Mathematical thinking and skills can develop personal attributes of: decision making, problem solving, financing as well as many more. Mathematics can provide the thinking tools for further study, the workplace and for everyday life.
While studying Mathematics at Dene Community School, it is hoped that our students will develop and apply their mathematical skills and abilities and become open minded learners. All students are appropriately challenged in order for them to reach their full potential mathematically.
Key Stage 3
Throughout Key Stage 3 students study a range of topics covering four main areas of Mathematics:
- Geometry and Measures
- Data Handling
Students are grouped on entry into sets by mathematical ability. Regular assessments ensure students are in the most appropriate ability group and the work set is challenging but also achievable.
Homework is usually set online using www.mymaths.co.uk. All students are given their own login and username and regular homework will be set, marked and feedback given online. At Dene Community School we believe homework is an integral part of students’ learning. It is expected that homework be returned completed, on time and to the best of our students’ abilities. The purpose of homework being to consolidate students’ learning outside of the classroom.
When pupils reach year 9 at Dene Community School, we bridge the transition between Key Stage 3 and GCSE by beginning to prepare our students for learning at Key Stage 4 in the summer term.
Key Stage 4
At Dene Community School all students follow the Edexcel Linear course. There are two tiers:
- Foundation Grades G to C
- Higher Grades D to A*
The GCSE Mathematics exams consist of 2 exam papers, including calculator and non calculator questions.
Homework at Key Stage 4 is mostly past exam questions and papers. These resources enable our pupils to gain an understanding of the exams and to practice their Mathematics. All students are given the opportunity to attend revision sessions in the run up to exams.
At Dene we offer GCSE Statistics as an option for Pathway 2 students. Statistics is a two year course. The study of Statistics involves:
- Data Collection
- Interpretation of Data
- Representation of Data
- Measures of location and spread
- Correlation and regression
Pathway 3 students will also study ‘Use of Mathematics’, this is a stand-alone GCSE qualification which deals with Functional Mathematics.