At Heritage High School we aim to develop skills and processes to use maths within everyday life. Students will be provided with challenge and choice in their learning to see the development of confidence, a willingness to learn and interest in the various aspects of mathematics. Mathematical experiences should allow for independence with opportunity to grapple with problems and persevere in challenge, hence, creating resilient learners.
Fully qualified subject specialists deliver mathematics in four timetabled lessons per week. The curriculum area is well resourced and has interactive whiteboards in all of its classrooms. We have a wide variety of mathematics’ software and subscribe to several internet mathematics’ sites.
After school support is offered to all students for homework, revision or directed intervention.
Key Stage 3
Students are taught in ability groups based on KS2 results and internal assessments. They begin their mathematical journey with the start of a four year skills based scheme of work which is underpinned by the primary curriculum. The scheme is differentiated to meet the needs of our learners.
We continue to focus on numeracy as an extension of 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, and be willing to grapple with the problem solving nature of real life applications.
Key Stage 4
In Y11 the majority of students are also given the opportunity to complete the GCSE statistics qualification alongside maths. For those students who plan to study mathematics at A Level and beyond we also offer the chance to study and sit the Further Maths Level 2 examination. This closes the gap between GCSE and A Level and provides student a real taste of higher mathematics.
From year 9, we continue with all the good practice from KS3. Students follow the EDEXCEL linear GCSE course with examinations at the end of Year 11. There are two levels of entry at GCSE: Foundation and Higher where 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. Our learning and teaching is such as to support the changes from repeating a skill to applying the skills in a more problem solving context.
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.