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Mathematics

Mathematics has developed over time as a means of solving problems and also for its own sake. Its importance is universally recognised and its language is international, transcending cultural boundaries.

Mathematics is a creative discipline that can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when students solve a problem for the first time, discover a more elegant solution, or notice hidden connections.

Today Mathematics is used throughout the world as an essential tool in many fields, including natural science, engineering, medicine and social sciences such as economics and psychology.

Applied Mathematics, the branch of Mathematics concerned with the application of mathematical knowledge to other fields, inspires and makes use of new mathematical discoveries and sometimes leads to the development of entirely new disciplines.

Mathematicians also engage in Pure Mathematics or Mathematics for its own sake, without having any application in mind, although what began as Pure Mathematics can often find itself a very practical application at a later date.

Year 7

3 lessons a week

Mathematics is a Core Subject in Key Stage 3. At JCG we build on the foundations established in Key Stage 2 and provide students with opportunities for steady progression. Regular assessments are used to track student progress and identify correct levels of support. During Year 7 students develop problem-solving and reasoning skills alongside their mathematical knowledge.

Students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of challenges and competitions during the year. In the Autumn Term we encourage students and their parents to work together to solve a weekly problem. In the Spring Term, students are encouraged to take part in the Southampton Maths Challenge and in the Summer Term students can sit the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge.

Year 8

3 lessons a week

Mathematics is a Core Subject in Key Stage 3. As students move into Year 8, the mathematical challenge increases. Students learn to solve more complex equations and meet pi for the first time. Stronger students are given opportunities to stretch themselves. Other students are supported in a class that is working at the right pace for them. We continue to use regular assessments to track student progress and identify correct levels of support. 

Students may have the opportunity to take part in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge in April and the UKMT Team Challenge in the Summer Term. All students are encouraged to take part in the Southampton Maths Challenge.

Year 9

4 lessons a week

Still in Key Stage 3, students continue to develop their core mathematical skills and build strong foundations for their GCSE. Weekly homework tasks begin to assess a much wider range of skills than in Year 8. With four Mathematics lesson per week, students in Year 9 are able to meet many of the ideas that will underpin their GCSE course. 

Students can take part in the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge, the UKMT Team Maths Challenge, and the Southampton Maths Competition.

Year 10

3 lessons a week

In Year 10 the students continue working on their linear GCSE course with all the examinations at the end of Year 11. Students in the top two sets study for AQA’s Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics (sometimes described as an IGCSE in Further Mathematics) in addition to GCSE Mathematics. 

Students are set into 3 bands and Bands 1 and 2 are entered for Edexcel 9-1 Higher Tier (grades 4-9) and Band 3 for AQA 8300 Foundation Tier (grades 3-5).

Year 11

4 lessons per week

In Year 11 the students continue working on their two year GCSE course and students in the top two sets prepare for the AQA Further Mathematics exam as well as their GCSE Mathematics. All public exams are sat at the end of Year 11. In order to provide as much support as possible in Year 11 students receive 4 Maths lesson per week and also benefit from the addition of another set.

In the summer of Year 11 students sit the three GCSE papers as follows:
Paper 1 (Non-calculator) 1.5 hours, 80 marks
Paper 2 (Calculator allowed) 1.5 hours, 80 marks
Paper 3 (Calculator allowed) 1.5 hours, 80 marks

In addition students may also sit the AQA Certificate in Further Mathematics (8365). This is comprised of:
Paper 1 (Non-calculator) 1hour 45 minutes, 80 marks
Paper 2 (Calculator allowed) 1hour 45 minutes, 80 marks

A Level

5 lessons a week

Mathematics is no longer compulsory after Key Stage 4, but many students at JCG decide to continue with the subject beyond GCSE. Some recognise that studying A Level Mathematics gives them a set of skills that are crucial to success in the worlds of science, engineering and technology. Others appreciate the unique power of Mathematics and want to continue the journey of discovery that they have started during GCSE.

A Level Mathematics students study Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics over 2 years with internal examinations at the end of Year 12 and final external examinations at the end of Year 13. Students follow the OCR 2017 A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics courses.

The Further Mathematics courses cover Further Pure Maths, Further Mechanics and either Discrete Maths
or Further Statistics. Further Maths lessons are delivered in one of the Option blocks and students currently receive five lessons of Further Maths per week.

In addition our A Level students have the opportunity to take part in the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge 
and the Senior Team Challenge. Students can find support at the weekly Key Stage 5 Maths clinic. Some students will begin to consider studying Mathematics at university and can receive guidance and support in preparing their application and getting ready for university entrance examinations.