Mathematics is creative as well as functional. The aim of the Department is to teach key life skills in a meaningful context whilst providing opportunities for the students to use their skills creatively through problem solving and investigation, developing higher order thinking skills where possible.
Teachers help students to identify the relationships between different aspects of mathematics to help stimulate curiosity and interest, and as a consequence they are encouraged to work to their full potential, to experience a sense of achievement, and build confidence in acquiring strong literacy and problem solving skills that will serve them well in their chosen field of further study or career.
On entry to St Augustine’s all Year 9 students are placed in sets according to their prior attainment and ability; KS2 results and information from their previous school are used to do this. The teaching groups are regularly monitored and reviewed to allow for easy movement between them when necessary. An emphasis is also placed on mental Mathematics and lessons often begin with activities which re-enforce this. Problem solving and investigations are an integral part of the new GCSE curriculum, and this is recognised from the outset
Students who need extra help are given additional support, including intervention groups, and those with established skills are stretched using extension resources.
All students will follow a seven term GCSE programme, which allows plenty of time in Year 11 for consolidation and practice.
The new 9-1 GCSE Syllabus is taught at St Augustine’s, and we use the Edexcel 1MA1 specification.
This course is Linear and is assessed by three examinations.
Each student is permitted to take assessments in either the Foundation tier or Higher tier.
The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier. Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for the other two papers. Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long, and each has 80 marks. The content outlined for each tier will be assessed across all three papers.
Each paper has a range of question types; some questions will be set in both mathematical and non-mathematical contexts.
We offer Level 1 Proficiency in Number and Measure as a stepping stone qualification for students who find GCSE Mathematics challenging. We also offer a Level 3 Algebra qualification to enhance GCSE skills and to help transition between GCSE and A Level.
The entry requirement for A-Level Mathematics is a minimum of a grade 7 at GCSE. Students wishing to take the Further Mathematics A-Level or Further Mathematics AS Level should have achieved a minimum of a grade 8 at GCSE.
A-Level Mathematics is a 2 year linear course. We follow the Edexcel Specification 9MA0. At the end of Year 12 students need to have achieved at least a grade D in an internal examination in order to proceed to the second year of the course. The final examination consists of three papers each lasting two hours. Paper 1 and 2 are Pure Mathematics and Paper 3 is Statistics and Mechanics.
Students with a particular strength or passion for Mathematics can opt to take Further Mathematics AS or A-Level alongside the normal A-Level in Mathematics. We follow the Edexcel Specification 8FM0 for AS-Level Further Mathematics and 9FM0 for A-Level Mathematics. Further Mathematics is an ideal choice for students who are considering studying Mathematics, Science or Engineering at University.