In the Maths Department, we have a dedicated team that will try their best for every student in the school. Lessons are differentiated to tailor the needs of every student within the classroom. Students are taught a range of different topics in depth to help them with the transition into GCSE in Year 9. The foundations of mathematics are taught in Years 7 and 8 which are then built upon in the later years. The topics are taken from the National Curriculum, OFSTED framework and the GCSE specification to ensure every child will have the breadth of knowledge needed to secure a good qualification at GCSE.
Who will teach my child?
- Miss Lynch (Head of Department
- Miss Clark (Deputy Head of Department)
- Miss Hall (Deputy Head of Department)
- Mr Carolan
- Mr Fox
- Miss Headley
- Mr Lee
What will my child be taught?
- Year 7: four operations of number, fractions, decimals and percentages, introducing algebra, drawing graphs, area of shapes and angles.
- Year 8:averages, probability, Pythagoras and trigonometry, percentages, straight line graphs, transformations, standard form, area, volume and surface area and trial and improvement.
- Year 9:averages, powers and roots, expanding and factorising, polygons, fractions, percentages and decimals, transformations, probability and inequalities.
- Year 10:fractions, percentages, probability, solving equations, simultaneous equations, angles, Pythagoras and trigonometry, circle theorems, quadratic equations and straight line graphs.
- Year 11: circle theorems, ratio and proportion, averages, transformations, Pythagoras and trigonometry and revision for exams.
How will my child be assessed?
Key Stage 3
Your child will be assessed every half term. This will be a 1 hour and 30 to 1 hour and 45 minute assessment. This will be taken from past GCSE papers to prepare your child for the GCSE specification. There will also be an end of year assessment that will be completed in the hall.
There will be also continued assessment through the schools life without levels policy, pupils work will be levelled using their own target levels with the grading of Concern, Pass, Merit or distinction. Teachers will assess progress not only from the assessments but also from classwork and homework.
Key Stage 4
In Years 9 and 10, students will be assess every half term with either a topic test or a GCSE exam paper. The teacher of your child will be able to tell you this when the assessment is happening. In Year 11, students will be tested more frequently to react to the topics that students are not as confident with. Therefore they will be tested more than once a half term. These results will be recorded on the front of pupils exercise books.
How can I support my child’s learning at home?
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Key Stage 3
The most effective way to support your child is to encourage them to revise before exams and giving them an area to be able to do this. Another way you can support your child is asking them to visit Thursday after school sessions that run every week. Students are able to attend this as a drop in session for anything that they do not understand or would like to revise. Students can also get help with their homeworks in this session.
Another useful way to support your child is www.mymaths.co.uk
Key Stage 4
For Year 11 students, we recommend that they have a space that they can revise in and a revision timetable that students then stick to. To revise for Maths, students need to do this in 20 minute blocks and pick a certain topic. The best way to revise is to practice GCSE questions. There are also Wednesday revision sessions that students can attend all year until the exams. In addition to this, there are revision sessions that run in the holidays.