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    Mathematics

    Our Mathematics Department is dedicated to helping pupils achieve. We offer a range of qualifications to suit our pupils' abilities so that the least able receive a solid grounding in all aspects of Mathematics while, at the opposite end of the ability spectrum, our most gifted mathematicians are fully stretched.

    We run a help desk most lunchtimes in the week and in the run up to examinations we are accessible and willing to help throughout the day.

    We encourage pupils to seek assistance outside lessons and our Fifth and Sixth Formers really appreciate the time we give them to help maximise their potential grades.

    Kimbolton School Sixth Form Maths Students Firing Trebauchets That They Designed and Built Themselves
    Kimbolton School UK Intermediate Maths Challenge Gold Award Winners 2013Kimbolton School Maths ClassroomKimbolton School Maths Student Designing a TrebauchetTwo Pupils in a Kimbolton School Maths Lesson


     

    Curriculum

    First to Third Forms – compulsory for all pupils

    In the First Form we spend the first half of the first term concentrating on number work. There are several tests on subjects starting with BIDMAS and integer multiplication and progressing to indices, decimals, ratios and percentages.

    Initially the new first formers are loosely set according to their entrance exam into two joint top sets, a third, fourth and fifth set.  After several mini tests on aspects of numeracy, we re-set the first form after a comprehensive numeracy test set at the end of the Autumn term. Thereafter pupils study algebra and other areas of mathematics. For approximately ½ hour per week from December the pupils will hone their numeracy skills and attempt to pass their internal Bronze, Silver and Gold numeracy awards. For more information on the First Form, see here (pdf).

    In the Second Form pupils are set from 1 to 5 but continue to follow a common syllabus.  We aim to stretch every pupil and cover more advanced algebra, data handling and reinforce the First Form work.  Tests have two sections, the first section is for all classes and the Extension section is aimed at the top couple of sets.

    For the Third and Fourth form module tests are split into 3 Sections: Support, Core, and Extension.  This allows us to have a common section of the test for the year group (Core) whilst simultaneously offering challenging questions to the higher sets and appropriate questions for our smaller sets.  Each class will do two sections – either S and C or C and E.  The S section covers the building blocks of a topic and are based on the material learnt the previous year.  The Core section tests the main focus of the topic, building on the S section.  The Extension Section is aimed at the ablest pupils in the year group.  All tests have questions taken from past examination papers.

    More information about Mathematics setting (pdf).

    Fourth and Fifth Forms – compulsory IGCSE or GCSE subject

    • Our pupils are prepared for the Edexcel IGCSE in Mathematics, culminating in two 2-hour papers sat in the May of the Fifth Form.  It is now graded 1-9 with 4 being a Pass (old C grade) 5 being a Strong Pass (C and B), 7 being an A and 8 being an A*.  The 9 is thus better than an A*.
    • In addition, our top set take an additional AQA Level 2 Further Pure Mathematics qualification which starts bridging the gap to A Level Mathematics, it is graded from C to A* and there is an extra A* with distinction grade.  This will move to 1-9 in 2019.  Pupils in the second set have the option of opting in to this, a good idea if they are considering A level Mathematics.
    • Set 5 (and sometimes sets 5 and 6) are prepared for Foundation Level IGCSE Mathematics at the end of the Fourth Form with a view to gaining a level 4 or 5 a year early. Successful candidates will strive to improve to a 5/6 at the end of the Fifth Form.


    Sixth Form – A Level optional subjects

    We offer two courses at A Level:

    Mathematics A Level. Typically, between one third and one half of our Lower Sixth opt to take A level Mathematics. We will follow the new Edexcel syllabus:

    • This is a 2 year course which is examined by three 2 hr papers at the end of the U6.  Two papers test the Pure Mathematics content whilst the third is a mixture of Statistics and Mechanics
    • At the end of the Lower Sixth pupils will take an internal examination which will need to be passed to progress.

    Further Mathematics A Level. Our gifted mathematicians may opt to also study Further Mathematics as a fourth A level. They undertake the entire Mathematics A Level syllabus in the Lower Sixth, and cover some of the Further Pure content from the Further Mathematics A level.  In the Upper Sixth they will be prepared for the three examinations mentioned above and an additional four exams. These will probably be

    • Core Pure 1 and Core Pure 2 (not optional)
    • Further Statistics 1 (we might look at alternative options in the future)
    • Further Mechanics 1 (we might look at alternative options in the future)

    Kimbolton 7th Period Super-Curriculum: Our super curriculum will have a variety of aspects to it. All Sixth Form pupils take part in the national UK Mathematics Senior Challenge. After November pupils will be stretched by looking at various topics such as curve sketching, roots of quadratic equations, rational, irrational and complex numbers, nested surds, interesting sequences and killer sudokus. In 2016-17 students also looked at fractals and by the end of the year a giant level 3 Menger Sponge was built out of 48000 business cards, and a Sziepinski Tetrahedron is a work in progress.

    Regular competitions

    • Our First and Second Forms all take the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Junior Maths Challenge in April.  In 2017, we won 8 Gold, 28 Silver and 38 Bronze awards. One of our pupils was invited back to the Junior Maths Olympiad.
    • The UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge is typically sat by the top set in the Third Form and the top two sets in the Fourth and Fifth Forms. In 2017, our pupils were awarded 7 Golds, 22 Silvers and 27 Bronzes.  Six of our pupils were invited back to additional challenges.
    • The UKMT Senior Maths Challenge is an option for all of our Sixth Form Mathematicians.  In November 2016, they received 9 Gold, 28 Silver and 29 Bronze awards.  Eight students were invited to follow-on rounds.

    In addition we enter two team competitions: 

    • UKMT Team Maths Challenge - a team of four, two each from First and Second Forms.
    • The Further Maths Network Senior Team Challenge - a team of four, two each from the Lower and Upper Sixth Forms