Coloma Convent Girls' School

Coloma C.G.S.

A Voluntary Aided Catholic School for Girls aged 11-18

Welcome to the Mathematics Department

We wish to teach girls appropriate Mathematics through an interesting and varied approach so that girls are not only able to reach their full potential at each Key Stage but enjoy and have confidence in using and applying Mathematics.

General Aims and Objectives

Girls are expected to bring their own basic mathematical instruments to every lesson. These include a pencil, ruler, compasses, protractor and calculator. Girls will be more successful if they are familiar with their own calculator.

The Mathematics Department organises Mathematics Challenge events for certain groups in all years 7 to 13 which enrich the mathematical experience of those involved. If successful they may receive a Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate. There is also a Team event for the older girls

Curriculum Content

Key Stage Three

The girls are taught initially in mixed ability classes and set at a later date.

Girls cover all the basic areas of Mathematics in line with the Condensed National Curriculum for Key Stage Three including Numeracy, Algebra, Shape and Space, Probability and Statistics.

Internal key assessments are conducted in half termly modules to measure pupils’ progress. These are used alongside class work and homework to ensure development.

There is the opportunity for girls to develop their problem solving skills at puzzle club that runs on a weekly basis.

Schemes of Work

In year 7, the start of the academic year is focused on a review of prior learning. Each term, additional topics are added to build on prior learning. Year 8 involves the study of some of year 7 work at a more advanced level, and links are developed between topics.

To view our Schemes of work for Years 7 through 10, please visit our Forms and Downloads page.

Key Stage Four

GCSE Mathematics - EDEXCEL Code: 1MA1 - Specifications

Course Content - What will I study?

Using and applying mathematics

  • Problem Solving.
  • Communicating.
  • Reasoning.

Number and Algebra

  • Numbers and the number system.
  • Calculations.
  • Solving numerical problems.
  • Equations, formulae and identities.
  • Sequences, functions and graphs.

Shape, Space and Measures

  • Geometrical reasoning.
  • Transformation and coordinates.
  • Measures and Construction.

Handling Data

  • Specifying the problem and planning.
  • Collecting data.
  • Processing and representing data.
  • Interpreting and discussing results.

How will my progress be tested and examined?

Two terminal examination papers - 100% of GCSE. The examination papers will test you with and without calculators.

Regular school tests and examinations will be set throughout the course to monitor progress. Each girl will be prepared for the level of examination most suited to her individual learning needs.

Progression - How will the study of Mathematics benefit students’ future education and career?

GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above is a requirement of:

  • All University courses.
  • All Sixth From courses.
  • Employers.

GCSE Mathematics at grade A or above is needed to study AS/A Level Mathematics and grade A* is required if you wish to study A Level Further Mathematics.

Skilled Mathematicians are highly sought after in the jobs market especially in the Banking, Finance and Insurance sectors.