# Mathematics

**Department Aims**

**At St Albans, regardless of the topic being covered, it is the aim of those teaching Mathematics to provide opportunities for all students to:**

• Use and apply mathematics in practical tasks, in real-life problems and within mathematics itself

• Work on problems that pose a challenge

• Encounter and consider different lines of mathematical argument

• Succeed

• Enjoy mathematics

**The Mathematics Department seeks to ensure that each child learns effectively through a number of strategies and teaching styles such as:**

• Open ended tasks

• Problem solving

• Investigative tasks

• Class discussion

• Individual and Group work

• Practical work

• Book and worksheets

• Show me boards

• Graphic Calculators

We have taken out a subscription to the website www.mymaths.co.uk. This is a good source of material for use within the lessons but can also be accessed at home by parents and students.

**Years 7 - 11**

In Years 7 - 11 the students are taught in sets, but it is our policy to allow students to move sets when appropriate.

Classes will broadly study the modules in this sequence, although there will be variation according to the needs of individual classes, such as Revision in Year 11:

Autumn Term |

Graphs and Sequencing |

Number |

Proportion |

Angles |

Equations then Formulae |

Construction |

Spring Term |

Calculations |

Mensuration |

Proportion |

Probability |

Sequences then Graphs |

Summer Term Term |

Transformations |

Data |

Proportion |

Equations then Formulae |

Angles |

Number |

**A Level Mathematics**

A Level Mathematics students will study towards the Edexcel (Pearson) specification.

A Level Further Mathematics will study towards the AQA specification.

An outline of the two courses are as follows:

**Mathematics**

Mathematical argument, language and proof

Mathematical problem solving

Mathematical modelling

Proof

Algebra and functions

Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane

Sequences and series

Trigonometry

Exponentials and logarithms

Differentiation

Integration

Numerical methods

Vectors

Statistical sampling

Data presentation and interpretation

Probability

Statistical distributions

Statistical hypothesis testing

Quantities and units in mechanics

Kinematics

Forces and Newton's laws

Moments

This will be assessed by three two-hour examinations at the end of the two-year course.

**Further Mathematics**

Proof

Complex numbers

Matrices

Further Algebra and Functions

Further Calculus

Further Vectors

Polar coordinates

Hyperbolic functions

Differential equations

Trigonometry

Numerical Methods

Discrete Mathematics

Further Mechanics

This will be assessed by three two-hour examinations at the end of the two-year course.

We offer the one-year level-3 course in Mathematical Studies (sometimes called Core Mathematics). This course is focussed on problem solving and the application of mathematics. This is ideal for students who are studying A-levels in subjects such as geography, psychology, sociology and history which now have increased mathematical content.