Mathematics Key Stage 3 and 4

Our passionate and experienced Mathematics team is committed to encouraging and inspiring the mathematicians of the future. Whilst we promote the use of technology, we believe that confidence in Mathematics must be built on the firm foundations of basic numeracy and algebra skills.

To this end, South Axholme Academy follows a 5 year scheme in Mathematics. In years 7 through to 9, students learn how to apply a formal set of techniques in order to solve both real-life and abstract problems. Students extend their range of mental and written calculation strategies and use efficient procedures to calculate with integers, fractions, decimals and percentages. They are provided with frequent opportunities for pupils to discuss their work, to develop reasoning and understanding, and to explain their strategies.

Students undertake activities that show how algebra, as an extension of number using symbols, gives precise form to mathematical relationships, formulae and calculations. They go on to use algebraic notation to describe patterns and sequences, solve equations, use formulae and construct graphs. Students use angle facts and properties of two and three-dimensional shapes in constructions and calculations moving onto to calculate lengths, areas and volumes including the use of circle formulae.

In statistical work, students progress from constructions and interpreting diagrammatic representations, calculating averages and spread of data to using increasingly sophisticated diagrammatic representations and making inferences from data they have collected. They work in groups to consider the application of mathematics in everyday situations.

Students’ overall progress is assessed on a termly basis and areas of weakness are identified and addressed through targeted improvement and reflection time in lesson. This information is passed on to parents and support is given for students to work independently on these areas also.

Our most able students are given the opportunity to take part in the UK Junior, Intermediate and Senior Mathematics Challenge, with considerable success.

The grades covered in each year, based on GCSE (9-1), are as follows:

At South Axholme Academy students are set by ability. Whilst we have many talented mathematicians, we realise that some students find the subject more challenging. In Year 10 students move on to studying a foundation or higher course in preparation for the final Year 11 GCSE exam. GCSE Mathematics is a linear qualification and all assessments will take place at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework requirement and the final grade in the subject will be assessed by three externally marked examinations:

Paper 1: Non calculator

Paper 2: Calculator

Paper 3: Calculator

All students are entered for EDEXCEL GCSE Mathematics 9-1 (1Ma1) and the most able of our students will also have the opportunity to prepare for a second qualification, The OCR Free Standing Mathematics Qualification ( Level 3 ). Each course has inbuilt opportunities to revisit prior learning and extend knowledge and skills from the firm foundations built in Years 7-9. There is also an increased focus on exam style techniques and problem solving to acknowledge the changes to the new GCSE assessments. Assessments are undertaken each half term using GCSE style papers giving students regular experience enabling them to build their confidence as they move towards the final assessment.

If you have any questions regarding mathematics at Key Stage 3 or 4 please contact Mr Forster,

Mathematics Key Stage 5

We have a well-qualified and experienced team of A level mathematics specialists who are passionate about sharing their subject with students who enjoy mathematics and who like a challenge and relish problem solving.

A level Mathematics is an interesting and challenging course which extends the methods learned at GCSE and includes important applications of mathematics, such as Statistics and Mechanics. It is highly regarded as an A level by both universities and employers.

The course is a new linear A level qualification (first teaching September 2017/ first examinations September 2019) studied over two years and is examined at the end of year 13 by three externally marked examinations.

Exam Board: AQA A Level Mathematics (7357)

Paper 1 : Pure Mathematics                                     ( 2hrs   33.3% of the final mark )

Paper 2 : Pure Mathematics and Mechanics         ( 2hrs   33.3% of the final mark)

Paper 3 : Pure Mathematics and Statistics             ( 2hrs   33.3% of the final mark)

Pure Mathematics

The course consists of a continuation of the grade 8/9 topics from GCSE including:

Trigonometry, Algebraic Fractions, Quadratic Equations, Vectors, Statistics, and Probability

In Year 12, new topics including:

  • Pure Mathematics, including proof, algebra, graphs, sequences, trigonometry, calculus, logarithms, and vectors
  • Statistics, including working with data from a sample to make inferences about a population, probability, using the binomial distribution as a model and statistical hypothesis testing
  • Mechanics, including kinematics, working with forces and Newton’s laws

In Year 13, we will build on topics from your first year of study in more detail, in addition to further topics from:

  • Pure Mathematics, such as functions, numerical methods, and differential equations
  • Statistics, such as the Normal Distribution
  • Mechanics, such as motion under gravity, friction, and simple moments.

We teach A Level Mathematics in small groups and utilise a variety of teaching methods including individual and group/paired work to address the complexities of the new A level; including the overarching themes of mathematical argument, language and proof, problem solving and mathematical modelling as well as encouraging the use of technology to facilitate these. We also offer additional support out of lessons.

Students’ progress is assessed regularly using Topic Tests, Past A Level Papers and questions. This information is shared with parents and support is given to students in making improvements via personal targets.

Our Entry Requirements are: Grade 7 at GCSE and recommendation from your Mathematics teacher.

Our Students say….

“Maths is an A level that is challenging respected and rewarding. It is tough sometimes, but the teachers help you to succeed.”

“To do Maths at A level you need to enjoy the kind of Maths you did at GCSE. Some of it is similar, but you move at a much faster pace. The questions make you think harder, as they don’t always tell you exactly what to do, like at GCSE.”

If you any further questions about A Level Mathematics please contact Mrs Kelsey,