Head of Maths Mrs Gruber


At LSGS, we believe that our pupils can achieve a high level of success in Mathematics, whilst developing the arithmetical and problem solving skills needed for their everyday lives. Pupils are expected to achieve their full potential and encouraged to enjoy the subject and the mental exercise it provides.

From Year 7, students are placed in ability groups based upon Key Stage 2 results and information provided by the primary school. Each term all our students are tested to assess their progress, which is constantly monitored and group changes may be made throughout the school year where it is deemed appropriate for the student. Pupils with special needs are catered for by differentiated work in lessons and by the provision of specialist support staff.

AIMS

* To teach pupils the necessary mathematical skills to cope with everyday life.

* To teach pupils that mathematics provides a powerful means of communication.maths.jpg

* To teach pupils that mathematics can be used to present information in many ways.

* To teach pupils the importance and usefulness of mathematics in many other fields.

* To help pupils develop powers of problem solving, logical thinking, accuracy and spatial awareness.

Lessons and Homework

In KS3 Mathematics is allocated 3 x 55 minute lessons per week at KS4 4 lessons per week.  A variety of teaching strategies and materials are used in an effort to accommodate the learning styles of all pupils.   
Homework is set twice a week in Key Stage 3 and 4. The time spent on homework should be:

Year 7                       up to 30 minutes 
Years 8/9                  up to 40 minutes 
Years 10/11               up to 60 minutes.

It is expected that homework will be completed on time and according to the teacher’s instructions. It will be marked by the class teacher every week.

Assessment

AfL (Assessment for Learning) is used throughout the school. In Mathematics AfL is an integrated part of the learning experience:

Through oral/written starters.

* Through questions and answers in the main part of the lesson.

* Through appropriate classwork which tests pupil’s understanding (as well as allowing time to practice fundamental skills and routines).calc.jpg

* Through appropriate plenaries which test pupil understanding.

* Through appropriate homework which is marked according to AfL principles.

* Through peer assessment and sharing good work.

THE CURRICULUM
Key Stage 3
The curriculum includes all the learning objectives from the National Numeracy Strategy, but is extended to achieve a high level of arithmetical and problem solving skills.  

The Maths course in Years 7 and 8 aims to provide all students with the understanding of mathematical concepts and ability to apply that understanding in order to solve problems in real life. Students are given the opportunity to gain mathematical skills, develop their understanding and also to enjoy this essential subject. 

 

 

 

 

YEAR 7

 

 

 

YEAR 8

   

Unit 1 Analysing and displaying data

Unit 1 Factors and powers

Unit 2 Number skills

Unit 2 Working with powers

Unit 3 Equations, functions and formulae

Unit 3 2D shapes and 3D solids

Unit 4 Fractions

Unit 4 Real-life graphs

Unit 5 Angles and shapes

Unit 5 Transformations

Unit 6 Decimals

Unit 6 Fractions, decimals and percentages

Unit 7 Equations

Unit 7 Constructions and loci

Unit 8 Multiplicative reasoning

Unit 8 Probability

Unit 9 Perimeter, area and volume

Unit 9 Scale drawings and measurements

Unit 10 Sequences and graphs

Unit 10 Graphs

 
All the ability groups are taught the same topics at different levels to allow ease of movement between groups. Although the same topics are repeated every year, they are taught to a higher level each time. Each unit includes pre and post unit tests as well as tri annual assessments. 
 
Key Stage 4
GCSE Mathematics (Edexcel 1MA1)
All students at GCSE will follow a scheme of work that has been designed to give them the best possible preparation for exam success, regardless of ability. Whether or not you intend to study Mathematics beyond this level, much of what we do in Years 9, 10 and 11 will be very useful to you for the rest of your life.
Key topics include:  Number; Algebra; Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change; Geometry and Measures; Probability; and Statistics.
 

The new 9-1 GCSE.

 

M ajor differences:
  • demand deeper and broader mathematical understanding.
  • provide students with greater coverage of key areas such as ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • require them to apply their knowledge and reasoning to provide clear mathematical arguments.
  • provide greater challenge for the most able students by thoroughly testing their understanding of the mathematical knowledge needed for higher level study and careers in mathematics, the sciences and computing.
            
