Welcome to the Maths Department
Aims and Values
An understanding of number is essential for everyday life and is just as important as being able to read and write. However, mathematics is much more than arithmetic – we have calculators to do that for us. A good mathematics education develops students’ ability to think logically, solve problems, think strategically and develop resilience and tenacity.
The topics we teach develop these skills. Someone may argue that they have never needed algebra in their adult lives but algebra is a problem-solving tool and most people will solve numerical problems on a daily basis.
Our aim is to develop each child’s ability to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically and geometrically; to solve problems and handle data to the best of their ability.
Resources and Facilities
Currently we have 6 dedicated classrooms which all have projectors and audio capabilities. We also have 30 laptops to share between the department.
Resources for all key stages can be located on our Learning Web which is available in and out of the Academy premises. It is very well organised to allow students to find the exact resource they need quickly and efficiently.
We run a gifted and talented club each week with a variety of projects based on the interests and wishes of our students.
Keystage 3 Overview
Students are placed in ability groups (sets) based on their Keystage 2 score. Set changes are discussed regularly and changes are made when necessary.
All the curriculum areas (number, algebra, geometry and measures, statistics and probability) are taught at a level that is appropriate to the ability of the student. We follow a spiral curriculum, which means that each topic is revisited and extended regularly.
Students complete a test each term. This allows us to monitor progress and address areas of weakness.
Top set students take part in the UK Maths Challenges.
All students will complete a baseline test in the first week of Year 7. This allows us to identify strengths and weaknesses so that we can tailor our teaching to suit the needs of the students. Students who do not achieve a score of 100 in the Keystage 2 tests may be asked to complete a numeracy test. Students who need additional support with their numeracy will be invited to join a booster class at lunchtimes.
Students will attempt a GCSE-style test paper towards the end of the Year 9. The score on this paper will determine the set that the student is placed in for the start of GCSE.
Keystage 4 Overview
Our examination is Edexcel 1MA1
The top two sets study for GCSE entry at Higher Tier and sets 6, 7 and 8 study Foundation Tier. Sets 3, 4 and 5 are referred to as the ‘Crossover’ groups and they study content that is on both tiers. This allows us to make decisions about tiers of entry as close as possible to the examination and does not limit the student’s grade in any way.
A level Overview
Higher tier students with a love of mathematics may wish to consider studying the subject at advanced level. The course covers both pure and applied mathematics, with the applied content including statistics and mechanics.
Supporting Learning at Home
Please ensure that your son/daughter always has a pen, pencil, geometry set and calculator for every lesson.
Please do not do your child’s homework for them! If they are struggling with a task, you could help by asking them to read the instructions to you and check their understanding. They will have done similar work in lessons, so ask them to tell you how they did it. If they still do not know what to do, they should ask their teacher before the deadline.
Some homework is set on MyMaths (www.mymaths.co.uk) and MathsWatch (https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk). Students will be given login details at the start of each year. These websites are very student-friendly and are an excellent resource for anyone who needs help.
The maths area of the Learning Web has past papers and mark schemes for revision.
A good maths qualification is always highly respected and essential for careers in astronomy, finance, medicine, business, science, humanities, engineering, technology, computing, architecture, management and teaching.