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Mathematics

Curriculum Intent

We intend to ensure that learning at each stage means that our students are well-prepared for the next stage of their mathematical education. The curriculum is designed to ensure that students develop high levels of numerical proficiency to support their learning outside of the mathematical classroom. In addition, students are exposed to problem-solving activities that increase in challenge throughout the curriculum. These enable our students to further their ability to persevere and work both independently and collaboratively, to ensure that they are fully prepared for life after they leave CGS.

 

Key Stage 3

Year 7 Year 8

A range of topics within:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Shape and space
  • Statistics

Build on the foundations of Year 7.

A range of topics within:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Shape and space
  • Statistics

Key Stage 3 assessment

  • In Years 7 and 8 students sit an examination paper in the first term, an examination paper in the second term and two examination papers in the Summer Term.
  • Two of the four examination papers are non-calculator and two are calculator

 

Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE 8300 and for selected students AQA GCSE Further Maths 8365

Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

Students complete all of the foundation topics of the GCSE curriculum with some of the higher topics also.

 

 

Students are taught the big underlying themes of Maths GCSE. 

They look at setting up and solving equations, trigonometry, number work including use of surds and proportion, and shape.

Students look at applying what they’ve learned in Year 10 to more demanding topics using general problem solving ideas. 

These topics include vectors, circle theorems, general trigonometry.

 

Key Stage 4 assessment

  • In Years 9 and 10 students will take one examination paper in the first term, one examination in the second term and two examinations in the Summer Term
  • Two of the papers are non calculator and two are calculator

 

Key Stage 5

Year 12 Year 13

Maths students will complete the Year 1 course in the first two terms.  After Easter they will begin the Year 2 course.  Students will study core maths, statistics and mechanics.

Further Maths students will complete the whole of the Maths A level in Year 12.  This will be completed shortly after the Easter holidays.  Once complete, students will begin the core element of the Further Maths curriculum.


 

Maths students will complete the Year 2 course in the first two terms.  After Easter they will spend their lessons revising key topics and looking at examination techniques

Further Maths students will complete Further Maths in the first two terms.  After Easter they will spend their lessons revising key topics and looking at examination techniques.  Further Mathematicians have 3 optional modules. 

Our students will study the statistics minor, mechanics minor and extra pure modules.
 

Key Stage 5 assessment

Year 12

  • October – baseline test
  • December – key skills test
  • February – class test
  • April – key skills test
  • June – 2 x two hour mock examination papers. 
  • July – Year 2 key skills test

Year 13

  • September –two tests on everything learned to that point
  • December –Year 2 key skills test
  • January – mock exams
  • April – key skills test

 

Note: The key skills tests are designed to give students the opportunity to test their understanding of key concepts without looking at the harder problem-solving elements of the course that are tested in mock exams and end of year exams.

 

Curriculum enrichment outside of the classroom

  • All students at CGS can take part in national maths competitions run by the UK Maths Trust.  Students in Years 7 and 8 take the Junior Maths Challenge, students in Years 9, 10 and 11 take the Intermediate Maths Challenge and students in Years 12 and 13 take the Senior Maths Challenge.  The Challenges take place in April, February and November respectively. 
     
  • Each year we have several students who qualify for the follow on rounds including the British Mathematical Olympiad.
     
  • CGS also enters teams for both the Team and Senior Team Maths Challenges, also run by the UK Maths Trust.  The regional heats of these competitions take place shortly before Christmas and shortly before Easter each year. In recent years CGS has finished in the top 15 schools in the country, with over 1,200 schools entering.

A level Mathematics:  Please see the Sixth Form section of our website: sixth-form-subject-information