Welcome to Maths and Computing

Maths

Mathematics is one of the most widely used subjects in the world.  Every career and pathway needs some sort of Mathematics.  It helps the mind to reason and change complicated situations or problems into clear logical steps. 

 

The Mathematics Department aims to develop confident and proficient mathematicians so they achieve their maximum potential, develop an appreciation of Maths as a subject; its importance across the curriculum and in the modern world.  We encourage students to discuss different ways of tackling problems, to explain and justify their explanations and to challenge their thinking.

 

Did you know?

People with an A level in Maths on average earn an extra £2,000 per year, compared to those who do not.

People use Maths skills all the time, from doing the weekly shop to designing computer games to building aeroplanes….

 

Key Stage 4

All students follow the Edexcel 1MA1 GCSE Mathematics course starting in Year 9.  Students study one of two tiers depending on their ability, higher tier aimed at grades 9 - 4 and foundation tier covering grades 5 - 1.  The course is assessed by three GCSE examination papers – one non-calculator and two calculator papers, each one lasts 90 minutes and has a maximum mark of 80.

 

The course aims to encourage students to develop the ability to think mathematically, to appreciate the interdependence of the different branches of mathematics, to use mathematics across the curriculum and use their skills to solve problems.  The course allows students to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required for every day applications of mathematics and provides a firm foundation for further study. 

 

During Year 9 and 10, students will have short assessments following each unit and a longer test towards the end of each term.  Students in Year 11 will regularly complete part or full examination papers.

 

 

There is a large emphasis on problem-solving in the examinations.  Students will be supported in learning how to apply their knowledge and skills to answer these type of questions; however, they will have to build their own resilience when faced with questions that they are not used to, as this is part of the assessment required by the course.

Key Stage 3

Students are placed into sets based on their ability so each student can have the appropriate challenge and support in order for them to make the best progress they can.

 

Students work through 21 units during Years 7 and 8.  Year 7 cover units 1 to 11, Year 8 are taught units 12 to 21.

 

In lessons, students have opportunities to develop fluency in skills, check that they have a good understanding and apply them to solve problems.  We call these three stages, “Do It”, “Twist It”, “Solve It” and is an approach that helps students to develop “mastery”.

 

At the end of each unit, students complete short peer assessments and longer assessments at the end of each term.

 

Useful Links

ActiveLearn:  https://www.activeteachonline.com/

MathsWatch:  https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/

MyMaths:  https://www.mymaths.co.uk/

Corbett Maths: https://corbettmaths.com/

Mr Barton Maths: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/

 

 

Students will be provided login details for ActiveLearn, MathsWatch and MyMaths 

Computer Science

Department Aims

  • To engage student with the exciting new Computing Curriculum.
  • Develop students logical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Develop students analytical and evaluation skills.

How Parents can help

  • At The Nuneaton Academy we believe all students have the ability to learn and develop. Our students learn how a growth mindset can help them to achieve their goals. This can be reinforced at home too by telling students that it is hard work and effort that will led to results
  • Downloading free key software such as Python, Kudo and Scratch.
  • Checking student’s online MILK planner and ensuring they have completed all work set.
  • Encouraging students to explore websites such as W3 Schools and Code Academy to develop their skills independently
  • Encourage students to develop a deeper understanding of computers in the wider world by reading news articles about Computing.

KS3 Curriculum Information

Year 7

Sound Project 
Scratch
Internet Safety (1)
Flowol
HTML & CSS
Understanding Computers

Year 8

Python Programming
Data Representation
Internet Safety  (2)
CPU/Parts of the Computer
Computer Networks
Databases

KS4 Curriculum Information including qualifications

Year 9

Advanced Data Representation

CPU 2 and Advanced Python Programming
Advanced Computer Networks
Computer Hardware

Year 10

Cyber Security
Ethical, Legal and Environmental Concerns
Databases
Programming Revision & None Exam Assessment  Preparation

Year 11

 

None Exam Assessment  
Computer Systems and Software
Revision

Knowledge Organisers

Maths and Computing Staff

Director of Learning: Dave Gibson

Assistant DoL: Helen Harper 

Maths Teachers:

Navraj Sanghera 

Joy Allton 

Steven Adams 

Bethany Lucas

Jasbinder Bola

 

Maths Logo

 

 

Exam Board and Specification Information – Year 11

OCR GCSE J275 Computing (A*-C)

A451 – 40% Written Exam

A452 30% Practical Investigation

A453 30% Programming Project

Exam Board and Specification Information – Years 9 and 10

OCR GCSE J276 Computer Science (9-1)

Unit 1 - Computer Systems – 40% Written Exam

Unit 2 – Computational Thinking, algorithms and Programming 40% Written Exam

Unit 3 – Programming Project  20% None Exam Assessment

Websites

http://www.teach-ict.com/2016/GCSE_Computing/OCR_J276/OCR_J276_home.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z34k7ty

 

 

Contact the Maths and Computing Department: maths@nuneatonacademy.co.uk

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