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Light Hall School - Mathematics

Subject Overview

The Light Hall School Mathematics Department has made great strides over the last few years. Achieving Specialist College Status in Maths and Computing has spurred us on in supporting and developing the teaching of Mathematics in the School.

The Maths team currently consists of the Head of Department and eleven qualified Maths teachers. The staff is experienced and work together closely to create exciting and challenging lessons. There is a strong sense of identity within the department and we are all proud of its achievements.

Maths is taught in well-appointed classrooms following the department move to the first floor of Light Hall’s magnificent new building in October 2008. Now, each member of staff has their own room equipped visualiser, video projector and an interactive whiteboard. The department also has access to their own set of mobile technology for student use.

The Maths area is bright, bustling and cheerful. Pupils have a very positive attitude towards both the subject and the new setting which leads to their achieving excellent results.

For KS3 (Years 7 to 8), children in each year group are divided into two parallel bands and are usually placed in sets, one to five, according to ability.

The Edexcel exam board is used for GCSE with the pupils following the Modular course, taking either the Foundation or the higher level. 82% of pupils achieved grade C or better at GCSE in 2013. From 2008 Additional Maths has also been available as an option.

KS3

KEY COURSE INFORMATION

Students follow a personalised curriculum in KS3, based upon their progress and attainment in KS2. The curriculum is designed to challenge and stretch students and builds upon their knowledge and application every year. Students are assessed every half term, which provides the opportunity for students to move accordingly to their personalised programme. There are five groups in each half year band.

More detailed information can be found on FROG.

  Autumn Spring Summer
yr 7

Integers powers and roots. Sequences.
Geometrical reasoning.
Construction.
Probability.
Ratio.
Solving equations.
Mensuration/Area

Graphs – interpret and draw
Mental calculations
Written calculations
Transformations
Interpreting and discussing data
Equations, formulas and identities

Fractions, Percentages and Decimals
Measures – conversion
Calculations and checking
Geometrical reasoning – 2D/3D
Statistical enquiry

yr 8

Integers powers and roots
Sequences
Geometrical reasoning
Construction
Probability
Ratio
Solving equations
Mensuration/Area

Graphs – interpret and draw
Mental calculations
Written calculations
Transformations
Interpreting and discussing data
Equations, formulas and identities

Fractions, Percentages and Decimals
Measures – conversion
Calculations and checking
Geometrical reasoning – 2D/3D
Statistical enquiry

yr 9

Integers powers and roots
Sequences
Geometrical reasoning
Construction
Probability
Ratio
Solving equations
Mensuration/Area

Graphs – interpret and draw
Mental calculations
Written calculations
Transformations
Interpreting and discussing data
Equations, formulas and identities

Fractions, Percentages and Decimals
Measures – conversion
Calculations and checking
Geometrical reasoning – 2D/3D
Statistical enquiry


KS4

KEY COURSE INFORMATION

The course studied in KS4 is the Edexcel Linear Examination, Specification A. This is 100% examination taken at the end of the course which consists of two papers, calculator and non-calculator. Students will be entered for Higher or Foundation, depending upon their target grade.

Throughout the course topics will be studied to enrich students’ thinking skills and further the application and functionality of Mathematics.

  Autumn Spring Summer
yr 10

Area of Study:
Integers and decimals
Co-ordinates
Fractions
Algebra
Shape and angles
Collecting data
Displaying data

Area of Study:
Construction and loci
Types of number
Sequences
2D/3D shapes
Perimeter/area
Fractions, percentages and decimals

Area of Study:
Formulae and linear graphs
Simultaneous equations Probability
Ratio and scale

yr 11

Area of Study:
Averages
Pythagoras & Trigonometry
Trial and improvement
Surface area and volume
Compound measures

Area of Study:
Transformations
Similarity and Congruence
Quadratic functions
Index notation and surds
Circle theorems
Sine and Cosine rules

Area of Study:
Vectors
Further graphs and functions
Transformations of graphs

exam     June


FAQs

What are the aims of the course?
To develop an ability to think clearly and logically; to approach problems with confidence; to decide what is correct, suspicious or wrong; to be able to develop a coherent argument; and above all enjoy the patterns and elegance of mathematics.

What examination will I take?
G.C.S.E. Linear (Edexcel Specification A)

What is involved with the examination?
All examinations will be taken at the end of the course.

What coursework will I have to complete?

None.

What other Maths courses will there be at KS4?
To support students' developments we offer Edexcel Certificates & Additional Mathematics.

How can I support my child as they study Maths?
For all courses there are a number of revision support materials available of FROG, these include guidance on ways students can revise as well as materials to aid revision and study. We recommend the use of www.mymaths.co.uk and the purchase of mathswatch CD

 

The Mathematics Staff:
                               

Mr G Bastock
Assistant Headteacher for Maths
Mr A Moghul
Lead Teacher
Mrs R Balderson
Assessment & Inclusion Co-Ordinator
Mrs L Browett
Teacher
Mr R Hall
Assistant Headteacher
Miss S Purewal
Assistant Headteacher
Mr D Smallman
Teacher
Mrs D Munford
Teacher
Mrs M Wilkes
Teacher
Miss L Matthews
Teacher
Miss J Cotter
Teacher