Mathematics at John Kyrle High School is one of the school’s most popular subjects and we were really excited to move into our new, purposebuilt Maths block last year. In Maths, students and teachers work together to create a positive learning atmosphere and we hope students make the most of the opportunities that learning maths at JKHS offers them.
Miss R Rainbow – Head of Department, email: rhiannonrainbow@jkhs.org.uk
Mr L Moseley – Head of KS5 Maths, email: lukeMoseley@jkhs.org.uk
Miss J Costa Penny – Head of KS4 Maths, email: j.costapenny@jkhs.org.uk
Miss Z Sharp – Head of KS3 Maths, email: zoesharp@jkhs.org.uk
Mrs J Markey (Head of Year 8), email: juliemarkey@jkhs.org.uk
Mr M Penny (Head of Year 9), email: m.penny@jkhs.org.uk
Mrs N Field, email: n.field@jkhs.org.uk
Mr N Genge, email: n.genge@jkhs.org.uk
Miss B Hill, email: beverleyhill@jkhs.org.uk
Mr I Hinds, email: i.hinds@jkhs.org.uk
On arrival at JKHS, students will be placed into interim sets for Mathematics. Data from Primary Schools (assessment and teacher assessed data) are used initially for setting with CAT test data being used to refine sets where needed later in the year. These sets are constantly monitored to ensure optimum learning environments for students as they progress through the School.
The start of Year 7 is a little different to how we normally start the year. At the beginning of Year 7, time is dedicated to focussing on developing number and calculation skills to aid the transition from KS2 to KS3. This will last for at least half a term.
After this, students will cover a variety of topics in the four main areas of Mathematics: Algebra, Number, Geometry & Measures, and Statistics. Problem solving and functional skills are also incorporated into the scheme of work throughout the year. In light of the recent changes to the new 91 GCSE, students follow the MyMaths for key stage 3 Scheme of work which directly links to the MyMaths website and best prepares students for the rigour of KS4.
Students in KS3 will be assessed at the end of each half term. In addition, students will have the opportunity to sit mock examinations in a formal examination environment towards the end of the year. After the final end of year exam in year 8 the students will then begin some preparatory work for staring the GCSE course in year 9.
All KS4 students (Years 9, 10 & 11) are following a syllabus which will lead to the new GCSE (91). This will mean that pupils will now be awarded numerical grades (91) rather than the more familiar letter grades (A*G).
Students will be entered for Higher (up to a 9) or Foundation (up to a 5) level examinations as appropriate, with the examining board Edexcel.
Students in KS4 will be assessed at the end of each half term. In addition, students will have the opportunity to sit mock examinations in a formal examination environment towards the end of the year.
AS and A Level Course Summary
Name of Course: Edexcel Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Mathematics (Use this link to view the specification from Edexcel).
The Exam Board provided Formulae Booklet
Edexcel Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Further Mathematics.
What topics are covered?
All Sixth Form Mathematics courses contain both Core or Further Pure and Applied Mathematics Modules (Mechanics, Statistics or Decision Maths).
Core Mathematics includes calculus and more advanced algebra and trigonometry.
Further Pure Mathematics modules include matrices, complex numbers, and more advanced calculus and algebra.
Statistics units aim to help students select appropriate statistical techniques for handling data and includes sampling and hypothesis tests on various distributions.
Mechanics is based initially on Newton’s laws of motion and includes both statics, the study of forces on stationary bodies, and dynamics – bodies in motion.
Decision Mathematics modules involve modelling reallife situations using algorithms, networks, linear programming and critical path analysis.
A and AS level Mathematics
Mathematics can be taken at AS level or A level. This is achieved by using a modular system.
For AS level three units are required – two compulsory Core units, with a third from either Mechanics or Statistics.
For Alevel six units are required – four compulsory Core units, the other two can be chosen from either Mechanic or Statistics.
AS and A Level Further Mathematics
Further Mathematics can only be studied as an additional AS or Alevel to the standard Alevel Mathematics. The course would be suitable for students who have achieved a grade A or above at GCSE level. The aim is to broaden and deepen their mathematical knowledge and fluency. This qualification is particularly useful to all who intend to study degrees with a strong mathematical content, such as Engineering, Sciences, Computing and Mathematics itself.
Further Mathematics can be taken at AS level or A level. This is achieved by using a modular system.
For AS level, three units are required – one compulsory Further Pure unit and two other applied units which may not include the Core units from A level Mathematics.
For Alevel six units are required – two compulsory Further Pure units, the other four chosen from Mechanics, Statistics or Decision Mathematics units which may not include the Core units from Alevel Mathematics.
We are following the Edexcel 91 syllabus. This year group will be the third to sit these exams – resources are therefore still limited.
1 x 1.5 hours noncalculator paper, 2 x 1.5 hours calculator papers.
Edexcel Specimen papers can be used for revision and the following specimen papers from other exam boards may also be useful:
Schemes of work:
The New GCSE Grading Scheme is explained here.
The attached poster shows ‘Needtoknow’ formulae.
Useful Websites:
We are following the Edexcel 91 syllabus. This year group will be the second to sit these exams – resources are therefore limited.
1 x 1.5 hours noncalculator paper, 2 x 1.5 hours calculator papers.
Edexcel Specimen papers can be used for revision and the following specimen papers from other exam boards may also be useful:
Schemes of work:
The New GCSE Grading Scheme is explained here.
The attached poster shows ‘Needtoknow’ formulae.
Useful Websites:
We are following the Edexcel 91 syllabus. This year group will be the first to sit these exams – resources are therefore limited.
1 x 1.5 hours noncalculator paper, 2 x 1.5 hours calculator papers.
Edexcel Specimen papers can be used for revision and the following specimen papers from other exam boards may also be useful:
Schemes of work:
The New GCSE Grading Scheme is explained here.
The attached poster shows ‘Needtoknow’ formulae.
Useful Websites:
Revision Sessions:
Jan  9th  Ch 15 Working in 3D 

