Mathematics

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Mrs N Raynsford

Head of Department n.raynsford@danum.outwood.com

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Ms J Edwards

Second in Maths j.edwards@danum.outwood.com

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Mr B Slater

Third in Maths b.slater@danum.outwood.com

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Miss H Carmody

Teacher of Maths h.carmody@danum.outwood.com

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Miss M Clapham

Teacher of Maths m.clapham@danum.outwood.com

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Miss S Dibdin

Teacher of Maths s.dibdin@danum.outwood.com

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Mr C Holliday

Teacher of Maths c.holliday@danum.outwood.com

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Mr C Stone

Teacher of Maths c.stone@danum.outwood.com

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Mrs C Slater

Teacher of Maths c.slater@danum.outwood.com

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Mrs S Law

Teacher of Maths s.law@danum.outwood.com

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Year 11 Praising Stars Assessment

Paper 1
X band students Tuesday October 17th
Y band students Thursday October 19th

Paper 2
X band students Tuesday October 24th
Y band students Thursday October 26th

Paper 3
X band students Tuesday November 7th
Y band students Thursday November 9th

Key Stage 3

The Mathematics course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE course in Key Stage 4. We follow a 3 year Mastery Scheme of Work in order to prepare students for their GCSE Maths course.

Each year is split up into a series of topics which students study for periods of between 2 and 4 weeks. We also have problem solving and project weeks. All students will learn the same content regardless of their group. More able students will be stretched by content depth rather than going onto the next stage.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr Slater

Key Stage 4

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics

Maths is a linear GCSE course designed to finish at the end of year 11. The course has a clear focus on independent learning, revision skills and well-targeted exam techniques. This is to develop students’ ability to apply their acquired knowledge to problem solving and functional questions.

Maths is a core subject, which means that everyone will take a course leading to a GCSE in this subject. A pass at grade 5 or higher in the new GCSE is a very important qualification- together with a similar qualification in English, it is a gateway to many careers and study at higher levels.

Students who are not making expected progress in Maths at the end of Year 8 or 10 will study additional periods of Maths to help boost their grade. This will be through Option Maths (in place of one of their three options).

You can find more details of the course by following the link:
Edexcel Maths

Mathematics is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mrs Raynsford

Statistics GCSE – Edexcel

Statistics can be studied as an option subject in Year 10 or 11. Students who study the Statistics course will learn statistical techniques and concepts such as planning and data collection, processing, representing and analysing data, reasoning, interpreting and discussing results, and understanding probability.

Statistics is assessed in the following way:

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Further reading and information on the curriculum content studied can be found at:

Edexcel Level 1 / Level 2 GCSE in Statistics

Key Stage 5

AS Mathematics (AQA)

AS Maths is a 1-year modular course designed to finish at the end of year 12. It consists of 3 modules, Core 1 and Core 2 – which extend the work of GCSE, including such areas as calculus, further trigonometry, co-ordinate geometry and proof – and either Decision 1 – concentrating on algorithms graphs, networks, critical path analysis, linear programming and simulation – or Mechanics 1 – concentrating on Newton’s laws of motion, Kinematics in 1 and 2 dimensions, momentum and friction.

AS Mathematics is assessed in the following way:

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A2 Mathematics (AQA)

A2 Maths follows on from AS and is a 1-year modular course designed to finish at the end of year 13. It consists of 3 modules, Core 3 and Core 4 – which extends the work of AS, including further calculus, functions, further trigonometry, parametric equations, partial fractions and vectors- and an alternate module based on the AS choice.

A2 Mathematics is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mrs N Raynsford

AS Further Maths and A2 Further Maths

Further Maths builds on A2 Maths. 3 modules will credit an AS Further Maths and then 3 more A2 Further Maths. These modules are Further Pure 1, Mechanics 1 and Mechanics 2 to make the AS and Further Pure 2, Decision & Discrete 2 and Statistics 2 to make the A2.

Further Maths is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mrs Law

You can find more details of the courses by following the link:

AQA Maths

AS Statistics and A2 Statistics

A-level Statistics offers students who already have an understanding of Maths the chance to study Statistics in action as it helps make sense of the world around us. The specification focuses on using and applying Statistics.
It appeals to students who want to study a numerate A-level but don’t want to study Pure Maths. It can be particularly useful for students who need the skills and techniques of Statistics for the study of and careers related to: Biology, Economics, Geography, Psychology and Business Studies.

Statistics is assessed in the following way:

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Year 12 Only

At Outwood Academy Danum we study A-level Mathematics with AQA. This course will be externally examined at the end of Year 13. Some students may have the option to be externally examined in AS mathematics at the end of Year 12 also.

A-level Mathematics offers students with a good understanding of Maths the chance to study it at a higher level. It provides a thorough grounding in the mathematical tools and techniques often needed in the workplace. Techniques covered include algebra & proof, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, exponentials & logarithms, sequences & series and numerical methods which together form the fundamental building-blocks of the subject. We will also study some applied mathematics: statistics (sampling, regression, measures of central tendency & spread, probability distributions and hypothesis testing) and mechanics (vectors, constant acceleration formulae, Newton’s laws, projectile motion, friction and moments). Please note that both the pure & applied content is all standardised and no longer varies based upon exam board chosen.

Students will enjoy studying a course which will give them a strong foundation for study in other A-level subjects and many varied careers from Astronomer to Zoologist, Cryptologist to Cartographer, Statistician to Systems Engineer and Meteorologist to … Mathematician!

By the end of the course students will have:

• an understanding of the mathematics that underpin many aspects of our lives;
• the ability to apply a range of mathematical skills to different situations;
• acute logical thinking and problem-solving abilities; and
• the ability to process, interpret & analyse information.

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mrs Raynsford

Enrichment Opportunities for Mathematics

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.

Useful Links

Year 11 Summer Resources

Year 11 Summer Resources Worked Solutions