Students in Year 7 and 8 follow a Mastery based approach to learning Mathematics. The basis of this is:
Success for all
Every child can enjoy and succeed in mathematics as long as they are given the appropriate learning opportunities. A growth mindset enables pupils to develop resilience and confidence.
Learners are given time and opportunities to fully explore mathematical concepts. The challenge comes from investigating ideas in new and complex ways.
Learners solve new problems in unfamiliar contexts by identifying, applying and connecting ideas.
We support learners to be systematic, generalise and seek out patterns. Questioning is a key element of this.
The use of Mathematical language is encouraged to strengthen conceptual understanding by enabling pupils to explain and reason. This is carefully introduced and reinforced through frequent discussion to ensure it is meaningfully understood.
Objects, pictures, numbers and symbols enable pupils to represent ideas and make connections in different ways. This develops understanding and problem-solving skills – while making lessons engaging and fun.
Our GCSE (9-1) Statistics qualification (Edexcel) incorporates numerous examples of real-life data and contexts, which build skills that students will use in other subjects, such as science and geography. Based on the principles of the statistical enquiry cycle, students gain a rounded understanding of how to interpret and apply data to a number of scenarios, both across subjects and in the real world.
Learners will be taught how to assess the appropriateness of statistical methodologies and the conclusions drawn through the application of the statistical enquiry cycle. Learners will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, using appropriate terminology and notation, of standard statistical techniques used to collect and represent information. All learners will interpret statistical information and results in context and learn how to reason results.
There is an emphasis on application and problem-solving in line with the new programme of study. We use many different teaching methods and resources to challenge and motivate students. Learners who are successful in completing their GCSE Maths in Year 10 are given the opportunity of to develop their mathematics further in Year 11 through the AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics.
How learners are assessed
Learners are assessed through their homework, classwork, assessments and both closed book and open book tests. Opportunities for self and peer assessment are provided.
Homework is set weekly for all learners. It is a vital step in consolidating and extending the knowledge and skills developed in class.
In KS3 and KS4, homework is primarily hegartymaths tasks, accessed via the www.hegartymaths.com website. Each learner has their own unique log in and can track their own progress, as can the teacher. There is a wide range of supporting and booster material that learners can access through the website to support the development of home learning.
Revision, Intervention and Enrichment
There is a weekly homework help club every Tuesday in M9. This provides access to both computers and the help of mathematics teachers to support homework.
There are GCSE revision classes for higher and foundation on a Tuesday in the mathematics corridor. These classes are open to learners in Years 9, 10 and 11 following the GCSE course. The department also runs holiday booster sessions and revision classes for learners in KS4 and KS5 in the run-up to examinations.
All learners following the GCSE course have been given a pinpoint learning login to support independent study and develop vital mathematics knowledge and understanding.
Mathematics continues to be a popular choice at A level where we follow the Edexcel specification for Mathematics and Further Mathematics. In Year 12, learners study Pure 1, Statistics and Mechanics 1 unit as part of a standalone AS mathematics course. In year 13, learners study the new specification Edexcel Linear A level mathematics course by completing Pure 1, Pure 2 and Statistics & Mechanics.
A level learners are expected to complete 5 hours of private study per week.
Homework tasks will usually be linked to the coursebook or to exam practice.
The websites that we use for revision are