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Mathematics

Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing students’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically; to solve problems. Mathematics is important for learners in many other areas of study, particularly Technology and Science. It is also important in everyday living and in many forms of employment.

Mathematics enables learners to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence. The subject goes beyond cultural differences and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics helps us to understand and change the world.

We aim to give students confidence in their Mathematical abilities and we encourage them to reach their full potential.

Key stage 4 (Y9-11)

Subject content is divided into 6 broad categories:

                                                Number

                                                Algebra

                                                Ratio, proportion and rates of change

                                                Geometry and Measures

                                                Probability

                                                Statistics

The new GCSE Mathematics course will still have two tiers of entry.

Foundation tier - grades 1-5

Higher tier - grades 4-9

Students will take three question papers each 1½ hours long at the end of year 11.

Homework is set each week and it should last 30-40 minutes. In order to succeed, it is important that students practise the skills acquired in lessons by regularly completing the homework set.All students receive a revision guide and workbook at the start of year 10 and have access to Mathswatch revision website.

Equipment

All students are expected to have a pen, pencil and ruler for each lesson.  Investment in a protractor, a pair of compasses and scientific calculator is desirable.

Help and Support

We encourage all students to ask their class teacher for help, however, students are welcome to attend the drop- sessions in the library Monday to Thursday at 3pm -4pm.

Should any parents/carers require a breakdown of topics by year group, they are welcome to contact the Head of Department. Sheila.Hodgson@kirkleeseducation.uk