The following materials, links and resources are designed to support your transition from KS4 to KS5 and to help you in preparing for your new course.
You should try to absorb all the 'watch it' and 'read it' materials as these have been chosen by your KS5 subject teachers specifically to support your new subjects.
All students will need to complete the KS5 Transition task for Mathematics in full.
The KS5 transition task will need to be handed in to your subject teacher on or before your first lesson in September. These tasks will help you in preparing for your new subjects but will also help teachers to make sure you are suited for these subjects.
With this in mind, all KS5 Transition tasks should be completed to the highest standard possible.
Each of these channels have interesting videos based on mathematical ideas. Some of the most recent uploads include some mathematical modelling linked to the current Coronavirus crisis.
Films or TV Programmes:
The following films are excellent viewing for anyone who loves and enjoys Maths!
- The Theory of everything: (Stephen Hawking's life story)
- Moneyball: A true story about a coach using unusual methods (statistics) to get results.
- The Bletchley Circle: Two highly skilled detectives use their code-cracking talents to investigate a series of murders.
- Good Will Hunting: Will Hunting is a Janitor at America's top university and writes the solution to a Maths problem on a classroom blackboard.
- The Imitation Game: About Alan Turing and Bletchley Park
- Margin Call: Peter Sullivan discovers that his company is huge financial meltdown.
- The Big Short: A group of wily opportunists make a fortune off of the US economic crash by sniffing out the situation in advance and betting against the banks.
- Hidden Figures: True story about three women at NASA who were instrumental in one of history's greatest operations.
- 21: A group of students become card-counting experts with the intent of swindling millions out of Las Vegas casinos.
The following make excellent reading and preparation for any Maths A level students...or just some great summer reading for anyone!
The Number Devil:
Hans Magnus Enzensberger
The Simpsons and their Mathematics Secrets:
Why do Busses come in threes?:
How not to be wrong:
The hidden Maths of Everyday Life by Jordan Ellenberg
On Instagram by Ed Southall
I Need Help with Maths:
On Instagram (goes through GCSE questions/a Level)
All students going on to study Maths at KS5 will need to complete the following Transition work.
If you have any questions you can use the links at the bottom of the page to contact your teachers.
It is important that you communicate with teachers when in sixth form so we would always encourage you to ask for any additional materials, support or advice on your subjects.
If you have any questions about the Maths Transition Task, you can contact the Maths team by using the emails below;