The Mathematics Department at Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth has three main aims:
• to develop the mathematical reasoning and fluency of its students
• to encourage its students to continually improve their problem solving skills
• to provide students with the ability to cope with the mathematical demands made upon them in everyday life in employment and further education.
With this in mind, students in Year 7 will study Mathematics through a mastery approach, establishing a concrete foundation of concepts and skills, via rich and sophisticated problems before acceleration through new content.
The Maths course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE course in Key Stage 4. Our Year 7 students are following a Mastery scheme of work which they will continue into Year 8. Each year is split up into a series of topics which students study for periods of between 2 and 4 weeks.
We also have problem solving and project weeks. All students learn the same content regardless of their group. More able students will be stretched by content depth rather than going onto the next stage.
Our Year 8 students are following a linear scheme of work which builds upon their learning from Year 7 and underpins their mathematical skills as they progress to Year 9.
If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mrs Tyerman, Head of Department
GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics
GCSE Mathematics is assessed in the following way:
Mathematics GCSE – Edexcel (QAN code 60147003)
Maths is a 3-year linear GCSE course designed to finish at the end of year 11. Maths is a core subject, which means that everyone will take a course leading to a GCSE in this subject. A pass in the new GCSE is at level 5 or higher which is a very important qualification, together with a similar qualification in English, it is a gateway to many careers and study at higher levels.
Students who are not making expected progress in Maths at the end of Year 8 or 10 will study additional periods of Maths to help boost their grade. This will be through Option Maths (in place of one of their three options). All other students will continue to progress as usual.
Further reading and information on the curriculum content studied can be found at:
Edexcel Level 1 / Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics
If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mrs Tyerman – Head of Department.