Mathematics

Department Staffing & Roles

  • Mrs E Peers (Head of Mathematics)
  • Mr D Coring (Second in Mathematics)
  • Mr M Molloy (Director of Data)
  • Miss L Arrowsmith (Classroom Teacher Mathematics)
  • Mrs C Cowen (Classroom Teacher Mathematics)
  • Miss C Daley (Classroom Teacher Mathematics)
  • Mrs L Farrington (HLTA Mathematics)
  • Mrs Y Guy (Classroom Teacher Mathematics)
  • Mr G Haywood (Classroom Teacher Mathematics)
  • Miss L McNeill (Classroom Teacher Mathematics / Joint Leader of Personal Development)
  • Miss P Powell (Classroom Teacher Mathematics)

The mathematics curriculum at Ormiston Chadwick Academy is designed to assess and build on prior knowledge to equip pupils mathematically for the future.

Whether you want to design the world’s largest roller coaster, train the best athletes or own your own business. Whether you want to develop problem-solving skills, know how to choose the best deal or understand how to budget, mathematics at Ormiston Chadwick Academy will equip you with the skills necessary to allow you to apply in whatever situation arises.

“Arithmetic is being able to count up to 20 without taking off your shoes” – Mickey Mouse.

KS3 Intent

In Year 7 – 9, students follow the White Rose Maths Scheme of Learning. The scheme focuses on deeper understanding for learners. It is designed to gradually increase ability, addressing and securing knowledge with deep understanding. The mastery approach allows learners to make connections over time and review. We want students at KS3 to build their confidence with the areas of mathematics that will help them to transition into their GCSE years at KS4, as well as developing a love of mathematics.

KS4

Students study the Edexcel GCSE course, beginning in Year 10 and continuing into Year 11. There are two tiers, Foundation (Grade 1 – Grade 5) and Higher (Grade 3 – Grade 9). Students will cover the content as detailed in the Edexcel Scheme of Work and will experience topic areas under the subject content headings of:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability and statistics

Once students have completed the course, their class will follow a bespoke scheme of learning, based on their fortnightly exams, to address their individual needs to prepare for their GCSE exams in the summer term.

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During KS4, we want to equip students with the necessary knowledge and support to achieve outstanding GCSE results as well as preparing them to continue their mathematics education as they move to college and beyond.

  • Year 7 – 4 hours per week
  • Year 7 – 4 hours per week
  • Year 9 – 4 hours per week
  • Year 10 – 5 hours per week
  • Year 11 – 5 hours per week

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

At OCA, we strongly believe that careers education is a vital aspect of our curriculum. In maths, we aim to broaden our pupils’ idea of the opportunities available to them post-16. In order to do this, we include careers links in each lesson; through discussions and tasks showing how different careers use mathematics.

We are currently in contact with employers/companies to provide some exciting opportunities for students to experience how mathematics links to different jobs & careers.

Further Education Opportunities

Locally, we have excellent post-16 provisions for studying mathematics at A-Level and beyond. Below are some links for further study options for mathematics:

In order to prepare for A level mathematics, HegartyMaths has produced a list of tasks that students’ should work through to best prepare themselves for the demands of A-level mathematics along with some lessons.

Preparing for A-Level HegartyMaths Course

An Introduction to A Level Maths Lessons with HegartyMaths (Video Playlist)

Chess Club

The chess club is available for those problem solvers and critical thinkers who want to enhance their skills through the complex game of chess.  Students are able to take their skill at the game and progress into competitions.

Maths Homework Club

A large portion of our homework is online learning. This is usually set on DrFrostMaths or HegartyMaths. To support students with completing this Mrs Farrington runs the Homework Club in H8 on Thursdays after school. If students wish to come to spend more time looking at our online learning resources, they are more than welcome to also attend.

STEM Club

The mathematics department take part in the OCA STEM club, a club running once a week which looks at science, technology, engineering and mathematics, for students wanting to look deeper into problem solving/real life uses of mathematics.

Year 11 Intervention

Year 11 follow a whole school enrichment timetable, however we also offer sessions after school on Monday/Friday 3 – 4pm with our Year 11 staff. All students are welcome to attend.

The best way to learn maths is to do maths!”

There are many revision websites that can be used to revise for mathematics, complete with examples, questions and answers to aid revision at home.

(Click on the titles for each section for a direct link).

