Mathematics - Subject Guide
Mathematics at Trinity has a strong tradition of being a popular, enjoyable and highly regarded subject. Our students make excellent progress in Maths and achieve very highly at both GCSE and A level.
Key Stage 3
In Year 7, 8 and 9, students build on the strong foundations they have laid at Primary school. All students follow the same scheme of work, which closely follows the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3. Students are taught in a “Mastery” style, which aims to deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts. Our approach focuses on building up students’ mathematical fluency, developing their reasoning skills and fostering a greater ability for problem solving. Lessons incorporate many different activities, including an emphasis on the use of diagrams, discussion and explanation work, mini whiteboards and written work.
Teaching groups are set according to ability with special provision made for stretching our higher attaining students as well as supporting our lower attaining students. High standards of effort, work, presentation and behaviour are expected throughout all lessons. Homework is compulsory and is set every week online via the MyMaths website (www.mymaths.co.uk).
At KS3, students receive 3 hours of Maths lessons every week.
Parents are asked to provide their children with the following equipment for every lesson: pen, pencil, ruler, protractor, compasses and a scientific calculator. The school recommends the CASIO FX83GT Plus. These calculators are widely available and can also be purchased at school.
Key Stage 4
Mathematics GCSE is taken by all students. We follow the AQA syllabus.
Students will be entered for either the Higher tier (Grades 4-9) or the Foundation tier (Grades 1 – 5), based on previous attainment and will be taught and prepared for that tier. Students will sit three exam papers at the end of Year 11, one non-calculator and two calculator papers. Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes and they are equally weighted. There is no controlled assessment. Students receive 7 lessons per fortnight, and homework is set weekly either on mymaths or as a written homework.
Key Stage 5
A level Mathematics is a very highly regarded subject. It is a popular choice with students and develops logical reasoning, problem solving and critical thinking skills. The course provides an excellent balance of mathematical topics across the areas of Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics. Mathematics also combines very well with other subjects. It is a challenging subject, but a great deal of support is available from a team of very experienced teachers and results are excellent. This course is suitable for anyone having studied a Higher level GCSE, and achieved a grade 6 or above.
Pure Maths: includes work on the topics of proof, algebra and functions, co-ordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration and numerical methods.
Mechanics: covers topics including vectors, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws and moments and has some overlap with Physics.
Statistics: includes statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions and hypothesis testing.
Students will sit 3 exams at the end of Year 13:
- Pure Maths 1
- Pure Maths 2
- Statistics and Mechanics.
Each exam is 2 hours and they are equally weighted. There is no controlled assessment or coursework.
Students must have a Casio FX 911EX Classwiz calculator to enable them to access the course.
A-Level Further Mathematics
This course is studied in addition to A level Mathematics for students who have a real love for the subject, and who have achieved a grade 8 or 9 at GCSE. It is increasingly being seen as a useful addition for students who are keen to study Mathematics or Engineering at University, as well as other Mathematics related subjects. The course is similar to the A level in Mathematics, with exams in the areas of Pure Mathematics (Core), Mechanics, and Statistics.
Further Core Maths: includes the topics of proof, complex numbers, matrices, further algebra and functions, further calculus, further vectors, polar co-ordinates, hyperbolic functions, differential equations, trigonometry and co-ordinate geometry.
Further Mechanics: includes work on momentum and collisions, work, energy and power, circular motion and centres of mass and moments.
Further Statistics: includes the topics of discrete random variables, expectation, Poisson distribution, continuous random variables, chi tests and the exponential distribution.
Students will sit 4 exams at the end of Year 13:
- Core Pure Mathematics 1
- Core Pure Mathematics 2
- Further Statistics 1
- Further Mechanics 1
Each exam is 1 hour 30 minutes and they are equally weighted with no coursework.
AS-Level Further Mathematics
This course is offered as an additional subject for appropriately able and motivated students in Year 13.
Students will sit 2 exams at the end of Year 13:
- Core Pure Mathematics
- Further Statistics 1 and Further Mechanics 1
Both exams are 1 hour 40 minutes and are equally weighted with no coursework.
We follow the Edexcel/Pearson syllabus:
We are based on the Beechdale site with a suite of 7 classrooms plus 2 A-Level teaching rooms in the Sixth Form block. We also have 1 classroom on the Kingsbury site. Each classroom is equipped with a clevertouch interactive screen, and 3 of the classrooms have approximately 15 additional PCs for students to work on where appropriate. We also have a set of 30 iPads in the department for use within lessons. The Maths department also runs a daily drop-in help session at lunchtime, staffed by the whole team, which students can attend for any extra help and support with their classwork or homework. This is used extensively by students from all key stages. We have a colourful and vibrant departmental area with many displays.
We take part in the UKMT Maths Challenge competitions every year, both the individual competitions and the team events. We always achieve many gold, silver and bronze certificates at the Junior, Intermediate and Senior challenges and this year our junior team qualified for the National final held in London. A fantastic achievement!