Aims of the Department
- To provide students with access to a subject, which gives a means of communication that is powerful, concise and unambiguous.
- To encourage systematic thought and logical patterns of work.
- To provide a mathematical environment in which a student may reach his or her maximum levels of achievement and understanding.
- To help each student develop to his or her optimum, an appreciation and enjoyment of mathematics as a subject in its own right, so enabling future progression in the subject.
- To develop independent thinking, pride in own work and co-operation between students.
A number of school visits are arranged throughout the course of the year.
All classrooms have interactive whiteboards and projectors.
- https://hegartymaths.com/ - used for homework but also provides support when students wish to revise or review the current topic
- https://corbettmaths.com/ - Support for students at KS3 and 4, excellent for daily activities ‘five a day’
- http://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/ – support for students studying at A level
Years 7, 8, 9
The Year 7 and 8 students consolidate and develop mastery on work commenced in primary and middle schools in the following key areas:
- Calculating or using and applying mathematics
- Space shape and measure
- Statistics or data handling
In Year 9 students begin work on the GCSE course, developing the following skills
- Working logically
- Finding patterns and rules to describe results
- Processing and interpreting data
- Problem solving
- Manipulating algebra
How students are assessed
Students will be assessed via homework, assessments and tests on a regular basis throughout the year. Reports to parents on these tests would follow the school reporting system. We also encourage students to develop their self-assessment and peer assessment skills so that they can write targets for themselves and for others.
Each pupil will be set the equivalent of 30 to 60 minutes of mathematics homework per week. This work will be assessed by either the teacher or the pupil and its existence / outcome recorded as appropriate. It is the pupil's responsibility to see that set work is completed satisfactorily and that work missed through periods of absence is recovered. It is hoped that parents would assist in these matters.
How parents can help
- Checking that homework is done on time and to a satisfactory standard and assisting in any way they can to complete it if necessary.
- Encouraging your child to revise regularly throughout the school term.
- Ensure your child has the correct equipment i.e. pens, pencil, ruler, calculator, Mathematical Geometry set.
- Ensure your child has adequate revision material to work from e.g. revision guide and practice.
- Ensure that your child had a quiet place to study away from distractions.
KS4 Maths 9-1
GCSE Graded 9-1
Exam Board and Details: Edexcel (1MA1)
Mathematics is a Core subject and as such is compulsory at Key Stage 4. All students follow the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics course and this will begin at the start of Year 9. This Linear Course is examined by three written papers taken in Year 11.
There is no coursework to be completed. Tiers of entry for the final exam are Foundation (grades 1 to 5) and Higher (grades 4 to 9), students will be placed in the tier most appropriate for their ability based on their performance at the end of Year 9.
The course content includes topics on:
- Ratio, proportion and rates of change
- Geometry and measures
Key Skills Students Will Develop
In order to be successful, students will have to demonstrate that they can select and use the appropriate mathematical methods needed in a range of situations. Passing GCSE Maths is a pre-requisite for most higher education courses and professional careers. Students will need to work hard consistently throughout the course in order to achieve their full potential.
The aims and objectives of the GCSE Mathematics course are to enable students to:
- Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
- Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
- Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
- Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.
How students are assessed
Three external examinations, each of 1½ hours. The course content will be assessed across all three papers, paper 1 of which will be non-calculator.
Students will be internally assessed in class at regular intervals to monitor their progress using 50 marks from existing past papers but this will not form part of their final grade.
Homework will be set on a weekly basis and should take between 1 and 1½ hours. The aim of homework at GCSE is to consolidate the learning in lessons and progress further through extension tasks.
How Parents Can Help
- Encourage your child to practice, practice, practice. Even if they say they can do a task, insist they show you to prove they can!
- Always check over work when it is completed. It is really easy to lose marks at the beginning of a paper. Carefully reviewing homework tasks with your child will help to establish this habit.
- Owning a calculator is not sufficient; students need to know how to use it. This only comes through familiarity which is why we insist they use a calculator for classwork and not an iPad version. Students should bring their calculator to every lesson.
- Encourage your child to show how they reached their solution. Usually there is only one mark for the final answer; the rest are for the working out.
- Encourage your child to set out their work as they have been shown. The structure will help them to solve the problem successfully.
- Practice questions at home which challenge their problem solving skills as well as the straight forward maths techniques, especially exam questions which can be accessed through past papers which will be shared via SHOWBIE.