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The maths department aims to help each students achieve their full potential, stretching the most able students as well as supporting those students for whom mathematics is not their strongest subject.

The department runs weekly extension classes for Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8), GCSE and for sixth form mathematicians. Outside lessons, pupils take part in the UKMT Mathematics competition and our students have been very successful.

The approach to teaching mathematics at Central Foundation Boys’ is based firmly on the belief that it is a fascinating subject in itself, but also that it is the language of science and technology and that it is a vital tool in our every day lives. Mathematical training disciplines the mind, develops logical and critical reasoning, and develops analytical and problem-solving skills to a high degree. The Department places a considerable emphasis, at all levels, on the practical applications of mathematics.

The Department is fortunate to have well-qualified teachers, who love their subject, delivering the curriculum and we operate as a very strong team. The approach the department takes in developing young mathematicians is excellent.

Parents and pupils are encouraged to use http://www.mymaths.co.uk/ and https://www.pearsonactivelearn.com/to assist in their learning.

Each pupil (and parent) should have login details; if you do not have this information please request them from the teacher either in person or via e-mail.

Mathematics

The maths department aims to help each students achieve their full potential, stretching the most able students as well as supporting those students for whom mathematics is not their strongest subject.

The department runs weekly extension classes for Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8), GCSE and for sixth form mathematicians. Outside lessons, pupils take part in the UKMT Mathematics competition and our students have been very successful.

The approach to teaching mathematics at Central Foundation Boys’ is based firmly on the belief that it is a fascinating subject in itself, but also that it is the language of science and technology and that it is a vital tool in our every day lives. Mathematical training disciplines the mind, develops logical and critical reasoning, and develops analytical and problem-solving skills to a high degree. The Department places a considerable emphasis, at all levels, on the practical applications of mathematics.

The Department is fortunate to have ten well-qualified teachers, who love their subject, delivering the curriculum and we operate as a very strong team. The approach the department takes in developing young mathematicians is excellent.

Parents and pupils are encouraged to use http://www.mymaths.co.uk/and https://www.pearsonactivelearn.com/to assist in their learning.

Each pupil (and parent) should have login details; if you do not have this information please request them from the teacher either in person or via e-mail.

KS 3
About the course

Throughout KS3 the students are taught in two bands, with 8 lessons contact time per fortnight. Their main resources are the Progress Student Maths textbooks and related digital access. Details of the course are given in the comprehensive KS3 schemes of work.

At this level students follow a two-year model. Students are introduced to Mathematics using a variety of teaching styles and technologies giving them the best opportunity to learn and understand the various concepts involved. High expectations are required to ensure a good foundation for progressing to GCSE level.

Students are given online homework via the interactive Mymathswebsite. This enables parents to assess their son’s progress at any time.

What they will learn
Over the two years students will learn a range of topics within Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measures and Data Handling. Emphasis will be made on the fluency in standard techniques and ability to reason and solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts.

How it will be assessed
Internal assessment only

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KS 4
About the course
GCSE level is based on a three-year model where students are examined at the end of the course in Year 11. Students are taught in seven ability sets. Contact time is 9 lessons per fortnight in Year 9 and 10 lessons per fortnight in both Years 10 & 11.

The main resources are Cambrige GCSE Mathematics (1MA1) for Edexcel texbooks with related digital access. Details of the course are given in the comprehensive GCSE schemes of work.

Mymaths is used to provide homework but is also a great resource for personal study. Parents can monitor their son’s activity and success online

What they will learn
Pupils will further their knowledge and conceptual understanding of Mathematics within the areas of Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and Rate of Change, Geometry and Measures, Probability and Statistics. There will be a greater focus on Number and Algebra for the more able student. Reasoning and communicating mathematically will also be key areas where pupils will be expected to be confident.

How it will be assessed
Year 9: Internal assessment only
Year 10: Internal assessment only
Year 11: Edexcel assessment

Exam board
Edexcel

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KS 5
About the course
Mathematics is a popular Sixth Form choice at Central Foundation Boys’. Mathematical skills are highly valued and sought after. Many of our students make direct and indirect use of their mathematics A level at University by studying subjects such as Maths, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry & Economics.

The Mathematics A Level and Further Mathematics are two-year courses. Students take three modules each year for A Level Mathematics and an additional three modules for Further Mathematics.

A Level mathematics differs considerably from GCSE, both in the style of teaching and in the greater demands made on the students’ ability to:

  • understand and construct complex algebraic arguments and formal definitions;
  • solve sophisticated multi-stage problems;
  • deal with increasing levels of algebraic problems.

With this in mind students will need to be prepared to complete a good deal of private study.

Entry requirement is 6 GCSEs grade A to C including at least a grade B in Mathematics.

Entry requirement

Entry requirement is 6 GCSEs grade A to C including at least a grade B in Mathematics for A Level Mathematics and A grade for the Further Mathematics Level.

Contact time

AS & A2 Mathematics

Year 12: 2 groups, 12 lessons per fortnight

Year 13: 2 groups, 12 lessons per fortnight

Further Mathematics

Year 12: 1 groups, 12 lessons per fortnight

Year 13: 1 groups, 12 lessons per fortnight

What they will learn

Core modules include trigonometrical and exponential functions, sequences and series, an introduction to calculus and cartesian geometry. Statistics modules include analysing and interpretation of data and probability distributions. Mechanics modules include laws of Newton, dynamics and vectors. Homework is based on exam questions, marked and then interactive discussions with pupils are conducted.

How it will be assessed

AS & A2 Maths:

Year 12: May/June

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics

Paper 2: Statistics and Mechanics

Year 13: May/June

Core 3, Core 4, Mech 1.

Further Maths:

Year 12: May/June

Paper 1: Core Pure Mathematics

Paper 2: Option 2K: Decision Maths 1 and Decision Maths 2

Year 13: May/June: FP2, D2, Mech 2

Exam board

Edexcel

Future Career Paths in subject
Education
As a core subject Mathematics is required for many courses in further education, common courses are: Mathematics, Medicine, Engineering, Teaching to name a few.

Employment

Teaching, Medicine, Scientific Research, Design and Development, Management Services and Computing, Financial work including Accountancy and Actuarial work, Statistical work.

Head of Department:

Mr Mohamud

 

Email:
MohamudI@cfbs.islington.sch.uk

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