Mathematics

Maths Quote

Mathematics is of central importance to modern society. It provides the language, and analytical tools underpinning much of the world’s scientific research and global economic processes. Highly successful Mathematics students, who study the subject beyond GCSE, may go on to become accountants, statisticians, bankers, engineers, pilots, actuaries, dentists, researchers into issues such as energy and climate change and much more. They may even wish to become the next generation of teachers!

At Coundon Court we have a strong team of Mathematical practitioners, all of whom are highly skilled in their fields. Our team strives to ensure that each and every student develops the Mathematical understanding that they will come to rely upon after their time in education. We are excited by the recent developments in the curriculum at both GCSE and A-Level because as a team we believe that students deserve the chance to deeply understand the Mathematics that they will meet in everyday life. Rather than simply regurgitate learnt methods, the new specifications for Mathematics encourage students to use and apply the skills that they learn to various real-world problems and situations.

Please enjoy looking around our faculty section of the website, there is a lot of information that you can access here, and there are further resources available on Moodle. Becoming familiar with these resources along with the Maths Watch website is the best way in which you can support your child(ren) in their journey with us.

The Coundon Court Mathematics Team

Teaching Staff
Mr M O'Reilly Head of Mathematics   Mr R Crossley Teacher of Mathematics
Miss J Lawrence KS5 Leader   Mr S Ellis Teacher of Mathematics
Mr C Goff KS4 Leader (Yeras 9 & 11)   Mrs M Eyles Teacher of Mathematics
Mr S Dhani KS3 Leader (Year 8)   Mrs M Foster Teacher of Mathematics
Mr S Lanwarne Year 10 Co-ordinator   Miss Owino Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs N Kaur Year 7 Co-ordinator    Mr S Payne Teacher of Mathematics
      Mrs J Silver Teacher of Mathematics


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Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Students begin their study of Mathematics with the Coundon Middle Years Curriculum. The curriculum aims to ensure that students are equipped with the required knowledge and also the skills necessary to be successful at KS4.

Students are grouped based on their ability and individual needs. The curriculum is divided into stages, each building upon the other. Stage 2 follows on from Stage 1 and Stage 3 follows on from Stage 2.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)

Students follow our 3 year GCSE course at either Higher or Foundation level. This is determined by past performance. The new syllabus has greatly expanded with some entirely new topics making an appearance at both tiers. While there are some substantial new challenges for Higher Tier candidates, the greatest shake-up is a vast shift of content from the Higher to the Foundation Tier.

At the end of the course students will be awarded a grade from 1-9, 9 being the highest. GCSE examinations will take place in the Summer of Year 11 and will consist of 3 papers, 2 of which require a calculator. As a result we highly recommend that you equip your child with a Casio Scientific Calculator as soon as possible. This will enable your child to become familiar with the functions of the calculator. These calculators are available from the majority of supermarkets and can also be purchased in school.

Mathswatch https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/

Every student at Coundon has been given a login to the Mathswatch website. They should use this website regularly in order to ensure that they make progress in Mathematics that is at the highest level. Home-learning tasks are often set using this site to support this progress. Evidence over the last 2 years has shown that those students who fully engage with Mathswatch, and use the site on a regular basis, make far greater progress than their peers who do not make use of it.

A-Level Mathemtaics

Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics for entry onto this course.

Maths A Level

A-level Mathematics provides students with a thorough grounding in the analytical tools and techniques required in the workplace. The logic and reasoning skills developed by studying A-level Mathematics ensures the qualification is widely respected across all academic and vocational disciplines. A-level Mathematics is a requirement for further studies in a variety of subjects including Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering and Accountancy. It is also a useful stepping stone to enabling students to succeed in other degrees. For example, Geography, Psychology, Medicine and Sports Science degrees all use advanced Mathematics skills. A-Level Mathematics is also highly respected by employers and admissions tutors at universities, making it an incredibly useful qualification.

A-Level Mathematics comprises three overarching themes: Mathematical argument, language and proof; mathematical problem solving and mathematical modelling. Students will learn how to apply these across all topics, pure and applied, developing coherence and understanding of how different areas of mathematics are connected.

