Mathematics Staff  

Mr S Clayton (Head of Team)  sclayton@conyers.org.uk  Mr J Downs  jdowns@conyers.org.uk 
Mr K Anderson  kanderson@conyers.org.uk  Mrs K Gray  kgray@conyers.org.uk 
Miss L Allanson  lallanson@conyers.org.uk  Mrs S Perks  sperks@conyers.org.uk 
Mrs A Beer  abeer@conyers.org.uk  Mr A Robinson  arobinson@conyers.org.uk 
Mr A Braithwaite  abraithwaite@conyers.org.uk  Mr M Taylor  mtaylor@conyers.org.uk 
Mr P Dixon  pdixon@conyers.org.uk  Mrs J Wareing  jwareing@conyers.org.uk 
Mrs C Blakemoore  cblakemoore@conyers.org.uk  Mrs J White  jwhite@conyers.org.uk 
GCSE Maths
Mathematics is not just about ‘working out calculations’, although that is an important aspect. Employers and colleges/universities want you to have GCSE Mathematics because it shows that you can think logically, see your way through a problem and deal with abstraction. It also shows that you can remember key facts and apply them to new situations/questions. These are important skills for almost any future career or course of study.
All students will follow an updated GCSE Mathematics course, with a strong emphasis on ‘functional’ skills. There will be regular end of topic reviews and termly internal assessments. The GCSE Mathematics course is linear, with an examination at the end of the course in Year 11.
There is no coursework. There are two tiers, Foundation and Higher, and students will follow the course best suited to their ability. Assessment is via three papers, one noncalculator and two calculator, taken at the end of the course.
Exam Board: Edexcel
Mathematics at A Level builds on the algebra and trigonometry you will have seen at GCSE, and then rapidly introduces new concepts such as calculus and logarithms. It is an essential or preferred subject for many degree courses, including Accounting, Architecture, Chemistry, Computing, Engineering, Natural Sciences and Physics. In addition to the 5 A*C grades necessary to join Conyers Sixth Form, we would strongly recommend that you achieve at least a Grade 6 in Mathematics. A Level Mathematics is very challenging and demanding; therefore students with a genuine interest and enjoyment of the subject will find it easier to succeed and will enjoy the course. Due to the demanding nature of the course, students opting to take A Level Maths will be given summer work to complete which will help prepare them for a precourse test in the first week of term. Students who do not pass this test will be placed on a support plan if following a discussion between the student, Mr Clayton and Mr Webster, it is decided they are to remain on the course.
Examining the jobs market and comparing earnings with subjects studied, it finds that Mathematics is the only Alevel subject that adds to earnings – up to 10 per cent – even when the employer is unaware of the person’s qualifications. Graduates who have studied Mathematics earn more than those who have not, even when the job has nothing to do with Maths. Institute of Education University of London
A Level Mathematics is a linear 2 year course. It will be assessed by 3 exams at the end of the 2 year course. The content of A level Mathematics is in the process of changing and providers including ourselves are waiting on final specifications to be approved. However, we do know the majority of the course still covers Core topics but all students will also have to study some Statistics and Mechanics in both years of the course.
Algebra and functions; differentiation; integration; transformation of graphs; coordinate geometry; sequences and series; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; numerical methods for solving equations; vectors.
Familiarity with a data set; Probability; sampling; data presentation and interpretation; binomial distribution; normal distribution; hypothesis testing.
Kinematics; forces and Newton’s laws; moments; projectiles.
Studying A Level Maths can be extremely valuable if you wish to pursue a career in the following:
Exam Board: Edexcel
The Further Maths course results in two Alevel qualifications: Maths, and Further Maths. Fifteen hours of teaching will be offered each two week cycle rather than the usual twenty hours normally allocated for two Alevel courses. The course goes beyond the syllabus of the Maths A Level, to include topics seen at University such as complex numbers, matrices and mathematical proof. We would strongly recommend that you achieve at least a Grade 7 in GCSE mathematics if you wish to follow this course. Students must also be prepared to put in a great deal of independent study as this is a very challenging course and the fact you have fewer timetabled lessons will mean you won’t have as much direct contact with your teachers as you do for some other subjects.
Further Maths should be taken by anyone interested in taking a Mathematics based degree at university, such as Maths, Physics or Engineering. Although courses may not state Further Maths as an entry requirement, having this additional A Level can be a huge competitive advantage when applying.
A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics are linear 2 year courses. Both courses will be assessed separately by exams at the end of the 2 year course. As this results in 2 A level qualifications you will study the same content as A level Mathematics plus extra Further Mathematics topics. Some of the Further Mathematics topics are brand new; some extend upon the knowledge gained in A level Mathematics topics.
Core Algebra and functions; differentiation; integration; transformation of graphs; coordinate geometry; sequences and series; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; numerical methods for solving equations; vectors. Statistics Familiarity with a data set; Probability; sampling; data presentation and interpretation; binomial distribution; normal distribution; hypothesis testing. Mechanics Kinematics; forces and Newton’s laws; moments; projectiles.
Proof; complex numbers; matrices; further algebra and functions; further calculus; further vectors; polar coordinates; hyperbolic functions; differential equations…… Plus others to be confirmed.
Studying ALevel Further Maths can be extremely valuable if you wish to pursue a career in the following:
Assessment Focus and Purpose  Key Concepts/Skills Assessed  Preparation/Key Areas to Revise  