There will be Higher and Foundation tiers of examination entry. Examination results in these subjects will be graded 9-1 (9 being the highest) U = fail
           There will be 3 papers
           Bottom of new grade 4 = bottom of old grade C
           New Grade 7 = current grade A baseline

These are some of the topics that pupils will be tested on:

   NUMBER AND ALGEBRA
  SHAPE, SPACE AND  
  MEASURES
  HANDLING DATA
Fractions, decimals, percentages
Ratio and proportion
Simultaneous equations
Quadratic equations
Straight line graphs
Graphs of curves
Algebraic fractions
Area, volume,
Pythagoras’ Theorem
Trigonometry
Angles and bearings
Circle theorems
Constructions
Transformations
 
Collecting and representing data
Interpreting charts and diagrams
Calculating averages
Cumulative frequency
Probability
 
 
 
Year 9  

 

GCSE (9-1) Foundation

 

GCSE (9-1) Higher

Unit 1 Number

Unit 1 Number

Unit 2 Algebra

Unit 2 Algebra

Unit 3 Graphs, tables and charts

Unit 3 Interpreting and representing data

Unit 4 Fractions and percentages

Unit 4 Fractions, ratio and proportion

Unit 5 Equations, inequalities and sequences

Unit 5 Angles and trigonometry

Unit 6 Angles

Unit 6 Graphs

 
Year 10

GCSE (9-1) Foundation

 

GCSE (9-1) Higher

Unit 7 Averages and range

Unit 7 Area and volume

Unit 8 Perimeter, area and volume 1

Unit 8 Transformation and constructions

Unit 9 Graphs

Unit 9 Equations and inequalities

Unit 10 Transformations

Unit 10 Probability

Unit 11 Ratio and proportion

Unit 11 Multiplicative reasoning

Unit 12 Right-angled triangles

Unit 12 Similarly and congruence

Unit 13 Probability

Unit 13 More trigonometry

Unit 14 Multiplicative reasoning

Unit 14 Further statistics

 
 Year 11

 

 

GCSE (9-1) Foundation

 

Year 4 GCSE (9-1) Higher

Unit 15 Constructions, loci and bearings

Unit 15 Equations and graphs

Unit 16 Quadratic equations and graphs

Unit 16 Circle theorems

Unit 17 Perimeter, area and volume 2

Unit 17 More algebra

Unit 18 Fractions, indices and standard form

Unit 18 Vectors and geometric proof

Unit 19 Congruence, similarity and vectores

Unit 19 Proportion and graphs

 

Unit 20 More algebra

 

 
Key Stage 5 
A-Level Mathematics (Edexcel 8371/9371/8372/9372)

Students study three units at AS-Level and three units at A-Level. There are a variety of combinations of these units which lead to a full A-Level in Mathematics some of which are compulsory. Each unit is assessed by a 1½ hour written paper, all of which are equally weighted.

Students studying for AS or A Level mathematics at LSGS study units C1, C2 and  S1 in Year 12, and C3, C4 and either D1, M1 or S2  in Year 13. C1 is one of the compulsory papers and is the only non-calculator paper. 
 C1: Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (xy) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration.
C2: Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (xy) plane; sequences and series; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; integration.
C3: Algebra and functions; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; numerical methods.
C4: Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (xy) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration; vectors.
S1: Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary of data; probability; correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions; the Normal distribution.
S2: Binomial distribution; Poisson distribution; continuous random variable; continuous uniform distribution; normal approximations; populations and samples; sampling; hypothesis testing.
M1: Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors in mechanics; kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line; dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; statics of a particle; moments.
D1: Algorithms; graphs and networks; algorithms on networks; route inspection; critical path analysis; linear programming; matchings.
Note: C = Core (pure) mathematics, M = Mechanics, S = Statistics, D = Decision 
 
My Maths
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Lubavitch Senior Girls School has subscribed to MyMaths.co.uk, an interactive Maths website for teaching, learning, revising and enjoying mathematics. MyMaths.co.uk is a web based resource and as such will not require any installation on your computer. To access the website go to www.MyMaths.co.uk.

The website provides ready-made lessons on a variety of maths topic from the beginning right through to its conclusion. Its large text, animations and interactivities and random question generators will help us to bring maths alive.

This is an internet resource so our students can use it within school and at home for revision and learning.

Each girl will receive her own personal login and password which should be written somewhere and kept safely (in their homework diary or maths exercise book).

We also have Hegartymaths.com. Students can use the tutorials to review classwork and exercises to check understanding.

Beside for MyMaths pupils find it helpful to purchase revision guides and workbooks in order to compliment their classwork and review previously learned material. They are available at bookshops such as WHSmith and Amazon.