We aim to enable children to realise their full potential in Mathematics by teaching and learning using a variety of appropriate styles and resources, engaging children in a range of activities and fostering independence.
When starting in tear 7 students are taught in sets according to the Question Level Analysis from KS2 exams. Until the October half term lessons are based on improving any gaps in their understanding from primary school. After the half term students are taught in sets according to ability. The department follows a mastery approach to learning, where the focus is on the development of deep structural knowledge and the ability to make connections. This ensures what is learnt is sustained over time. Students are given weekly homework tasks to consolidate the learning that has taken place in class.
Years 9 - 11
Students commence the GCSE syllabus in year 9. They continue to be taught in sets according to ability and will follow either a course at Foundation level (grades 1 to 5) or Higher level (grades 4 to 9). The department follows the AQA GCSE Mathematics specification. Significant emphasis is given to mathematical reasoning, problem solving and making connections between topics.
Homework is set every week to reinforce what has been learnt in class. In year 11 pupils will also be expected to complete practice exam papers in order to prepare them for the final exams.
At the end of year 11 all pupils sit three exam papers, each of 90 minutes duration. One paper is done without the use of a calculator. They are all equally weighted towards the final grade award. There will be no coursework or non-exam assessment.
Support for Learning
Students in years 7 and 8 are encouraged to use the Mangahigh website to practise their numeracy skills. This is then continued into year 9 when students are provided with a login to the PIXL Maths app and are encouraged to use the Arithmetic section.
In years 10 and 11 students use the PIXL Maths app to help them practise and prepare for the final exams at the end of year 11.
In all years students are advised to use the Corbettmaths website to prepare for assessments and to work on any target topics identified from tests.
Many of the enrichment activities centre around showing the application of maths in Science, Technology and Engineering. In year 8 pupils have the opportunity to visit ‘We the Curious’ in Bristol and in year 9, students visit Fleet Air Arm Museum.
Every year a team of four children from years 8 and 9 take part in a Team Maths Challenge against other schools in the county, again organised by the UKMT.