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  • Mathematics Faculty

    Mathematics

    E-Mail: headofmaths@soham-college.org.uk

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    • Why Study Mathematics?

      First of all… because maths is fun!

      • It’s all about looking for patterns and relationships in numbers and shapes.
      • It’s about solving puzzles and problems.
      • It uses and develops our natural skills of logic and reasoning.
      • It gives us the tools to present concise and elegant analysis of the world around us, for instance through the use of algebra or statistics.
      • What’s more… it’s useful!

      Whether you are out shopping, cooking a meal, organising your finances, or just doing a Sudoku, you will use mathematical skills.

      In school you need Mathematics in lots of subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, ICT, Geography, Business Studies, Graphics, Electronics, Food; even Art and Music have links to Mathematics.

      Lots of people use Mathematics in their jobs too: Scientists, Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, Statisticians, Bankers, Insurers, Engineers, Architects, Surveyors, Environmentalists, Computer Programmers, Website Designers, Designers and Business people to name just a few.

      Mathematics at Soham Village College

      The Mathematics scheme of work for each year is based on a modular (topic) approach.
      Lessons are designed to encourage you to investigate and discuss mathematics and to develop your problem solving and thinking skills. SMART boards are used extensively to introduce new concepts and skills. Lessons will often involve whole class discussion, group work, computer or practical activities, as well as opportunities for you to consolidate concepts and skills through exercises and problem solving.

      In Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9) the scheme of work is differentiated into 4 tiers which correspond to the National Curriculum tests at the end of Year 9.

      Tier 1 Levels 3 – 5
      Tier 2 Levels 4 – 6
      Tier 3 Levels 4 – 7
      Tier 4 Levels 5 - 8

      In Key Stage 4  (Years 10 & 11) the scheme of work is differentiated at 2 levels which correspond to the GCSE entry levels at the end of year 11.

      Higher level: Grades A*, A, B, C, D;
      Foundation level: Grades C, D, E, F, G

  • KS3 - Year 7

    • Year 7 - Course Outline & Schemes of Work

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  • KS3 - Year 8

    • Year 8 - Course Outline & Schemes of Work

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  • KS3 - Year 9

    • Year 9 - Course Outline & Schemes of Work

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  • GCSE Mathematics

    Foundation & Higher Course

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    Exam Board Qualification Specification

    EdExcel Exam Board - GCSE Mathematics

    GCSE Mathematics
    (Modular Specification)

    GCSE Mathematics
    (Linear Specification)
     



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    • The Mathematics course is designed to help you to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, Mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in your own life and to society.

      Through your study of Data Handling, Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measure, you will develop skills in the following areas:

      • Applying Mathematics: You will develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts and apply these techniques in mathematical situations as well as making links to other subjects
      • Problem Solving: You will develop and refine problem solving strategies and build the confidence and skills required to tackle unfamiliar challenges.
      • Thinking & Reasoning Skills: You will develop independent thinking skills and learn to reason mathematically, making deductions and inferences and drawing conclusions.
      • The Functional Elements of Mathematics: You will develop confidence in using mathematics in real life, interpreting, processing and communicating the mathematics of everyday situations.

      Assessment

      GCSE Mathematics is a linear course with 2 examinations at the end of the course.
      Both papers assess the full range of assessment objectives in Data Handling, Number & Algebra, Geometry & Measures.

      Paper 1 (Non Calculator)           50% weighting                 June Year 11
      Paper 2 (Calculator)                 50% weighting                 June Year 11

      You will follow the course at the level that you and your teacher think best for your ability. The three levels are:

      SET LEVEL TARGET GRADES
      1 & 2 Higher A*, A, B
      3 Foundation / Higher A, B, C, D
      4, 5 & 6 Foundation C, D, E, F, G

      Other Information

      In addition to taking GCSE Mathematics, students in Set 1 may also have the opportunity to take GCSE Statistics.

      Functional Mathematics

      In addition to taking GCSE Mathematics, students in Set 6 will also have the opportunity to take a Functional Mathematics qualification at Entry Level and Level 1.

    • Outline & Schemes of Work

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  • GCSE Statistics

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    Exam Board Qualification Specification
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Art, Craft & Design (Unendorsed 2AD01) GCSE Statistics 2ST01

    In addition to taking GCSE Mathematics, students in Set 1 will also have the opportunity to take GCSE Statistics.

    • Outline & Schemes of Work

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    • Statistics

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