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Welcome to the Maths Department web page!


Here at NLS we are committed to ensuring your child makes the best possible progress in Maths, and understands the importance of Maths in supporting whatever choices they make beyond school. We aim to achieve this by ensuring all students are challenged and supported appropriately in their learning, and experience a wide range of mathematical activities.


We have a strong team within the department consisting of 14 highly qualified Maths teacher and a Teaching Assistant. The information below gives an overview of what your child will experience within each Key Stage of their NLS Mathematical journey:


Years 7 and 8


Years 7 and 8 are currently taught in their tutor teams in mixed ability groups, with teaching assistant support where necessary. The scheme of learning allows for pupils to master the skills in each topic, whilst also recapping prior learning and developing their understanding of the next steps. This is taught with an emphasis on student participation and applying maths to real-life contexts, with problem solving being a key part of every lesson. Students regularly learn through activities where they encounter the Learning Pit and have an opportunity to develop academic resilience and use problem solving strategies.


The scheme has seven tiers, with pupils starting on the tier appropriate to their Progress Band, determined by their achievement at Key stage 2 and the progress they make throughout the year.


Assessments occur at the end of each topic. Pupils receive feedback from these, and are able to continue working on Doddle to ensure continued improvement based on this information.


Home learning is set on a weekly basis. At the start of a topic it will be online work on Doddle to allow us to assess prior knowledge and provide intervention if needed. Throughout the rest of the topic pupils will be set written work consisting of questions linked to the skills that week, a literacy task, some research and some stretch work to challenge themselves.


Years 9-11


Students will study the new linear GCSE 1-9 course by AQA. This GCSE meets the new Government requirements for increased content and problem solving


Students will be examined at either higher or foundation level in year 11. The appropriate tier of entry will be decided as the course progresses by the classroom teacher in consultation with the head of department. The qualification consists of three examinations, two calculator based and one non-calculator based, each lasting 90 minutes.


In order to assist your child with preparing for the final exam, and interim assessments throughout the course, GCSE Revision materials consisting of revision guide and CGP flash cards can be purchased via ParentPay.  We also recommend the websites Corbett Maths and Maths Genie to aid learning.  A large supply of past papers and answers can be accessed via the school portal as well.


Years 12 and 13




Students will study the Edexcel Specification. This meets the new government requirements for increased content, problem solving, mathematical modelling, and proof. Our entrance requirement for Mathematics A Level is a minimum of grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics.


Students will sit 3 examination papers at the end of year 13, each lasting 2 hours.  The first 2 papers will assess pure content, and the third paper assesses applied content. Calculators are allowed for all examinations sat at A Level.


Pure mathematics covers a number of topics in algebra, geometry, and calculus. For this reason, it is especially important that pupils sitting this course have great fluency in the areas of algebra, vectors, and trigonometry.


Applied mathematics is split into 2 key areas; Statistics and Mechanics. Statistics builds on work in GCSE in data handling and probability, whereas Mechanics focuses on the setting up and application of mathematical models to solve problems in Physics.


In order to be able to study Mathematics A Level, your child will need a graphical calculator. These are sold early in year 12 through ParentPay. Bridging materials on number, algebra, trigonometry, data handling, and probability are available on the portal for pupils to complete in order to consolidate prior learning. 


In order to assist your child with preparing for the final exam, and interim assessments throughout the course, A Level revision materials consisting of revision guides and practise questions can be purchased via ParentPay.  We also recommend the websites My Maths and Physics and maths tutor to aid learning. 


Further Mathematics


Further Mathematics is an A Level that is studied together with A-level Mathematics, and builds on elements taught in that course. As with Mathematics A Level, students will study the Edexcel Specification. Our entrance requirement for Further Mathematics A Level is a minimum of grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics. Further Mathematics is a good A Level choice for students who want to go on to study Mathematics, Physics, or Engineering at university. It is also a good choice for anyone with a genuine passion for the subject!  


Students will sit 4 examination papers at the end of year 13, each lasting 90 minutes. The first 2 papers will assess Pure Core content, the third paper assesses Further Statistics, and the fourth paper assesses Decision Mathematics. Calculators are allowed for all examinations sat at A Level.


Core Pure Mathematics builds on the topics taught in A Level Mathematics, such as calculus and series, whilst adding new content such as complex numbers and matrices. Any material covered in Core Pure exams assumes full knowledge of the pure material covered in Mathematics A Level.


Further Statistics builds on the theory covered in A Level Mathematics, applying this to new distributions such as the Poisson distribution and the Geometric distribution. 

Decision Mathematics covers the use of algorithms and their application to solving real life problems, such as finding the shortest route from one place to another or sorting a list of numbers into order.

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