Mathematics - St Birinus School

Mathematics

KS3 Mathematics

KS3 Mathematics

In September your son will be joining us to start his Key Stage 3 studies in Mathematics and begin a two year Mathematics  programme of study to prepare him for his GCSE studies.

Programme of study

Progress     

Whichever set your son is in, his progress will be tracked from start to finish to ensure he is making expected, or above expected rates of progress. Where this is not the case, intervention of some form will be carried out, this may be some extra work for him to complete at home with your support, a recommendation to attend our open drop in session, or an invitation to attend booster sessions run by our Maths Intervention Coordinator.

 

Lessons        

Your son will have Maths three times a week where we place an emphasis on depth of understanding to best prepare students for the problem solving content of GCSE. We use a combination of teaching techniques to ensure students enjoy learning Maths and benefit from our specialist knowledge.

 

Support        

It is important to us that your son feels supported in his studies throughout his time at St Birinus. To assist him with his studies he will have the following available to him:

  • Revision guides and workbooks (available at a small cost)
  • Mathswatch website (with ‘how to’ videos and interactive questions)
  • MyMaths website (with lessons and practice questions)

Assessment and Progression

Setting:

We will set your son after about two weeks in school based on his KS2 SATS and his teacher’s assessment.

 

Assessment:

There will be regular small topic tests during each term.

At the end of each term there will be test for the whole year group which will check your son’s progress throughout the year.

 

Contact:

Mrs Zoe Gothard

Head of Mathematics

Zgothard@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

 

Mr Lee Reynolds

Second in Mathematics

Lreynolds@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

GCSE Mathematics

At the end of the year your son will be finishing his Key Stage 3 studies in Mathematics and commence a three year Mathematics  programme of study at Key Stage 4.

Programme of study

The course that your son will follow will be dependent on a board of teacher’s selection process and will be informed by the following areas:

  • Key Stage 2 attainment and Target grade
  • End of Key stage three assessment score
  • Professional opinion

There are two tiers of study, these are as follows:

  • Foundation
  • Higher

Foundation Programme of Study

 

The foundation mathematics exam is graded from 1 – 5 and the marks will be allocated as follows:

50% of the marks

50%

1

2

Lower 3

Upper 3

4

5

Approximately equivalent to:

G/F

E

D-

D+

C

C/B

 

The weighting of marks per topic will be allocated as follows:

Topic

Weighting

Number

25%

Algebra

20%

Ratio, proportion and rates of change

25%

Geometry and measure

15%

Statistics and Probability

15%

 

Objective

Description

Weighting

AO1

AO1 is about using and applying standard techniques

50%

AO2

AO2 has a different focus. It’s about reasoning, interpreting and communicating mathematically

25%

AO3

AO3 is about solving problems with a much greater focus on solving non-routine problems in mathematical and nonmathematical contexts.

25%

Each topic has a series of assessment objectives to test a student’s understanding of the topic and each objective carries different weighting, these are as follows:

 

Higher

The Higher mathematics exam is graded from 4 – 9 and the marks will be allocated like this:

50% of the marks

50%

4

5

6

7

8

9

Approximately equivalent to:

C

C/B

B

A

A/A*

A/A*

 

The weighting of marks per topic will be allocated like this:

Topic

Weighting

Number

15%

Algebra

30%

Ratio, proportion and rates of change

20%

Geometry and measure

20%

Statistics and Probability

15%

 

Each topic has a series of assessment objectives to test a student’s understanding of the topic and each objective carries different weighting, these are as follows:

 

Objective

Description

Weighting

AO1

AO1 is about using and applying standard techniques

40%

AO2

AO2 has a different focus. It’s about reasoning, interpreting and communicating mathematically

30%

AO3

AO3 is about solving problems with a much greater focus on solving non-routine problems in mathematical and nonmathematical contexts.

30%

 

Progress     

Whichever programme of study your son is on, his progress will be tracked from start to finish to ensure he is making expected, or above expected rates of progress. Where this is not the case, intervention of some form will be carried out, this may be an invitation to attend booster sessions.

 

Tracking       

There will be three formal assessments each year of the course to inform us of the progress your son is making, these will be graded. In addition to this, your son can expect end of topic tests and in some circumstances a pre-topic assessment.

 

Support        

It is important to us that your son feels supported in his studies throughout his time at St Birinus. To assist him with his studies he will have the following available to him:

  • Edexcel revision guides and workbooks (available at a small cost)
  • Mathswatch website (with how to videos and interactive questions)
  • MyMaths website

 

Assessment and Progression

Examination Board:  

EDEXCEL

 

Grading system:

1-9 (9 is highest)

 

Assessment:

 

100% Exam

3 Examination Papers

 

Paper 1 – Non Calculator 80 Marks

 

Paper 2 – Calculator 80 Marks

 

Paper 3 – Calculator 80 Marks

 

 

Progression to Post-16:

A-Level Mathematics.

 

 

Contact:

 Mrs Z Gothard

 Zgothard@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

 Mr L Reynolds

 Lreynolds@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

 

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