Maths
In KS5 we also offer a maths resit / foundation stage course as well as a Further Maths Course.
In KS3 Maths, we study the following:
 number and algebra, including – fractions, decimals, percentage and ratio
 algebraic manipulation, solving and substitution
 drawing and interpreting graphs
 shape and space which incorporates – perimeter, area and volume, understanding transformations and angles
 handling data, including – drawing and interpreting statistical graphs, understanding averages and measures of spread, understanding and interpreting probability
Assessment
 a midyear calculator or noncalculator written paper
 an end of year calculator or noncalculator written paper
 three internal assessment points per year on particular topics (Year 7; number work, area and perimeter, angles. Year 8; mental methods, averages, negative numbers. Year 9; sequences, graphs, skills test – on a mixture of topics).
 written and verbal feedback on each assessment coupled with individualised targets for every student
 students selfassess and peer assess their work
Learning beyond the classroom
 completing and marking your revision tasks before assessments
 attending the study support group at lunch time in D19
 using www.mymaths.co.uk
 using www.corbettmaths.com
Teachers of KS3 Maths
 Mrs L Brewer – Head of Maths
 Mrs S Crowle – Second in Maths
 Miss E Lambden Headteacher and Teacher of Maths
 Mr A Rickard – Assistant Headteacher and Teacher of Maths
 Mrs J Hudson – Teacher of Maths and Head of Year 7
 Mrs S Plumbridge – Teacher of Maths
 Mr P Blenkey – Teacher of Maths
 Mrs C Baxter – Teacher of Maths
 Mrs B Bennett – Teacher of Maths
 Dr S O’Mahony – Teacher of Maths
 Mr D Holmes Teacher of Maths, Science and Head of Year 11
In KS4 Maths, we study the following:
Students will build on their knowledge from KS3 including:
 number and algebra, this includes factorising into one bracket and solving simultaneous equations with one linear and one quadratic equation (higher only)
 shape and space, Pythagoras, and complex geometrical vector questions (higher only)
 handling data, relative frequency and probability using tree diagrams without replacement (higher only)
Assessment
 written and verbal feedback on each assessment coupled with individualised targets for every student
 students selfassess and peer assess their work
Year 10
 three separate assessments across the year covering a variety of topics. Revision sheets and mymaths lists are provided to work on in lessons and at home.
Year 11
 internal mock exams one noncalculator and one calculator
 final GCSE AQA Mathematics exam which consists of three exams, one noncalculator and two calculator. All exams are 1.5 hours long.
Learning beyond the classroom
 completing and marking revision tasks before assessments
 attending the study support group at lunch time in D19
 using www. mymaths.co.uk
 purchasing and using the Maths Department past paper revision pack in Year 11
 purchasing the Corbett maths revision cards, these can be bought through school
 using www.corbettmaths.com
Teachers of KS4 Maths
 Mrs L Brewer – Head of Maths
 Mrs S Crowle – Second in Maths
 Miss E Lambden Headteacher and Teacher of Maths
 Mr A Rickard – Assistant Headteacher and Teacher of Maths
 Mrs J Hudson – Teacher of Maths and Head of Year 7
 Mrs S Plumbridge – Teacher of Maths
 Mr P Blenkey – Teacher of Maths
 Mrs B Bennett – Teacher of Maths
 Dr S O’Mahony – Teacher of Maths
 Mrs C Baxter – Teacher of Maths
 Mr D Holmes – Teacher of Maths, Science and Head of Year 11
In KS5 Core Maths, we study the following:
This Level 3 Certificate Mathematical Studies qualification will consolidate students’ mathematical understanding, build their confidence and competence in applying mathematical techniques to solve a range of problems and introduce them to new techniques and concepts that will prepare them for further study and future employment within a broad range of academic, professional and technical fields. Students will learn about mathematical modelling, data analysis, personal finance, critical analysis, expectation and core costbenefit.
Assessment
 Students are regularly assessed with homework, exam style questions and internal written assessments
 This is an AS level qualification, AQA Mathematical Studies 1350 (option B) which means the exam is at the end of Year 12.
 The exam consists of 2 papers:

 Paper 1: Core maths
 Paper 2: Option B – Critical path and risk analysis
 The assessments are 1.5 hours each
 Calculators can be used in the assessments
Learning beyond the classroom

 completing and marking homework and revision tasks
 attending the study support group on Thursdays after school
 using www. mymaths.co.uk
Teachers of KS5 Core Maths

