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Mathematics

Primary

Early Years Foundation Stage

In the Nursery and Reception classes, students are given every opportunity to experience numbers, through stories, songs and through the formal teaching of the Mathematics Mastery scheme. Students experience counting with concrete manipulatives before drawing the sum and then solving the mathematical equation. The lesson is split into 6 parts and includes a talk task as well as a written task. They are encouraged to talk in sentences using specific mathematical vocabulary. Students are assessed through the early learning outcomes which have a number strand.

Key Stage One

In Years 1 and 2 students all follow the Mathematic Mastery scheme. The six part lesson is a structure developed to maximize learning. Concrete manipulatives are used to reinforce mathematical reasoning. Children move from dealing with concrete manipulatives (Dienes and cubes etc.) to drawing the sum and then writing the equation. Students are tested at the end of the Key Stage in Year 2. There is also a maths meeting which takes place for 15 minutes outside of the maths lesson. This reinforces basic maths principles in a very quick fire manner.

Key Stage Two

In Key Stage 2, Mathematics Mastery is also followed. The 6 part lesson and other Mathematics Mastery principles have been adopted into the key stage. The Key Stage follow the National Curriculum. Students are tested in Year 6 (SATs) in arithmetic and reasoning. Higher ability students are chosen to take part in competitive maths challenges with other schools. There is also a maths meeting for students which takes place for 15 minutes outside of their maths lesson. This reinforces basic maths principles in a very quick fire manner.

Secondary

Mathematics at Merchants’ Academy curriculum intent

At Merchants’ Academy, mathematics is for everyone. We aim to engage and enthuse students with essential mathematical knowledge and skills to reach their ultimate destination.

In years 7 and 8, students follow the modified mathematics mastery curriculum plan. This is intended to ensure that students have a strong foundation of key basic number and numeracy skills. We concentrate on depth over breadth, and different models and methods are used to explore mathematical concepts. We aim to ensure that our students acquire a deep, long term and a firm understanding of the subject.

Our mathematics curriculum is built upon how working memory works, and we have sequenced the content in a way that ensures that knowledge builds upon previous learning. During lessons, prior knowledge is ascertained to ensure students are consistently building upon their current understanding. In years 7 and 8, students are encouraged to physically represent mathematical concepts where possible. We use manipulatives such as Cuisenaire rods, bead ropes and Diene blocks to support students in their conceptual understanding.

At Key stage 4, we continue to build students’ understanding of mathematical concepts and develop further some abstract ideas. We aim to support students to be functional in real life and apply their mathematical knowledge to mathematical situations around us, e.g. taxes, loans, bus/train timetables and measuring area to mention a few real-life examples. We also develop and support students who intend to study mathematics at A level and university by giving our most able students the opportunity to study GCSE further maths. Students are supported to ensure that they are able to:

  • Accurately recall facts, interpret notations and carry out routine procedures.
  • Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically based on deductions, proofs and critical evaluation of presented information.
  • Solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts by making connections between different parts of mathematics, evaluate methods, obtained results and solutions, and how they can be affected by assumptions.

At Key stage 5, we delve deeper into familiar mathematical concepts as well as introducing new topics. For example, at GCSE students are taught to find the gradient of curves using the gradient of tangents, at A level students are taught how to calculate the gradient of curves using calculus. Additionally, students are supported in working with an extensive data set in order for them to develop their understanding of how data is interpolated and extrapolated from large data sets, this is an important life skill as it explains both how data can be manipulated using real-life examples and also the shortcomings of doing so.

Sixth Form

Mathematics at Merchants’ Academy curriculum intent

At Key stage 5, we delve deeper into familiar mathematical concepts as well as introducing new topics. For example, at GCSE students are taught to find the gradient of curves using the gradient of tangents, at A level students are taught how to calculate the gradient of curves using calculus. Additionally, students are supported in working with an extensive data set in order for them to develop their understanding of how data is interpolated and extrapolated from large data sets, this is an important life skill as it explains both how data can be manipulated using real-life examples and also the shortcomings of doing so.

Revision Resources

Use the following past exam papers and mark schemes to aid your mathematics revision.


Foundation tier    =    F            /            Higher tier    =    H

Set 1 AQA

Set 2 AQA

Set 3 AQA

Set 4 AQA

F - Paper 1

F - Mark scheme 1

F - Paper 1

F - Mark scheme 1

F - Paper 1

F - Mark scheme 1

F - Paper 1

F - Mark scheme 1

F - Paper 2

F - Mark scheme 2

F - Paper 2

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F - Paper 2

F - Mark scheme 2

F - Paper 2

F - Mark scheme 2

F - Paper 3

F- Mark scheme 3 

F - Paper 3

F - Mark scheme 3

F - Paper 3

F - Mark scheme 3

F - Paper 3

F - Mark scheme 3

H - Paper 1

H - Mark scheme 1

H - Paper 1

H - Mark scheme 1

H - Paper 1

H - Mark scheme 1

H - Paper 1

H - Mark scheme 1

H - Paper 2

H - Mark scheme 2

H - Paper 2

H - Mark scheme 2

H - Paper 2

H - Mark scheme 2

H - Paper 2

H - Mark scheme 2

H - Paper 3

H - Mark scheme 3

H - Paper 3

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H - Paper 3

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H - Paper 3

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Other mathematics exam questions with their worked out answers can be found below to aid your revision:

Foundation tier:    F - exam paper Q & A

Higher tier:    H - exam paper Q & A