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Mathematics Department at Thomas More Catholic School

The Mathematics Department at Thomas More Catholic School is made up of six specialist Mathematics teachers who all aim to give pupils the chance to realise their potential in the subject. The teachers encourage pupils to attend various extra revision sessions and Maths clubs in the run up to all examinations to ensure that they can revise effectively.

KEY STAGE 3

All pupils currently work towards the new Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics specification, The subject content is roughly split into six sub topics: number; algebra; ratio; proportion and rates of change; geometry and measure; probability and statistics, which are all covered throughout each year in school. Progress in Mathematics is closely monitored by the Data Manger for Mathematics who provides strategies to encourage and promote further development within the subject.

From the outset pupils are set according to ability using Key Stage 2 levels from Primary School and CAT test results together with in-house initial testing. The class groupings are reviewed regularly through continuous assessment and formal testing. Pupils in Years 7 and 8 have seven one-hour Mathematics lessons in two weeks. This enables pupils to make the best possible start to Mathematics at School. The pupils follow the National Numeracy Framework which is supported by various exciting interactive computer programs as well as our own resources and an array of textbooks.

The department subscribes to a variety of online resources which can be accessed in school as well as at home.

  • MathsWatch: a collection of hundreds of online video clips and worksheets that are focused on the individual topics within Mathematics. The video clips work through examples with audio tips and the worksheets give pupils the chance to consolidate the learning of that individual topic. The website also includes revision lists and essential questions at varying levels to ensure that pupils can make the most out of their revision. Please follow this link to MathsWatch

All pupils have an account with MathsWatch

The username is the same as the doddle logon with the extra "@tmcs" added on,  i.e. john.brown32@tmcs

Ask your class teacher for your MathsWatch password

Key Stage 4

Thomas More Catholic School’s Key Stage 4 now incorporates Years 9, 10 and 11.

With the changing of the GCSE Mathematics specification, Years 9 and 10 and 11 have started the new Edexcel (9-1) Mathematics. Pupils have seven one hour lessons in two weeks.  Pupils are set according to their prior attainment in end of year exams as well as work completed throughout the previous school years. The sets are flexible to enable smooth transition of pupils according to their attainment within the Mathematics sets to ensure that pupils have access to the most beneficial teaching for them. Pupils study either for the Foundation or Higher tier examination once they reach Key Stage 4, depending on their set. This enables pupils to have access to the most appropriate content for them and the best route for examination success.
Both specifications are designed to maximise each individual's potential and to facilitate opportunities to broaden pupils’ mathematical understanding. There is an emphasis on problem solving within the specification and the Mathematics department have made this the common theme within the teaching. Problem solving can be applied to all topics in Mathematics as well as many tasks in the wider world so the department strive to ensure that pupils excel in this aspect of the course

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics

The assessment will cover the following content headings:

  1. Number
  2. Algebra
  3. Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  4. Geometry and measures
  5. Probability
  6. Statistics
  • Two tiers are available: Foundation and Higher (content is defined for each tier).
  • Each student is permitted to take assessments in either the Foundation tier or Higher tier.
  • The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier.
  • All three papers must be at the same tier of entry and must be completed in the same assessment series.
  • Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3.
  • Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.
  • Each paper has 80 marks.
  • The content outlined for each tier will be assessed across all three papers.
  • Each paper will cover all Assessment Objectives, in the percentages outlined for each tier.
  • Each paper has a range of question types; some questions will be set in both mathematical and non-mathematical contexts.
  • First assessment series: May/June 2017.
  • The qualification will be graded and certificated on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade. Individual papers are not graded.

Assessment

The Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9 to 1) in Mathematics is a tiered qualification. There are two tiers:

Foundation tier - grades 1 to 5 available

Higher tier grades – 4 to 9 available (grade 3 allowed).

The assessment for each tier of entry consists of three externally-examined papers, all three must be from the same tier of entry. Students must complete all three papers in the same assessment series.

Paper 1

Externally assessed

Availability: May/June and November**

First assessment: May/June 2017

33.33% of the total GCSE

Overview of content Number

Algebra

Ratio, proportion and rates of change

Geometry and measures

Probability

Statistics

Overview of assessment Written examination papers with a range of question types

No calculator is allowed

1 hour and 30 minutes (both Foundation and Higher tier papers)

80 marks available

Paper 2

Externally assessed

Availability: May/June and November**

First assessment: May/June 2017

33.33% of the total GCSE

Overview of content Number

Algebra

Ratio, proportion and rates of change

Geometry and measures

Probability

Statistics

Overview of assessment Written examination papers with a range of question types

Calculator is allowed

1 hour and 30 minutes (both Foundation and Higher tier papers)

80 marks available

Paper 3

Externally assessed

Availability: May/June and November**

First assessment: May/June 2017

33.33% of the total GCSE

Overview of content Number

Algebra

Ratio, proportion and rates of change

Geometry and measures

Probability

Statistics

Overview of assessment Written examination papers with a range of question types

Calculator is allowed

1 hour and 30 minutes (both Foundation and Higher tier papers)

80 marks available

Students receive a personalized approach to all stages of their education. We offer many levels of intervention and support.  We work hard to ensure that every child achieves their full potential.

Curriculum Leader, Mrs A Yaqub

ayaqub2.306@lgflmail.org