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Maths 

“Maths is like falling in love - at first it is simple but then it gets complicated.”

Anon

Welcome to the Maths subject page. Below you will find a breakdown of each year group, including what is taught, how we assess, what enrichment opportunities there are and what can be expected in terms of homework. If you need any further information, please contact the Head of Department, Mrs Bailey, at kbailey@cromwell.cambs.sch.uk.

Click here to see a visual representation of our Maths curriculum from Year 7 - Year 13

 

Homework

Homework is set on a regular basis by the class teacher and can be accessed by logging into your Go4Schools account. 

Follow this link to HegartyMaths to enhance your learning: 

 

Enrichment 

The Marvellous Mini Mathematicians Club Y7 

 Friday Lunchtimes

A16 with Miss Belding 

 

Board Games KS3/KS4

Fridays 3:20pm - 4:30pm 

A17 with Mr Isaacson 

 

Ability Grouping

Maths is taught in groups based on ability from Year 7 to Year 11.

A-Level Maths is taught in a mixed ability group in Sixth Form. 

Teaching Staff 

Mrs K Bailey (Head of Maths Faculty)

Mrs L Middleditch  

Miss C Belding 

Mrs S Morton  

Dr J Attrill 

Mr C Nahajski  

Mr J Jansen Van Rensburg 

Miss E Ratcliffe  

Mr E Isaacson 

Miss L Reeve  

Mrs G Macwilliam 

Mrs C Tiller 

 

Curriculum 

Primary Phase

At Cromwell Primary Phase we teach Mathematics using the White Rose Maths (WRM) schemes of learning, which we adapt to suit the needs of the children in our class, in daily hour-long mathematics lessons. Our Mathematics Policy, detailing both our approach, and our view of best practice for the teaching of mathematics can be found below:

The WRM scheme is well-sequenced, with each unit covered in depth, and the content applied in different ways in subsequent units for consolidation. We teach mathematics using a mastery approach, where new concepts are introduced in small chunks that build in complexity, and the whole-class are taught together to ensure that all achieve within each year group expectations.

New concepts are introduced to the children using the concrete, pictorial, abstract approach, where children first explore a new concept using practical, physical resources, before looking at how the same concept could be represented pictorially before learning what this concept might look like in an abstract, written calculation. For example, when being introduced to division, the children would first lean by sharing concrete objects, such as sweets into groups, then they might represent this pictorially by drawing sweets in different groups, before being introduced to the written, abstract calculation 14 ÷ 2.

Click here to view the Multiplication Tables Progression 

Lesson by Lesson Overview: Years 1 - 6

 

 

Guidance on How the Teaching of Maths has Changed

Useful Parent Guides

Further useful links and documents that we use to support the teaching of Mathematics can be found below:

 

 

 

Key Stage 3

What do we teach?

Please follow the link at the top of this page to view the Maths Curriculum Map.

How do we assess learning?

Click HERE to see the Autumn Term 2021 assessment grids used to determine if your child is working to secure level.

Click HERE to see the Spring Term 2022 assessment grids for Maths used to determine if your child is working to secure level.

 

Key Stage 4

Edexcel GCSE Mathematics 1MA1 

What will I study?

You will study content across the following topics: Number, Ratio Proportion and Rates of Change, Algebra, Statistics and Probability and Geometry and Measures. Within these topics, you will learn to apply standard techniques, with a focus on reasoning, interpreting and communicating. There is a greater emphasis making connections between these topics, and being able to apply the mathematics learned to problem solve, including non-routine problems in mathematical and non-mathematical contexts.  GCSE mathematics, is designed to help you gain a level of confidence and fluency that will provide a strong understanding and foundation for the rest of your learning and working lives.   

How will I learn?

You will be encouraged to find mathematics a meaningful, worthwhile and stimulating subject.  You will be guided to apply skills you develop to everyday situations, so that you understand the part which mathematics plays in the world around you.

How will I be assessed?

At the end of the course, you are assessed by sitting three 1 ½ hour exam papers at either foundation or higher level. Paper one is non-calculator.  Papers two and three are calculator papers. Each paper has equal weighting. You will be expected to memorise formulae.  At regular intervals you will sit internal assessments designed to test your understanding and progress and to help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses. These internal assessments will help us determine which tier of entry you will take.

Click here to view the GCSE Maths exam specification 

Will there be any controlled assessment?

Your GCSE course in mathematics is a non-coursework option. There is no controlled assessment.

Will there be independent study?

You will be expected to work independently and with other people to explore mathematics. You will certainly be expected to work at home.  For all examinations, careful and thorough revision is very important. 

What do I need for Mathematics?

You should ensure that you have all necessary mathematical equipment for all lessons, including a scientific calculator.

Where can this course take me?

The understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes is fundamental to dealing with everyday problems, but it is more.  The study of mathematics can be a goal within its own right, it is also a key factor in employment in commerce and industry and especially so in the fields of accountancy, finance, management and administration, marketing, science, engineering, ICT, computer studies, teaching, economics, statistics and many more. 

Key Stage 5 

AQA A Level Mathematics 7357

AQA Level 3 Mathematical Studies 1350

AQA AS Further Mathematics 7366

A level Maths provides students with a thorough grounding in the mathematical tools and techniques required in the workplace, while providing a strong foundation for studies in a multiple range of subjects, including Science, Engineering, Geography and Computing. As Science and Technology continue to become more complex, so the demand for mathematicians will continue to grow.

What will I study?

The A level course is composed of pure, mechanical and statistics, taught over two years. All units are equally weighted and are assessed by three exams at the end of the two years.

In Year 12, you will study the following three areas:

  • Pure, (algebra, trigonometry, differentiation, exponentials and logarithms)
  • Mechanics (forces, energy, motion)
  • Statistics (probability, data handling, testing hypotheses)

In Year 13, the same three areas will be studied in greater detail and complexity.

Course Specific Entry Requirements

You will need to have studied Maths to the higher level and gained at least a Grade 6.

Examination Board: AQA

 Click here to view the A Level Maths exam specification 

Click here to view the Core Maths exam specification 

Click here to view the Further Maths exam specification