Our aim is for all our students to acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. In order to do this they must be able to:
Rapidly and accurately recall and apply facts and concepts
Develop a growing confidence to reason mathematically
Develop the ability to apply maths to solve problems, to conjecture and to test hypotheses.
In order to help us achieve “mastery” for all, we will be spending far longer teaching key topics, such as place value, fractions and ratio and proportion in year 7 & 8. Prior knowledge will be ascertained to ensure pupils are consistently building upon their current understanding. Throughout both key stages differentiation will be via depth and enrichment activities rather than moving onto new materials.
In years 7 & 8 children are encouraged to physically represent mathematical concepts. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas, alongside numbers and symbols. Mathematical concepts are explored in a variety of representations and problem-solving contexts to give pupils a richer and deeper learning experience. We use manipulatives (apparatus such as cuisenaire rods and bead ropes) in maths lessons to help support students in their conceptual understanding. You may see diagrams in your child’s book in the place of more formal algorithms. We encourage students to discuss their reasoning in lessons as this can help formulate their answers. Discussing their work at home and asking them to explain techniques used in their books would support your child in securing their knowledge and may also enlighten many parents as to new methods of approaching problems.
Programmes of Study
We believe that a child’s ability is not fixed or innate, but can be developed through practice, support, dedication and hard work. We encourage a love of learning and resilience and believe that with this everyone can achieve.
Marking and Assessment
Please access the link to our current Assessment Policy.
As of 2017 we will be sitting the AQA new GCSE paper which will be 1 calculator and 2 non calculator papers. The new GCSE Maths specification has approximately a further 35% additional content from the previous course.
A foundation paper will give access to grades 1-5, the Higher to grades 4-9 (though a grade 3 may be awarded to a student who is very close to, but below, the grade 4 boundary.
Miss A Johnson - Curriculum Leader for Mathematics
Miss J Bland - Joint Assistant Curriculum Leader for Mathematics
Mr A Crampton - Joint Assistant Curriculum Leader for Mathematics
Mr J Altham - Teacher of Mathematics
Ms V Barwick - Senior Assistant Headteacher
Mr J Brennand - Teacher of Mathematics
Mr C Johnson - Teacher of Mathematics
Mr N Markopolousis - Teacher of Mathematics
Miss M Pisirici - Teacher of Mathematics
Mr C Snell - Teacher of Mathematics
Miss C Taylor-Reeve - Teacher of Mathematics
Mr D Wright - Teacher of Mathematics
Involvement in able and talented competitions (district, regional and national)
KS4 Revision Classes
Pupil Premium Sessions
How parents can support their children
There is a lot of content to cover at KS4. It is therefore essential that every student is consolidating and underpinning their understanding by practicing further at home. Please encourage your child to work for at least an additional hour each week reviewing prior work to enable them to become independent learners. Revision sessions will run after school but these should be in addition to homework and self study.
Access Show My Homework for up to date homework information.
For KS4 revision materials access videos and resources on Corbett Maths, Hegarty Maths and Just Maths
Feel free to contact your child’s Maths teacher to discuss concerns or to access further guidance.
GCSE Revision videos are also located on GCSE Pod. Your child will have a password and access to this.
Be positive! Children pick up on signals from adults who display a negative attitude towards the subject. This can have a significant impact on the way they view the subject and can impact their success in it.
Try to provide a quiet, well-lit place for your child to study, away from TV, video games, telephone
Have your child explain what he or she is doing in maths and try to develop a conversation with your child around maths
If we have contacted home to offer extra support or revision sessions for your child, please support us and encourage them to attend the activities
Ensure your son/ daughter has the correct equipment including a scientific calculator, pen, pencil, ruler, a pair of compasses and protractor. All of these can be purchased from school.
Some students prefer using a textbook or revision guide to work through. Revision guides will be available through school at certain points in the year. If you wish to purchase a textbook to use at home, please ensure you buy one for the new 2017 curriculum. CGP sell basic textbooks for practice and online editions are particularly good value.