School Curriculum - Mathematics

Introduction

Mathematics forms an integral part of everyday life.  All things we take for granted rely on Mathematics to some extent, from mobile telephones to air travel.  It is also vital for many other subjects studied at Kirkham Grammar School.  For this reason, a strong foundation in this subject is essential.

Our approach to the teaching of Mathematics is primarily traditional with the use of investigations where appropriate, giving the students a firm grounding in the subject whilst also developing their problem solving skills and ability for logical thought.

First - Second Year

In the First and Second Years, students study according to the six main areas of the national curriculum: Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change, Geometry and Measures, Probability and Statistics.

As a department we recognise that not all students have the same needs and aptitude, but strive to help all students achieve their greatest potential.  To this end, we use setting from Second Year upwards (and limited setting in the First Year) in order to place individuals with their Mathematical peers.

We also provide extra support in the form of lunchtime workshops.  The "open door" attitude of all the departmental staff means that students can always approach them for help when required.

Third - Fifth Year

GCSE Mathematics

Exam Board: Edexcel

The six main areas of the National Curriculum are continued in the Third to Fifth Years at a more advanced level.  The pupils are set according to ability with most students studying GCSE Mathematics at the Higher tier, and some students follow the Foundation tier course.

More able students in the Fifth Year are also given the opportunity to study the AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics.

Sixth Form - MATHEMATICS

A-level Mathematics and A-level Further Mathematics.

Exam Board: Edexcel

The new reformed Mathematics A-level taught from September 2017 is 100% prescribed and is made up of three externally assessed 2 hour papers, each being equally weighted and with no coursework. The students are allowed to use a calculator on all three papers:

  • Paper 1 – Pure Mathematics 1
  • Paper 2 – Pure Mathematics 2
  • Paper 3 – Statistics and Mechanics

The new reformed Further Mathematics A-level taught from September 2017 is made up of four externally assessed papers 1 hour 30 minutes long, each being equally weighted and with no coursework:

  • Papers 1 and 2 are prescribed and made up of Pure Mathematical content.
  • Papers 3 and 4 may be taken from Further Pure Mathematics, Further Mechanics, Further Statistics or Decision Mathematics modules.

Co-Curricular

  • Maths Support is available at lunchtime for pupils to ask questions and receive extra help where required.
  • UKMT National Mathematics Challenges (external competitions for Second Year, Fourth Year and Sixth Form students).
  • Team Mathematics Challenges (external competitions for both Second Year and Sixth Form students).
  • Further Mathematics (AQA Level 2 Certificate in Mathematics for more able Fifth Year students).
  • Mathematics Master Classes at Lancaster University Mathematics Department (for selected Fourth and Fifth Year students).
  • House Mathematics (internal competitions for First Year, Second Year and Sixth Form students).