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Teaching & Learning

Maths

Across the years, students are taught to use mathematics to solve increasingly difficult problems. We consider Mathematics to be a vital life skill.

Key Stage 3

The course

All students in year 7 follow a mastery course designed to allow pupils to master skills and ensure that these can be applied in different contexts. The strands covered in year 7 are as follows:
• Add and subtract
• Multiply and divide
• Geometry
• Fractions
• Applications of algebra
• Percentages and statistics

All students will have the opportunity to be stretched and challenged within each lesson with extension tasks provided. These allow students to apply their knowledge of familiar content to unfamiliar context.

All students in Year 8 work on the attainment strands outlined in the National Curriculum:
• Number
• Algebra
• Ratio, proportion and rates of change
• Geometry and measures
• Probability
• Statistics

Year 9 students follow a three year GCSE course as outlined in the KS4 section.

How is the course taught?

Due to the diverse nature of Mathematics a number of teaching styles and techniques are adopted to maximise students understanding at all levels. These include paired/group work, independent learning, and investigations all alongside traditional methods of teaching. We aim to help students become active learners and to utilise assessment for learning techniques to ensure students progress in lessons.

How are students assessed?

Students’ classwork is assessed after each module and is graded for Attainment and Effort. Year 7 and 8 students also complete six half termly assessments, these assessments allow teachers to give students a level of attainment and with further analysis formative advice on how they can reach the next level can be given.

What homework is set?

Homework is set according to our Homework Policy. It includes traditional worksheet/investigation tasks and online homework through websites such as MyMaths.co.uk and Doddle.

Key Stage 4

Maths is a mandatory subject for all students in Key Stage 4.

The course

There is no change in the character of the work covered in Years 9, 10 and 11 to the work that is covered in years 7 and 8. The subject content will involve:
• Number
• Algebra
• Ratio, proportion and rates of change
• Geometry and measures
• Probability
• Statistics
Our students practise skills and techniques in all these areas and will be set tasks which will require their use and application.

How is the course taught?

As with teaching at KS3 due to the diverse nature of Mathematics a number of teaching styles and techniques are adopted to maximise students understanding at all levels. Some lessons are led by the teacher with notes and examples on the mark board. Others include paired/group work, independent learning, and investigations all alongside traditional methods of teaching. We aim to help students be active learners and to utilise assessment for learning techniques to ensure students progress in lessons.

How are students assessed?

Students will complete half termly assessment papers which will be used to produce a current level of attainment. Question by question analysis will then be completed to provide students with formative advice on how they can reach the next level, furthermore these assessments help prepare for external assessments at the end of Year 11.
At the end of Year 11 all students will be entered for a GCSE Mathematics qualification. This currently consists of three examination papers, there is no coursework requirement. Students may also complete an Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics alongside their GCSE studies when this is appropriate. 

What homework is set?

In Year 9 we expect our students to complete at least one homework task each week. In Year 10 and 11, homework will be set twice a week and, once students get towards the end of Year 11, will often involve doing past paper questions.

How are students grouped?

Teaching groups are set according to ability. This depends on how well each student has done throughout Years 7 to 9.
Students follow one of two courses: Foundation or Higher. The examination grades that are achievable depend on the course taken. These are shown as follows:
• Foundation: 5  -1
• Higher: 9 - 5

Some students significantly improve during the year and, where appropriate, these students may be moved into a different type of group.

What can students go on to do after this course?

Most of our students will continue to study Mathematics after their GCSE as it is an important part of many A-Levels.
Mathematics A-Level is very popular in the Sixth Form. Lots of students choose to study Maths A-Level as it is very highly regarded for many other further and higher education courses. Students from this school have attained very good examination results for many years.
It is possible to do extra modules in order to achieve a Further Mathematics qualification in our Sixth Form. This is strongly advised for all Science and Engineering students.