Mathematics forms an essential part of the curriculum at Carterton Community College and is taught in 8 fortnightly lessons for key stage 3 and 7 for key stage 4, by a team of 8 specialist Mathematics teachers. Lessons take place in one of the 7 dedicated Mathematics classrooms in the newly built department block. All classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards.
The Mathematics Department aims to encourage all learners to enjoy Mathematics and motivate them to extend their understanding, develop mental skills applicable to real life situations, develop problem solving skills, and help learners to hypothesise, calculate and communicate their solutions in a variety of forms.
In Years 7, 8 and 9 lessons follow the Key Stage 3 Mathematics framework covering work in 6 areas of Mathematics: Number and the Numbering system; Algebra; Handling Data; Shape, Space and Measures; Calculating; Using and Applying. Learners experience a wide variety of activities throughout each term and they are assessed using APP success criteria on a day to day basis, by using bi-termly assessments and through the use of Rich Tasks. This ongoing individual assessment then aids the planning of future schemes of work.
In Years 10 and 11 Learners follow the Edexcel linear GCSE course, and much like Key Stage 3, learners in Years 10 and 11 experience a variety of lesson activities and detailed personalised assessment.
Our more able key stage 4 Mathematicians are advised about the opportunity and advantages of going on to study AS/A2 Mathematics and the course is offered by the Department.
Our Year 12 and Year 13 learners follow the Edexcel A level Mathematics course. This comprises of 6 modules throughout the 2 year course; Core 1,2,3,4 and 2 applied modules; a choice of Mechanics 1, Statistics 1, or Decision 1.
Three Modules are taught each year and all 3 module exams are sat in the summer of that academic year.
A level Mathematics is an extremely challenging and rewarding course which can lead to a huge variety of higher education and career pathways.
The Mathematics department is a tenacious, forward thinking team, striving for the very best standards for its students and staff. All 3 curriculum areas encourage students to develop a wide variety of transferable skills to help learners take on board the careers of the future that don’t even yet exist, tackling the problems that we don’t even know are problems yet.
Through the cooperative raising over standards over recent years, the department now boasts A*-C GCSE results consistently above 73%. With at least 75% of students making the required level of progress and over 30% making above the required level of progress. (Both well above average)
All members of the team have high expectation for their learners and teach using a wide variety of challenging and engaging resources covering a wide variety of real life topics which address the SMSC curriculum.
The Department is now a member of the Further Mathematics Support Programme which regularly invites a variety of learners to various mathematically enriching activity days.
Our more able learners from each year group take part in the UKMT Maths Challenges including the team challenge day held in Oxford.
Maths Clinic is held every Monday lunch time for students to be able to ‘drop in’ and get support with all aspects of the Mathematics.
Edexcel Exam specification:
Websites for revising exam content:
- MathsWatch (https://www.vle.mathswatch.com/vle/) A huge collection of help videos and exam questions on every topic you will find in the exam. (login and password advertised at school)
- KESH Maths (https://keshmaths.com/) A website full of help videos and past exam paper questions. This is focused on the old specification so MathsWatch is a better place to start.
Collections of new specification style exam questions to help you with your exam technique:
- Aiming for Grade 1 practice exam questions
- Answers for the Grade 1 practice exam questions
- Aiming for Grade 3 practice exam questions
- Answers for the Grade 3 practice exam questions
- Aiming for Grade 7 practice exam questions
- Answers for Grade 7 practice exam questions
- Aiming for Grade 9 practice exam questions
- Answers for Grade 9 practice exam questions