Mathematics

“To most outsiders, modern mathematics is unknown territory. Its borders are protected by dense thickets of technical terms; its landscapes are a mass of indecipherable equations and incomprehensible concepts. Few realize that the world of modern mathematics is rich with vivid images and provocative ideas.” Ivars Peterson

At Fearnhill, we expect you to: 

  • Be able to recall your times tables (up to 12). 
  • Come to school prepared with your maths equipment with you for every maths lesson (pen, pencil, ruler, protractor, compass, and calculator).
  • Attempt to use mathematical vocabulary during your maths lessons. 
  • Follow the maths department expectations when presenting your work.
  • Work collaboratively with peers and have mathematical discussions. 
  • Regularly use online resources for independent learning. 
  • Engage fully in your homework, completing it to the best of your ability. 

YEAR 7

In Year 7, we cover topics such as place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percentages, substitution, sequences and angles. Our scheme of work focuses on helping students understand these topics at a much deeper level. We use a variety of resources including My Maths which is an online maths resource.

YEAR 8

In Year 8, we cover topics such as prime numbers, indices, solving equations, ratio, proportion, percentage change, perimeter, area, volume, statistical graphs and averages. Our scheme of work focuses on helping the students understand the topics at a much deeper level. We use a variety of resources including My Maths, an online maths resource.

YEAR 9

In Year 9, we cover topics such as probability, formulae, graphs, sequences, quadratics and extended number skills. We focus on developing students’ ability to solve problems in a range of contexts and become independent learners. Students start studying the GCSE content from June, when they are introduced to some of the statistics topics which are part of the Stats GCSE specification. Our aim in Year 9 is to provide all students with a secure foundation of maths skills and confidence on which to build at KS4.

YEAR 10 & 11

Students will cover all topics from the new syllabus for Maths GCSE which is graded 9 – 1. They will learn how to unpick complex problems and will learn to apply their maths skills to multi-step problems. There are a huge range of resources available to students, including My Maths, Mathswatch, Pixl Maths app. These are online based resources which have practice questions, lessons and exam style questions for the students to practice. Mathswatch also has tutorial videos on every topic that is on the syllabus so students can use this to self-study/revise topics in their own time. The Pixl Maths app has PowerPoint and therapy videos available which can also help students with their revision.

YEAR 12 & 13

In 2018, Year 12 students are the first cohort of students to sit the reformed A level specification. Students study pure mathematics alongside applied mathematics (statistics and mechanics) for two years. In the first year, students build on the key topics that they studied at GCSE such as simultaneous equations, straight line geometry, surds and algebraic fractions. Students will be sitting their A level exam at the end of the second year studying this course.

In June 2018, Year 13 students are the last cohort of students to sit this model of the Mathematics A level. Students study 3 modules in this year which combine with their Year 12 results to make up the A level qualification. The modules studied are Core 3, Core 4 and Mechanics 1. Students can also continue the further maths A level. Students will build on the foundations of key topics such as integration and differentiation and develop their knowledge further.

ASSESSMENT

More details can be found below.

EXAM BOARD LINKS

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

Maths Homework club runs every lunch time in the computer rooms in the Maths block. There is always a maths teacher available to help the students with any problems the students may have. National Number Day to raise money for the NSPCC is also an activity in the department.

GIFTED & TALENTED

Gifted and Talented Students have the opportunity to participate in the annual UK Maths Challenges at the Junior, Intermediate and Senior level. Some students regularly get through to the follow-on rounds. We also enter students in the team challenges which take place in Cambridge. Two students in Year 9 regularly participate in the University of Hertfordshire Masterclasses. Some students in Year 11 have the opportunity of studying for an ‘Additional Maths’ qualification, as well as their GCSE Maths. All students are welcome at any time to get support or extra work in maths from their teachers. A trip is organised every year for some students in Year 10 to visit a college in Cambridge. The morning is spent looking around the college and the afternoon is spent at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences taking part in maths activities

FAQs

  • Do we need to buy text books?
    No, we provide all text books that students need.
  • Do we need a calculator?
    Yes though they are not used every lesson, students should have their own Scientific calculator. Throughout their time at Fearnhill, we will teach them how to use it effectively in preparation for their GCSE exams.
  • What other equipment will they need?
    Pen, pencil, ruler, eraser, protractor and a pair of compasses.

USEFUL WEBSITES

  • PiXL Maths App

  • MyMaths
    Initial login: Fearnhill – Initial password pyramid

  • MathsWatch
    Login: Surname followed by first initial @fearnhill
    e.g. williamse@fearnhill Password: password (unless the student has changed it)

 

We will also give you the following opportunities during your years at Fearnhill.

  • Participate in a UK Maths Challenge.
  • Represent your house in a Fearnhill Mathalon.
  • Regularly participate in times tables challenges.
  • Raise money for the NSPCC on National Number Day.Participate in a maths puzzle during form time.
  • Become Maths student of the half term.
  • Attend homework club to receive support or challenge yourself further.
  • KS3 students have the opportunity to assist with the running of the primary mathalon.
  • KS4 students have the opportunity to coach KS3 students by assisting with homework club.
  • KS5 students have the opportunity to coach KS4 students by running intervention sessions.