Oxford Academy

Mathematics

The department aims to develop confidence, interest and enjoyment in mathematics. The department is staffed with ten teachers and our rooms have SMART boards and access to laptops. There is a break out area for small group intervention directly outside the classrooms as well as a dedicated room designed for intervention work.

The department run a variety of before and after school provisions including breakfast club and revision club for all year groups.

 

The Curriculum structure for Maths is shown below:

Subject

Year

Hours per fortnight

Maths

7

9

Maths

8

9

Maths

9

10

Maths

10

10

Maths

11

10

Maths

12/13

8

Equipment needed:

Pencil

Pen

Ruler

Rubber

Scientific Calculator

Protractor

Compass

Sharpener

 

Key Stage 3:

Year 7 and Year 8

In year 7 and 8, students follow a Maths Mastery curriculum. This is to ensure a deeper understanding is achieved by engaging in fewer topics but with greater depth and problem solving. We aim to build on deeper understanding in mathematics to enable our students to master key skills in mathematics. Students are given time to explore and investigate concepts before moving on to the next rather than accelerate through topics.

Year 9

We use the National Curriculum as a basis for Year 9 Maths teaching. The aims of the curriculum are to be able to:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately;
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language;
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Year 9 is divided into smaller topic areas and students’ progress is tracked through regular assessments. This supports the maths department to ensure any intervention needed can be provided for individual students. GCSE Mathematics is 100% examination based and it is vital that students are familiar with exam techniques, revision skills and confident in working independently.

 

GCSE

Year 10 and Year 11

In Year 10 and 11 students follow the AQA GCSE scheme of work, which is assessed at the end of Year 11. Pupils will follow the Foundation or Higher scheme of work. Students will be preparing for the AQA GCSE Maths (8300). http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/gcse/mathematics-8300

GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (Grades 1 – 5) and a Higher Tier (Grades 4 – 9). Students must take three question papers each lasting 1 hour 30 minutes. Each question paper has equal weighting with two papers permitting the use of a calculator.

Students will be assessed through a mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems.  Throughout Year 10 and 11 the mathematics department will challenge students with a range of assessment methods and regularly use this to inform students which areas of mathematics they need to revise to maximise their progress.

Homework will be set weekly

Who to contact if you want to know more? Heidi Robinson

 

Key Stage 5

Year 12 and Year 13

We offer a range of mathematical courses in the 6 form.

Course

Entry Requirement

Overview

Assessment

AS/A Level Maths

B Grade

AS

Students study 2 Core Units and Decision Maths

A2

Students study 2 Core units and Statistics or Mechanics

AS

3 Exams each 1 hour 30 minutes

A2

3 Exams each 1 hour 30 minutes

 

Level 3 Mathematical Studies

C Grade

 

 

GCSE Resit Maths

All students who do not achieve a C grade are required to resit  GCSE Maths

Students will revisit the topics covered at Key Stage 4 with regular use of assessment and monitoring to ensure that students’ progress

2016-17 EDEXCEL

2 Exams x 1 hour 45 minutes

2017-18 AQA

3 Exams x 1 hour 30 minutes