The ambition of the Mathematics Department is to mould young people into logical thinkers, able problem solvers and lifelong mathematicians as a product of stimulating and reflective teaching. Our expert team of enthusiastic specialists strive to promote interest, curiosity and enjoyment in the learning of Mathematics by providing a supportive yet challenging environment, where pupils believe they can achieve.
Maths: Simplifies life, multiplies opportunities
- To ensure that all students progress from their individual starting points. Identify gaps and ensure T&L is adapted appropriately, making sure students are supported, as well as, challenged.
- Throughout KS3 and KS4 the key topics that underpin the curriculum are: Number, Algebra, Ratio & Proportion, Geometry and Statistics. Each year the expectations increase and students build on their prior knowledge.
- The curriculum design is reviewed each year, we currently run a mastery style programme to give students time to think deeply about their topics and how it applies across other modules. Students can develop their confidence and understand how different concepts link together.
- Maths groups are organised in such a way that similar ability students can work together from Year 7 and the work covered can be differentiated appropriately. All students are supported and challenged to develop their skills. Assessments are carried out at the end of each unit and termly, groupings are regularly reviewed following these.
- The curriculum plans have been reviewed and adapted over the last few years. Subject teachers are able to put forward their views and schemes have been updated. Teachers are integral to the design of the modules and the skills covered. We also take input from local Maths Hub groups and PIXL conferences.
- The SOW used in the department gives clear outcomes and this enables the teachers to create detailed sequenced plans for their classes. The overall plan is displayed centrally, enabling all teachers to keep track on pace and timing. Assessments are carried out at the end of each term to assess the students learning.
- The Kangaroo KS3 SOW has clear progression from Year 7 to 9, the AQA GCSE course then develops knowledge and understanding further.
- The skills and expectations of the work is made very clear to students. Links between prior learning, as well as, how the learning links to future topics is made clear to all students.
- All students are given to opportunity to complete ‘Core’, ‘Challenge’ and ‘Aim Higher’ tasks in their lessons.
- KS3 Assessments this year have been designed to assess the topics covered and to check for understanding and identify any gaps. These are completed at the end of every full term. Students are given support in preparation and have access to a number of revision materials to help them.
- KS4 students complete GCSE past papers to give them the best preparation for the real thing. Time is spent reviewing the paper and identifying misconceptions and gaps.
- Revision materials and websites are available to all students
- Assessments are designed to assess the students’ understanding and help inform the planning of future topics.
- Assessments will identify gaps which may need to be revisited by the teacher. They also identify misconceptions that may need to be reviewed in class.
- In KS3, the new mastery style approach is enabling students to create links between topics and build confidence, knowledge an understanding. We are spending more time ensuring students appreciate the applications of key topics in real life and how they link across other subjects. Assessments are carried out at the end of each unit, as well as, at the end of each full term.
- In KS4, the curriculum also follows a mastery style approach, grouping similar topics together to enable deeper understanding. This is a new approach and the impact of which will be seen in the summer.
Year 10 complete unit assessments and then an End of Year exams.
Year 11 complete mocks in Nov/Dec and another set in Feb/March.