Mathematics: Curriculum

Key Stage 3
 In years 7 and 8 students are introduced to a broad range of topics, which form the foundations for work that they will be extended in later years. Each term will include work on number, algebra, data handling and shape, space & measure. Students also develop their skills in using and applying mathematics by completing investigations and maths challenge questions.

Key Stage 4
 The GCSE mathematics course builds on the areas of mathematics which students have already studied in Years 7 and 8; number, algebra, data handling and shape, space and measure. Students also continue to develop their skills in using and applying mathematics by completing investigations and maths challenge questions. All students are exposed to work that extends and enriches the curriculum beyond the normal GCSE. All students are prepared for Edexcel’s new (91) GCSE. The content of this is similar to the ‘old’ GCSE with a few additions; it also uses a new grading scale of 9 to 1, with 9 being the top grade. This is assessed by three terminal examinations, one noncalculator, and two calculator.

Key Stage 5
 We study the OCR course for Alevel Mathematics and Alevel Further Mathematics.
AS Mathematics Core Mathematics 1 extends students’ learning in familiar GCSE topics such as quadratics, indices and straight line graphs. Students will also be introduced to new topics, the key new material being differentiation. This is a noncalculator module.
 Core Mathematics 2 builds on students’ GCSE trigonometry and algebra knowledge as well as introducing the new topics: sequences, series, integration and logarithms.
 Probability and Statistics 1 Students will already be familiar, from GCSE, with ways of displaying and interpreting data such as scatter diagrams and box plots. In this module students will build on this knowledge with a more formal approach to statistics and probability, including work on discrete random variables and bivariate data.
A2 Mathematics Core Mathematics 3 extends the core work completed in the AS with further work on algebra, functions, trigonometry, the exponential function, differentiation, integration and numerical methods.
 Core Mathematics 4 extends the core work completed in Core Mathematics 3, notably introducing differential equations. A new topic, vectors, is also included in this module.
 Mechanics 1 is about using mathematical models of physical situations to investigate the forces causing an object to move or remain stationary as well as studying the motion of objects that are thrown or dropped.
To achieve this, students study force as a vector, kinematics, equilibrium of a particle, Newton’s laws of motion and linear momentum.
AS Further Mathematics Further Pure Mathematics 1 introduces some key topics in pure mathematics, with a more rigorous proof based approach than the Core modules. In particular, students study matrices, complex numbers, series and proof by induction.
 Decision Mathematics is the use of discrete maths to solve practical problems such as how to deliver all the mail to every street in a village in the shortest time. The aim is to derive algorithms (sets of instructions) that find efficient solutions. The problems investigated include ordering numbers, various problems involving networks and linear programming.
 Probability and Statistics 2 covers some essential topics for application in many other subjects such as biology and economics. This includes continuous random variables, the normal distribution, the Poisson distribution, sampling and hypothesis testing.
A2 Further Mathematics
A further three modules are covered from the following: Further Pure Mathematics 2 covers rational functions and graphs, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions, calculus, and numerical methods.
 Further Pure Mathematics 3 covers differential equations, vectors, complex numbers, and groups.
 Mechanics 2 covers centre of mass, equilibrium of a rigid body, motion of a projectile, uniform motion in a circle, coefficient of restitution and impulse, energy, work and power.
 Mechanics 3 covers equilibrium of rigid bodies in contact, elastic strings and springs, impulse and momentum in two dimensions, motion in a vertical circle, linear motion under a variable force and simple harmonic motion.
 Probability and Statistics 3 covers linear combinations of random variables, confidence intervals and the tdistribution, difference of population means and proportions and the Chi squared tests.