Head Of Department:

Mr E Watson – e.watson@hanhamwoods.academy

Department Teaching Staff :
Miss Victoria Williams (2nd Maths)
Mr Jamie Butler
Mrs Jingwen Ma
Mr Chris Townsend
Mr Connor Early-Pickersgill
Mr Jonathan Swaffin-Smith
Ms Sylvia Campbell

At Hanham Woods Academy, the maths department are striving for every pupil
to pass their GCSE and with the highest grade possible.

Mathematics is hugely important in society and with a firm grasp and
understanding of the subject, many doors are open to you.

The subject equips pupils with the ability to reason logically, analyse and
to solve problems. These skills are all essential within the workplace and
in society. Mathematics is an international language and one that is
fundamental to understand the world in which we live in.

Teaching arrangements
All year groups receive 5 x 50 minute lessons each week.

Mathematics is like a tower of Jenga. The bottom layers correspond to Key
Stage 3 (KS3/Years 7-9) and are the most fundamental building blocks.
Without solid foundations, it becomes impossible to add any new learning on
without the tower all falling down.

The Mathematics GCSE course builds extensively on the foundations that are
built in the first three years at Hanham Woods Academy and it is therefore
essential to use KS3 productively.

Calculators

Each pupil must own their own calculator. It is an essential part of
maths lessons at Hanham Woods Academy and will be needed for exams and for
homework.
We strongly recommend the Casio FX-83 GT Plus as it offers the
best functionality, performance and value for money. It can be purchased
at the link below but is also available in most shops and elsewhere
online.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Casio-FX-83GTPLUS-S-UH-FX-83GTPLUS-Scientific-Calculator/dp/B001O3IF9U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1525528887&sr=8-1&keywords=casio+fx83gt+plus

Some topics covered
Year 7

– Probability
– Algebraic sequences
– BIDMAS
– Equations of graphs
– Ratio and proportion

Year 8

– Using prime factors
– Calculations with percentages
– Algebraic equations and formulae
– Circles
– Standard form

Year 9

– Transformations using vectors
– Constructions and loci
– Bearings
– Angle facts
– Real life graphs

 

Each pupil must own their own calculator. It is an essential part of maths
lessons at Hanham Woods Academy and will be needed for exams and for
homework.

We strongly recommend the Casio FX-83 GT Plus as it offers the best
functionality, performance and value for money. It can be purchased at the
link below but is also available in most shops and elsewhere online.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Casio-FX-83GTPLUS-S-UH-FX-83GTPLUS-Scientific-Calculator/dp/B001O3IF9U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1525528887&sr=8-1&keywords=casio+fx83gt+plus

Some topics covered
Year 10

– Surds
– Trigonometry
– Quadratic equations and their graphs
– Indices

Year 11

– Sine and Cosine rules
– Gradients and rates of change
– Circle theorems
– Algebraic fractions
– Vectors

Exam Specification:
AQA GCSE Maths
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/gcse/mathematics-8300

Assessment information:
Assessment for this course comprises of 3 x 1.5 hour papers (1
Non-Calculator, 2 Calculator) to be taken in Summer of Year 11.

Pupils in the top set may also take an Additional Maths qualification in
Year 11.

HegartyMaths

The school are delighted that students have access to HegartyMaths. This online platform has broken GCSE maths down into individual skills, with each skill having an individual video and a quiz.

It is an excellent revision tool and can significantly boost exam results if used well.
Here is a copy of the Higher and Foundation Tier Exam Checklists.
HegartyMaths_GCSE_Revision_Foundation

HegartyMaths_GCSE_Revision_Higher

Having a good GCSE maths grade opens many doors for future opportunities,
regardless of whether you wish to take mathematics further.

 

University courses that Mathematics is often required for:

Accountancy/Banking

Finance/Insurance

Aeronautical Engineering

Biochemistry

Biomedical Sciences

Chemical Engineering

Chemistry

Computing

Dentistry

Economics

Electrical Engineering

Engineering

Environmental Studies

Geology/Earth Sciences

Materials Sciences

Mathematics

Mechanical Engineering

Medicine

Optometry

Pharmacy

Physics

Psychology

Sports Science/Physical Education

Teacher Training

Veterinary Science

Please note that this is solely a guide and you must always check the
requirements for the university of your choice when applying. Mathematics
is often highly regarded in University applications as a ‘facilitating
subject.’

Mathematics students are often widely acknowledge for analytical,
statistical and problem solving skills.

Careers that maths may lead on to:

Actuarial Analyst

Actuary

Chartered accountant

Data Analyst

Data Scientist

Investment Analyst

Research Scientist

Teacher

Engineer (Chemical, Civil, Mechanical)

Games Developer

Web designer

Auditor

Retail Banker

Fund manager
IT consultant

Associated Clubs/Societies/Trips
– UKMT Junior Maths Challenge
– Times Tables Rockstars (TTRS) Rock Wrangles
– TTRS Club
– Parallel Project