Mathematics

“Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.”

Albert Einstein

60% of A Level A* grades awarded were in Maths or Further Maths

National Finalists in the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge

Stretching and challenging pupils with Maths Enrichment clubs

Maths mentoring, tutorials, 1-to-1 support, drop-in and revision sessions.

It is the philosophy of the department to actively communicate the importance of mathematics in the real world.

Maths book

Key Stage 3

The delivery of mathematics at Key Stage 3 follows the National Curriculum closely.

Each year group is divided into a number of sets to provide differentiated learning environments suited to the ability of individual pupils. Parents should not be overly concerned if their child is moved from one set to another from time to time, as this is done to ensure that adequate provision is made in order to maximise achievement at any given time throughout the key stage. Typically, lower sets are usually fewer in number allowing more teacher time to be given to pupils who experience difficulty. Special support may also be given to those pupils in lower or top sets in order to provide even greater differentiation as necessary.

United Kingdom Mathematics Challenge

The school enters some pupils for the UK Mathematics Challenge and a growing number of pupils have achieved certificates for their performance in these competitions, adding to their confidence, enjoyment and sense of achievement in this vital subject.

GCSE

All pupils follow the National Curriculum in Mathematics.

In Year 10 pupils will embark on the new iGCSE examination, which will be assessed in Year 11; they will be awarded a grade from 1 up to 9. Pupils will be entered for the Higher Tier which is designed for those candidates who are expected to achieve grades 4 to 9.

Assessment objectives and weightings

AO1

Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in number and algebra (57-63% in iGCSE):

  • numbers and the numbering system
  • calculations
  • solving numerical problems
  • equations,formulae and identities
  • sequences, functions and graphs

AO2

Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in shape, space and measures (22-28% in iGCSE):

  • geometry and trigonometry
  • vectors and transformation geometry

AO3

Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in handling data (12-18% in iGCSE):

  • statistics
  • probability

Examination

Pupils will follow the EDEXCEL course; currently the scheme of assessment consists of two two-hour papers, each worth 50% of the total marks.

Both exam papers will be calculator papers. The pupils have two attempts, sitting in January of Year 11 with the opportunity to boost their grade by sitting it again in the June.

Progression to A Level

Pupils wishing to study Mathematics at A Level should aim to achieve at least a grade ‘7’ at GCSE higher level. They should also attend as many revision sessions in Year 11 as possible to ensure that they have very few gaps in their knowledge. Pupils who achieve considerable success in January start the A Level course early.

A Level

Students choose to study Mathematics in the Sixth Form for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, it is a rich and intellectually demanding subject which calls for mental discipline and clear, logical thinking.

Many students find the step from GCSE or iGCSE to A Level difficult; the experience of most pupils is that the subject becomes harder but a lot more interesting and rewarding. Hence since, Mathematics in the Sixth Form is such a challenging subject the minimum requirement is grade A or A* in GCSE Mathematics.

Course content

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics

(2 hour written exam, 66.66% of the qualification, 100 marks)

  • Topic 1 – proof
  • Topic 2 – algebra and functions
  • Topic 3 – coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane
  • Topic 4 – sequences and series
  • Topic 5 – Trigonometry
  • Topic 6 – exponentials and logarithms
  • Topic 7 – differentiation
  • Topic 8 – integration
  • Topic 9 – vectors

Paper 2: Statistics and Mechanics

(1 hour written exam, 33.33% of the qualification, 50 marks)

Section A: Statistics

  • Topic 1 – statistical sampling
  • Topic 2 – data presentation and interpretation
  • Topic 3 – probability
  • Topic 4 – statistical distributions
  • Topic 5 – statistical hypothesis testing

Section B: Mechanics

  • Topic 6 – quantities and units in mechanics
  • Topic 7 – kinematics
  • Topic 8 – forces and Newton’s laws

Further Mathematics is a separate A-Level to Mathematics which extends the core topics and introduces new material normally encountered during the first year of a degree course. It is therefore a particularly demanding A-Level although many find it even more exciting and rewarding than single Maths. Anyone considering studying Engineering, Mathematics or Economics at a top university must study this subject.

Supporting Advanced Performance

The Advanced Performance Team, led by our Director of Studies, seeks to advise staff on how we – as a teaching body – can identify, monitor and experientially enhance the educational opportunities of able, gifted and talented pupils at  Lincoln Minster School.

How do we cater for AP students in Maths?

• MyMaths.co.uk and MangaHigh.com are available for pupils to use at home – Questions become harder depending on pupils answers, they can compare their scores against pupils at across the country.
• ‘Maths Club’ enrichment opportunity
• Year 11 begin AS level Maths early
• Further mathematics offered as an option at A Level
• Advanced Extension Award

Encouraging Advanced Performance outside of lessons

• UK Maths Challenges, run by UK Mathematics Trust – these can include individual competitions with challenging questions which demand higher order thinking skills. Challenges can also include team competitions with extra classes put on to prepare pupils, our competing team go away for a day to compete against schools from across the region.
• Pupils are invited to attend external lectures including at the University of Lincoln.
• STEP preparation for Oxbridge candidates

Beyond Lincoln Minster School

Mathematics is very highly regarded by universities and employers alike, irrespective of your chosen career direction, it forms the basis of many fields of study in Engineering and the Physical Sciences, and is therefore a prerequisite for further development in these areas. Moreover, recent trends have seen the applicability of Mathematics expand way beyond these traditional fields.

The subject is increasingly used to solve complex problems of Management and Finance, particularly in industry, and also for research in Economics, Geography and the Biological Sciences.

A wide range of career options also means a chance to earn more money: a recent study, conducted by economists at the University of Swansea, showed that Maths and Computing degrees make the biggest difference to lifetime earnings. On average, a graduate of any degree can expect to earn £149,760 more in his or her lifetime than a person leaving education with two A levels. For Maths and computing graduates, this figure rises to over £220,000!

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