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St Alban's Catholic High School

Mathematics

Department Aims

At St. Albans, regardless of the topic being covered, it is the aim of those teaching Mathematics to provide opportunities for all students to:


• Use and apply mathematics in practical tasks, in real-life problems and within mathematics itself
• Work on problems that pose a challenge
• Encounter and consider different lines of mathematical argument
• Succeed
• Enjoy mathematics

The Mathematics Department seeks to ensure that each child learns effectively through a number of strategies and teaching styles such as:


• Open ended tasks
• Problem solving
• Investigative tasks
• Class discussion
• Individual and Group work
• Practical work
• Book and worksheets
• Show me boards
• Graphic Calculators

We have taken out a subscription to the website www.mymaths.co.uk. This is a good source of material for use within the lessons but can also be accessed at home by parents and students.

Years 7 - 11


In Years 7 - 11 the students are taught in sets, but it is our policy to allow students to move sets when appropriate.

Year 7’s follow an alternative programme, with a focus on Probability and Algebra in the first term in explorative, investigative and non-formal situations. An emphasis on Number Skills will be apparent throughout the year.

All other classes will broadly study the modules in this sequence, although there will be variation according to the needs of individual classes, such as Revision in Year 11:

Autumn Term
Graphs and Sequencing
Area and Volume
Number System
Equations and Formulae
Angles
Calculations
Spring Term
Projects and Investigations
Construction
Equations and Formulae
Probability
Angles
Graphs and Sequences
Summer Term Term
Proof

Transformations

Proportional Reasoning
Handling Data
Indices Plus
Graphs and Sequences

Click here to find more detail about each of the modules and revision resources

A Level Mathematics

 Students starting their sixth-form studies in 2016 are studying for the remaining modules of AQA Mathematics A-level and AQA Further Mathematics courses (course code - 6360).

Students starting their sixth-form studies in 2017 are starting the new specification courses from AQA: A-level Mathematics (7357) and A-level Further Mathematics (7367).  An overview of the course content is as follows:

Mathematics
Mathematical argument, language and proof
Mathematical problem solving
Mathematical modelling
Proof
Algebra and functions
Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane
Sequences and series
Trigonometry
Exponentials and logarithms
Differentiation
Integration
Numerical methods
Vectors
Statistical sampling
Data presentation and interpretation
Probability
Statistical distributions
Statistical hypothesis testing
Quantities and units in mechanics
Kinematics
Forces and Newton's laws
Moments

This will be assessed by three two-hour examinations at the end of the two-year course.


Further Mathematics
Proof
Complex numbers
Matrices
Further Algebra and Functions
Further Calculus
Further Vectors
Polar coordinates
Hyperbolic functions
Differential equations
Trigonometry
Numerical Methods
Discrete Mathematics
Further Mechanics

This will be assessed by three two-hour examinations at the end of the two-year course.

In September 2018, we will once again be offering the one-year level-3 course in Mathematical Studies (sometimes called Core Mathematics). This course is focussed on problem solving and the application of mathematics.  This is ideal for students who are studying A-levels in subjects such as geography, psychology, sociology and history which now have increased mathematical content.