Mathematics
Part of the ‘Investigate’ Wing

Mr Blizzard : Head of Mathematics

Mr Blizzard

Head of Mathematics

Mr Webb : Teacher of Mathematics and Computing

Mr Webb

Teacher of Mathematics and Computing

Mrs Carbis : Teacher of Mathematics

Mrs Carbis

Teacher of Mathematics

Mr Worthington : Teacher of Mathematics

Mr Worthington

Teacher of Mathematics

Mrs Matthews : Teacher of Mathematics

Mrs Matthews

Teacher of Mathematics

Miss Burden : Teacher of Mathematics

Miss Burden

Teacher of Mathematics

Mr Morse : Higher Level Assistant Teacher

Mr Morse

Higher Level Assistant Teacher


Introduction

Mathematics is not only useful for its many applications in other subject areas and real life applications, but enjoyable and rewarding as a subject in its own right. The world of mathematics revolves around its inherent ability to be presented and communicated in many different forms. Problem solving skills are obtained by adopting the logical approach presented through mathematics, with the fluidity of a method often valued as highly as the solution. Whatever the level, there is always the sense that there are new discoveries to be made in and through mathematics.

What will I study?
The New National Curriculum for Maths is broken down into the following topic areas:

Number: Structure and calculation. Fractions, decimals and Percentages. Measures and accuracy.

Algebra: Notation, vocabulary and manipulation. Graphs. Solving equations and inqualities. Sequences

Ratio, proportion and rates of change: Change between units. Compare quantities and proportions.

Geometry and measures: Properties and constructions. Mensuration and calculation. Vectors.

Probability: Record and analyse frequency of outcomes. Using processes to predict outcomes.

Statistics: Sampling. Interpreting of charts, graphs and comparison of data sets.

How will my work be assessed?

Topics are assessed formatively as students progress through the course, both at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. End of Unit assessments are used to highlight areas of strength and those requiring development for specific mathematical skills, allowing staff and students to focus their future efforts accordingly. Students begin the GCSE course at the start of Year 9 and follow a specifically designed 3-year scheme of work to fully prepare them for the demands of the examinations. At the end of year 11, students sit three exam papers which result in the award of a GCSE grade 1-9.

Paper 1 – Non-calculator examination

Paper 2 – Calculator examination

Paper 3 – Calculator examination

*All three exams are equally weighted, out of 80 marks, and last for 1hr30 minutes.

Why study Maths?
Maths is fundamental to many other subject areas. It is rightly identified as a ‘Core’ subject due to importance in enabling students to function effectively in life. Its applications in everyday life are far reaching, but there is also a satisfaction and enjoyment in gaining fluidity in mathematical processes, and exploring problems through mathematics. What will this subject enable me to do when I leave Brannel School?
Maths is recognised universally as a critical subject. It is therefore a requirement for many areas of further study, including engineering, finance and the sciences to name a few, while being seen as advantageous for nearly every other field of study. Mathematics courses at A and AS Level include Core Maths, Decision, Mechanics and Statistics. How can you support your child?
Click here for support information For more information, please consult:
Email: dkite@brannel.com Examination Board: Edexcel
Qualification: GCSE
Tiers Grades
Higher tier 4-9
Foundation tier 1-5

Note: Students sitting Maths GCSE in June 2017 will be assessed under the new GCSE Curriculum for Maths.