AO1 Use and apply standard techniques
  • select and carry out routine proceduresselect and carry out routine procedures
  • accurately recall facts, terminology and definitions
50% of the course
AO2 Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically
  • construct rigorous mathematical arguments (including proofs)
  • construct rigorous mathematical arguments (including proofs)
  • make deductions and inferences
  • assess the validity of mathematical arguments
  • explain their reasoning
  • use mathematical language and notation correctly
25% of the course
AO3  Solve problems within mathematics and other contexts
  • translate problems in mathematical and non-mathematical contexts into mathematical processes
  • translate problems in mathematical and non-mathematical contexts into mathematical processes
  • interpret solutions to problems in their original context and evaluate their accuracy and limitations
  • translate situations in context in mathematical models use mathematical models
  • evaluate the outcomes of modelling in context
25% of the course

A-level Maths is a linear course, with assessment consisting of three externally examined papers in May/June of Year 13.

  Paper 1
Pure Maths 1
Paper 2
Pure Maths 2
Paper 3
Statistics and Mechanics
What is assessed?
  • Proof
  • Algebra and Functions
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Sequences and Series
  • Trigonometry
  • Exponentials and Logarithms
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Numerical Methods
  • Vectors

Paper 1 and Paper 2 may contain questions on any topics from the Pure Maths content

Statistics

  • Statistical sampling
  • Data presentation
  • Probability
  • Statistical distributions
  • Hypothesis testing

Mechanics

  • Quantities and units
  • Kinematics
  • Forces/Newton’s Laws
  • Moments
Assesment Written Exam: 2 Hours
33.3% of A Level
Written Exam: 2 Hours
33.3% of A Level
Written Exam: 2 Hours
33.3% of A Level
Type of Questions 100 marks - 16 questions 100 marks - 16 questions 100 marks - 10 questions

 

A-Level Further Mathematics

Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics for entry onto this course.

Further Mathematics is an AS/A Level which broadens and deepens the mathematics covered in AS/A Level Mathematics. It develops your mathematical ability and introduces you to new topics, such as matrices and complex numbers, which are vital for Mathematics-rich degrees in areas such as sciences, engineering, statistics and computing, as well as Mathematics itself. Further Mathematics is studied alongside AS/A Level Mathematics.

AO1 Use and apply standard techniques
  • select and carry out routine proceduresselect and carry out routine procedures
  • accurately recall facts, terminology and definitions
50% of course
AO2 Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically
  • construct rigorous mathematical arguments (including proofs)
  • construct rigorous mathematical arguments (including proofs)
  • make deductions and inferences
  • assess the validity of mathematical arguments
  • explain their reasoning
  • use Mathematical language and notation correctly
25% of course
AO3 Solve problems within Mathematics and other contexts
  • translate problems in mathematical and non-mathematical contexts into mathematical processes
  • interpret solutions to problems in their original context and evaluate their accuracy and limitations
  • translate situations in context in mathematical models
  • use mathematical models
  • evaluate the outcomes of modelling in context
25% of course

A-level Further Mathematics is a linear course, with assessment consisting of four externally examined papers in May/June of Year 13.

Further Maths   Paper 1
Further Pure 1
Paper 2
Further Pure 2
Paper 3
Further Statistics 1
Paper 4
Further Decision 1
What's assessed? Calculus
Algebra and Functions
Complex Numbers
Matrices
Proof
Vectors
Calculus
Algebra and Functions
Complex Numbers
Polar Coordinates
Differential Equations
Hyperbolic Functions 
Linear Regression
Discrete Distributions
Continuous Distributions
Correlation
Hypothesis Testing
Chi Squared Tests 
 Graph Theory
Algorithms
Critical Path Analysis
Linear Programming
Assessment Written exam:
1 hour 30 minutes
25% of A2 
Written exam:
1 hour 30 minutes
25% of A2  
Written exam:
1 hour 30 minutes
25% of A2  
Written exam:
1 hour 30 minutes
25% of A2  
Types of questions 75 marks
7 or 8 questions 
75 marks
7 or 8 questions 
75 marks
7 or 8 questions 
75 marks
7 or 8 questions 

 

There are two Further Pure Core Units which comprise 50% of the qualification. These develop an understanding of the rigour and the technical accuracy needed for more advanced study of mathematics. (Note that all of the content of Paper 1 is assumed knowledge for, and therefore could be tested on, Paper 2.)

Mathematical applications make up the remaining 50% the qualification and, at Coundon Court, students gain a broad experience by studying further Statistics and Decision Mathematics.