16th  Ch16 grouped & Bivariate Data 

23rd  Ch 17 Calculations 2 

30th`  Ch 20 Combined Events 

Feb  6th  Ch 21 Sequences 
Half Term  
Feb  20th  Ch18 Graphs 2 
27th  Ch 9 Measures & Accuracy 

March  6th  Ch 11 Circles & Constructions 
13th  Ch 19 Pythag & Trig 

20th  Ch 22 Units & Probability 

27th  No revision session  
April  3rd  No revision session 
Jan  9th  Ch11 Circles & Constructions 

16th  Ch 12 Ratio & Proportion  
23rd  Ch 13 Factors, Powers & Roots 

30th  Ch 14 Graphs 1 

Feb  6th  Ch 15 Working in 3D 
Half Term  
Feb  20th  Ch 16 Handling Data 2 
27th  Ch 17 Calculations 2 

March  6th  Ch 18 Graphs 
13th  Ch 19 Pythag & Trig 

20th  Ch 20 Combined Events 

27th  No revision sessions  
April  3rd  No revision sessions 
Exam Dates:
Paper 1 Noncalculator – 25th May am
Paper 2 calculator allowed – 8th June
Paper 3 Calculator allowed 13th June am
Past Papers:
Year 12 students in 201617 are following the Edexcel syllabus. Follow this link for access to past papers and mark schemes.
External websites recommended by students:
Physics and Maths tutor: Good site for past papers from a range of exam boards along with revision resources and worked solutions. Also includes support for the STEP university entrance exams.
Exam Solutions: Worked video solutions and tutorials.
Additional Lessons:
If you would like to attend additional lessons in your modules click here to see the timetable for all KS5 lessons. You can attend any lessons that are relevant, just ask the permission of the class teacher.