Mathematics Department

For an overview of the pathways through the curriculum, please see our information page here.

Welcome to the

Maths Department

 

Our Vision

Real Mathematics involves problem solving, creating ideas and representations, exploring puzzles, discussing methods and the different ways of working.

As a department we aim to produce individuals who have these skills in abundance and the ability to apply them to all situations in life.

Mathematics is the universal language that transcends all boundaries and we aim to make our students fluent.

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Quality Teaching and Learning Entitlement

Real Mathematics involves problem solving, creating ideas and representations, exploring puzzles, discussing methods and many different ways of working, it is not copying methods from the board and reproducing them accurately time and time again.

  • Teachers will strive to enthuse students and build their appreciation of the beauty, elegance and relevance of Mathematics in the modern world
  • Learning will start on arrival to lessons
  • Learning aims and measurable objectives are shared
  • Teachers will use a variety of strategies and activities to promote participation
  • Teachers will aim to build student vocabulary in Mathematics
  • Teachers will effectively use questioning to:
    • develop understanding
    • form connections within the subject
    • promote full participation
    • tackle misconceptions
    • build higher order thinking skills
    • offer and receive feedback
    • promote the clarity of task
    • assess progress and understanding
  • Teachers will use a range of differentiation strategies so that all students are effectively supported and challenged
  • Teachers will develop a range of common approaches to teaching key Mathematics skills
  • Teachers will plan activities that:
    • promote understanding and make links between skills
    • develop proficiency in skills
    • promote the recall of key facts
  • Regular verbal and written feedback will be used:
    • By teachers to inform planning
    • By students to set and review targets
  • Teachers will help students to develop the skills required to communicate mathematically both verbally and in writing;
    • Model exemplar written methods should be used
    • Students will have regular opportunities to talk about their mathematical ideas to their peers and to the whole class
  • Teachers will encourage students to become independent learners and effective time managers
  • Teachers will celebrate and display student work
  • Schemes of Learning will be developed that offer
    • Differentiated objectives with a focus on progression in the learning of Mathematics
    • Links to suitable activities that promote understanding and proficiency
  • Teachers will produce medium and short term plans that take into account the needs of their students so that all students make effective progress
  • Teachers will develop and share resources with all members of staff within the Mathematics team. They will constantly strive to improve her quality of their own short term planning through collaboration
  • Teachers will provide an organised, well-resourced and visually stimulating learning environment that models high expectations of organisation for students

Curriculum

Years 7 & 8 (KS3)
Years 9 – 11 (KS4)

Exam Board

For GCSE Mathematics, we use OCR as the exam board for higher tier and Edexcel for foundation tier. Links to both exam boards’ specifications can be found below:

OCR Mathematics (9-1) – J560
Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1)

Assessment in Mathematics

Students in Year’s 7 and 8 will complete check out tests after every unit of work and they will be formally assessed using assessments developed in school, this will happen every half term. The assessments will be taken in school during maths lessons and students will be provided with a detailed breakdown of their attainment level, progress over time, strengths and areas for development. Tests are across 3 tiers and as such you will do the test that best suits your ability.

Students should ensure that they have discussed which tier test is most appropriate for them with their teacher beforehand. Results will be given in the form of AOB based on students end of year 11 target grades.

At the end of each year students will sit a terminal exam to judge progress throughout the year.

Students in Year 9, 10 and 11 will be formally assessed using past maths GCSE papers, this will happen every half term. The assessments will be taken in school during maths lessons and students will be provided with a detailed breakdown of their attainment level, progress over time, strengths and areas for development. Tests are across 2 tiers and as such you will do the test that best suits your ability.

Students should ensure that they have discussed which tier test is most appropriate for them with their teacher beforehand. Results will be given in the form of a 1-9 GCSE grade as well as an AOB based on students end of year 11 target grades.

At the end of year 9 and 10 students will sit a terminal exam, consisting of one non-calculator and two calculator papers. This will help students prepare for their GCSE exam and help to judge progress throughout the year.