St. Joseph's Catholic College teaches Mathematics to all students from Year 7 to Year 11, and Further Mathematics to a small number of Year 11s.
The primary aim of the Mathematics department is to develop the mathematical knowledge, skills, concepts and strategies of every pupil to the maximum possible level. This includes providing the students with the mathematics they need for everyday life and for other school subjects, and to provide, where appropriate, a foundation for further study. Students will be made aware of methods of investigation and given an insight into the development of mathematics and the power of mathematics as a language. This is an essential development in the analysis and communication of information and ideas.
More generally, the department aims to contribute to the development of the students' personal qualities of curiosity, cooperation, self-expression, self-evaluation and aesthetic appreciation. students should be able to work independently and cooperatively, and to experience the enjoyment and satisfaction which results from achieving success in mathematics.
The College follows the National Curriculum, which splits KS3 and KS4 Mathematics into number, algebra, ratio, proportion and rates of change, geometry and measures, probability and statistics.
Mathematics is taught as part of a spiralling curriculum, where students will revisit and extend topics throughout the year. All students will be taught through a variety of learning styles within these various modules, supporting the use of mental and written methods of calculation. Reasoning and problem solving mathematics will form part of each unit and students will be encouraged to also learn how to use a calculator and ICT appropriately. Students will be grouped appropriately to support their learning. Regular assessments of students' progress will take place and allow for easy movement between groups.
In each year students will study the following modules:
Numbers and the number system
Counting and comparing
Checking, approximating and estimating
Visualising and constructing
Investigating properties of shapes
Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages
Algebraic proficiency: using formulae
Solving equations and inequalities
Presentation and measuring data
GCSE Mathematics is now following the new AQA spcification (first teaching from 2015), with grades 9 - 1 being awarded. It is now assessed through three 90 minute terminal examination papers; the first is a non-calculator paper and the second and third are calculator papers. Candidates can be entered for either foundation or higher tier. For students who find Mathematics challenging, there is also an Entry Level Certificate which can be completed during Year 11, alongside studying for the GCSE. This is internally assessed.
Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which students need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programme of study for key stage 4 is organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should develop and consolidate connections across mathematical ideas. They should build on learning from key stage 3 to further develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. Students should also apply their mathematical knowledge wherever relevant in other subjects and in financial contexts.
In each year students will study the following modules;
Factors and multiples
Basic algebra, basic fractions and decimals
Coordinates and linear graphs
Rounding angles and bearing
Collecting and representation of data
Perimeter and area
Circumference and area
Real life graphs
Indices and surds
Properties of polygons
Congruency and similarity
Calculating with percentages
Constructions and loci
Equations of a circle
Further equations and graphs
Direct and inverse proportion
Pythagoras and trigonometry
Growth and decay
Sine and cosine rules
Gradients and rates of change
Pre-calculus and area under a curve
How could it help with my future?
Your Mathematics GCSE is highly valuable in the workplace, opening up opportunities for many different career paths such as architecture, banking and finance, business consultancy, engineering, game design, health and medicine, IT and computer science, psychology, science, teaching and many more.