Mathematics

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The maths faculty aims to provide study programmes which meet the needs of each individual student and are student-centred to enable the greatest progression.

“Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit.”

– Stefan Banach

It is our aim to encourage students to develop enquiring minds, capable of independent thought, and encourage them to participate in a range of learning styles and experiences in order to enjoy mathematics.

We help students to appreciate the mathematics around them and make links across the curriculum. We aim to give students relevant skills for society and to provide a platform for further study.

Curriculum

We seek to provide students with the ability to:

  • recall number and algebra skills and then apply them to real-life practical situations
  • identify appropriate data handling, space and shape skills applicable to real-life practical situations
  • explain and describe what they see in patterns and sequences
  • demonstrate their understanding by analysing the appropriate data and illustrating results in a mathematical context
  • use functions, formulae, equations and inequalities in mathematical concepts and then employ differentiated methods to solve or illustrate their findings
  • develop their thinking and learning of the maths about them both appraising the techniques required and justifying their use

Extra curricular

  • students in year 7 visit Sherwood Pines and experience mathematics in a forest environment
  • a gifted and talented programme identifies students and opportunities are given to explore mathematics beyond the classroom

Key stage 3

Year 7 students follow a broad curriculum focused on applying mastery through lessons. There are three levels of questioning, which fall into fluency, reasoning and problem solving type questions.

Year 8 students begin preliminary study for their GCSE. Depending on aptitude and attainment during year 7, students begin at an appropriate stage. During year 8, students will be assessed and monitored by teachers and will take appropriate tracking tests.

In year 9, students continue GCSE study; see key stage 4 below for further information. Again, teachers assess and monitor progress; up to four tracking tests will take place during the year.

It is essential that students have correct equipment for mathematics. This must include:

  • scientific calculator (preferably similar to Casio FX-83GT)
  • compass
  • protractor
  • ruler
  • sharpener
  • eraser
  • red pen

Independent Learning is encouraged throughout and each student should take a responsibility in ensuring they take up all opportunities to enhance their own progression.

Key stage 4

Revision should be seen as a continuous discipline and we encourage students to keep a separate notebook that builds up throughout the course. The academy provides access to the Mymaths website; students are encouraged to use this site on a regular basis to support their understanding. In addition, Mathswatch log in data is also supplied. This is particularly useful when students have missed work through absence.

We use maths every day in a variety of settings, and even just a good knowledge of the basics can be invaluable. A grade 5 maths GCSE is often required by employers and higher education institutions alike. We aim to provide study programmes which meet the needs of the student and are student centred to enable the greatest progression.

We seek to provide students with skills to:

  • recall number and algebra skills, and then apply them to real-life practical situations
  • identify appropriate data handling and space and shape skills applicable to real-life practical situations
  • explain and describe what they see in patterns and sequences
  • demonstrate their understanding by analysing the appropriate data and illustrating results in a mathematical context
  • use functions, formulae, equations and inequalities in mathematical concepts and then employ differentiated methods to solve or illustrate their findings
  • develop their thinking and learning of the maths about them both appraising the techniques required and justifying their use

In years 9, 10 and 11 mathematics is taught in broad sets and, within the course, there is an increased amount of flexibility of entry; final decisions on exams for most students will be made at the end of year 10.

Decisions about entry exam and tier are based on class performance, achievement in progress tests and other evidence that we collect throughout the key stage 4 years. Final assessment consists of two tiers: foundation tier and higher tier. Foundation tier papers assess grades 1 to 5 and higher tier papers assess grades 4 to 9.

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