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Mathematics

Course description 

Mathematics in the National Curriculum is the basis of all Mathematics taught at Attleborough Academy Norfolk. Students will follow the National Curriculum at a level and grade appropriate to their ability.

Upon entry to Attleborough Academy Norfolk, students are placed into setted groups so that each student is working to his/her ability level. The setting is arranged using Key Stage 2 results and primary school recommendations with flexibility at AHS in the first term.

Students will use the school computers and a variety of learning resources to provide them with an enriching curriculum.

We hope students will enjoy their Mathematics but we will expect them to work hard and to do regular homework to complement work done in the classroom.

Students will eventually be entered for GCSE examinations at an appropriate level in Year 11 with opportunities for studying further courses to complement and enrich their Mathematics.  Further Mathematics is offered at GCSE level as well as A Level.

Key Stage 3 

We follow the framework for the National Strategy.  The yearly teaching programmes for Years 7 to 11 are organised in six strands linked to the National Curriculum programme of study for Mathematics in Key Stage 3. The six strands and the topics that they cover are:

Using and applying Mathematics to solve problems

  • Problem solving and applications in a variety of contexts to develop reasoning, thinking and communication skills

Numbers and the number system

  • Place value, ordering and rounding
  • Integers, powers and roots
  • Fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion

Calculation

  • Number operation and the relationships between them
  • Mental methods and rapid recall of number facts
  • Written methods
  • Calculator methods
  • Checking results

Algebra

  • Equations, formulae and identities
  • Sequences, functions and graphs

Shape, spaces and measures

  • Geometric reasoning: lines, angles and shapes
  • Transformations
  • Coordinates
  • Construction and loci
  • Measures and mensuration

Handling data

  • Specifying a problem, planning and collecting data
  • Processing and representing data
  • Interpreting and discussing results
  • Probability

Homework 

Homework will be set weekly and will involve extra practice on work studied in class, coursework tasks and examination style questions.

Books, Equipment, Materials and Resources Recommended/Needed 

Students need a good set of stationery in common with most other subjects. All students are expected to have their own calculators for use at home and in class. A scientific calculator is essential for GCSE students and Higher Level Year 9 work. Geometric instruments are also needed for parts of the course such as a compass and protractor. Calculators and geometry sets are available to purchase from the School Library and are compulsory for all students.

Opportunities For Study Beyond Key Stage 4 

AS Level and A Level Mathematics are offered at Attleborough Academy Norfolk Sixth Form. This involves the study of Pure Maths together with modules in Mechanics  and Decision Maths.

A Level Further Mathmatics is also offered.

Career Opportunities Supported By This Subject 

There are a vast number of career opportunities requiring Mathematics qualifications. It should be noted that GCSE Mathematics grade C is required for all University courses. Career opportunities ranging from engineering to accountancy, from computing to financial or retail management, from statistical analysis to architecture are all supported by qualifications in Mathematics.

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