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Mathematics, Psychology

Maths

The Maths department aims to introduce pupils to the beauty and diversity inherent in the subject. Students learn through a combination of individual topic-based study, pair and group work and longer investigative tasks. Learning takes place in dedicated Mathematics classrooms, all with projection facilities. In addition, the department has one class set of laptop computers with wireless access for student use. Throughout years 7 - 11 pupils have eight lessons per fortnight.

KS3 Maths



Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1

Numbers & calculations

Basic algebraic manipulation

Number types

Sequences

Setting up & solving simple equations

Volume, surface area & conversion between units

Coordinates

Calculations with fractions & decimals

Angles in polygons

Averages & range

Metric & imperial measures

Correlation & cumulative frequency

Angle facts

Angles on parallel lines

Sequences

Accurate construction

Enlargement

Loci

Term 2

Proportional reasoning

Number types

Approximation

Mappings & graphs

Volume & surface area

Trial & improvement

Fractions & simple calculations

Plans, elevations & isometric drawing

Algebraic manipulation & inequalities

Algebra – use of symbols

Sequences

Probability – fair game

Term 3

Number types

Probability & links to proportional reasoning

Pythagoras’ theorem & basic trigonometry

Perimeter & area

Data collection & analysis

Nets, complex volume & surface area

Reflection, rotation & translation

Representing data & drawing conclusions

Tree diagrams & Venn diagrams

Simple probability

 

 

 

GCSE Mathematics (Core)

What will I learn?
You will follow the new 9-1 GCSE in mathematics. You will study mathematics for 4 hours each week, continuing with the focus on problem-solving that you will be used to from key stage 3.

Through your studies you will:
• develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts.
• acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems.
• reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions.
• comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.
• develop confidence in mathematical problem-solving.

How will I be assessed?
All assessment is carried out in end of course written examinations. These will all occur at the end of year 11. You will sit a total of three exam papers, one assessing non-calculator skills and the other two allowing the use of a calculator.

What can I progress to?
A good GCSE mathematics grade supports access to higher education and is a requirement for many courses and employment choices. The use of mathematics to model real-life situations is prevalent in a wide array of careers. It is worth noting that mathematics counts in towards the English Baccalaureate qualification.

It is worth noting that mathematics counts in towards the English Baccalaureate qualification.

Psychology

What will I learn?

Psychology is a scientific subject that looks at brain and behaviour. Topics studied include the following : Development, Memory, Psychological problems, The brain & Neuropsychology, Social influence and Research methods.

Psychology is an academic subject that demands dedicated effort. Learning is based on analysis of psychological theories and evaluation of research studies. A major part of this is class discussion where you will be required to give your opinions and support them with evidence from these theories and research studies. You will also be expected to construct written arguments supporting or disagreeing with particular theories and studies. There are opportunities for you to carry out your own mini-research projects at certain points during the course.

 

How will I be assessed?

• This course is assessed by examination at the end of year 11. There are two exam papers.

• Paper 1 = 55% of total GCSE grade

• Paper 2 = 45% of total GCSE grade

 

What can I progress to?

• AS/A2 Psychology, biology, sociology.

• Professions- police, teaching, law, medicine, social work, probation officer, psychologist.

• Vocations- public service, leisure industry, education, training and coaching, selling, marketing, advertising.

 

Further Information


Mrs Bowen
Email: jbowen@aylestone.hereford.sch.uk