Mathematics

Mathematics

Maths is for everyone. It is diverse, engaging and essential in equipping students with the right skills to reach their future destination, whatever that may be. At Hall School Wimbledon, we believe every child can be good at mathematics. Our priorities are to bring the subject alive, to grow the confidence of our pupils through our teaching, and to ensure that they all work to the best of their ability. We treat the subject not as a collection of rules but as an exploration in learning: posing questions, solving real problems and discovering patterns and relationships.

KS3 Mathematics (Year 7 and 8)

Pupils in Year 7 and Year 8 have 5 x 45 minute lessons a week. Over the course of each year, they will cover the foundations in:

(i) algebra
(ii) number
(iii) geometry and measures
(iv) probability and statistics

Our aim is to develop:

(i) a sound understanding of mathematical concepts and techniques
(ii) a love of learning of these mathematical concepts and techniques
(iii) application of mathematical concepts and techniques, especially within problem solving
(iv) an appreciation of the importance of mathematics in the real world
(v) a platform for preparation for GCSE mathematics

Year 7 is taught within classroom sets, and year 8 is setted based on a child’s performance. Sets cover the same basic content, however the pace of learning varies, allowing top sets to be extended further. Having ability based groups in year 8, allows pupils to recieve the right level of challenge and support from their teacher.

KS4 Mathematics (Year 9, 10 and 11)

At Hall School Wimbledon, pupils will embark on a three year AQA GCSE course at either the Higher or Foundation tier. This subject is compulsory.

Every child will develop his/her understanding and knowledge within:

Topic

AQA weighting in exam %  (Higher)

AQA weighing in exam % (Foundation)

Number

15

25

Algebra

30

20

Ratio and Proportion

20

25

Geometry and Measures

20

15

Probability and Statistics

15

15

 

The aim of the course is to develop:

(i) a sound understanding of mathematical concepts and techniques
(ii) a love of learning of these mathematical concepts and techniques
(iii) application of mathematical concepts and techniques, especially within problem solving
(iv) an appreciation of the importance of mathematics in the real world
(v) a platform for further study in mathematics

GCSE Assessment (end of year 11):

Paper 1 (Higher or Foundation)

1.5 hours

80 marks

Non calculator paper

Paper 2 (Higher or Foundation)

1.5 hours

80 marks

Calculator paper

Paper 3 (Higher or Foundation)

1.5 hours

80 marks

Calculator paper

 

Total: 240 marks

Questions on each paper increase in difficulty to assess pupils from levels 4 - 9 (higher), and levels 1 - 5 (foundation). Questions that are not assessed on one paper, tend to be assessed in one of the others. Question styles vary from short single marked questions, to multi step problems. Pupils must take three papers at the same tier.

www.hegartymaths.com is an online website that we shall be using for weekly Maths homework for all students. The aim of this programme is to provide a top quality, home learning platform to students so that, along with fantastic teacher-led Maths lessons in school, your child will be supported at home with their Maths learning.

Enthusiasm for Mathematics is high at Hall School Wimbledon. This is reflected in strong GCSE results. Mathematics and Further Mathematics continue to be popular choices at A Level, amongst sixth form students, instilling practical and problem solving skills that equip them for progress in almost any field of future studies.

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