Mathematics

KS3

Year 7 8, and 9

Learners 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 because they have the appropriate learning opportunities. A growth mindset enables pupils to develop resilience and confidence.

-Deeper understanding:

Learners are given time and opportunities to explore mathematical concepts fully. The challenge comes from investigating ideas in new and complex ways.

-Problem-solving

Learners solve new problems in unfamiliar contexts by identifying, applying and connecting ideas.

-Mathematical thinking

We support learners to be systematic, generalise and seek out patterns. Questioning is a vital element of this.

-Mathematical language

The use of Mathematical language is encouraged to strengthen conceptual understanding by enabling pupils to explain and reason. Which is carefully introduced and reinforced through frequent discussion to ensure it is meaningfully understood.

-Multiple representations

Objects, pictures, numbers and symbols enable pupils to represent ideas and make connections in different ways. Develop understanding and problem-solving skills – while making lessons engaging and fun.

 

KS4

Year 10 and 11

Learners in Year 10 and 11 follow the Pearson (Edexcel) specification for GCSE (9-1) Mathematics and a mastery approach to learning Mathematics is also implemented similar to that taught in KS3. There are two tiers taught in tandem, and regular assessments lead to the final tier allocation for learners.

 

GCSE (9-1) Statistics

Learners in Year 11 can choose GCSE (9-1) Statistics as an option. We follow the Pearson (Edexcel) specification for GCSE (9-1) Statistics 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 several scenarios, both across subjects and in the real world.

Learners will learn 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 data and results in context and learn how to reason results.

There is an emphasis on application and problem-solving. We use many different teaching methods and resources to challenge and motivate students.

KS5

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 Edexcel Linear A level mathematics course by completing two pure mathematics course Statistics & Mechanics.

A level learners are expected to complete 5 hours of private study per week.

*Homework tasks are linked to the coursebook or exam practice.

The websites that we use for revision are

Pixl6(https://mathsapp6.pixl.org.uk/)

Dr. Frost(https://www.drfrostmaths.com

Tailoredtutors(https://tailoredtutors.co.uk/) Activlearn(https://www.pearsonactivelearn.com/app/Home).

 

Assessment 

Learners are assessed through their homework, classwork; and generally, assessments can both be a closed book and open book tests. Opportunities for self and peer-assessment are provided.

 

Homework

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 Hegarty maths tasks, accessed via the www.hegartymaths.com website. Each learner has their unique login and can track their 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. It 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 Wednesday after school 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 a www.pinpointlearning.co.uk login and PiXl maths App login to support independent study and develop vital mathematics knowledge and understanding.

Learners at all key stages are provided various mathematics inspired trips, talks and workshops— one of the most popular being our annual trip to the bank of England.