Mathematics

Numeracy underpins everything we do and learn.  In an ever more technological world it is our priority to equip students with the mathematical skills and knowledge they need for the world of work and further or higher education.

Fully qualified subject specialists deliver mathematics in five timetabled lessons per week.  There is a high proportion of direct interactive teaching and regular opportunities for students to develop oral, mental and visualisation skills.
The curriculum area is well resourced and has interactive whiteboards in all of its classrooms.  ICT is incorporated into lessons wherever it is appropriate; this includes the use of either interactive whiteboards or laptops with students working on data handling, problem solving, investigations and much more.
We have a wide variety of mathematics’ software and subscribe to several internet mathematics’ sites.
This needs to read we offer after school support for students for homework, revision or intervention.
Key Stage 3
Numeracy is extended to encompass all aspects of Mathematics.  It is more than the ability to do basic arithmetic.  Our aim is to encourage students to develop a repertoire of mathematical techniques, an ability to solve quantitative and spatial problems and to have an understanding of data and its presentation in graphs, charts and tables.
Year 7 & 8 students are grouped into mixed ability classes.
 
Year 9, 10 & 11 students are taught in ability groups determined by test results and teacher assessment.
  
 
Key Stage 4
 
In Year 10 and Year 11, we continue with all the good practice from KS3.  Students follow a linear GCSE with a terminal examination at the end of Year 11.  There are two levels of entry at GCSE: Foundation and Higher. Students will be awarded a grade from 1-9.  Students will take 3 exams at the end of the course each lasting ninety minutes. One paper is non calculator and the other two are calculator based. Following government changes there is a shift in focus to applying the skills in a more problem solving context. There is no longer coursework for GCSE Mathematics.
Heritage students achieve very well in Mathematics at GCSE.  However, we are not only interested in examination success.  The overarching aim is to encourage students to acquire knowledge and develop skills which will prepare them for life in the wider community.