Mathematics

Overview

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. Mathematics is a universal language and essential to understanding the world around us. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology, and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

The Mathematics Department at Kingsdale comprises a large team of subject specialists and ten dedicated mathematics classrooms. Having trialled and evaluated a mastery approach to teaching mathematics, we have decided to adopt a pedagogy based on Professor Barak Rosenshine’s research relating to the characteristics of effective teaching and learning.  We feel this approach is better suited to meet the needs of our talented young students, many of whom who will have been working at greater depth in mathematics from Key Stage 2.

Key Stage 3

Our KS3 curriculum is aligned to the National Curriculum and uses a range of resources, allowing students to explore Mathematics in depth and through a range of contexts. Students are encouraged to tackle problem-solving questions and develop their ability to think deeply about the subject. We believe that it is important from the start to encourage all students to learn to talk about mathematics in everyday life and lessons are planned to allow room for discussion. Homework tasks are designed to offer an opportunity to consolidate learning and strengthen understanding. We use Hegarty Maths as a key vehicle for promoting independent learning at home.

 Key Stage 4

Our KS4 curriculum follows the AQA GCSE specification and builds on what students have learned previously in KS3. The course is designed to develop mathematical reasoning and problem-solving, which lie at the heart of the new GCSE curriculum.  At the end of KS4, students are assessed on three GCSE papers (1 non-calculator paper and two calculator papers). Our students follow a 2-year scheme of work which includes weekly homework tasks (using Hegarty Maths as well as past examination questions to consolidate learning) and they also benefit from regular in-class assessments. We carefully track and monitor the progress students are making towards their target grades, implementing a range of interventions where needed, including after school revision, Saturday School and the National Tutoring Programme. 

GCSE Mathematics Aims and Objectives

 The GCSE Mathematics Programme of Study at Kingsdale Foundation School enables our students to:

  1. develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  2. acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  3. reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  4. comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

Students are made aware that mathematics can be used to develop models of real situations and that these models may be more or less effective depending on how the situation has been simplified and the assumptions that have been made. Students are taught to be able to recall, select and apply mathematical formulae.

In addition to high quality classroom teaching, our students take part in a variety of local and national competitions, including Maths Feast and the UKMT Mathematics Challenges.

Students who are identified as being on track to achieve the highest grades (8/9) are given the opportunity to also study GCSE Further Mathematics alongside GCSE Mathematics. We are proud that our students achieve positive outcomes in mathematics and that so many of them choose to continue to study the subject beyond GCSE.

Key Stage 5

Mathematics is consistently the most popular A-Level subject choice at Kingsdale, with a large proportion of students achieving Grades A/A* every year. We offer our students the opportunity to study both GCE Mathematics (AQA Exam and also GCE Further Mathematics, both courses are linear, with all examinations taking place at the end of Year 13.

A-Level Mathematics provides students with well a grounded foundation in both the skills and techniques that are often utilised in the wider world. Students are required to have a minimum GCSE Grade 7 to be considered for acceptance on to Mathematics and a minimum GCSE Grade 8 to be considered for Further Mathematics.

In order to gain a deeper insight into the courses on offer, please click here  for the A Level Student Handbook which provides greater detail about both Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A Level. 

Many of our students go on to study mathematics and related subjects at the top UK universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.  Students also receive support with their UCAS applications forms and preparing for interviews and admissions tests, including STEP and MAT papers.

Scholarships

Within the Mathematics Department, we are keen to promote enjoyment and excitement in all aspects of Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Mathematics.

Mathematics Scholars have the opportunity to attend additional lessons at lunchtimes or at the end of the school day to broaden their knowledge of mathematics beyond the National Curriculum.  They can also participate in various competitions such as MENSA, Maths Feast and the UKMT Challenges and Olympiads.   Through our partnership with Imperial College, students regularly attend Masterclasses to solve mathematical problems in different contexts, working alongside professors and undergraduates.  Scholars have also travelled to a variety of international destinations to explore mathematics in different cultures, allowing them to further enrich their knowledge and applications in the wider world. Mathematics Scholarships are available for new entrants to Year 7 who have already been offered a place at the school. To find our more information about our Mathematics Scholarship Programme, please click here for our information leaflet.

Homework

Hegarty Maths is our homework platform for Years 7- 11. Hegarty Maths is the premier online maths-learning platform in the United Kingdom. We are very proud that Kingsdale Foundation School has been recognised as a Hegarty Maths Super School after just one year of subscription. 

Follow the link below to complete your homework exercises and to get practising!

Log in here                       www.hegartymaths.com

Students in Years 7 and 8 are expected to complete one pieces of homework each week using Hegarty Maths.  Each Hegarty Maths task requires students to watch a video tutorial, make notes and complete an online quiz.  Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 are expected to complete two Hegarty Maths Tasks each week for homework and may also be set paper-based activities such as past examination questions and papers to prepare them for success at GCSE.

Equipment Needed

All students are required to be fully equipped for all their lessons with the following resources (also available from the school shop):

  • · A geometry set
  • · 30cm ruler
  • · 2 pencils
  • · 2 pens (black/blue ink)
  • · A scientific calculator.

All this equipment should be put in a clear plastic case wallet during exams.

Kiosk Pro

For further information about the Kiosk Pro App, please click here.

 

 
Maths World Visit

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