‘Teachers were seen modelling methods and solutions with clarity. Pupils, consequently, were confident in reflecting upon a variety of computational methods and applying them to increasingly complex questions’ OFSTED 2017
‘Work in books shows thorough curriculum coverage and frequent opportunities to practise examination tasks’ OFSTED 2017
The focus of the Mathematics Department is the continual development of a pupil’s ability. Our focus is on all pupils being able to understand Mathematics and why it works, as well as the connection between Mathematics and the wider world. We believe that Mathematics does not have to always be taught in a conventional manner: all the dedicated mathematics rooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and computer software that allows pupils to learn in different environments. The team runs many extra-curricular events starting with visiting Year 6 pupils in local Primary schools through to regional Maths Competitions in Year 11, with lots of inter school competition thrown in! The pupils also regularly have homework and support from ICT software, whether it be completing on line homework or focusing on topics that haven’t been fully understood in lesson.
Schemes of Work
Pupils follow a model of learning which aims to help them to master each topic that they meet. We have split the curriculum into 2 or 3 week blocks, all of which end with a unit test which assesses their understanding. This is to help pupils monitor and improve their understanding and enable the team to target specific help where further intervention is necessary pupils then receive further support. . Topics that are covered in detail are:
- Data Handling
- Geometry and measures
GCSE Maths is changing to include topics previously covered in AS Maths. As of September 2015, all Pupils will follow the new syllabus which will have grades ranging from 1 to 5 (Foundation tier) and 4 to 9 (Higher tier). There will be 3 papers: 1 non-calculator and 2 calculator papers. The questions are a mixture of styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a Pupils progresses through each of the papers. There are 6 specific areas that are tested:
- Ratio, proportion and rates of change
- Geometry and measures
In common with all schools nationally, all pupils will sit their exam at the end of Year 11. We start the GCSE curriculum in Year 9 affording the teacher time to tailor the lessons in order to cover all topics. As a department, we are dedicated to help our pupils reach their potential; and therefore we run lunchtime "drop in" sessions and after school revision classes, to ensure our pupils gain the grade we believe they deserve. As in Key stage 3 pupils are regularly tested on their knowledge of each topic and further support is provided where necessary.
As of September 2015, the current Year 11’s will still sit the old style GCSE with grades ranging from G to C (Foundation tier) and C to A* (Higher tier). Our most able pupils will also delve into more complex mathematics prior to attending College.
In Year 11 the pupils sit “Maths Challenges” and maths competitions at local Further Education colleges and universities. You only have to look at the Trophy Cabinets to see how successful our pupils are! In previous years, we had one pupil that went on to the National Olympiad at Birmingham University, where along with 17 other Year 11 regional champions they spent a week doing maths master classes. Similarly, we have had Year 9 pupils that have been invited to compete in a similar environment at Leeds University.
- AS/A2 Mathematics
- Applied Diplomas
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