Aims

 

Mathematics is an all-encompassing skill that allows us to not only to live but to thrive. With Mathematics at the forefront of all research and development in today’s society we aim to provide our students with the opportunity of being world changers.

Through a mixed and diverse curriculum we offer students the chance to develop the skills often required to facilitate learning across their choices of subjects and in daily life.  Students are challenged to work both collaboratively and individually, in order to defy the often misplaced views about the subject. At Townley we provide a curriculum based on the idea of solving problems in real life scenarios so as to ensure students recognise their need for the next stages in their lives.

Staff and Resources

 

The Head of Mathematics has taught at Townley for over a decade and leads a successful team of 11 fulltime teachers, including three Senior Leadership teachers and two Learning Managers. All members of the department have a background in Mathematics, with many reading Mathematics at well-known universities to degree level.

The Mathematics Department currently occupies a central position within the school, with 7 dedicated classrooms situated in the main block. Each room has up to date facilities, including both white boards and interactive white boards in each classroom. The department uses a wealth of resources, developed internally and tailored to meet the individual needs of our high achieving students. Students also have access the popular on line resource MyMaths.

Key Stage 3 - Years 7-8 Mathematics

 

Key Stage 3

 

Our 2 year Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed with the practical use of mathematics in mind. Students will learn how to apply the basic mathematics in real world scenarios and situations they may encounter in their day to day life.  In Year 7 students are taught in form groups and cover topics such as Health, Economics and Code breaking.   By Year 8 students are streamed based on their ability, providing differentiated levels of learning tailored to their needs.  Students in Year 8 cover topics such as Risk, Climate Change and the use of Algebra.

Here is a sample  of some of  the topics that students in Year 7 and Year 8 will cover during the school year.

 

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

 

 

 

Year 7

 

Negative Numbers

Triangles

Statistics

Economics

 

 

Factors, Multiples and Primes

Collecting Like Terms

Equations

Sequences

 

Maps

Health

Graphs

Number

 

 

Year 8

 

Fractions

Risk

Algebra

 

 

Symmetry

Matchstick Investigation

Statistics

 

 

Shapes

Economics 2

Geometry

 

Enrichment Activities

At various points during the school year the Maths Department run enrichment activities designed to enhance and support the maths curriculum.

 

Codebreaking Week

  • Be able to use a range of ciphers in advance of the Maths and Computing day

 

Junior Maths Challenge Work

  • Practice of JMC style questions to encourage participation in the JMC in April

 

 

Key Stage 4 - GCSE Mathematics

 

GCSE Mathematics is a compulsory subject taken by every student from Year 9 to Year 11, with the 3 year course starting in Year 9.  Students will receive a numerical grade ranging from 1 to 9 where 8 and 9 equates to an A* grade, 7 an A grade, 6 a B grade and 5 a C grade.  The Mathematics GCSE has been redesigned to encourage students to be able to apply Mathematics in a more rigorous fashion. The course now incorporates new topics not previously covered such as Venn Diagrams in Probability and Sequences such as the Fibonacci sequence and Geometric Progressions. Students will cover a variety of topics including Number, Algebra, Ratio proportion and rates of change, Geometry and measures, Probability and Statistics.  The course will give students the necessary skills to facilitate learning and develop ideas across a range of different subjects.

The higher attaining students will also sit an extra qualification called Additional Mathematics, this will help with preparation for learning at the next level covering materials such as Calculus and Binomial Distributions.

 

Assessment Structure:

 

Every student sits the higher paper set by the Edexcel examination board, attaining a grade from 9 down to 4. The expectation is that the majority of students will achieve level 7 or above (the equivalent of an A grade).

 The examination will consist of the following;

3 Written papers sat in the final summer 

    • Non – Calculator Paper      1 hr 30 mins (33.33% of total mark)

    • Calculator Paper 1                 1 hr 30 mins (33.33% of total mark)

    • Calculator Paper 2                 1 hr 30 mins (33.33% of total mark)

 

Related Careers and A level Progression:

 

Careers that you can go into include;

Engineering, Architecture, Finance, Insurance, Software Design, Computer Programming, Scientific Research and Armed Forces.

 

Course Requirements:

 

You must gain A or above to take Mathematics at A Level and an A* to take Further Mathematics. (An entrance assessment is also required).

