Faculty name:  Mathematics     

Explanation of what the faculty covers

 The Mathematics Faculty are a team of very experienced and enthusiastic Maths teachers. Our curriculum is accessible to all learners in a way that stretches them to their full potential and gives them the opportunity to enjoy maths. We endeavour to ensure that students acquire the basic skills and knowledge needed for everyday life, developing a variety of techniques to use Maths as a tool. Students learn at a level suitable to their needs allowing them to develop confidence in their mathematical ability.

Students learn Maths through a variety of approaches including exposition, investigation, discussion, practical work and consolidation. We give opportunities for learning independently, learning collaboratively within pairs or groups and for discussing Maths with each other. Students are encouraged to develop their ability to think logically and coherently through the experience of mathematical investigation and problem solving. We encourage good working habits including working systematically, checking that results are sensible and the correction of errors.

All students at Kirkby College study Maths for 5 years. At the end of Year 11 students sit GCSE Mathematics at either Foundation or Higher level with Edexcel. Students are assessed throughout the course by their teachers. There is no coursework and external exams are at the end of Year 11.

 What we do at Key Stage 3

 Students are taught in mixed ability classes in Year 7. The Year 7 classes are then set when they move into Year 8. Students are assessed on an ongoing basis throughout the year to make sure that they are making the expected progress. If it is felt that a student would make more progress in a different set then they would change class.

We follow the Mastery without Levels principle focussing on a Working, Foundation, Developing, Secure and Excellent curriculum.

 What we do at Key Stage 4

 From Year 9 students who study for GCSE Mathematics will be expected to:

• develop confidence and competence with the defined mathematical content

• develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods

• acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems

• reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions

• comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context

• recall, select and apply mathematical formulae.

In Mathematics, students will follow individual pathways covering the Edexcel specification to make the best possible progress and to achieve their target grades at Year 11. Your Maths grade will be given on the new scale of 1 to 9, rather than the old letter scale. The course will provide a broad and challenging curriculum around number; algebra; ratio; proportion and rates of change; geometry and measures; statistics; probability.

There will be three written papers, each contributing 33 % of the marks towards the final grade.

Paper 1 Non-calculator 1 hour and 30 minutes 33.3% weighting

Paper 2 Calculator 1 hour and 30 minutes 33.3% weighting

Paper 3 Calculator 1 hour and 30minutes 33.3% weighting

There are two tiers of entry:

Foundation (grades 1-5) or Higher (grades 4-9)

What we do at Key Stage 5

Mathematics is, inherently, a sequential subject; at KS5 there is a progression of material through all levels at which the subject is studied. Key stage 5 therefore builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in GCSE Mathematics.

With this in mind, we offer the following courses:

Achieved a grade 6/7 or above a student can study AS or A level Mathematics

AS and A level Mathematicis a prerequisite for some undergraduate degree courses at University such as Medicine and Economics.

Achieved a grade 4 or above (in 2017 and 2018) or a grade 5 or above (in 2019 and beyond) a student can study a Level 3 Core Mathematics course.

Core Mathematics can help you prepare you for some undergraduate courses at University such as Geography and Psychology.

A good pass in GCSE Maths is essential for progression to many level 3 academic (e.g. A levels in Sciences and Geography) and vocational courses (e.g. BTEC Engineering) as well as areas of employment such as teaching, fashion and childcare.

Achieved a grade 3 (in summer 2017 and 2018) or a grade 4 or (in 2019 and beyond) a student can retake GCSE Maths – this can be done as soon as November or the following summer.

Achieved a grade 1 or 2 a student can work towards achieving a higher grade in GCSE Maths – by taking other qualifications such as Functional Skills and Edexcel Awards.







The school is open from 4th January 2021 for vulnerable and key worker students only.