Mathematics

All students at South Craven are encouraged to reach their potential whilst meeting a wide variety of mathematical concepts.

Upon entry students are baseline tested; these scores alongside their Key Stage 2 results are used to initially place students in sets. Teaching and learning styles vary according to the topic being taught, and all students are actively encouraged to engage and participate fully in lessons. In Key Stage 3 students are taught concepts in depth and skills are interleaved into other topic areas to promote mastery and understanding so that they are GCSE ready. In Key Stage 4 the students are exposed to new topics such as Quadratics and Trigonometry - they are tested formally at various stages of the year in order to monitor progress.

Students are guided to take responsibility for their learning by identifying their own strengths and weaknesses so that revision can be focussed where necessary – a skill vital for higher learning and beyond.

What will I study?

Year 7

  • Number work and calculations
  • 2D shapes 
  • Algebra

Year 8

  • Proportion, proportional change and ratio
  • 3D shapes and measures
  • Algebraic manipulation and solving skills
  • Representing, summarising and comparing data
  • Experimental and theoretical probability

Year 9

We embed skills learnt in Years 7 and 8 by interleaving and applying them to relevant other topics within the Edexcel GCSE syllabus.

  • Developing perimeter, area, and volume skills with algebraic lengths and terms
  • Exploring further algebraic manipulation 
  • Developing rules of fractions with probability trees
  • Improving ratio and percentage skills
  • Pythagoras, surds, quadratics and compound measures 

Year 10

  • Using trigonometry in 2D and 3D to solve problems and investigate exact angles
  • Quadratics and investigate quadratic sequences and quadratic inequalities
  • Linear graphs
  • Explore constructions, transformations and loci

Year 11

Students will be introduced to:

  • Trigonometry in non-right angled triangles
  • Circle theorems
  • Vectors
  • Graph transformations

Students will also start exploring content of the new curriculum such as:

  • Solving problems involving exponential growth and decay
  • Find and interpret gradients of non-linear graphs
  • Find and interpret areas under graphs
  • Know and use the equation of the circle
  • Know and use function notation, including inverse functions
  • Find numerical solutions using iteration

How will I be assessed?

  • GCSE Exam Board: Edexcel
  • All students complete three papers in the Summer of Year 11
  • Paper 1: Non-Calculator
  • Papers 2 & 3: Calculator
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Throughout Years 9, 10 and 11 students will complete past paper mock assessments to enable teachers to monitor progress, address weaknesses, and determine a tier of entry: Higher or Foundation, best suited to each individual student

What else can I get involved in?

Statistics Qualification

  • A separate GCSE in Statistics may be offered as an option in Year 11

Further Maths Certificate

  • A separate certificate in Further Maths may be offered to students in Year 11

Chess Club

  • Wednesday lunchtimes
  • B6

UKMT Maths Challenge

  • We host quizzes and competitions throughout each year group

What career could I have with a qualification in Maths?

What can I study with a Maths qualification?

Courses you could study at university include:
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Maths
  • Mechnical Engineering
  • Physics

What career could I have with a Maths qualification?

Careers which require a Maths qualification include:
  • Acoustic Consultant
  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Actuary
  • Astronomer
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Chartered Certified Accountant
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Investment Analyst
  • Research Scientist
  • Software Engineer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Statistician