In mathematics the course content and the teaching methods are designed to enable students to acquire mathematical skills and use them with confidence; this includes applying mathematics in everyday situations and in other school subjects, such as the sciences and the humanities. An important aim is to use mathematics clearly and concisely as a language. Students will be encouraged to reason logically, to generalise, to solve problems and to communicate their solutions effectively. A good GCSE grade in Mathematics is likely to be required for most careers and courses of further education, including those with little or no direct mathematical content.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)
In key stage 3 we encourage students to enjoy mathematics whilst ensuring the correct foundations are in place for the rest of their time at Queensbury Academy. Throughout the key stage they are taught all four areas of the curriculum Algebra, Data Handling, Number and Shape and Space. Students are given the opportunity to enter competitions, such as the UK Maths Challenge. Student are regularly assessed throughout using standardised assessments, allowing us to make important decisions regarding student progress before they enter years 10 and 11.
Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)
All students, no matter which group they are in, will study the mathematics curriculum and they will all be entered for the GCSE at the end of year 11. We use the Edexcel linear course, which is assessed by 3 terminal examinations, one if which is non-calculator. We have the option of entering student for either the higher or foundation tier, however both examine all four main aspects of the course.
Students continue to be tested regularly particularly in year 11, they will sit a mock GCSE exam before Christmas and again in the spring term. After the students will receive detailed analysis to enhance their revision programme for subsequent exams.
Our revision and practice programme been very successful, enabling students to prepare for examinations in good time. We provide dedicated revision schedules, weekly “clinic” sessions in the department at 3.15 p.m. all year, holiday revision sessions tailored to students’ learning needs and “final preparation” in the week of the examinations. _____________________________________________________________________________________
Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13)
We offer both A-Level Maths and Further Maths, making Queensbury Academy students some of the most privileged in the country. We follow the Ed Excel syllabus, A Level Maths is split into two disciplines: Pure Maths and Applied Maths.
Pure Maths is the method of Maths, the techniques required to solve problems - geometry, algebra and calculus.
Applied Maths contains topics in Statistics and Mechanics and allows us to solve more contextual problems. Students who choose Further Maths will also have the chance of studying Decision.
We would expect any A level candidate to have achieved a grade 7 at GCSE, with further mathematicians achieving an 8 or 9, but the main stipulation is that the students must be willing to work hard from September of the Lower 6th onwards.
The A Level course consists of three examinations, two pure examinations and one applied. All examinations are 2 hours and 100 marks.