Mathematics

Curriculum Leader:

  • Mr N Donlon

Department Staff:

  • Mrs K Owen (Assistant Curriculum Leader)
  • Mr S Tait
  • Mrs V Jobson
  • Miss P Prince

KS3 Maths and Numeracy:

Pupils follow a specific scheme of work based on key topics and is based around preparing for the GCSE course. Most of the topics on the scheme are based on GCSE and pupils spend time improving a folder of work that is used as part of assessment for their final KS3 level

During the course pupils will also build up their Numeracy skills and at the end of each year they sit the National Numeracy Tests which gives valuable information about their progress.

KS4 Maths and Numeracy:

The exam board that Year 10 will be taking is WJEC . WJEC provide a syllabus that is stimulating and motivating.  The course is split equally into two parts which are Numeracy and Mathematics

Each of the two courses are split into two exams that consist of a calculator and non-calculator paper. Each paper is 1 hour and 45 minutes long allocated time allowing time for corrections and editing.

There are three tiers of entry; higher, intermediate and Foundation.  As a general rule the majority of pupils are expected to take Higher level or intermediate.

Homework:

Homework is set using the e-learning website and there are many activities including a forum to use if pupils need help. This area also includes information that parents may find useful such as exam dates. All pupils are also using the diagnostic questions website and have a login and password. There is an app that can be downloaded to a phone or a tablet.

Equipment:

It is essential that pupils bring the correct equipment including a scientific calculator and we would recommend a Casio model. This is important because there is only enough time to teach one calculator method and if your pupil has a different model then it can lead to confusion.

Other equipment that is needed is a protractor, ruler, sharp pencil and rubber.

Assessments:

Assessments are made on a regular basis and vary depending on the nature of the topic. This is usually following a topic and followed up with SMART targets.

There will be opportunities for pupils to volunteer to attend extra lessons. Most of these will take place after school in Year 11 but there may be opportunities to attend specific workshops. These will be set up in accordance with classroom needs.

The department don’t use a specific text book but would recommend getting a revision guide and revision workbook. One of the best revision strategies is to use the revision DVD that can be ordered during Year 10. This contains video clips to aid revision.

Most of the syllabus will be covered in Year 10 and the Autumn term and this will allow plenty of time for Past paper practice which is essential for maximizing grades.