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The Buckingham School

The Buckingham School

Maths

The aim of the Mathematics Department is to help our students to reach their mathematical potential by providing an environment that nurtures confidence and an interest in the subject. Mathematics is the key to opportunity.  As such we help our students by providing them with high quality lessons that engage their learning as well as developing their own mathematics skills and style. ​Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Students are exposed to the four main areas of Mathematics as stated below:

  • Number      
  • Algebra      
  • Shape and space       
  • Data handling  
  • Ratio and Proportion

These topics will be tested every half term, with the aim of having a final examination that is assessed internally at the end of each year.

Key Stage 4 

Mathematics GCSE

The main GCSE course that Years 9, 10 and 11 will follow is the new Edexcel maths (1-9). This specification is focuses on:

  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry     
  • Statistics        

The assessment structure is 3 linear papers, two calculator and one non-calculator. Each paper carries equal weighting and can assess the entire specification.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

A2 Level students follow the A2 Level Edexcel (9371) examinations. These include the following major topics with a description of each:

Core 3 - Algebra and functions; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; numerical methods

Core 4 - Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration; vectors.

Decision 1 - Mathematical models in decision making and understanding the algorithms behind them. 

Homework and Assignments

Students in key stage 3 will be set 1 hour of homework per week. These could be in the form of a research task or an online assessment.

Students in key stage 4 are given 1 hour of homework per week.  The homework is usually set in the form of a research task, extended project or past test revision.

Key stage 5 students are expected to complete an hour of revision and homework assignments for every Mathematics lesson they are required to attend.  In most cases this will be five hours of work. In order to be successful in AS and A2, students must work outside of the classroom and will be expected to research and read around topics themselves without being directed to by the teacher.

Department Staff

  • Ms Saunders
  • Mr Stanford
  • Ms Thickbroom
  • Mr Allen
  • Mrs Forbes
  • Mr Waine
  • Mr Siu
  • Mr Beaumont  (Curriculum Leader)

Extra-Curricular Activities

Students in Years 7 to 13 students are involved in the UKMT Maths Challenges (Leeds University). These challenges are a post GCSE exam that we give to the brightest mathematicians. There are three challenges which include the senior challenge for key stage 5, an intermediate challenge for key stage 4 and a junior challenge for key stage 3 students.  

Two separate Mathematics support workshops are offered on Thursdays. The Key Stage 4 (GCSE) workshop (for Years 9 to 11) runs in room M5 after school (and sometimes over-spills into room M4 due to strong attendance). It is frequently supported by two or more members of teaching staff.  The Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and 8) workshops are invitation-only intervention-led events."

The school has recently been working with the Royal Institution and Buckingham School pupils have been selected, against a very competitive field, to attend a series of mathematics master-classes at Bletchley Park. Further work with the Royal Institution is planned for the year ahead.

Mathematics master-class at Bletchley Park