Mathematics at New-Bridge Integrated College

” The highest form of pure thought is in mathematics” – Plato

 

Staff

Mrs M. Tennyson                :                 Head of Department

Miss J Baird

Mrs C Cuffey

Mrs P. Hasson

Mrs L. McKinstry

Mrs B. Mone

 

Aims

We, as a department, fully support the aims of the school and strive to create a suitable environment for all members of the school community to fully realise their potential regardless of ability, creed, culture, class or gender.

 

In our department we aim to encourage all our pupils to develop:

 

  • a  positive attitude to mathematics, including self-confidence, enjoyment and perseverance;
  • consolidate basic skills and meet appropriately challenging work;
  • an ability to apply mathematical knowledge and understanding to solve problems;
  • an ability to think and communicate mathematically – precisely, logically and creatively;
  • a willingness and ability to work both independently and within a group;
  • an appreciation of  the place and use of Mathematics in society;
  • the skills needed  to apply a range of mathematical concepts to situations which may arise both inside school and the world beyond;
  • a firm foundation for further study of mathematics, or other subjects requiring a mathematical foundation.

 

 

Organisation of Teaching Groups

Various methods of classroom organisation are in use.  Pupils may be grouped according to ability, hence enabling an appropriate level of support, or paired with a more able peer thus enabling peer-peer tutoring. The Mathematics department also avails of classroom assistance from the Learning Support staff across all year groups from Years 8 – 12.  The organisation of classes is subject to constant review according to pupil performance and the class dynamics.  Great care is taken to ensure the self-esteem of all pupils remains high.

 

Key Stage 3

Years 8 & 9

In Years 8 & 9 classes are timetabled together allowing pupils requiring support (for any reason) to be placed together.

Year 10

Year 10 pupils are fully set enabling all mathematics classes to be timetabled together.  The organization of the classes is dependent on the ability of the year group.

 

Key Stage 4

There are 6 sets in Year 11. One set will be completing GCSE Mathematics (CCEA modular course) at the end of Year 11 and GCSE Additional / Further Mathematics (CCEA) at the end of Year 12. The remaining sets are following GCSE Mathematics (CCEA modular course) at higher tier or foundation tier.  These sets will complete their first GCSE CCEA modular examination in June of Year 11 which is 45% of their overall grade and in Year 12 their completion paper which is 55% of their overall GCSE Mathematics grade.

 

Assessment for GCSE Additional/Further Mathematics class will be at the end of each academic year.  This involves a GCSE CCEA modular examinations at the end of Year 11 and a GCSE Additional/Further Mathematics modular examinations at the end of year 12.

 

Key Stage 5

The Mathematics department delivers Mathematics at both AS and A2 Levels. Each course is made up of 3 modules as outlined below:

AS

Module 1 – Core Module 1
This module covers half of the core Pure Mathematics material for the AS Exam, covering topics as; Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Differentiation, and functions.

Module 2 – Core Module 2
This module covers the remaining half of the core Pure Mathematics material for the AS Exam., covering topics such as; Logs, Sequence & Series, Trigonometry, Integration and Circle Geometry.

Module 3 – Mechanics Module 1
Modeling and the application of Mathematics will be assessed in this module, covering topics such as; Kinematics, Force &acceleration, Momentum & Impulse and Moments. Knowledge of C1 and C2 will be assumed.

A2

Module 4 – Core Module 3
This module covers half of the core Pure Mathematics material for the A2 Exam, covering topics such as; Algebra, Binomial Theorem, Trigonometry, Functions, Differentiation and Integration. Knowledge of C1 and C2 will be assumed.

Module 5 – Core Module 4
This module covers the remaining half of the core Pure Mathematics material for the A2 Exam, covering Trigonometry, Parametric Differentiation, Integration, Vectors and Functions.  Knowledge of C1, C2 and C3 will be assumed.

Module 6 – Statistics Module 1
Modelling and the application of Mathematics will be assessed in this module, covering Statistical Measures, Probability, Discrete & Continuous Density Functions, and the Normal Distribution. Candidates are encouraged to use a graphics calculator.

 

Assessment of Mathematics at AS and A2 levels is by modular examination to be completed at the end of Year 13 and Year 14.