KEY STAGE 3 – MATHEMATICS
Liaison with middle schools ensures a smooth transition into high school. Several visits are made to middle schools by our Mathematics teachers to support students, and to make sure students feel comfortable and quickly settled upon arrival at Trinity.
Students are set according to results from a town-wide Mathematics Test in Year 8, as well as teacher recommendations. There is additional support for selected students to improve their understanding through Numeracy Booster sessions, and a wide range of resources are available to complement the learning of all students.
KEY STAGE 4 – MATHEMATICS
The Mathematics Faculty use Edexcel as their exam board. The exam consists of three papers, two with a calculator, and one without. There are two tiers of examination – Higher or Foundation – with approximately half of the year group sitting the Higher paper and the other half sitting the Foundation paper. The Higher paper can award grades 9 to 4, and the Foundation paper can award grades 5 to 1.
Students are tested on a wide range of topics from Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change, Geometry and Measure, and Statistics and Probability. Some questions test individual skills, whilst other questions test a students’ ability to apply several areas of Mathematics to a larger problem.
Useful Subject & Revision Websites
The most useful websites to use for revision or for looking ahead are www.mathsgenie.co.uk, www.justmaths.co.uk, MyMaths and BBC Bitesize. Students are given any necessary passwords for useful websites on arrival to the school.
This year 66% of students achieved 9-4 in mathematics which was an increase on the previous year. At the very top level, 9% of students achieved a 7-9 grade which includes 4 students who achieved the very top grade of a 9.
KEY STAGE 5 – MATHEMATICS
At Key Stage 5 students are entered into examinations with Edexcel.
Maths is a Russell Group Facilitating subject. The Entry Requirement for Maths is a minimum of a grade 7 at GCSE.
The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities. A-Level Subjects that are viewed as facilitating subjects are: Maths and Further Maths; Physics; Biology; Chemistry; History; Geography; Modern languages and English Literature. To study these subjects at A-Level at Trinity High School and Sixth Form Centre, a minimum of a grade 7 is required in that subject at GCSE.
Post 16 students study Mathematics for two years to achieve an A-Level. Both years involve the study of Pure Mathematics for six lessons per fortnight and Statistics and Mechanics for three lessons per fortnight. The course is assessed at the end of Year 13 with internal assessments throughout in order to monitor the progress of the students.
Useful Subject & Revision Websites
There are many revision books that can be bought to supplement the course. The website www.examsolutions.com supports students with understanding and examination skills with interactive tutorials and full solutions to most past examination papers.
Over the last two years we have maintained a high percentage of students gaining A* to E grades at both AS and A2. This year 100% of our Year 13 students achieved A to E grades with two students achieving an A*.
Contribution to SMSC
SMSC is an important part of Mathematics lessons. Tessellations and Symmetry are found in many religions and cultures and are used and recognised when teaching these topics. Questionnaires and surveys can collect information of opinions on current moral issues, whilst data is seen to provide both arguments for and against social issues depending on how it is used and interpreted. Use of exchange rates allows students to think culturally and socially. There are many other examples of SMSC throughout mathematics on a daily basis.
Contribution to Wider Curriculum
The Mathematics Faculty is keen to promote the importance of strong numeracy skills. Students in Year 10 and 11 are selected to become Numeracy Leaders. The role of those students is to support their peers with numeracy in the wider curriculum and to ensure that all students are shown methods of calculation consistently across all subjects. A school wide Numeracy Policy is also in place.
Additional Opportunities to Study Maths
For students who would like to carry on studying Mathematics but who do not wish to study A-Level Mathematics, there is the option of studying Core Maths which is the equivalent of an AS Level and whose content focuses on real-life Mathematics. In order to be accepted on this course, students need to achieve a 6 grade at GCSE.