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Welcome to

St Albans Girls' School

Mathematics

We aim to deliver high quality lessons which inspire, instil confidence and motivate all learners to achieve their best. All our enthusiastic students are able to apply Mathematics in real life situations without limitations or stereotypes.

The Department

Curriculum Leader: Mr J Hughes                                                                                                                                                         Deputy Curriculum Leader: Miss B Soler                                                                                                                                             KS4 Coordinator: Mrs H Rock                                                                                                                                     

KS3

What will be studied?

Maths has a two year KS3 to prepare students to start the GCSE course in Year 9. Our current Year 7 Scheme of Learning is based on the approach taken by leading schools in Singapore and adapted for the UK curriculum. The level of challenge is high and learning is modelled using a concrete/pictorial/abstract approach to help students develop understanding.

Year 7 (from 2019)    

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Negative Real Numbers

Factors and Multiples

Introduction to Algebra

Simple Equations

Fractions

Collecting, organising and displaying data

Statistical graphs

Decimals

Percentages

Ratio, Rate and Speed

Angles, Parallel Lines and Triangles

Angles in Quadrilaterals and Polygons

Transformations, Symmetry and Congruence

Perimeter and Area of Triangles and Circles

Surface Area and Volume of Cuboids, including Cubes

Year 8 (until July 2020 pending reform)    

Pythagoras Theorem

Formulas and Numeracy

Identifying patterns

Circles – area and circumference

Averages and range of different data sets and cumulative frequency

Accuracy, rounding and bounds

Area and Volume

Decimal arithmetic

Number, proportion and ratio. Percentage increase and decrease

Algebra - Brackets, solving equations and using formulae

Statistics - scatter diagrams, pie charts and misleading diagrams

Trigonometry

Probability - theoretical and experimental

Venn diagrams and Tree diagrams

Loci

Algebra – Simultaneous equations, inequalities

Graphs of quadratics cubics, reciprocals

Transformations – combined transformations, enlargement and scale factors. Similar triangles and congruency

Shape – Polygons, interior and exterior angles. 3D symmetry and nets.

St Albans Girls' School regularly enters teams into The Hertfordshire Team Maths Challenges which allow students to compete against local schools. These challenges are within year groups or mixture of ages. In recent years we have regularly qualified for the whole Hertfordshire final.

The whole of Year 7 have a day of Maths activities as part of the STEM focus within St Albans Girls' School. Students spend a day looking at fun maths problems and developing their understanding beyond the set curriculum time.

What support is needed?

  • MathsWatch has a range of lessons, home learning tasks and games to support and encourage a love of learning.
  • Encourage your daughter to practice her mental maths regularly by asking her what the time is, how much something will cost, how much change to expect etc.
  • Encourage her to attend Maths Clubs to ask questions and get support from her class teacher.
  • Develop a positive attitude towards the Mathematics. Having an open mindset and positive attitude that the subject is not harder than any other will enable her to learn.

How are students assessed in Years 7 & 8?

  • Small class assessments at the end of each topic
  • End of term assessments that will include everything they have learnt so far that year
  • In lessons students will be assessed by questioning, classwork and home learning tasks.

What equipment is needed?

A calculator, protractor, pair of compasses, ruler, pen and pencil are essential at all times.


GCSE

Exam Board: Edexcel

Specification Number: 1MA1

What will be studied?

At GCSE in Maths we aim to equip students with the necessary mathematical skills to solve real life problems. Students learn through a mastery approach regularly recapping knowledge and introducing new ideas to known concepts. 

Students will study Edexcel’s (9-1) Maths syllabus at either higher or foundation tier. The only maths assessments are 3 exams at the end of year 11. One non-calculator paper and 2 calculator papers. In year 10 and 11 all students are given the opportunity to buy Edexcel revision materials through the school at a discounted price. 

Students in set 1a and 1b are offered the opportunity to take part in the UKMT challenges. These build resilience and a chance for students to develop their problem solving skills. Successful students will be awarded with Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate and could be asked to progress to the next round.

Students in set 1a will be given the opportunity to study for a Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics (AQA exam board) which offers them an opportunity to explore concepts found in A Level Maths and Further Maths.

How is the course assessed?

There are 3 exam papers at the end of Year 11. They are equally weighted and each last 1hr 30mins with 80 marks available in each. The first paper is a non-calculator paper and students have access to a calculator in the following two.

What texts are recommended?

We have the Edexcel recommended textbook in school. All students have a password for https://www.pearsonactivelearn.com that can be used to access an online version of the book.

Revision guides are offered by the school each year along with other revision materials.

What websites are recommended?

MathsWatch has a range of videos to explain new topics as well as revise previous ones.

Google Classroom contains exam papers organised by topic or grade as well as past papers to aid current learning as well as revision.

MathsBot generates exam papers and worksheets with worked solutions targeted to topics and tiers.

Corbettmaths  provides alternative videos to MathsWatch, as well as loads of sample questions and worked solutions.

Maths Genie offers highly grade-focused videos and exam questions/solutions.

 What equipment is needed?

A calculator, protractor, a pair of compasses, ruler, pen and pencil are essential at all times.


A Level

Exam Board: Edexcel

Specification Number:  9MA0 

Maths A level includes 3 areas, Pure, Statistics and Mechanics. A second A level of Further Maths is available and could include a selection of Pure, Statistics, Mechanics or Decision.

Both Maths and Further Maths A level follow the Edexcel syllabus and are examined at the end of Year 13. An AS in Further Maths is available.

Pure Maths for A level includes proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, numerical methods and vectors.

Pure Further Maths includes proof, complex numbers, matrices, further algebra and functions, further calculus, further vectors, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions and differential equations.

Statistics includes statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions and statistical hypothesis testing.

Mechanics includes quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and newton’s laws and moments.

Decision includes algorithms and graph theory, algorithms on graphs, critical path analysis and linear programming.

Get in touch

Mr P O'Neill, Business Manager

Sandridgebury Lane

St Albans

Hertfordshire

AL3 6DB

01727 853134