Overview of the Mathematics curriculum at OLA
The aims of the subject are:
1. To develop, maintain and stimulate the pupils’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Mathematics.
2. To develop familiarity with appropriate mathematical concepts, principles, methods and vocabulary.
3. To encourage each pupil to achieve their full potential in Mathematics by developing their confidence and ability to solve problems and to discover, learn and appreciate relationships in Mathematics.
4. To develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as politeness, perseverance, concern for others, imagination, initiative and independence.
5. To allow pupils to develop an understanding of Mathematics in its widest context, developing transferable skills and informed opinions about their Mathematics for use in other subject disciplines and life outside school.
6. To ensure that each pupil leaves the school with sufficient mathematical skills and qualifications for the career of their choice.
Years 7 to 9 Mathematics Curriculum
The work taught in Years 7 – 9 is based on the Mathematics National Curriculum, and prepares pupils for the IGCSE course in Year 10. The course is based on the Essential Mathematics series of textbooks and covers a range of topics within the four main areas: Number, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics. The work is assessed regularly through classwork and homework assignments, as well as end of topic tests and an end of year examination.
Pupils in the top sets in Years 7, 8 and 9 are entered into the UKMT Junior or Intermediate Mathematics Challenges and we enter a team in the Year 8/9 Team Mathematics Challenge. In school, pupils also participate in a number of mathematical House Challenge competitions.
Years 10 and 11 Mathematics Curriculum
In years 10 and 11 we work towards the Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics qualification and some pupils from the top set will also take the AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics, as described below.
1. Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics (9 – 1), Specification A, Code 4Ma1
The course will help to develop your:
• Knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts and techniques
• Mathematical skills for further study in the subject or related areas
• Enjoyment in using and applying mathematical techniques and concepts, and your confidence in using mathematics to solve problems
• Appreciation of the importance of mathematics in society, employment and study.
The Edexcel International GCSE in Mathematics specification A is assessed through two equally weighted 2 hour written calculator papers, with two tiers of entry (Higher and Foundation) to allow students to be entered for the appropriate level. Focusing on mathematical skills, techniques and concepts and how to use them to solve problems, it’s designed as a two-year course for teaching in international schools and colleges and UK independent schools. At OLA most pupils are entered at the Higher level (grades 9 – 3) with a few pupils entering at Foundation level (grades 5 – 1).
2. AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics (9 – 4), Specification Code 8365
This course should encourage learners to be inspired and challenged by following a rigorous and satisfying course of study which emphasises the power of Mathematics. It places an emphasis on technical proficiency and problem-solving skills.
This course covers the same main areas as the IGCSE, but in more depth and also gives high achieving students an introduction to AS level topics that will help them to develop skills in Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Matrices, Trigonometry, Functions and Graphs. This qualification is suitable for students who are expected to achieve grades 7 and above in IGCSE Mathematics and who are likely to progress to A Level study in Mathematics and possibly Further Mathematics.
Two written papers are taken at the end of Year 11: Paper 1, 1hr 30 mins (non-calculator) and Paper 2, 2 hours (calculator).
Set 1 pupils in Years 10 and 11 participate in the UKMT Intermediate Mathematics Challenge.