Mathematics


Meet the Team

Head of Maths – Mr J Lockhart
Second in Department – Mr J Palmer
Teacher of Maths – Mr A Nylander
Teacher of Maths – Mr A Freestone
Teacher of Maths – Miss B Evans
Teacher of Maths – Mr D Tope

Key Stage 3

As part of our comprehensive induction process our year 7 students take part in a carousel of lessons aimed at identifying any underlying misconceptions in a selection of key mathematical topics. This also allows our new students to meet the maths team and begin to develop their love of the subject from the moment they join the academy.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed around mastery for deeper understanding for learners. It is designed to gradually increase ability, addressing and securing knowledge with deep understanding before moving on. Within the curriculum there are sequenced steps, which must be mastered before moving to the next stage. Concrete, pictorial and abstract representations of mathematics are chosen in the classroom to ensure fluency in learning. The mastery approach allows learners to make connections over time.

To prepare pupils for the demands of the new GCSE there is a large problem solving element running throughout all topics. Pupils are now expected to be able to apply their knowledge in a range of ways to questions that are posed in context. We regularly test pupils in key stage 3 to ensure that they are understanding what is being taught and to check that they are in the right ability group.

Key Stage 4

The Mathematics GCSE is 100% examination split into two tiers of entry. The foundation tier assesses content from a grade 1 to grade 5, whilst the higher tier assesses content from grade 5 to grade 9.

The course content is split into six strands that are encompassed under the headings

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change
  • Probability
  • Statistics

Separate schemes of work are written to suit both the higher and foundation tier and these are constantly reviewed and updated to ensure the content meets the needs of the students.

Assessment

The GCSE exams are taken during the summer term and consist of 3 papers of which two are calculator papers and one is a non-calculator paper. All papers are one and a half hours long and are equally weighted.

Students will sit a series of mock examinations throughout the GCSE course with the first round of mocks taking place at the end of year 10. This enables the maths team to carry out a detailed question level analysis of the papers and identify areas that require intervention at the start of year 11. Intensive support is provided to prepare pupils for the exams and in year 11 we expect them to attend intervention sessions after school once a week.

Why Do We Study Maths

Mathematics is an essential skill we require on a daily basis and many aspects of the GCSE course focus on investigating challenging mathematics problems to stretch and inspire students. We aim to provide students with a sound understanding of mathematics and develop their ability and skills in preparation for their future. Mathematics provides students with an insight into logical thinking and problem solving that will enable them to explore the ways in which they view the world and progress in the future.

Enrichment and Intervention

We offer a range of opportunities for our students to attend intervention and homework clubs within the maths department.
We take part in the University of Southampton’s National Cipher Challenge, which is aimed at stretching our most able key stage 3 mathematicians.
Year 7 and 8 take part in the UKMT National Maths Challenge, in which they compete against students nationally to achieve Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates.