Maths
At Bedwas High School, the Maths department aim to:
 develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods, techniques and concepts required for progression into mathematics or mathematicallyrelated disciplines or employment routes
 make connections between different areas of mathematics
 select and apply mathematical methods in both mathematical and realworld contexts
 reason mathematically, construct arguments and simple proofs, and make logical deductions and inferences
 develop and refine strategies for solving a range of mathematical and realworld problems
 communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms
 interpret mathematical results and draw and justify conclusions that are relevant to the context
 communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms.
key stage 3 (ks3)
Mathematics at KS3 will enable learners to:
 develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical and statistical methods, techniques and concepts required for everyday life, in the world of work, and in other general curriculum areas
 select and apply appropriate mathematics and statistics in everyday situations and contexts from the real world
 use mathematics to represent, analyse and interpret information
 acquire and use strategies for problem solving and modelling in context
 understand that models may need refining and that there may be more than one way to solve a problem
 interpret mathematical results and draw and justify conclusions that are relevant to the context
 communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms.
key stage 4 (ks4)
All pupils will follow a G.C.S.E. course in Mathematics. The Welsh Assembly Government have introduced two courses for pupils, a GCSE called Mathematics – Numeracy, plus another simply called GCSE Mathematics.
There are 3 tiers of entry for these qualifications:
Higher Tier: Grades A* – C
Intermediate Tier: Grades B – E
Foundation Tier: Grades D – G
The GCSE specification in Mathematics should enable learners to:
 develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods, techniques and concepts required for progression into mathematics or mathematicallyrelated disciplines or employment routes
 make connections between different areas of mathematics
 select and apply mathematical methods in both mathematical and realworld contexts
 reason mathematically, construct arguments and simple proofs, and make logical deductions and inferences
 develop and refine strategies for solving a range of mathematical and realworld problems
 communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms
 interpret mathematical results and draw and justify conclusions that are relevant to the context
 communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms.
The GCSE specification in Mathematics – Numeracy will enable learners to:
 develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical and statistical methods, techniques and concepts required for everyday life, in the world of work, and in other general curriculum areas
 select and apply appropriate mathematics and statistics in everyday situations and contexts from the real world
 use mathematics to represent, analyse and interpret information
 acquire and use strategies for problem solving and modelling in context
 understand that models may need refining and that there may be more than one way to solve a problem
 interpret mathematical results and draw and justify conclusions that are relevant to the context
 communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms.
key stage 5 (ks5)
Examination board: WJEC
Course content: All students will study Pure Mathematics and Mechanics in Year 12. In Year 13 the Pure Maths is extended with Statistics being introduced.
Teaching method: Mainly formal with some use of computers. Students are expected, with guidance, to research topics and develop appropriate strategies in problem solving. To be successful, students will need to have a high level of attendance, complete all set tasks and undertake extra assignments if areas of weakness are discovered. Students can monitor their progress as all set tasks are based on A Level questions and are marked and graded accordingly. MyMaths is also utilised for homework. The department has created a wiki space to store all past papers and solutions, underlining a commitment to ICT.
Assessment: The A level examination consists of six modules with each having equal weighting. The first 3 are taken in the May of Year 12, and the final 3 at the end of Year 13.
Examinations:
AS Level – Year 12 

Weighting 

Module 

% AS 
% A2 
1 
Pure 1 (C1) 
33.33 
16.66 
2 
Pure 2 (C2) 
33.33 
16.66 
3 
Mechanics (M1) 
33.33 
16.66 
In Year 13 students have to study Pure 3 (C3) and Pure 4 (C4). The other module would be Statistics (S1).
Potential students: Should enjoy mathematics, possessing an enquiring and analytical mind. They should be willing to work hard, completing all tasks to the best of their ability. Ideally they will be comfortable with the algebra covered at GCSE.
Career Opportunities: These include Accountancy, Finance, Engineering, Medicine, Armed Forces, Teaching and all Science based careers in addition to those careers requiring a general degree.