Welcome to Mathematics

The vision of the Maths department is to develop independent learners and support all students to achieve their full potential in Maths. The Maths department at Outwood Grange Academy prides itself on being a friendly and welcoming department where our students enjoy and achieve in Maths. Our year 11 GCSE results last year were 88% 4+ and 72% 5+.

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Key Stage 3

The Mathematics course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE course in Key Stage 4. In Key Stage 3 we follow a 2 year Key Stage 3 Teaching for understanding scheme of Work.
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 will learn the same content regardless of their group. More able students will be stretched by content depth rather than going onto the next stage.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Chris Gibson, Head of Mathematic – c.gibson@grange.outwood.com

Key Stage 4

Edexcel GCSE 9-1 Mathematics

KS4 begins in Year 9, where we continue with a Teaching for Understanding scheme of work in Years 9 & 10. During this time students develop on prior knowledge and understanding to access the GCSE syllabus. Depending on prior achievement students will follow the Higher or Foundation course, although there will be the opportunity for students who progress well to change tiers.
In Year 11 the full course in completed and reviewed with a very clear focus on independent learning, revision skills and well-targeted exam techniques. This is to develop students’ ability to apply their acquired knowledge not only to achieve the highest grade possible, but to also prepare them for the next stage of their education.

Mathematics is assessed in the following way:

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The examination is assessed across 3 papers, all 1hr 30 mins each. There is 1 non-calculator paper and 2 calculator papers.
If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Chris Gibson, Head of Mathematics – c.gibson@grange.outwood.com

Edexcel GCSE 9-1 Statistics

Statistics GCSE is offered to Year 11 and some Year 10 students. This GCSE allows students to explore the practical application of many data handling skills covered in the Mathematics Edexcel 9-1 course as well as develop new skills for collecting, representing and analysing data. These skills are ideal preparation for the Statistics elements within A-Level Maths.

Statistics is assessed in the following way:

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Key Stage 5

A Level Maths

The A Level qualification is essential for a degree in the subject and suggested for related higher education courses, especially engineering, architecture, medicine, accountancy, economics, sciences and computer science.
At Outwood Grange Academy, this course is a 2 year course and will be certificated at the end of Year 13.

The course has three areas of content:
Pure Mathematics Techniques in Proof, Algebra and Functions, Coordinate Geometry, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and Logarithms and Differentiation, Integration and Numerical Methods (Advanced only).

Statistics Techniques in Sampling, Data Presentation and Interpretation, Probability, Statistical Distributions and Statistical Hypothesis Testing.

Mechanics Techniques in Vectors, Quantities and units in Mechanics, Kinematics, Forces and Newton’s Laws and Moments (Advanced only)

Examinations

  • Paper 1 – 2 hrs. Pure Maths (100 marks)
  • Paper 2 – 1 hrs. Pure Maths (50 marks) & Mechanics (50 marks)
  • Paper 3 – 2 hrs. Pure Maths (50 marks) & Statistics (50 marks)

A Level Further Maths

Further Maths is suitable for able students who have a flair for mathematics and enjoy the challenge of understanding mathematics at a higher level than followed in A Level Mathematics. It gives excellent grounding for students who may intend to study mathematics beyond A Level.

All students study CORE content:

  • Mathematical argument, language and proof
  • Mathematical problem solving
  • Mathematical modelling and then additional content consisting of Discrete and Further Statistics
    Overall assessment is then the total of all 3 exam papers.

Examinations

Core Paper 1
Written exam: 2 hrs
100 marks
33⅓ % of A-level

Core Paper 2
Written exam: 2 hrs
100 marks
33⅓ % of A-level

Further Statistics/Discrete Paper 3
Written exam: 2 hrs
100 marks
33⅓ % of A-level

Core Maths

The Level 3 Certificate in Quantitative Reasoning (MEI) has been developed jointly by OCR and Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) to meet the Core Maths requirements. This qualification gives students the mathematical skills to tackle problems in a variety of authentic situations. It enables students to strengthen the mathematical knowledge and skills which they have learnt at GCSE so that they can apply them to the problems which they will encounter in further study, life and employment.

Students will be encouraged to tackle problems in realistic contexts that are relevant to their other subjects.
Topics covered include modelling, statistics, finance, working with exponentials, working and gradients, geometry and measures, risk, estimation, problem solving, communicating solutions, use of technology.

The Quantitative Reasoning qualification prepares learners who have different goals to tackle a wide variety of mathematical problems. In particular, we want to emphasise and encourage these key outcomes:

  • Sound understanding of mathematical concepts, skills and techniques from GCSE and beyond
  • Fluency in procedural skills, common problem-solving skills and strategies
  • Confidence in applying mathematical and statistical thinking and reasoning in a range of new and unfamiliar contexts to solve real-life problems
  • Competency in interpreting and explaining solutions of problems in context.

What Kind of Student is This Suitable For?
This course is suitable for students with the mathematical and statistical needs of their further study of other subjects, as well as for employment and everyday life.

Course Breakdown
Quantitative Reasoning students are taught to use a modelling cycle, a statistical problem solving cycle and a financial problem solving cycle. They are also taught to use spreadsheets to work on a variety of problems.
Students will cover the following topics:-

  • Modelling
  • Statistics
  • Finance
  • Working with exponentials
  • Working with graphs and gradients
  • Geometry and measures
  • Risk
  • Estimation
  • Problem solving
  • Communicating solutions
  • Use of technology

How is the Course Examined?

Examinations will take place at the end of the 2nd year of the course.

Quantitative Reasoning. 72 marks 2 hour written paper at the end of the 2 years. 50% of total level 3 qualification.
Critical Maths. 60 marks 2 hour written paper at the end of 2 years. 50% of total level 3 qualification.

Enrichment Opportunities for Mathematics

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.