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Mathematics

We want our students to find Mathematics interesting and enjoyable. Our aim is to challenge students to independently think about their approach to problems in a way that encourages clarity of thought, logical thinking, creativity and rigour. We strive to give students the confidence and skills to look at the world beyond the classroom, and how the wider applications of Mathematics impact on everyday life.

The Mathematics Department comprises a team of specialists, all of whom have a passion for the subject and a desire to share their enthusiasm with their students.  As Mathematics is a core subject, all students are taught Mathematics in sets from KS3 through to GCSE. Many students successfully sit A-Level Mathematics, and we support students who aspire to study Mathematics in Higher Education.

Clearly an understanding of mathematics is vital to provide the numeracy skills to allow us to get by in everyday life. On another level, there is an inherent beauty and wonder in mathematics which students have the opportunity to discover.

All mathematics rooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards which allow access to a range of resources including the internet.

Pupils are expected to approximately one substantial piece of homework a week, taking up a minimum of 30 minutes. Students can also be set additional assessment in the form of an online homework task by logging on to the MyMaths website which we subscribe to.

Key Stage 3

All students follow the National Curriculum through the Oxford University Press My Maths program of study. This consists of a homework book which must be brought to all lessons and full access to the online version of the textbook which includes additional support materials.

Students begin year 7 being taught in their tutor groups.  From October half term in Year 7; students are set according to their KS2 levels and additional quantitative data, including an assessment in the first half term on Handling Data. Set changes can occur at any time, but usually take place after an end of unit assessment which is usually once every half term.  There is an additional end of year exam in each year which assesses all the content covered during the year.  In Key Stage 3, pupils are encouraged to develop their mathematical thinking so that they are able to use and apply their mathematical thinking skills. This means that they will be able to use and apply their mathematical knowledge in a variety of contexts.  We give students the opportunity to develop the ability to:

  • acquire and use problem-solving strategies
  • select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real-world situations
  • reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  • Interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

In Year 7 and 8, students follow a modular format with an assessment at the end of each unit.  These units are in Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measure, and Handling Data.  This format enables students to study each area of mathematics in depth to help consolidate all knowledge

Year 9 Students complete a two term Scheme of work using the Collins GCSE Textbooks.  This focuses on topics which need to be covered in more depth to ensure a smooth transition into GCSE.

Year 9 students sit a KS3 to KS4 transition examination paper in March.  The aims of this assessment is to provide an end of Key stage 3 level.  This level is used to identify the progress made during the study of the KS3 course and enable students to be grouped in a tier for GCSE which is suited to their current ability.  Students then begin the GCSE course from April.

Key Stage 4

Year 10

Students begin the new GCSE Mathematics qualification through the EDEXCEL Specification (1MA1).  The higher Tier assess grades 9-4, whilst the Foundation tier assesses grades 5-1.  All students will sit their GCSE Mathematics examination in June of year 11.

Students will use the Oxford University Press GCSE MATHS program of study. This consists of a homework book which must be brought to all lessons and full access to the online version of the textbook which includes additional support materials.

Year 11

At Key Stage 4 we follow the EDXECEL Linear specification. The examination is assessed at two tiers. The Higher tier assesses Grades A*- D, whilst the Foundation tier assesses Grades G - C. Most students follow the Higher tier.  At the end of Year 11, all pupils will sit a GCSE in Mathematics. We follow Edexcel GCSE Mathematics A (1MAO).

This qualification requires students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including:

  • Understand the concepts included in Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measures, Statistics and Probability
  • Use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts
  • Apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations

We are also delivering the EDEXCEL Level 3 Award in Algebra with the Set 1 groups.  This is to develop their Algebraic skills and assist in bridging the gap between the GCSE and A level syllabus.

Additional Support Information

To support your daughter’s learning it is recommended that you:

  • Check that all homework is completed and handed in on time.
  • encourage a positive attitude towards the learning of mathematics
  • Encourage your daughter to present her work clearly showing all methods of working.
  • Ensure that your daughter comes to school with all the correct equipment
  • Play games that involve maths, e.g., scrabble and card games, in which totals have to be calculated.
  • Ask you daughter to do any calculations in everyday situations, e.g. which item is better value when shopping or sorting timings when cooking a meal.

Department Expectations

Students are punctual to lessons and ready to learn.

All equipment including their exercise book, text book and calculator are brought to every lesson.

Every lesson work begins with a title, date and the level/grade of the Learning Objective written in the student’s exercise book.

Students take pride in their work with all underlining with a ruler, diagrams in pencil and formulas/definitions are clearly emphasised.

All classwork is marked by the student with corrections made.

All homework is attempted and completed thoroughly.

All self-assessment sheets, assessment evaluations and trackers are thoroughly completed.

Student’s traffic light after each topic in their exercise book to show their level of understanding and confidence on that topic.

Mini Whiteboards are used continuously in maths lessons as a useful tool for Assessment For Learning.  All students are expected to be fully engaged with all Mini-whiteboard activities.

 It would be beneficial for students to have their own dry-wipe marker pens

 

 

 

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