Ysgol Stanwell School

Archer Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 2XL

Mathematics

Head of Department
Mr A Meddins
Teachers
Mrs R Baker
Ms L Bekker
Mrs C Bone
Mr A Chambers
Mrs H Doyle
Mrs A Edwards
Mr M Gershenson
Mr M Lewis
Mr S Mace
Miss F Moryc
Miss E Murphy
Mr J Ovens
Miss R Sterlini
Miss H Wickstead
Miss R White

The department has 13 full time specialist Mathematics teachers, enthusiastic about their roles and eager to embrace any modern developments arising in the subject area. All pupils study Mathematics in Key stages 3 and 4 and there are over 150 pupils studying AS or A level Mathematics in the Sixth Form.

The department follows the WJEC specifications for GCSE and A level. The results in all key stages are very good and significantly above the national average. The Department is situated on the ground floor of the School’s phase 1 building comprising of a suite of 11 teaching rooms, each with an interactive whiteboard. There is also a departmental base room and store cupboard for additional resources.

Grouping Policy: Core subjects

In key stage 3, pupils in Maths are grouped starting from the October assessment in Year 7.  They are grouped according to ability based on recent and prior performance in tests. Pupils will be assessed periodically and classes will be reviewed to ensure pupils are grouped appropriately according to their ability and performance.

In key stage 4, pupils are set in Maths according to prior attainment and Key Stage 3 TA levels.  The cohort is divided into two halves with 6 sets on each half.  Class sizes will be smaller in the lower sets to increase the teacher to pupil ratio.  Pupils will either sit the Higher or Foundation exam in Maths and the decision as to which paper the pupil will be entered for is usually made throughout year 10.  Regular assessment and monitoring of performance may result in pupils moving groups to ensure appropriate levels of support.

Key Stage 3

Here is a snapshot of the topics taught throughout Key Stage 3.

Year 7
Term Higher Foundation
Autumn First Half Number patterns, Function Machines, Geometry, Probability, Scatter graphs, Number Work. Number patterns, Function Machines, Geometry, Probability, Number Work, Scatter graphs.
Second Half Order of Operations, Directed Numbers, Symmetry, Co-ordinates, Algebra, Rounding, Estimation, Investigation. Whole Numbers, Place Value, Negative Numbers, Symmetry, Algebra, Co-ordinates, Investigation, Rounding,
Estimation.
Spring First Half Decimals (+,-,x,÷), Fractions (+,-), Displaying data, Averages, Investigation, Arithmetic. Decimals, Fractions, Displaying data, Averages, Investigation, Arithmetic.
Second Half Problem Solving, Metric Units, Area, Perimeter, Angles/parallel lines, Factors and Indices, Money, long
multiplication and Division.
Metric units, Area, Perimeter, Money, Time, Problems, Number work, Investigation, Long multiplication and Division.
Summer First Half Percentages, Fractions (x,÷), Properties of Shapes. Factors, Indices, Percentages, Shapes.
Second Half Volume, Algebra, Constructing triangles, Investigation, Rounding and Estimation. Volume, Algebra, Constructing Triangles, Investigation, Rounding and Estimation.
Year 8
Autumn First Half Probability, Equations, Area, Number Work. Probability, Expressions, Equations, Number Work.
Second Half Percentages, Area, Investigation. Percentages, Area, Investigation.
Spring First Half Squares, Roots, Polygons, Pythagoras’ Theorem, Averages, Enlargements. Function Machines, Geometry, Averages, Enlargements, Polygons.
Second Half Ratio, Proportion, Graphs (Y=mx+c), Circles. Ratio. Graphs (Y=mx+c), Long Multiplication, Long Division, Substitution.
Summer First Half Volume, Scatter Graphs, Forming Equations. Circles, Volume.
Second Half Corrected Values, Substitution, Travel Graph, Bearings, Trial and Improvement Investigation. Average Speed, Trial and Improvement Travel Graphs, Investigation Constructions, Statistics.

Key Stage 4: GCSE

Here is a snapshot of the topics taught throughout Key Stage 4:

Year 9
Term Higher Foundation
Autumn First Half Fractions, Decimals, Rounding, Volume, Surface Area, Capacity, Density, Pyramids, Prisms, indices, Equations, Inequalities, Factorising. Expressions, Equations, 2D /3D shapes and Nets, Area, Perimeter.
Second Half Substitution, Formulae Probability, Data Averages. Percentages, Circles, Number skills, Indices.
Spring First Half Quadratics, Expanding Brackets, Factorising, Trigonometry, Simultaneous equations, Circles and Cylinders. Probability, Fractions and Decimals, Ratio and proportion.
Second Half Cones, Spheres, Dimensions, Similar Figures, Variation. Geometry, Number Work, Percentage Applications.
Summer First Half Transformations, LOCI, Bearings, Prime factors, LCM, HCF, Square numbers, Problem Solving. Formulae, Number patterns, Sequences, Coordinates, Averages, Range, Volume, Approximations.
Second Half Straight Line Graphs, Inequalities in a Plane, Polygons, Trial and Improvement, Sequences Estimation.
Year 10
Autumn First Half Fractions, Decimals, Rounding, Volume, Surface Area, Capacity, Density, Pyramids, Prisms, indices, Equations, Inequalities, Factorising. Expressions, Equations, 2D /3D shapes and Nets, Area, Perimeter.
Second Half Substitution, Formulae Probability, Data Averages. Percentages, Circles, Number skills, Indices.
Spring First Half Quadratics, Expanding Brackets, Factorising, Trigonometry, Simultaneous equations, Circles and Cylinders. Probability, Fractions and Decimals, Ratio and proportion.
Second Half Cones, Spheres, Dimensions, Similar Figures, Variation. Geometry, Number Work, Percentage Applications.
Summer First Half Transformations, LOCI, Bearings, Prime factors, LCM, HCF, Square numbers, Problem Solving. Formulae, Number patterns, Sequences, Coordinates, Averages, Range, Volume, Approximations.
Second Half Straight Line Graphs, Inequalities in a Plane, Polygons, Trial and Improvement, Sequences. Estimation.
Year 11
Autumn First Half Averages, Dispersion, Data, Frequency Charts, Histograms, Scatter graphs, Percent, Household bills. Pythagoras’ theorem, average speed, travel graphs, Scale drawing, Bearings, Circles, Cylinders, Prime factors
Second Half Circles theorems, Sine rule, Cosine rule, Triangle. Data, Straight lines, Trial and Improve, Units of measure, Time.
Spring First Half Quadratic Formula, Straight line graphs, Inequalities in a plane, Curved graphs. Angles, Polygons, Volume, Density, Scatter graphs.
Second Half Trapezium rule, Area under a curve, algebraic fractions, Vectors, Transformations. Boundaries, Symmetry, Transformations, Inequalities.
Summer First Half Graphs of Sin, Cos and tan, Select mathematical functions, Graphical sketching, Loci. Curved graphs, Loci, Directed numbers, Everyday maths.
Second Half Exam revision. Exam revision.

Key Stage 5: A Level

There are three Mathematics groups in Year 12 and four Mathematics groups in Year 13. There is also a Further Mathematics group in each Year in the sixth form.

Discipline Time Allocated No. of Groups
Mathematics Groups Year 12 Year 13
Pure Maths 3 Lessons 4 4
Mechanics 2 Lessons 0 4
Statistics 2 Lessons 4 0
Further Mathematics Groups
Further Pure Maths 2 Lessons 1 1
Further Mechanics 2 Lessons 1 1 (if demand is met)
Further Statistics 2 Lessons 0 1

Options Available

Combining various choices from these different disciplines leads to the following options:

Option A Level Value
Mathematics & Further Mathematics 2 A Levels
Mathematics & AS Further Maths 1.5 A Levels
Mathematics 1 A Level
AS Mathematics 0.5 A Level

All AS/AL Mathematics students attend the five Mathematics lessons indicated above. For AS level the students sit modules C1, C2 and S1, at the end of Year 12. For A level students the modules C3, C4 and M1 are taken in Year 13 and all six modules contribute to their overall result. The double Mathematicians attend nine lessons a Year and sit twelve out of the thirteen modules available.

Further details of these options are given in the WJEC A Level Specification and in the Mathematics section of the Sixth Form Options booklet.

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