Specification: CAMBRIDGE CIE 0580
The Cambridge IGCSE Maths syllabus is designed to prioritse the learning of mathematical knowledge in this fundamental and essential subject. Skills are then developed to empower pupils to employ the knowledge gained. The syllabus builds confidence by helping pupils to recognise patterns, relationships and offering opportunities for getting a feel for numbers. This confidence and knowlege, understanding and skills are then used to problem solve and interpret / present results. Mathematical concepts gained form the syllabus develop reasoning and communication skills.
The Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics course will be followed, which is a fully accredited internationally recognised qualification. The Extended syllabus will be followed. The topics covered in the syllabus are Numbers, Algebra & Graphs, Geometry, Mensuration, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Matrices & Transformations, Probability and Statistics.
The course is assessed officially through exams at the end of the year 11 academic year, but there will also be continuous assessment during term time by way of in-class tests.
The subject providies a basis for further study, in mathematics and in particular the sciences and engineering.
Teacher assessments are continuous during LIVE TAUGHT lessons, marking of coursework and assignments and summative tests.
Homework will be given at the end of each week, usually in the form of problems to solve, researching key concepts.
Parents have 24 /7 access to all of their children's coursework. Additionally the school holds 3 parent consultaions per year - one each term.
The mathematics course here at CHS will focus on the development of key mathematical skills that will prove useful in all aspects of life, concentrating on the application of maths to other key life skills. The course will also provide a strong basis for further study. An understanding of numbers, patterns and relationships will be developed and key problem-solving skills emphasised. By the end of their studies, students will be able to confidently communicate and reason using mathematical concepts.
The national Key Stage 3 curriculum will be followed. The topics covered in the syllabus are Numbers, Algebra, Ratios, Proportion & Rates of Change, Geometry & Measures, Probability and Statistics.
The students will be continuously assessed by way of in-class tests and at the end of year 9 will sit mock SAT exams.
Class sizes will be small, no more than 10 students. A typical lesson will consist of time lecturing and discussing key concepts, in which the student will be expected to take notes and engage in the discussion, alongside time spent answering questions and solving problems, both alone and working with the rest of the class. The problems will come from a variety of sources including past exam papers and textbooks.
Homework will be set weekly and should be completed promptly and scanned and uploaded for marking where possible.
All course information and material will be disseminated via the online platform Moodle, which will also serve as a subject forum and message board whereby students can engage in discussion and can ask the teacher and each other questions.
A scientific calculator is mandatory. The lessons will be delivered via the WizIQ virtual classroom, which consists of a virtual whiteboard that both students and the teacher can write upon. In mathematics, drawing diagrams and handwriting calculations is key to learning, so all students will be required to purchase a graphics tablet and stylus pen in order to be able to answers problems on the whiteboard. There are many such tablets available on Amazon, we recommend the Trust Flex Graphic Tablet (~£25), or if you have an iPad and Macintosh, we recommend purchasing a Wacom Bamboo Stylus (~£6) and downloading the Astropad application (~£15) from the app store. Students will be expected to take notes so a lined paper will be also be necessary, alongside a ruler, protractor and drawing compass. A printer and scanner will also be useful.
Mrs. Hopkins is a highly trained, qualified maths teacher with 24 years teaching experience. Her love of the subject is apparent
to all of her pupils and is infectious. Mrs. Hopkins has a fine record of motivating pupils to outstanding success in mathematics
Since stаrting teaching online in September 2013 аll of my students hаve аchieved а C grаde оr higher, the mаjоrity оf whоm
mоved up twо grаdes. Of my Lower school / Key Stаge 3 pupils they hаve аll been mоved up аt leаst а set since stаrting with
me. Sоme оf my students (pаst аnd present) hаve аnxiety issues. One оf them hаd nоt аttended schооl since Yeаr 9. I stаrted
teaching him in Yeаr 11 аnd he went оn tо аchieve а grаde C in his mаths. Sоme оf my students hаve аlsо been dyslexic аnd
very lаcking in cоnfidence but hаve gоne оn tо аchieve the grаde C.
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оf yeаrs, rоles in which I hаve аlwаys received excellent feedbаck аnd аssessment.
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Recommended Reading Material
Nothing mandatory as we expect the lessons to be self-contained, but some recommended textbooks are the CGP KS3 Maths Workbook & Study Guides and Collins KS3 Workbooks.
Nothing mandatory as we expect the lessons to be self-contained, but the officially recommended textbook to support the IGCSE course is the Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics Core and Extended Third Edition, which contains all the information and practice questions necessary to pass the exam.
Head of Maths: Mrs. Hopkins
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