 

Key Stage 5 - A Level Mathematics

 

Mathematics and Further Mathematics are widely seen as well respected qualifications, often described as a ‘gold standard’ A level.  A level Mathematics can be paired with a wide variety of subjects due to their numerical nature but also stands alone as subject were the key skills of logic and process can be learnt.  Due to the numerical nature of some courses at university, establishments will often ask for Mathematics A level as part of their conditional offer for entry.  The school has a very successful A level course, with many students going forward to study mathematically based courses at both Oxbridge and Russell group universities.

 

Course Entry Criteria and Essential Skills:

You must gain 7 or above to take Mathematics at A Level and an 8 to take Further Mathematics. (An entrance assessment is also required)

Your grade at GCSE is not necessarily a good indicator for aptitude at A2.  The emphasis at A level is on algebra: its manipulation, its use in representing problems and its relationships with graphs.  That is why we give you an entrance assessment to ensure you have the necessary skills to succeed.

 

Mathematics Course

Year 12

 

All students follow a course split into two sections; the major section covers pure mathematics and represents two thirds of the grade, the minor section covers applied mathematics and represents the remaining third of the grade. The course is tested with two examination papers of different lengths. The longer paper consisting of a 2 hour examination tests the students’ ability in pure mathematics and the shorter paper consisting of a 1 hour examination tests the students’ ability in applied mathematics.


Pure Mathematics takes GCSE topics into more depth, for example indices, surds and quadratic equations. You will cover a huge quantity of calculus – differentiation and integration – and learn to become far more accurate with your calculations.


Applied mathematics covers Statistics and Mechanics. You will recognise many of the GCSE Statistics topics such as probability and histograms but meet many new areas such as correlation, regression, the normal distribution and discrete random variables. Mechanics takes GCSE vectors as its starting point and applies them to the real world of acceleration, velocities and forces.

Year 13

All students continue to follow a split course of pure and applied mathematics, the weighting will be the same as at AS level with a 2:1 split. At A2-level students will sit 3 examinations, 2 pure examinations of 2 hours in duration and 1 applied examination also of 2 hours in duration.
A2 Mathematics covers all of the AS Mathematics course but takes the course further, studying the material in more depth.

 

 

The Further Mathematics course

Year 12

All Year 12 Mathematicians take courses involving pure and applied mathematics. In addition, Further Mathematicians take an extra pure unit (FP1) and an extra applied unit in decision mathematics. Each module has equal weighting and is tested with a 1 ½ hour examination paper.
For information about Core Mathematics and Statistics, please consult the Mathematics page.


FP1 extends Pure Mathematics to complex numbers and matrices. Decision Mathematics considers problem solving using algorithms and their application in the real world.

Year 13

 

All Year 13 Mathematicians students take A2 Mathematics covering all of the AS Mathematics course but takes the course further, studying the material in more depth. For information about these units, please consult the Mathematics page.


Further Mathematicians also take a second Mechanics unit (M2) alongside the Decision unit studied in Year 12. Students also take two further pure modules (FP1 and FP2). As before, each module has equal weighting and is tested with a 1 ½ hour examination paper.

Course Entry Criteria and Essential Skills:

You must gain 7 or above to take Mathematics at A Level and an 8 to take Further Mathematics. (An entrance assessment is also required)

Your grade at GCSE is not necessarily a good indicator for aptitude at AS or A2.  The emphasis at A level is on algebra: its manipulation, its use in representing problems and its relationships with graphs.  That is why we give you an entrance assessment to ensure you have the necessary skills to succeed.

 

Enrichment

 

The department offer a wide range of extracurricular activities aimed at boosting students’ enjoyment and interest within the subject.  The school offers every student the opportunity to take part in the UK Mathematics Trust Mathematics Challenges, these are sat nationally by high achieving students across the country with national winners given the opportunity to represent the UK in world events. STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics), is also taken seriously by the school and links the Mathematics, Science, Computing and Design & Technology Departments together.  Throughout the year students are given opportunities to witness how STEM impacts on possible future careers for young women.  Through the experience of how Mathematics is applied in all type of scenarios students spend time out of normal lessons gaining an insight as to where the subject can lead.

For students who are interested in reading a mathematically based subject at University the department offers the chance to look at more complicated Maths.  Top universities often require students to sit STEP or other advanced papers as a requirement to entry onto their course.  The department run, on a weekly basis, an after school group who are given expert advice on how to prepare for these papers.

The department also has strong links with Kings College and Greenwich Universities.  Students are given the chance to attend courses run by these institutions aimed at boosting interest within the subject both at KS3 and KS5 levels. 

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