Welcome to the Mathematics Faculty

Director: Mr. R. Moreton Contact details: r.moreton@johnmason.oxon.sch.uk

Teachers in this Faculty: Mr R Moreton (Head of Faculty), Mr D Leach (Deputy Director), Mr A Clement, Mr R Ross, Mrs K Rogers, Mr G Gunputhram, Miss A Barnes, Mrs J Clare, Mr T James

At John Mason School we aim to provide students with a friendly and orderly classroom atmosphere: an environment which will make a significant difference to their motivation and overall achievement in Mathematics. To help us and the students reach their full potential, staff will always endeavour to make Mathematics enjoyable and challenging, and demand high standards of work from all our students.

Students are regularly assessed through homework and classwork as well as formal assessments. We encourage students to work alongside teachers to review their own work and set targets for themselves to give a sense of ownership and responsibility for their own learning. We consistently offer students Directed Improvement Reflection Time to improve on their work.

In lessons, as well as learning mathematical knowledge, students are encouraged to develop their problem solving skills, reasoning and fluency. It is important too that students look at the application of Mathematics to everyday life.

Mathematics is creative and highly interconnected, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Key Stage 3

Students are currently set on entry in Year 7 and sit a baseline test to reaffirm skills and ability.

We follow a scheme of learning that provides progression to Key Stage 4.

The KS3 scheme of learning is delivered in Years 7 and 8 and is based on the national curriculum programme of study. The schemes of learning are designed ensure that all students:

become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time. Students will then develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions

Work is fundamentally based upon the following areas:

Ratio, proportion and rates of change
Geometry and measures
Probability and statistics.

Key Stage 4

We follow a three year GCSE mathematics curriculum provided by Edexcel with students studying the course in Years 9, 10 and 11.

Exam Board: Edexcel Specification : 1MA1

Students are assessed on three assessment objectives:

AO1: Using and applying standard techniques.

50% Foundation; 40% Higher

AO2: Reasoning, interpreting and communicating.

25% Foundation; 30% Higher

AO3: Solving non-routine problems in mathematical and non-mathematical contexts.

25% Foundation; 30% Higher

Foundation tier covers material grading from 1 to 5. Higher tier covers material grading from 4 to 9.

All students sit three 90 minute exam papers each with an equal 33.3% weighting.

Key Stage 5

We follow the OCR MEI course with three units studied each year. Each unit is examined separately as listed below:

Year 12

Core 1
Core 2
Statistics 1

Year 13

Core 3, including a coursework piece on numerical solutions
Core 4
Statistics 2


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