Maths

From shopping to travelling, Maths is essential!

Regardless of ability or interest, Maths is for everyone and has a vital, often unseen, role in many aspects of modern life. Whatever your future career choice Maths skills improve job prospects helping you succeed in the workplace and in your personal life.

Maths is taught in a way that meets every student’s needs and is relevant to the world we live in. An appropriate level of challenge and high expectation for every student to achieve their full potential drives our approach, opening doors for further study in maths and a wide range of careers.

Students will develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including: number, ratio and proportion, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics and probability. Students will use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts and apply them to real-life situations.

The aims and objectives of the qualification are to enable students to:

  • Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts.
  • Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems.
  • Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions.
  • Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

As a department we are committed to the philosophy that during the five years with us, each student should:

– Have a positive experience of learning Mathematics
– Show continuous progression and improvement.
– Achieve their full potential.

In particular, we wish each student to develop:

– A genuine feeling of how numbers fit together; the ability to carry out calculations; understand the significance of results and estimate whether or not an answer is reasonable.
– The ability to confidently apply Mathematics in everyday situations and develop an understanding of the part which Maths plays in the world.
– The ability to apply Maths to other subjects across the curriculum.
– The ability to solve problems, present solutions clearly, check and interpret results.
– The ability to communicate what they have learned clearly, both in written form and orally.
– The ability to read, write and talk about Mathematics in a variety of ways.
– The ability to work individually and as part of a group.
– The confidence to experiment and make mistakes and persevere when problems arise.
– A foundation in the subject which will allow them to go on to study Mathematics at A level.
– A feeling of progress and success in the subject throughout their school life.

Learning Sequence Overview

Key Stage 3

Year 6 to 7 Transition Stage

All students experience a Mathematics lesson during the Year 6 induction days in their tutor groups. The lesson is a problem solving activity that draws on the skills and knowledge and skills from the Key Stage 3 curriculum

The Year 7 course is designed to review and develop the skills and knowledge pupil bring with them from primary school using a mastery approach to ensure a deeper understanding of key mathematical techniques.

Sequence of Learning KS3

Key Stage 3 students follow the new National Curriculum through a flightpath structure, designed to ensure differentiation and personalised learning. They are assessed regularly, through a combination of small unit tests alongside more formal termly assessment.  National assessments are used as an end of year measure of performance. Students complete the KS3 programme of study at the end of Year 8 and begin their GCSE course in Year 9.

The New National Curriculum focuses on skills based learning and teaching, requiring a more investigative approach. The Maths Department uses a mastery approach to teaching at Key Stage 3. Teaching for mastery prioritises depth of understanding: it is only when a student fully grasps the fundamental concepts and connections within the mathematics that they should move onto the next topic. This approach to teaching prepares the pupils well for the application and problem solving elements of the new GCSE curriculum.

Mathematics Secondary National Curriculum

KS3 Intervention Programme

We are committed to providing opportunities for all students to meet their potential and tailor our intervention programmes to the students’ current needs. Through monitoring of student progress, departmental intervention programmes are implemented according to the needs of the students.

The Mathematics department offers a wide range of opportunities to students who are Most Able. These include enrichment activities in class to broaden their understanding of topics such as challenges and puzzles, as well as entering students into North East competitions with notable success. Throughout the year new opportunities are sourced and developed to support the provision for the Most Able students.

How can parents/carers help?

Whilst pupils are studying Maths they will have access to various resources, please support your child and ensure they utilise the below:

  • The PiXL APP which allows pupils to practice all skills online
  • co.uk which gives pupils access to key revision videos and worksheet
  • co.uk which has targeted booster packs for each grade

Key Stage 4

Sequence of Learning KS4

The Maths course at Years 7, 8 and 9 builds on the mastery of key number and geometry concepts studied in primary school and provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE Maths course in Years 10 and 11.

The Maths course at Years 10 and 11, builds on the mastery of key mathematical concepts acquired at Years 7 to 9. Year 9 students follow a mastery scheme of work in which teaching for understanding enables students to continue their learning in key number concepts of ratio and proportional reasoning and geometry.

The GCSE course is then taught with the same principals of teaching for understanding in all strands of Number, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Shape and Space and Statistics. There is a high focus on problem solving, reasoning and communicating mathematics to ensure that students develop the skills they need to apply to the final examination questions.

KS4 Intervention Programme

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GCSE Specification

Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1) is assessed in the following way:
Examination 100% (no coursework)

There are 2 tiers for GCSE Mathematics with the following grades available:

Higher (Grades available: 9 to 4)
Foundation (Grades available: 5 to 1)

Students start their GCSE course in Year 10 following the Edexcel linear specification.

The GCSE requires students to:

– Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including:

– Number
– Algebra
– Geometry
– Measures
– Statistics
– Probability

– Use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts.

– Apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations.

Throughout KS4, students follow a flightpath designed to their own individual needs and to ensure all students achieve their full potential. This culminates in the entry for either the Higher or Foundation GCSE examination at the end of Year 11.

If you require further information about the GCSE Maths qualification please visit the link below:
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html

Extra Information

Excellent revision sites:

  • Corbett maths
  • Maths Genie
  • Maths Made Easy
  • OnMaths
  • MyMaths

How can parents/carers help?

Whilst pupils are studying for their GCSEs they will have access to various resources, please support your child and ensure they utilise the below:

  • pinpointlearning.co.uk where pupils can enter their results from past paper practice and produce personalised revision resources, focusing on their key weaknesses
  • A revision guide and workbook
  • The PiXL APP which allows pupils to practice all skills online
  • Justmaths.co.uk which gives pupils access to key revision videos and worksheet
  • co.uk which has targeted booster packs for each grade