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Mathematics

The Mathematics department is made up of 9 dedicated and enthusiastic teachers. The Director of Learning leads the department with invaluable support from the Deputy Directors of Learning. The department is also fully supported by a HLTA and senior faculty ETA. All teachers in the department follow up-to-date and detailed schemes of work which include online resources such as Hegarty Maths.

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

In Year 8 students receive six lessons per fortnight in mathematics, and in Years 7 and 9 this is seven lessons per fortnight.  Students follow a mathematics mastery style curriculum.  Students are set based on data from their previous school and from our own testing throughout Year 7.

 

 “Mathematics education should be so much more than just passing exams, we want every child to not just pass GCSE mathematics but pass with top grades and to leave school with a love of mathematics. ”

Basically we want every school leaver to achieve a strong foundation in mathematics, with no student left behind.  Our aim is for students to be in a position to choose, if they so wish, to study A level and degree level science, technology, engineering and mathematics related subjects.

The curriculum has problem solving at the heart, encouraging the use of mathematical language to promote accurate explanations and justification. 

A typical Mathematics lesson is made up of a ‘Do Now’ task, which a student will do on their own immediately on entry and may be based on prior learning, problem solving or investigation  Then there will be new learning, where the teacher will explain a concept followed by a ‘worked example’ then ‘your turn’.  There will be exercises to develop learning of a particular concept and this will involve a mixture of group work, individual learning or paired work.  To aid the sense of discovery and to encourage problem solving we will be using manipulatives in lessons.  You may have used them when you were in school – they include bead strings, dienes blocks, fraction counters, cuisenaire rods, 100 grids, number lines and multilink cubes. The use of manipulatives coupled with a constant focus on problem solving will mean that students are much more able to understand mathematical concepts.

The rigorous assessment schedule enables teachers to monitor progress of students continuously, testing is just one method.  In every lesson, teachers will be assessing what students do or do not understand and will deal with misconceptions immediately.  Moreover, all our students will be appropriately challenged; tasks are rich and investigative and will challenge students to think mathematically.

Click here to see our KS3 Curriculum Plan.

Key Stage 4

In Year 10 students receive seven lessons per fortnight in mathematics. Students study the curriculum areas of number, algebra, ratio, geometry, statistics and probability in line with the new GCSE requirements.  They aim towards either the Higher Tier (grade 9-5) or Foundation Tier (grade 5-1) GCSE examinations. 

In Year 11, students also receive seven lessons per fortnight in mathematics. Students study the curriculum areas of number, algebra, shape and statistics in line with the current GCSE requirements. They aim towards either the higher tier (grade 9-5) or Foundation Tier (grade 5-1) GCSE examination. 

GCSE Statistics and further maths gives students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge in a key component of maths that is relevant to everyday life. They’ll develop a core statistical grounding, as well as transferable skills and understanding that is applicable to a range of other subjects. It will also benefit those progressing to other A-level subjects such as the sciences, geography and psychology. 

 

Click here to see our Curriculum Plan for Statistics and Further Maths

Click here to see our KS4 Curriculum Plan 

 

 

Before/After School Clubs

The Mathematics department runs several after school activities:

  • Achieve (Monday after school)
  • Homework drop-in
  • Numeracy breakfast club
  • KS4 drop-in workshops
  • Exam preparation (every morning)

 

Revision

Formal intervention and revision sessions are provided throughout year 11.  These include pre-school and after-school targeted intervention sessions as well as general after-school revision sessions.

Enrichment

Selected students in Years 7 and 8 are entered into the UKMT Junior Challenge and in Years 9, 10 and 11 selected students are entered into the UKMT Intermediate Challenge.

Useful Links

Hegarty Maths – www.hegartymaths.com

Studymaths – www.studymaths.co.uk
Corbettmaths – www.corbettmaths.co.uk

Maths Chase - https://www.mathschase.com/