in Mathematics qualification requires students to:

  • develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts including: Number,  Algebra, Ratio (proportion and rates of change), Geometry and measures, Probability & Statistics.
  • acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions
  • comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context

All pupils are expected to do one set piece of homework per week, taking up to 60 minutes.  Students can also be set additional assessment in the form of an online homework task by logging on to the MyMaths website which we subscribe to.

Extracurricular opportunities:

  • Students in Key Stage 4 are regularly entered for the UKMT Challenge, which pits their wits against students across the country.
  • Our highest achieving pupils in year 10 attend a day of lectures at the Institute of Education, University of London.
  • Students needing help with their studies have the opportunity to attend our Maths Clinic which is held on two lunchtimes per week.

Useful websites:

Edexcel GCSE Mathematics specifications, support materials and past papers
http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/maths
http://www.mymaths.co.uk

A level Maths

 

Students will be prepared for the Pearson Edexcel 9MAO exam specification (see link further down for more details).

An A Level in Mathematics is gained from a total of three exams, two in Pure Mathematics (66.66%), and one in Applied Mathematics (33.33%) which is comprised of Mechanics and Statistics.

A broader understanding of the subject is encouraged by reading some of the books in the following reading list.  Some of these books are fairly accessible and also look at some of the historical aspects of some everyday mathematical concepts:-

  • Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh
  • The Code Book by Simon Singh
  • Does God Play Dice by Ian Stewart
  • 1089 and all that by David Acheson
  • How Long Is a Piece of String? by Rob Eastaway
  • E, the story of a number by Eli Maor

Successful A-Level Mathematicians must be prepared to persevere at problems. Questions are multi-stage and it is essential to develop the ability to produce a logically progressive answer.  Calculators and formula books will not provide easy answers.  The ability to manipulate fractions and algebraic expressions is crucial.  It is therefore important that students devote some time over the summer holidays to consolidate what they have learned at GCSE.  The 6 multiple choice tests found on the school network’s Shared Area (Shared Area (W:)/Maths/Mr Burani/Prospective 6th form) will enable students to do this.  They can also access the 6 tests via the school website (Maths/Year 12 Maths Induction).   These are intended to make students go back to their notes or do some research in order to find out what you need to know in order to answer them.  They should attempt all the questions, and bring in the answers ready for your first maths lesson.  Students are advised to create a list of any topics they could not do or found difficult.

Extracurricular opportunities:

  • We regularly take our pupils to attend lectures at the Institute of Education, University of London.
  • In order to support their applications for higher Education, students are given the opportunity to act as Maths Prefects.
  • Students needing help with their studies have the opportunity to attend our Maths Clinic which is held on two lunchtimes per week.
  • Sixth form mathematicians take part in peer mentoring, as about once a term they are put on a rota to help students lower down the school at Maths Clinic.

Useful websites:

Edexcel A-level Mathematics specifications, support materials and past papers
Extension and enrichment materials

Revision:
examsolutions
mymaths
Pure and Applied Maths

Maths & Careers@Loreto

Want to find out more about Maths work skills, then check out this infographic poster, which can also be found on the Maths corridor.