Welcome to the Mathematics Faculty

Throughout time Mathematicians have affected the world around them; from building the Egyptian Pyramids, breaking the Enigma Code, developing computers and smartphone technology to Internet security and the battle against Cyber Crime- Mathematics and Mathematicians have played a major role.

We aim to share our enthusiasm and interest in all areas of Mathematics with our students so that they are ready to take their place in the world and solve the next set of challenges.

A variety of tasks and activities will be used to promote confidence, understanding, challenge and independence. Links to real life and other curriculum areas will be highlighted to encourage students to see Mathematics happening beyond the classroom.

Further challenge is provided by participation in National competitions.

Five areas of Mathematics are studied throughout KS3 and KS4; Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Geometry and Probability and Statistics.

All students should come fully equipped to every lesson, this includes a calculator and both exercise books.

Red exercise books are used for the student’s classwork and homework, whilst the blue exercise book contains notes and model answers for all work covered.

KS3 Maths

Subject objectives/aims

  • To build upon KS2 knowledge in all areas.
  • To provide a solid foundation in preparation for GCSE
  • To engage students in all lessons and generate interest in Maths and its applications
  • To encourage perseverance and resilience with problem solving activities

Curriculum Overview

Students will be taught in sets and formally assessed each term. Following each assessment students may change sets to provide greater challenge or support as required. Other support strategies may be triggered by a student’s performance in these assessments.

All assessments will be made up of 3 x 1 hour papers, 1 of these will be done without a calculator.

Students starting position on our Learning Ladder will depend upon KS2 data. Progress up the Learning Ladder will depend on demonstrating understanding in the classroom, in homework, in discussion and in assessments.

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KS4 Maths

Subject objectives/aims

  • To build upon KS3 knowledge in all areas.
  • To prepare all students for GCSE examinations
  • To engage students in all lessons and generate interest in Maths and its applications
  • To encourage perseverance and resilience with problem solving activities

Curriculum Overview

Students will continue to be taught in sets and formally assessed each term. Following each assessment students may change sets to provide greater challenge or support as required. Other support strategies may be triggered by a student’s performance in these assessments.

All assessments will be made up of 3 x 1 hour papers, 1 of these will be done without a calculator.

Students will continue on the Learning Ladder based on their performance in KS3.

All students will follow OCR GCSE (9-1) Mathematics at either Higher or Foundation Tier.

All students will be given every opportunity to achieve the highest level possible.

Foundation students all have the opportunity to, and will be actively encouraged to, achieve Level 5.

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Useful Links & Revision Pointers

The best way to revise Mathematics is to do Mathematics.

Keep your Blue books as a useful revision guide, annotate or add information to it as required.

Make shorter revision notes or cards, or summarise information in a mindmap before each assessment – then keep them to use again, with improvements, later.

Students will be provided with past exam papers/questions at appropriate points and be provided with model answers. It is important that these materials are in class when required so that students can take full advantage of all feedback and exam tips given.

Revision classes will run after school prior to Mocks and GCSE exams, attend them!

Useful websites are:-

Mymaths

MathsWatch

CorbettMaths

Further information about courses, assessment requirements and specifications, plus materials for students such as past papers and mark schemes can be found on the OCR website: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-mathematics-j560-from-2015/

Further Information

All students are welcome to attend Maths Homework Club every Monday night. They can do homework, get help with areas they struggle with or revise with the support of a Maths teacher.

All students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and progress, they should talk to their teacher or any department member if they feel additional support is required.

Staffing

Mr C Lindley – Director of Maths

Miss S Davies

Mr C Barnes

Mrs C Burrell

Miss A Gibson

Mrs L Hatfield

Mrs H Megaw

Miss E Plumb

Mr R Roberts

Mr Witherden

Mrs Witherden