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MathsMathematics is now an essential subject alongside English since all students are now expected to attain grade C or above at GCSE. It is the universal language, a whole network of concepts and relationships which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems.

Although students do not have personal copies of the textbooks to take home, there is a wide range of books for all abilities in the library. And all students have a login to MyMaths which they are actively encouraged to use both in school and in their own time. MyMaths provides online Maths resources, lessons, revision and homework exercises. Every child at DHFS has access to these resources and booster packs via the school login and their own personal login.


Key Stage 3

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  • Year 7 Year 8 Year 9

    Students are currently following a 5 year scheme of work which has been developed in house in preparation for GCSEs at the end of Year 11. The first assessment for the new specifications will be in June 2017.

    The scheme covers all areas of the new GCSE syllabus: number, algebra, ratio and proportion, geometry and measures, probability and statistics. The intention is that students will be taught topics to their potential rather than their age or set. The scheme recognises the shift in topics from the Higher to the Foundation tier and the greater challenge at the higher tier.

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Key Stage 4

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  • Year 10

    Students are currently following a 5 year scheme of work which has been developed in house in preparation for GCSEs at the end of Year 11. The first assessment for the new specifications will be in June 2017.

    The scheme covers all areas of the new GCSE syllabus: number, algebra, ratio and proportion, geometry and measures, probability and statistics. The intention is that students will be taught topics to their potential rather than their age or set. The scheme recognises the shift in topics from the Higher to the Foundation tier and the greater challenge at the higher tier.

  • Year 11

    Students are currently following the AQA specification for GCSE Maths (8300) at either Foundation or Higher Tier. The course covers: number, algebra, handling data, shape, space and measure. Where appropriate students will also be following a basic numeracy course leading to an Entry-Level qualification in Maths.

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  • Year 12 Year 13

    Students follow the 2017 Edexcel A-level mathematics course. The course was launched for first teaching in September 2017 and has become a two year course culminating in three exams at the end of Year 13. An AS level is also offered as a stand-alone qualification at the end of Year 12.

    Two thirds of the course is pure mathematics, where students develop a greater and deeper understanding of topics they have seen before, such as algebra and trigonometry, as well as introducing new ideas like calculus and logarithms. Many of the skills and concepts underpin our understanding of areas including science, economics, engineering and many more.

    One third of the course is learning about the mathematics applied to two particular areas:

    • Mechanics
      The study of motion – why do things move, or not move? We delve into some of Isaac Newton's work in the study of motion and equilibrium and by using models, learn some of the key concepts of how and why objects move.
    • Statistics
      The practice of gathering and investigating numerical data so that we can summarize data in order to aid our understanding of many things. Statistics is becoming increasingly necessary in subjects such as biology, business studies and any subject involving research and the interpretation of data. A key part of the course will involve manipulating a large data set of weather details from the Met Office.

    Assessment is as follows:

    • AS level assessment: 2 hr Pure Maths exam and 1 hr combined Mechanics & Statistics exam
    • A level assessment: 2 x 2 hr Pure Maths exams and 2 hr combined Mechanics & Statistics exam

    The course consists of 5 one hour lessons with students expected to complete set work between each lesson, with progress tests to be completed at the end of topics.

    Further maths is also offered as an additional A-level. This course builds on the work done in A Level maths as well as studying an area of the subject called Decision Maths. Mechanics is also studied in more detail. The Further Pure modules introduce new topics such as:

    • complex numbers - finding the square root of negative numbers
    • matrices
    • further mathematical proofs, and
    • hyperbolic functions

    As well as this, students study some of the pure mathematics work in more detail.

    Assessment is as follows:

    • AS level assessment: 1 hr Pure Maths exam and 1 hr Mechanics and Decision exam
    • A level assessment: 2 x 1.5 hr Pure Maths exams and 1 x 1.5 hr Mechanics exam and 1 x 1.5 hr Decision exam

    The course runs in conjunction with the A level Maths course and therefore consists of 10 one hour lessons with students expected to complete set work between each lesson and there are progress tests to be completed after each topic. A graphical calculator will be required (details will be circulated at start of course)

    For students who do not study A-Level mathematics but attain a grade C or above at GCSE, we offer a core maths option. This is a level 3 qualification with UCAS tariff equivalent to an AS Level. This course focuses on the practical use of mathematics in various areas.

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Teaching staff

  • Campbell, Naomi (Subject Leader for Years 9,10 and 11)
  • Foley, Lucy
  • Goodison, Simon
  • Grabowski, Louise
  • Groarke, Lisa (Head of Faculty)
  • Harrison, Jo
  • Hornsby, Sarah
  • Kelly, Siobhan
  • Lindemann, Lois
  • Mitson, Robert
  • Paramore, Caitlin
  • Sinclair, Michael (Subject Leader for A Level Maths)
  • Turton, Keith
  • Waggott, David
  • Watkins, Michael
  • Woffenden, Nicholas
  • Wragg, Philip (Subject Leader for Years 7 and 8)

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Websites to help students learn about Maths

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