Mathematics

Mathematics Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum intends to enable students to:

  • Acquire a thorough understanding of numerical relationships and procedures. 
  • Apply numeracy to solve problems. 
  • Think systematically and use logical patterns of work.
  • Develop resilience and independent thinking. 
  • Develop an appreciation and enjoyment of Mathematics. 
  • Develop confidence in their Mathematical capability in order for them to reach their full potential within the subject. 

Facilities

All classrooms have interactive whiteboards and projectors. Teachers within the Mathematics department use of iPads every lesson either to share work via apps such as Showbie or demonstrate ideas via apps such as Geogebra. 

Ways families can help support

Parents/carers can support students in Mathematics in a number of different ways.  In particular the following will help ensure students are achieving their full potential: 

  • Ensuring all homework is completed. 
  • Encouraging students to use Hegarty Maths videos to go over concepts that they have found challenging in lessons. 
  • Practicing multiplication tables and mental calculations. 
  • Encouraging Year 11 students to make use of the revision resources available to them on Showbie (please contact Miss Harper for the Showbie codes – harper@blenheim.surrey.sch.uk). 

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KS3 Mathematics

Years 7 and 8

In years 7 and 8, students are taught a mastery curriculum across 8 lessons per fortnight. 

The scheme of work and intelligent practice within lessons is carefully designed to develop and consolidate students’ conceptual understanding in the following key areas: 

  • Number
  • Calculating or using and applying mathematics
  • Algebra
  • Space shape and measure
  • Statistics or data handling

Students are also encouraged to develop their reasoning and mathematical thinking through “Stretch and Challenge” activities.  

How students are assessed

Students will be assessed via homework, Tri-Weekly and Key Assessments 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.

Homework

Each pupil will be set 30 minutes of Mathematics homework per week. This work will be set on Hegarty Maths with students being asked to watch a video, then complete a corresponding set of questions. Students will be given the following check list to ensure homework is completed to a high standard: 

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that homework is complete before the deadline. If there are any problems with accessing Hegarty Maths please email your student’s class teacher. 

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 by reading the “Green Box” examples in their exercise book. 
  • Ensure your child has the correct equipment i.e. pens, pencil, ruler, calculator, Mathematical Geometry set. 
  • 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)

Course Outline

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 however this will be reviewed throughout KS4. 

The course content includes topics on:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

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

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.
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