Key Stage 3
Discover the joy of mathematics!
In Years 7 you will build upon the ideas met in Key Stage 2 and learn new skills that will prepare you for your GCSE and even beyond. For example, when studying Iteration you will meet complex numbers and cobweb diagrams. You will discover Chaos and the beauty of fractals and study the Collatz Conjecture.
When studying the Golden Ratio you will discover the ideal human proportions and just how perfect you are! Find out how the number of petals a flower has is related to the architecture of some famous buildings. You will explore how a pentagon is linked to a quadratic equation and why the Golden Ratio has fascinated mathematicians throughout history. When learning about Graph Theory you will investigate the Travelling Salesman, the Chinese Postman and how to colour a map!
ICT will play a large part in your study of the big ideas of mathematics. In the fourth theme studied in Year 7, you will investigate Tiling of the Plane and learn how to use Geometers Sketchpad to create tilings such as those found in the Alhambra.
In Year 8 you will study another four big ideas of Mathematics: Game Theory, Topology, the Conic Sections and in Number Theory you will learn about the music of the primes and the link between Sudoku and Latin Squares.
Throughout Key Stage 3 there are a variety of trips, competitions, clubs and workshops for you to take advantage of. The course will enable you to confidently investigate mathematical ideas using your understanding, experiences, imagination and reasoning. The course is designed to give you an appreciation of the subject that will prepare you for Key Stage 4.
By the end of Key Stage 3 you will have discovered the joy of Maths; what does this mean?
For more information regarding KS3 contact Mrs Spearpoint.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Mathematics will help prepare you for an increasingly technological age; many occupations require you to have a good qualification in this subject. Study of GCSE Mathematics will help improve your problem solving abilities as well as equipping you with skills that are essential for life.
There have been significant changes to the Mathematics GCSE in terms of content and the way the subject is graded. You may find a summary of these changes here.
Key Stage 4 is a three year course during which you will study for the OCR GCSE qualification in Mathematics. The course covers the areas of Number, Proportion, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics. Lesson activities are designed to enhance your problem solving skills. The opportunity to complete rich, challenging tasks will encourage you to think more widely about each topic studied and appreciate mathematics as a means of understanding the world around us.
The OCR Mathematics GCSE examination is sat at the end of Year 11, at one of two tiers of entry. There is no controlled assessment element in GCSE Mathematics.
For more information regarding KS4 contact Mr Trett.
Key Stage 5
Study A-level Mathematics and gain an even deeper understanding of the world around us.
At A Level you will follow the OCR (MEI) specification. As at GCSE, Mathematics at A level is undergoing significant changes in terms of both content and assessment. You may find a summary here.
As part of your A-level in Mathematics you will study pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics. Pure mathematics includes proof, algebra, graphs, sequences, trigonometry, logarithms, calculus and vectors. Mechanics includes kinematics, motion under gravity, working with forces including friction, Newton’s laws and simple moments and is great fun. Statistics includes working with data, probability calculations, using binomial and Normal distributions as models and statistical hypothesis testing and some people enjoy it.
Throughout your course there will be an emphasis on problem solving, reasoning and modelling.
If Maths is your favourite subject, then you should study Further Maths as well as A-level Maths. Additional reasons for taking Further Maths may be found here, however note that if A-level maths helps you understand the world around us just think what Further Maths will do!
Continue the journey you began in Year 7 by studying A-level Mathematics/Further Maths and you will greater appreciate mathematics as a mass of interconnected ideas of vast range, depth and beauty.
For more information regarding KS5 contact Mr Gemmell.
Examples of Key Stage 3 work may be found here.
J560 OCR GCSE syllabus is here.
MEI A Level details may be found here.
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