Mathematics

Key Stage 4

The mathematics department at St Thomas More aims to promote the appreciation and enjoyment of mathematics for all students. Staff are enthusiastic about their subject and aim to show, where possible, the applications of mathematics in everyday life.

The staff in the mathematics department support all students regardless of their ability in the subject. We recognise that to some, mathematics does not come easily, and additional support is available for those who find the subject difficult. Throughout the five years at St Thomas More, students study a wide variety of mathematical topics ranging from Number to Statistics and learn how the different topics in mathematics link to each other.

Key Stage 4

The GCSE course starts in Year 9 and students will follow the Edexcel GCSE mathematics course which consists of two tiers. The Foundation tier offers grades 1-5 and the Higher tier grades 4-9.  It is possible to obtain a grade 3 on the Higher tier but this is only given in exceptional circumstances.

A grade 4 is referred to as a “standard pass” where students are not required to continue studying Maths post 16. The government has referred to a Grade 5 as a “Strong Pass” which will open more doors to students in the future.

The syllabus follows five branches of mathematics which are given in the table below with their weightings.

Foundation tierHigher tier
Number25%15%
Algebra20%30%
Ratio, proportion and rates of change25%20%
Geometry and measures15%20%
Probability15%15%

In Foundation students cover the following content through years 9-10:

Integers and place value
Decimals
Indices, powers and roots
Factors, multiples and primes
Algebra: the basics
Expressions and substitution into formulae
Tables, charts and graphs
Pie charts
Scatter graphs
Fractions, decimals and percentages
Percentages
Equations and inequalities
Sequences
Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts
Interior and exterior angles of polygons
Statistics, sampling and the averages
Perimeter, area and volume
Real-life graphs
Straight-line graphs
Transformations
Ratio
Proportion
Right-angled triangles: Pythagoras and trigonometry
Probability
Multiplicative reasoning
Plans and elevations
Constructions, loci and bearings
Quadratic equations: expanding and factorising
Quadratic equations: graphs
Circles, cylinders, cones and spheres
Fractions and reciprocals
Indices and standard form
Similarity and congruence in 2D
Vectors
Rearranging equations, graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions and simultaneous equations

In Higher students cover the following content in years 9-10: 

Calculations, checking and rounding
Indices, roots, reciprocals and hierarchy of operations
Factors, multiples, primes, standard form and surds
Algebra: the basics, setting up, rearranging and solving equations
Sequences
Averages and range
Representing and interpreting data and scatter graphs
Fractions and percentages
Ratio and proportion
Polygons, angles and parallel lines
Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry
Graphs: the basics and real-life graphs
Linear graphs and coordinate geometry
Quadratic, cubic and other graphs
Perimeter, area and circles
3D forms and volume, cylinders, cones and spheres
Accuracy and bounds
Transformations
Constructions, loci and bearings
Solving quadratic and simultaneous equations
Inequalities
Probability
Multiplicative reasoning
Similarity and congruence in 2D and 3D
Graphs of trigonometric functions
Further trigonometry
Collecting data
Cumulative frequency, box plots and histograms
Quadratics, expanding more than two brackets, sketching graphs, graphs of circles, cubes and quadratics
Circle theorems
Circle geometry
Changing the subject of formulae (more complex), algebraic fractions, solving equations arising from algebraic fractions, rationalising surds, proof
Vectors and geometric proof
Reciprocal and exponential graphs; Gradient and area under graphs
Direct and inverse proportion

Year 11

Teachers complete a Question Level Analysis grid and teach by diagnosing topics that have caused problems in the mock exam. This tailors teaching to the needs of the students and ensures students are learning content appropriate to their ability.

Independent Study

Students receive one hour of independent study each week, with homework being mixed and focusing on a range of topics that students have covered in the academic year. Support is always on hand if students are struggling. Students are encouraged to use Hegarty Maths to revise concepts and complete quizzes to test their understanding.

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