Mathematics is an important subject for students to study because it has direct and valuable applications for students in many areas of life. These range from the basic level of dealing with money, to the solution of complicated problems in modern technology.
Mathematics also makes a significant contribution to a student’s education by developing a wide range of skills which can be applied across the curriculum. These skills include the ability to think logically, to analyse complex situations, to solve problems, to explain and predict with some level of certainty and to communicate clearly.
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.
Our commitment to these aims will ensure that we continue to build success on success.
- Year 6/7 Transition Units
The aim of this unit is to familiarise students with the Mathematics staff prior to starting in September.
The transition units focus on application and problem solving covering basic numeracy skills. They encourage the pupils to work collaboratively to solve multi step problems.
Structure of Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3 students follow the new National Curriculum through a pathway structure, designed to ensure differentiation and personalised learning. They are assessed regularly, through a combination of APP tasks, Independent Learning Tasks and written assessments, and progress is monitored closely. Formal, 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 use a wide range of teaching and learning styles/strategies to ensure all types of learners’ needs are met.
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.
Gifted and Talented
The Mathematics department offers a wide range of opportunities to students who are gifted and talented. 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. Throughout the year new opportunities are sourced and developed to support the provision for gifted and talented students.
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 9 following the Edexcel linear specification.
Students in Year 10 follow the Edexcel linear specification.
The GCSE requires students to:
– Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including:
– Use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts.
– Apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations.
Throughout the three years students follow a pathway 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.
There is no coursework in Mathematics.
Whilst pupils are studying for their GCSEs they will have access to various resources.
- PinPointLearning.co.ukwhere pupils can enter their results from past paper practice and produce personalised revision resources, focussing on their key weaknesses;
- A revision guide and workbook;
- The PiXL APP which allows pupils to practise all skills online.
- JustMaths.co.ukwhich gives pupils access to key revision videos and worksheet.
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