 Mrs L Brewer – Head of Maths
 Mrs S Crowle – Second in Maths
In KS5 A Level Maths, we study the following:
The A level Mathematics course builds from GCSE level Mathematics and introduces calculus and its applications. It emphasises how mathematical ideas are interconnected and how mathematics can be applied to model situations using algebra and other representations, to help make sense of data, to understand the physical world and to solve problems in a variety of contexts, including social sciences and business. All students will be assessed on their knowledge of Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics.
Pure Mathematics
Students will build on skills from GCSE including those involving surds, indices, quadratic equations, algebraic inequalities and graphical representations. They will learn to use differentiation and integration in various contexts, extend their knowledge of trigonometry, and work with sequences, functions and binomial expansions.
Statistics
There is a focus on exploring data as well as learning about probability distributions (normal, binomial and discrete distributions). The language of hypothesis testing is introduced to give students a fascinating insight into how statistics can help reach informed conclusions about questions such as whether a medicine is effective or a jury biased.
Mechanics
Mechanics looks at an elegantly simple mathematical model for physical situations: for example, how high does a cannon ball reach if it is fired at a certain angle at a given velocity? How much brake power must be applied to stop a runaway train? The course covers the equations of motion for systems involving constant acceleration as well as applying Newton’s laws in basic situations.
Assessment
 At Thirsk, students do not take the AS exam at the end of Year 12, but students will sit a full mock in the Summer term which is on all the Year 12 work.
 Throughout Year 12 and 13, students will be regularly assessed by homework, written internal tests and informally by their teacher. Mock exams take place in January of Year 13.
 The A Level exam Edexcel Mathematics 9MA0 consists of 3 papers:

 Paper 1 and 2: Pure Mathematics
 Paper 3: Mechanics and Statistics
 The assessments are 2 hours each
 Calculators can be used in all the assessments.
 The booklet ‘Mathematical Formulae and Statistical Tables’ will be provided for use in the assessments.
Learning beyond the classroom

 completing and marking homework and revision tasks
 attending the study support group on Thursdays after school
 using www. mymaths.co.uk
Teachers of KS5 A Level Maths
 Mrs L Brewer – Head of Maths
 Mrs S Crowle – Second in Maths
 Mrs J Hudson – Teacher of Maths and Head of Year 7
 Mrs S Plumbridge – Teacher of Maths
 Mr P Blenkey – Teacher of Maths
 Mrs C Baxter – Teacher of Maths
In KS5 Further A Level Maths, we study the following:
Further Core Pure Mathematics
The course introduces students to a new number system: the complex numbers, which contains not only the answer to “what number, has the property that ?”, but also poses many new and interesting questions in which geometrical skills can be applied to shed light on algebraic problems. Students will learn to use matrices both to solve simultaneous equations and to explore transformations of points and shapes on the plane, and they will learn much more about using vectors to describe objects than that encountered at GCSE level. The calculus which they encounter in their A Level mathematics course is extended and developed so that they are able to solve a much greater number of problems, including finding solutions to equations which involve rates of change. Students will learn to describe points in space using not only (x, y) coordinates but using polar coordinates, through doing so encountering a much wider array of interesting graphs and functions.
Further Statistics
There is a focus on exploring data as well as learning about probability distributions (Poisson, Chisquared, Geometric). The language of hypothesis testing extended from the A Level. Students will also learn about the central limit theorem and the quality of tests.
Further Mechanics
In mechanics, we look at momentum in more detail, work, power and energy, springs and strings, and collisions.
Assessment
 Students are regularly assessed with homework, exam style questions and internal written assessments
 Edexcel AS Further Mathematics 8FM0 (option E) exams are taken at the end of Year 12.
Year12

 Paper 1: Core Pure Mathematics
 Paper 2: Further Mechanics and Further Statistics
 The papers are 1hour 40 minutes each
 Calculators can be used in the assessments
 The booklet ‘Mathematical Formulae and Statistical Tables’ will be provided for use in the assessments
Year 13
The A Level exam Edexcel Further Mathematics 9FM0 (option E) consists of 4 papers:

 Paper 1 and 2: Core Pure Mathematics
 Paper 3: Further Mechanics
 Paper 4: Further Statistics
 The papers are 1.5 hours each
 Calculators can be used in the assessments
 The booklet ‘Mathematical Formulae and Statistical Tables’ will be provided for use in the assessments
Learning beyond the classroom

 completing and marking homework and revision tasks
 attending the study support group on Thursdays after school
 using www. mymaths.co.uk
Teachers of KS5 Further A Level Maths
 Mrs L Brewer – Head of Maths
 Mrs S Crowle – Second in Maths
 Mrs J Hudson – Teacher of Maths and Head of Year 7