Maths

Mathematics

Curriculum Overviews

 Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11

Introduction:

"We believe that every child has the right to reach their full potential in a happy, caring and stimulating environment."(Mr. G. Tomlinson, Faculty Leader of Mathematics)

Our aim is to have every pupil reach their full potential in Mathematics, and hopefully, enjoy Mathematics and it's applications along the way.

In lessons, teachers use of a variety of teaching and learning strategies in order to engage and inspire pupils, which includes interactive learning, group work & ICT. 

 

Aims of Key Stage 3:

In view of the changes to the curriculum, we have chosen to follow a 'Mastery' scheme of work for Key Stage 3, enabling pupils to focusing on their fluency between topics, their mathematical reasoning and the application of the aforementioned to solve more complex, contextual problems.

Although the scheme of work is challenging, the rational is that pupils are given a broad and fulfilling mathematics education that will adequately prepare them for whatever they choose to do after high school. 

To account for the challenge embedded within the scheme, we have developed three tiers at KS3 to ensure that each pupil is appropriately extended and makes the maximum amount of progress.

Each scheme incorporates elements of the following subject areas;

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

In Mathematics, pupils are set according to ability. Primarily, this is based on KS2 scores, followed by a Baseline Assessment early in Year 7 to establish accurate levels. Following this, each year group has four tracking windows throughout the year where progress is assessed and evaluated. In addition, ongoing progress is monitored regularly by classroom teachers and intervention is implemented where necessary.

 

Aims of Key Stage 4: 

Needless to say, the changes will provide a great deal of challenge for our pupils and it is important that they are working to the best of their ability throughout their Mathematics education.

 

Some of the key changes are as follows: 

  • The volume of subject content has increased
  • The demand of the content has also increase significantly at both Higher and Foundation level
  • Examination time has increased from 3 ½ hours to 4 ½
  • There are less marks available at lower grades and more marks available at higher grades
  • A 1 - 9 grading structure rather than the more familiar A* - G
  • Pupils are required to memorise formulae rather than being provided with them at the front of the examination paper

 

Useful Websites:

Maths GCSE specification - http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html 

An excellent interactive website allowing students to watch videos on each topic, answer interactive questions and access worksheets - www.vle.mathswatch.co.uk

An extensive selection of videos and worksheets on every topic, arranged by grade. Answers also available - www.corbettmaths.com 

A revision guide and resource bank for students. The revision resources include revision notes and video explanations of GCSE topics. Exam questions and model answers for GCSE Maths and are organised by topic and as full exam papers - www.mathsgenie.co.uk

Useful exam style questions, allowing students to access a range of topics -  www.mathsbot.com

Differentiated bronze, silver, gold questions for a wide range of topics that students can use to test their knowledge - www.mrcartermaths.com

A website filled with problems and investigations to cover all topics. Very good for challenging able students - www.nrich.maths.org 

Useful resources website - www.numberloving.co.uk 

Some great worksheets and homework sheets - www.missbsresources.com

 

Student Feedback: 

"I enjoy Maths lessons, especially the practical sessions we do outside. The teachers are great and always have creative ways of helping us remember how to do calculations."

 

 To find out more about the subject and course options please contact admin@thebarlowrchigh.co.uk