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The Belvedere Academy

Maths

We aim to instil a passion and appreciation for Mathematics and its myriad applications. We work hard to show that all students - no matter what gender or socio-economic background - can excel at Mathematics. Mathematics is not an easy subject; that is why it can be such a rewarding and fulfilling subject. Even the greatest mathematicians in history have had to wrestle with problems for many years before finding a solution. That is why we encourage our students to “get used to being stuck”. This develops “grit”, determination and mental fortitude in our students which means when they come across a difficult examination question, they do not simply give up, but they wrestle with the problem until they succeed.

The Department

We are a happy and cohesive department who thrive on two things: mathematics and food. We promote positivity through our quirkiness and love of Mathematics and motivate the girls’ learning by linking knowledge for the younger students to retail purchases and holiday budgeting, and for the older students population dynamics, the spread of a disease in a population, and the rate of reaction between two chemicals. As painful as they might be, we love a good Mathematics joke, are highly impressed by magic tricks and you can regularly find the younger students playing Pi dingbats on one of our special Mathematics days.

Course organisation

Pre-GCSE (Key Stage 3)

Year 7

Half Terms

1 & 2

Number

Measures

Expressions FDP

Angles

Half Terms

3 & 4

Graphs

Statistics

Transformations

Equations

Half Terms

5 & 6

Constructions

Sequences

Ratio and Proportion

Probability

Year 8

Half Terms

1 & 2

Number

Measures

Formulae

FDP

Angles

Half Terms

3 & 4

Graphs

Statistics

Transformations

Equations

Half Terms

5 & 6

Constructions and shape

Sequences

Ratio and Proportion

Probability

Year 9

Half Terms

1 & 2

Expressions and formulae

Equations

Constructions

Pythagoras and Trigonometry

Half Terms

3 & 4

Statistics

Graphs

Ratio and Proportion

Probability

Half Terms

5 & 6

Transformations

Sequences

Number

GCSE (Key Stage 4)

Year 10

Half Terms

1 & 2

Indices, surds, standard form. Equations, factorising, formulae, sequences

Fractions, ratio, proportion, percentages. Angles in polygons. Pythagoras, trigonometry.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Real life graphs, linear graphs, straight line graphs, quadratic graphs. Area and volume

Transformation and constructions, equations and inequalities, probability.

Half Terms

5 & 6

Similarity and congruence, multiplicative reasoning, further trigonometry,

Cumulative frequency, histograms,

Simultaneous equations. Quadratic graphs

Year 11

Half Terms

1 & 2

Volume and surface area.

Cumulative frequency and box plots,

Scatter graphs and correlation.

Calculating with roots and indices, exact calculations,

Standard form. Cubic and reciprocal functions, exponential and trigonometric functions.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Real life graphs, gradients and areas under curves. Equations of circles. Pythagoras’ theorem.

3D trig, Vectors, possibility spaces, tree diagrams, conditional probability.

Direct and inverse proportion

Half Terms

5 & 6

Linear sequences, quadratic sequences, special sequences. Growth and decay, rates of change, compound units

Preparation for GCSE exams

A-Level (Key Stage 5)

Year 12

Half Terms

1 & 2

Algebra & Functions.

Statistical Sampling

Data Presentation and interpretation

Quantities and units in mechanics

Kinematics 1 (constant acceleration)

Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane

Further algebra 

Data presentation and interpretation

Kinematics 1 (constant acceleration)

 

Half Terms

3 & 4

Trigonometry

2D Vectors

Probability

Statistical distributions

Forces & Newton’s laws

Differentiation

Integration

Statistical Hypothesis Testing.

Forces & Newton’s Laws

Formal AS assessment 1 

Formal AS 

Assessment 2 

Exponentials and logarithms 

Statistical hypothesis testing

Kinematics (variable acceleration)

Enrichment

High Achievers

Mathletes

Puzzle Club

Further Maths GCSE

Trips

UKMT regional maths challenge competition: a regional competition that is a day full of fun problem-solving team tasks

Year 10 Maths Feast competition -  is a fun educational challenge for Year 10 students which tests problem-solving and teamwork skills. 

Alan Turing code breaking day at Manchester University - a day with plenty of code-breaking action and a live cryptography challenge for all ages.

Girls in Maths day at Liverpool University - a mix of workshops and lectures, aiming to inspire girls to develop their love of Mathematics and explore future opportunities.

'What's the point?' Maths show at the Everyman Theatre - an inspiring show for Year 9 and 10 students with some of the most entertaining Maths speakers.

Staffing

Mrs J Jones - Vice Principal

Miss S. Convery - Mathematics Teacher

Miss K. Cooper - Mathematics Teacher, ITE mentor, CCF

Dr D. Davis - Assistant Curriculum Leader of Mathematics, KS5 Coordinator

Mrs C. Hughson - Key Stage 3 Maths Co-ordinator, PP Co-ordinator

Miss E. Nuttall - Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator, PP Co-ordinator

Mrs A. Mansfield - Mathematics Teacher, Head of Upper School

 

 

 

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