Hegarty Maths
Students should be familiar with this already. Hundreds of hours of video examples and questions on almost every maths topic you can think of. All pupils at OCA have access to this resource – If you can’t remember your username or password email your class teacher to reset it for you.

DrFrostMaths

Students should be familiar with this already. Hundreds of hours of video examples and questions on almost every maths topic you can think of. All pupils at OCA have access to this resource – If you can’t remember your username or password email your class teacher to reset it for you.

BBC Bitesize
Exam board content from BBC Bitesize for students in England, Northern Ireland or Wales. At OCA we are with the exam board ‘Edexcel’

Superstar Maths
A growing collection of instructional maths videos on Youtube, created by the Head of Department at OCA.

Maths Genie

GCSE Revision videos, exam style questions and solutions split into topic and grade.

CorbettMaths: 5-a-day
A collection of questions & answers updated daily! 5 questions a day split into 5 different difficulty levels. Could be perfect if you’re aiming for 15 minutes of maths revision daily.

CorbettMaths: Videos & Worksheets

GCSE Revision videos, exam style questions and solutions split into topics.

Mathsbot: Differentiated Questions
Generates a set of differentiated questions on your chosen topic. Answers can be revealed individually by clicking on the tiles or by using the ‘Show Answers’ button.

Mathsbot: GCSE Revision Grid
This is amazing! Generates the longer form, wordy GCSE Questions, which you can filter by topic or go for a random selection. You can ever choose your tier (Foundation or Higher) and whether you want calculator or non-calculator questions.

Mathsbot: GCSE Practice Papers
At the risk of repeating myself, this too is amazing. You can generate GCSE practice papers of any length you want, with questions from any given subject area, and the answers are included.

Mathsbot: Quick Question Generator
Choose the topic, choose the time limit, choose the number of questions, the difficulty, pretty much anything you want. It is a race against the clock!

Mathsbot: Topic Ladder
A set of interactive questions designed to be answered by you on a tablet or computer. Each topic ladder can be easily differentiated to suit your own needs.

Maths Made Easy Topic Revision
An excellent collection of resources split by topic, level and tier. Includes videos, worksheets, mock tests and interactive answers.

Save My Exams GCSE Topics
A large collection of questions for every GCSE topic you can think of. Works really well when revising a topic you have recently learnt in class.

Each of these accounts are full of topic examples and walk-throughs of maths GCSE exam papers (remember, we are with Edexcel). They sometimes have some alternative ways of approaching certain topics that you may prefer.

Revision Guides

If your child would like to purchase revision guides/workbooks/flash cards,
we have a limited number in school that can be purchased at a reduced price.

GCSE Essentials Bundle: Edexcel Maths - £10

  • GCSE Maths Edexcel Revision Guide
  • GCSE Maths Edexcel Exam Practice Workbook
  • GCSE Maths Edexcel 10-Minute Tests
  • GCSE Maths Edexcel Revision Question Cards

If you decide to purchase your own revision guides, ensure that they cover the Edexcel Specification which is the exam board we are currently studying.

Calculator
We also We recommend that your child gets their own scientific calculator.
The Casio fx-83GTX/fx-85GTX can be purchased from most supermarkets.
This will enable them to feel more confident when using a calculator and be familiar with their particular model, as different models will vary.
As two of the three of the maths GCSE is now calculator based, this is more important than ever.


Challenge:

For any students wishing to deepen their understanding/tackle more problem solving/investigation problems, Nrich Maths has some challenging problems to try at home.

MathOlympics

We take part in a trust wide competition in mathematics. Pupil must apply what they know to abstract problems while also having to complete a presentation to a panel. All of these skills are assessed in a competition format and last year the team got to the final and came a close second.

UKMT Maths Challenge

The UK Mathematics Trusts aim is to advance the education of young people in mathematics.

They do this by working with hundreds of volunteers across the UK to organize competitions promoting problem solving and team work and other mathematical enrichment activities.

We run the intermediate maths challenge which challenges pupils to problem solve and build resilience. The top performing pupils then move onto future rounds and even international competition.  There is also the option to take part in team competitions. Each year, dozens of Regional Finals of these competitions take place across the UK and culminate in a National Final attended by around 90 high-scoring teams.

Residential trip

This trip for Year 11 students will provide intensive revision prior to the exam. It will also aid pupils with revision and time management skills. There is also tasks to work on teamwork as well as communication and social skills so that pupils gain skills not just on maths and English

OAT Chess Challenge

Students take part in the OAT-wide chess challenges. Join chess club to take part.