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Cedars Upper School

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Maths

Team Leader: Mrs D Adams
Team Leader e-mail address: dadams@cedarsupper.org.uk

The Mathematics department is staffed by 12 mathematics teachers. We all teach the full range and ability of students from Year 9 – 11 and the majority of us teach A level as well.

The department offers the following courses:  

  • GCSE: Maths
  • GCSE: Statistics
  • FSMQ: Additional Maths
  • A level Core Maths
  • A Level Mathematics
  • A level Further Mathematics

(Information on the syllabus followed or each course and text books used is at the end of this page)

Each year approximately 60 students choose to study Maths at A level and there are an increasing number of students taking Further Mathematics each year. Our recent team review stated that there was “Outstanding subject knowledge demonstrated by teachers across the whole team and that students demonstrate positive behaviour and are often highly engaged".

Each year, we offer a range of out of school activities to support and enrich the mathematics curriculum such as:

  • Year 9/10 Maths and adventure trip to Snowdonia looking at the mathematics involved in the activities undertaken
  • United Kingdom Maths challenges for all year groups, and team challenges too
  • Edge Hill Mathematics problem solving competition
  • Sixth form trip to Open University Christmas Maths lecture

 

We often celebrate National Pi Day (March 14th) and our sixth form Maths Leaders run a variety of activities and events for the rest of the school as well as often providing coaching to younger students both in and outside of lessons.

Several students each year go on to study maths (or maths related) degrees at university.

We are a very strong and experienced Maths department with excellent facilities.

Recent successes

2017
81% 9 - 4 at GCSE Maths
73% A*- B  at A Level Maths
99% A*- C at A Level Further Maths (13 students)

 

The United Kingdom Mathematics Trust competitions resulted in students from Cedars gaining places in the European and International Olympiad competitions and gaining Merit certificates for their performances. In 2016, one student was invited to attend the National Mathematics Summer School held in Leeds which was a tremendous achievement. In 2017, the senior team challenge group progressed to the National Final. This was the first time we had a team that had done so well.


Edge Hill University Mathematics competition for year 9 students

Each year, some students in year 9 are able to work together in groups to solve a problem set by Edgehill University maths department. In recent years, Cedars students have progressed to the National Final of the competition competing against the best 30 teams from across the whole country. In 2014, our team came second and in 2015 they won the competition receiving prizes of graphical calculators for themselves and the school. We have high hopes of future teams repeating this success.

Syllabus for each course and text books used in school are currently:

Course

Syllabus

Text book

GCSE Maths

OCR (J560)

(Year 10 & 11) GCSE Maths for Edexcel Higher Plus, Higher and Foundation Plus

(Year 9) Cambridge Mathematics GCSE for OCR Student Book Foundation or Higher                        ISBN: 9781107569218 (Foundation) and       ISBN: 9781107448056 (Higher)

GCSE Statistics

Edexcel (IST0)

GCSE Statistics Edexcel Student Book              ISBN: 9781292190310

Additional Maths FSMQ (Free Standing Maths Qualification)

OCR (6993)

Additional Maths for OCR                                      ISBN: 9780340869604

A Level Core Maths

OCR Level 3 Certificate in quantitative problem solving

No specific text book

AS and A2 level Maths and Further Maths

OCR Maths                                               AS/A H230, H240

Further Maths AS/A H235, H245

Books specific to each module from the series Cambridge Advanced Mathematics for OCR

Maths

·       A Level Mathematics for OCR A Student Book 1 (AS/Year 1) with Cambridge Elevate Edition (2 Years)

ISBN: 9781316644652

·       A Level Mathematics for OCR A Student Book 2 (Year 2) with Cambridge Elevate Edition (2 Years)

ISBN: 9781316644676

 

Further Maths

A Level Further Mathematics for OCR A Pure Core Student Book 1 (AS/Year 1) with Cambridge Elevate Edition (2 Years)

ISBN: 9781316644232

·       A Level Further Mathematics for OCR A Statistics Student Book (AS/A Level) with Cambridge Elevate Edition (2 Years)

ISBN: 9781316644263

·       A Level Further Mathematics for OCR A Mechanics Student Book (AS/A Level) with Cambridge Elevate Edition (2 Years)

ISBN: 9781316644270

·       A Level Further Mathematics for OCR A Pure Core Student Book 2 (Year 2) with Cambridge Elevate Edition (2 Years)

ISBN: 9781316644249