What Is Mathematics?
Here at Cynffig we strive to ensure that we are able to facilitate a balanced and challenging mathematical education for all the pupils. We promote the teaching of the skills required to enjoy the subject at any level. There is great emphasis on teaching the basic numerical skills required for a sound grasp of numeracy across the curriculum. We also give the pupils the confidence to apply these skills to solving practical problems. We are keen to encourage pupils to consider studying the subject beyond their school career. This could be as part of a college course or as a subject in its own right.
In Mathematics, students will use the resources offered by the Mathematical Enhancement Project. This is a
comprehensive course of study with many resources available for both the teacher and the student.
The assessment procedures of this course allows us to rigorously monitor the progress of the pupils. At the end this key
stage students are assessed in accordance with government instructions and are given an end of key stage level.
At Key Stage 3:
In Year 7 pupils study two books (7A and 7B) which contain a total of 22 units. Pupils will study a unit to a depth dependant on their ability. Each unit contains differentiated consolidation tasks.
Again, Year 8 pupils study two books (8A and 8B) which contain a total of 20 units.
As before, Year 9 pupils study two books (9A and 9B) which also contain a total of 20 units.
Pupils are assessed regularly throughout the course by means of diagnostic tests. The tests are taken when a number of units have been studied. Previous units from earlier diagnostic tests are included in the later tests.
The diagnostic tests are available in three levels of difficulty. Every pupil will have a chance to succeed at these tests.
Performance in the tests will allow the pupil to be assessed at the correct key stage 3 level.
At Key Stage 4:
The department teaches a Linear GCSE mathematics course offered by WJEC. The course is structured in two tiers, higher level and foundation level. A grade C can be achieved in both tiers.
Students are entered for the GCSE at the end of year 10 if they have successfully completed the course of study by then. Otherwise, pupils are entered for the examination in Year 11.
From September 2013 those students who have successfully achieved their target grade at GCSE will pursue either an Additional Mathematics course offered by the WJEC or a Level 2 course in Personal Finance offered by the ifs School of Finance. This course replaces the Level 2 course Use of Mathematics.
Assessment at key stage 4 takes the form of topic tests and examination past-papers. In order to be entered for higher level, pupils will have to perform in higher level tests to a higher level standard.
At Key Stage 5:
The department teaches an A level Mathematics course offered by WJEC . This is a modular course of study consisting of six written modules. The students take examinations for three modules in year 12. If they choose to, the students can cash in these modules and be awarded an AS certificate in Mathematics. The remaining three modules are taken in year 13 and this leads to a full A Level certificate in Mathematics.
Revision classes are offered by all members of the department throughout the year. Students will always be able to attend an alternative revision class if they are unable to attend the one offered by their teacher.
The mathematics department also enters students for Junior and Intermediate challenges, run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust.