# 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

### 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.

**Useful websites:**

**Revision:**

### GCSE Maths

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.

**Useful websites:**

- Edexcel GCSE Mathematics specifications, support materials and past papers
- Maths Genie – Free Online GCSE and A Level Maths Revision
- Corbettmaths – Videos, worksheets, 5-a-day and much more
- http://www.mymaths.co.uk
- GCSE Maths – Edexcel – BBC Bitesize
- http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage

### 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 6 ^{th} form**) will enable students to do this. They can also access the six tests below. 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

**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.**

__all__### A-level Transition

- Multiple Choice Test 1
- Multiple Choice Test 2
- Multiple Choice Test 3
- Multiple Choice Test 4
- Multiple Choice Test 5
- Multiple Choice Test 6
- AS Pure Transition Materials

**Useful websites:**

- Edexcel A-level Mathematics specifications, support materials and past papers
- Maths Genie – Free Online GCSE and A Level Maths Revision
- Extension and enrichment materials

**Revision:**

## Impact

Public exam results for Mathematics indicate positive outcomes for our students. In the last public exam series in in 2019, Year 13 students achieved 73.3% A*-C. In Further Mathematics we achieved 100% at grade A*-A. For GCSE, pupils attained 28.6% Grade 9-7 and 85.0% Grade 9-4.

Mathematics has continued to be a popular Option subject for A-level; many students have gone on to read Mathematics or Engineering at a variety of universities including Oxbridge.

**The Mathematics Department offers a range of extracurricular activities and opportunities for our students in all key stages.**

### Key Stage 3 Maths

- Students in Key Stage 3 are regularly entered for the UKMT Challenge, which pits their wits against students across the country.
- 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.

### GCSE Maths

- Students in Key Stage 4 are regularly entered for the UKMT Challenge, which pits their wits against students across the country.
- Students needing help with their studies have the opportunity to attend our Maths Clinic which is held on two lunchtimes per week.

### A level Maths

- 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.

### 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.