Unit 1: Checking, approximating and estimating Key Vocabulary


MathsWatch clip numbers: 1, 2, 3, 21, 31, 32, 90, 91, 92 MyMaths lessons: Decimal places, Significant figures, Estimating calculations1  
Unit 2: Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages Key Vocabulary


MathsWatch clip numbers: 24, 25, 26, 40, 70, 71a, 71b, 72, 73, 74, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 108, 109, 110, 111, 164 MyMaths lessons: Adding subtracting fractions, Multiplying fractions, Dividing fractions, Percentages of amounts 4, Percentage change 1, Reverse percentages, Change as a Percentage  
Unit 3: Measuring space Key Vocabulary


Time calculations, Units of length, Units of mass, Units of capacity, Metric conversion, Converting measures 

Unit 4: Investigating properties of shapes Key Vocabulary


Pythagoras’ theorem, Pythagoras 3D, Trig missing angles, Trig missing sides 

Assessment 1 (Units 14)  
Unit 5: Numbers and the number system Key Vocabulary



Assessment Focus and Purpose  Key Concepts/Skills Assessed  Preparation/Key Areas to Revise  

Unit 6: Calculating Key Vocabulary




Unit 7: Algebraic proficiency: tinkering Key Vocabulary




Unit 8: Mathematical movement Key Vocabulary




Unit 9: Solving equations and inequalities Key Vocabulary

Assessment Focus and Purpose  Key Concepts/Skills Assessed  Preparation/Key Areas to Revise  

Unit 10: Analysing statistics Key Vocabulary




Unit 11: Proportional reasoning Key Vocabulary



Assessment Focus and Purpose  Key Concepts/Skills Assessed  Preparation/Key Areas to Revise  

Unit 12: Calculating space Key Vocabulary




Assessment 2 (Units 111)  
Unit 13: Pattern searching Key Vocabulary




Unit 14: Solving equations and inequalities Key Vocabulary



Assessment Focus and Purpose  Key Concepts/Skills Assessed  Preparation/Key Areas to Revise  

Unit 15: Calculating space Key Vocabulary


Nets, Surface area, Volume of prisms, Volume of cylinders, Volume of cones and spheres, Area scale factor, Volume scale factor 

Unit 16: Investigating angles and conjecturing Key Vocabulary




End of Year Assessment  
Unit 17: Algebraic proficiency: visualising Key Vocabulary




Unit 18: Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages Key Vocabulary



Assessment Focus and Purpose  Key Concepts/Skills Assessed  Preparation/Key Areas to Revise  

Unit 19: Understanding risk Key Vocabulary




Unit 20: Solving equations and inequalities Key Vocabulary




Unit 21: Mathematical movement Key Vocabulary




Students also sit 6 practise exams throughout the year. 1 hour long. Sat in the classroom. Full papers. Corrections and completion of papers are done as ongoing homeworks
Trial Exams Term 4 Mock Exams Term 5 and 6 External exams