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Introduction

Mathematics is a Core Subject so it is studied by every student in the Academy. Mathematics is such an important part of modern life that no student can really function in the world without at least a basic grasp of numeracy.  At BBA we try hard to make Maths interesting and relevant to the lives of the students and to give them an insight into the importance of Maths in our world.

All students will sit GCSE Mathematics in Y11 with students being able to choose GCSE Statistics as an option subject of they wish.

Mathematics at Key Stage 3 

We follow the statutory programme of study for Key Stage 3 set by the Department of Education.

During Key Stage 3 students will study:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Handling Data and Probability
  • Using and Applying Mathematics
  • Applying Mathematics to Real-Life Situations

Internal Assessment:

  • Students will sit internal exams four times a year. They will be provided with a breakdown of their marks which highlights areas they performed well in and those which they need to revise using Mathswatchvle.com.
  • Students will be set homework every week.  Homework may be via Mathswatch which will instantly mark their answers so they can immediately check their own understanding.  Homework may also be set on paper.

MATHS AT Key Stage 4: gcse MATHEMATICS 

We follow the AQA GCSE Mathematics programme of study.

Students will sit three exams at the end of Year 11, these exams are equally weighted. The first exam is a non-calculator exam and students are allowed a calculator for the other two. Students need a scientific calculator for these exams and we recommend you purchase a Casio FX-83GT (these can be purchased through the school).

Students will study:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Statistics
  • Using and Applying Mathematics
  • Applying Mathematics to Real-Life Situations

Internal Assessment:

  • Students will sit full mock exams twice a year. They will be provided with a breakdown of their marks which highlights areas they performed well in and those which they need to revise using Mathswatchvle.com.
  • Students will also sit end of topic tests and be given the opportunity to engage with the exam board’s mark schemes for these.
  • Students will be set homework every week.  Homework may be via Mathswatch which will instantly mark their answers so they can immediately check their own understanding.  Homework may also be set on paper.

statistics at key stage 4 (optional gcse)
 

We follow the Edexcel GCSE Statistics programme of study.

Students will sit two calculator exams at the end of Year 11 which are equally weighted.

Students need a scientific calculator for these exams and we recommend you purchase a Casio FX-83GT (these can be purchased through the school).

Students will study:

  • Collection of data
  • Processing and representing data
  • Summarising data
  • Scatter diagrams and correlation
  • Time series
  • Probability
  • Index numbers
  • Probability distributions

Internal Assessment:

  • Students will sit internal exams twice a year. They will be provided with a breakdown of their marks which highlights areas they performed well in and those which they need to revise.
  • Students will be set homework every week.  
  • Students will be regularly given exam questions to do and feedback will be given on these.

 

Equipment needed for Mathematics

Students need to bring the following to every Mathematics and Statistics lesson:

  • Black/Blue Pen (including a spare)
  • Green Pen
  • Pencil and sharpener or mechanical pencil
  • Rubber
  • Ruler
  • Protractor
  • Compass
  • Scientific Calculator with Natural Display (eg Casio Fx-83GT or better)

Geometrical equipment sets and calculators can be purchased from the school, please contact your child’s teacher.