‘The study of mathematics, like the Nile, begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence.”
Charles Caleb Colton
The staff in the mathematics department support all students regardless of their ability in the subject. We recognize that to some mathematics does not come easily and additional support is available for those who find the subject difficult. Throughout the five years at Langley, students study a wide variety of mathematical topics ranging from Number to Statistics and learn how the different topics in mathematics link to each other.
In Key Stage 3 we follow the White Rose Maths, Mastery Approach, and at Key Stage 4 we follow the Edexcel GCSE course.
In each of the 5 years the students study mathematics in the 6 key areas: Number, Algebra, Ratio and proportion, Shape and space, Statistics, and Probability.
Key Stage 3
The aim at key stage 3 is to build on and reinforce the skills learnt in Key Stage 2, then prepare them for their GCSE studies.
The White Rose Maths schemes of learning are designed to give sufficient time for teachers to explore and understand a concept in-depth, rather than covering it superficially and then returning several times. However, we do build in time for the children to revisit concepts as appropriate and diversions from the schemes may be necessary on occasions.
These schemes interleave prior content with new concepts. For example, when children look at measurement, they tackle lots of questions that also practise the four operations and fractions within their working with units of measure. This practice and consolidation will help the children to grasp the links between topics and support them to apply their learning in different contexts.
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These knowledge organisers detail the key skills and vocabulary in each unit of work for Key Stage 3. Each unit of work taught will also focus on the application of these skills to problems in context and their links to other areas of mathematics.
Key Stage 4
The Key Stage 4 curriculum is designed to consolidate and extend their understanding of the 6 key areas of mathematics from Key Stage 3. As well as readying the students for the GCSE exam papers, our priority is always to prepare them for the mathematics needed in their next steps, and to live a confident and fulfilling life beyond their time with us.
We follow the Edexcel GCSE course which is examined by three papers, each equally weighted worth 80 marks.
There is one non-calculator paper and two calculator papers, each of 1 hour and 30 minutes in length.
The Foundation Tier covers grades 1 to 5, and Higher covers grades 4 to 9. We can also offer AQA Entry Level Mathematics to students who find GCSE mathematics significantly challenging.
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The students will need to be able to accurately recall, as well as use, key formulae in the examinations. These can be found via the link below:
Link to GCSE Maths Formulae Poster
Students at both key stages have access to www.hegartymaths.com, for both homework and for independent study.
CLICK HERE (website hegarty help) for the student guide for help with:
www.corbettmaths.com – 5 a-day, topic videos, textbook exercise and exam questions
www.mathsgenie.co.uk – topic videos, past papers with video solutions
Our keenest and most eager mathematicians take part in the UKMT Mathematics Junior and Intermediate Mathematics Challenge. With those in the top 40% nationally being awarded a Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate. The highest achieving students nationally are invited to take part in further national or even international challenges
These papers encourage mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.
The problems are designed to make students think. Most are accessible, yet still challenge those with more experience.
You can access past papers and solutions for the challenges here: