Introduction

As a department our vision is to ensure all students have access to an exciting curriculum delivered to them in a way that maximises each individual’s ability to learn and progress. Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline where we want to show students how Maths has a massive part to play across the academy in other subjects from the sciences through to food technology, as well as the influence it will have in their future career paths. Our enthusiasm and passion for the subject filters into the lessons we deliver, this along with our state of the art classrooms and the wide variety of resources we use allows us to create a high-quality mathematics education that therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically and problem solve, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

 

Our subject area seeks to develop the following in all our students:

  1. A positive attitude towards mathematics by:
  • seeing it as an interesting and attractive subject
  • helping them to appreciate the creative and aesthetic aspects of the subject
  • ensuring that persistence through sustained work is rewarded
  • giving credit and praise to improve confidence
  • encouraging students to set themselves challenging targets
  1. Sound numerical skills by:
  • ensuring that calculators are used sensibly and efficiently
  • the use of starters and plenaries to promote the use of mental skills
  • insisting that they learn relevant concepts and facts
  1. A willingness to use algebraic skills by:
  • exploring mathematical patterns and sequences
  • identifying functional relationships
  • using correct and appropriate mathematical notation and language
  • using mathematics to model real-life situations

 

Our expectations:

If you encourage your child to do the following then it will help them achieve a better grade in Mathematics:

1) Attendance and Punctuality. Attendance and punctuality to Mathematics lessons is essential as Mathematics is like a ladder. If a rung is missing, or if you don’t get a good grip on it, you’ll struggle to reach the next rung. If enough rungs are missing, it will be difficult to climb higher. If you do miss a lesson for a good reason, please see your teacher and catch up with the work missed.

2) Maximum effort in lesson. Come to lesson with the correct equipment and be mentally prepared to learn. Follow your teacher’s instructions, listen attentively to explanations, and put in maximum effort in the classwork. Ask your teacher for help if you do not understand. At the end of the lesson you should have learnt something, ask yourself what you have learnt.

3) Do your homework. Homework may seem like torture, but it is really designed to help you learn. The key to learning Mathematics is practice: do enough problems on solving linear equations, and you will eventually be able to do it in your sleep. Plus, as you do your homework, you will be able to identify concepts you do not understand and then you can ask your teacher for help.

Specification Reference

During year 7 and 8 students will be taught the foundations that will be required to begin their GCSE in Mathematics. Our scheme for learning is split into three tiers allowing us to ensure work is suitable for the students and for us to differentiate accordingly. Our mathematics KS3 is split into 5 categories

Areas of study covered in KS3:

  1. Number
  2. Algebra
  3. Geometry and Measures
  4. Statistics
  5. Ratio and Proportion

These are then split into specific topics and sub-units, with students completing ten units per year. Students are assessed after the end of each unit allowing us to monitor progress closely as well at the end of the term to gain a holistic overview of the terms learning. This allows us to set specific targets for individual students in order for rapid progress and improvement.

 

Assessments:

Pupils are assessed at the end of each unit with a short test focusing on the aspects of that specific topics and for each unit the students shall be given a grade.

At the end of each term the students will be given an end-of-term assessment which covers content delivered for the entire term. This will be given a grade.

 

Homework:

Students are given homework weekly and will usually cover the topics taught the previous week as a way of aiding with constant revision.

This will always be set and due on a specific day, usually a Monday, and should be recorded in the student’s planner on this day.

 

Useful Website:

All students are given access to www.mathswatchvle.com, this is an online learning hub where students can watch videos on the topics they have covered as well as answer interactive questions which are instantly marked so they are given feedback straight away to check understanding. Students could also use this to look ahead and begin to look up upcoming topics as a way to extend themselves independently.

 

The purposeful practice books below are fully entwined with our scheme of learning and overview.

Using data gathered over year 7 and 8 students are placed into the foundation or higher aspect of the mathematic GCSE.

The Foundation Tier course consists of 20 units. Units 1 to 8 completed in year 9, units 9 to 17 completed in year 10 and the final 3 units complete at the beginning of year 11.

The Higher Tier course consists of 19 units. Unit 1 to 8 completed in year 9, units 9 to 17 complete in year 10 and the final 2 units completed at the beginning of year 11.

We expect the teaching of the GCSE course to be completed by the end of the Autumn term in year 11, we then use the remaining time of the academic year to revise key topics based from the assessments and key topics for improvement.

Assessments: Pupils are assessed at the end of each unit focusing on the aspects of that specific topics and for each unit the students shall be given a grade.

At the end of each term the students will be given an end-of-term assessment which covers content delivered for the entire term. This will be given a grade.

At the end of year 10 and at the end of the Autumn term in year 11 students will sit an internal assessment which will cover content across the whole course, this will be graded and allow us to see areas of development for revision during year 11.

Homework:

Students are given homework weekly and will usually cover the topics taught the previous week as a way of aiding with constant revision.

This will always be set and due on a specific day, usually a Monday, and should be recorded in the student’s planner on this day.

Useful Websites:

All students are given access to www.mathswatchvle.com, this is an online learning hub where students can watch videos on the topics they have covered as well as answer interactive questions which are instantly marked so they are given feedback straight away to check understanding. Students could also use this to look ahead and begin to look up upcoming topics as a way to extend themselves independently.

On top of this there are a few more websites we can recommend all of which gives examples as well as practice questions for students to help with revision.

www.corbettmaths.com (video clips, exam style questions & textbook style questions)
www.mathsgenie.com (video clips, exam questions as well as model solutions)

 

These guide and workbooks allow key revision and practice across the units covered at KS4

Maths is considered one of the most challenging courses and with that it is highly regarded by universities and employers. Not only does a qualification in maths show you are good with numbers it develops your analytical skills as well as problem solving, with this being highly sort after in the world of work showing adaptability as well as resilience.

Maths can lead to a myriad of courses in both further and higher education. Obvious careers may include accountancy, banking, engineering, medicine, computing and scientific statistical research. However, there are many other diverse areas where mathematical skills are recognised as invaluable and essential.

 

Follow the links below to find out more about careers involving Maths.

Year 7 & 8

The purposeful practice books below are fully entwined with our scheme of learning and overview.

The book below is a general revision guide and is available at different levels to suit the need of your child.

 

KS4 Year 9 to 11

These guide and workbooks allow key revision and practice across the units covered at KS4