STATEMENT OF INTENT FOR MATHEMATICS

Mathematics students at Charters School will be equipped to deal with the mathematics they will encounter in everyday life. Students will be encouraged to be independent learners, and to develop the confidence and resilience to try different approaches in order to reach a solution. They will be analytical, logical and able to think critically, while developing the mathematical literacy needed to interpret problems and present their ideas coherently.

This means our students will be able to:

  • Explain the reasoning behind mathematical processes, and incorporate problems which require students to demonstrate their understanding of the topic as well as their ability to apply the method
  • Present challenges during lessons which require resilience and analytical thinking
  • Model appropriate mathematical vocabulary and encourage mathematical literacy so students can correctly express their understandings
  • Provide opportunities to work independently both during and out of lessons
  • Interlink topics within the Mathematics curriculum and emphasise the mathematical links to different subject areas to ensure effective reinforcement of skills learnt.

SUMMARY OF CURRICULUM

The course provides opportunities to develop skills in working with mathematical information, as well as thinking logically and independently. There are three overarching themes which are inherent throughout the course. These include mathematical argument and proof; mathematical problem solving and mathematical modelling. Students are required to develop skills in these areas, working scientifically throughout both the pure and applied areas of the course.

COURSE DETAILS

The course is assessed by three papers at the end of Year 13. Papers 1 and 2 are Pure Mathematics and paper 3 is Applied Mathematics (Statistics and Mechanics). Each paper is 2 hours and has 100 marks available. Three papers are evenly weighted but paper 3 is split equally between Statistics and Mechanics. Calculators are a requirement for all papers

KEY STAGE 5 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The minimum entry requirements for Charters Sixth Form can be viewed here

In addition to these the subject specific entry requirements for Mathematics are:

GCSE grade 7 in Mathematics is required.

Summer induction homework must be completed and handed in. Anyone who was not at induction will be given the homework at the start of the course.

A basic skills test will be sat in the initial week. Failure to meet the department pass mark will result in the student being placed on a course of intervention. The test is based on the induction booklet and includes skills that are essential to the A level course.

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Complementary Subjects

Mathematical and statistical problem solving, data analysis and interpretation skills are all developed through the study of A-level Mathematics and are considered valuable in a broad range of subject areas including any of the Sciences, Geography, Psychology, PE.

Future Opportunities

Mathematics allows you to analyse patterns, structures and problems, which will in turn, help you to develop a critical eye. This will be useful in both further study and future careers. Finally, your logical abilities will be developed so that you will have tools needed to tackle a number of diverse areas, from managing your finances to planning projects.

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PODCASTS

Newton vs Leibniz (feat. Hannah Fry) - Objectivity 190​ - Featuring mathematician and broadcaster Hannah Fry 

A Strange Map Projection (Euler Spiral) - Numberphile - Featuring Hannah Fry

WEBSITES

Maths Feast materials | AMSP 

Problem solving activities

UKMT Maths Chllenge 

Senior Mathematical Challenge archive

BOOKS

Why do Buses Come in Threes? by Rob Eastaway and Jeremy Wyndham

Why is it better to buy a lottery ticket on a Friday? Why are showers always too hot or too cold? And what's the connection between a rugby player taking a conversion and a tourist trying to get the best photograph of Nelson's Column? These and many other fascinating questions are answered in this entertaining and highly informative book.

Professor Stewart’s Hoard of Mathematical Treasures by Ian Stewart

Ian Stewart presents a new and magical mix of games, puzzles, paradoxes, brainteasers, and riddles. He mingles these with forays into ancient and modern mathematical thought, appallingly hilarious mathematical jokes, and enquiries into the great mathematical challenges of the present and past.

The Hidden Mathematics of Sport by Rob Eastaway and John Haigh

Discover the best tactics for taking a penalty, the pros and cons of being a consistent golfer, the surprising link between boxing and figure skating, the unusual location of England's earliest 'football' game (in a parish church), and the formula for always winning a game of tennis.