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Our aim in Key stage 3 is that students become confident and fluent in the foundations of mathematics. Through frequent practice, students will develop the skills to use the correct mathematical language and notation, to reason mathematically and solve increasingly complex problems over time. Students will be encouraged to identify cross curriculum opportunities and use their mathematical knowledge across all subject areas.
Students will also be encouraged to use and apply their problem solving, reasoning and knowledge to real life applications. Students will be able to start to make connections between the mathematics in the classroom and its applications within future jobs and careers.
The Maths department will prepare students to become confident, numerate individuals who are able to deal with all aspects of mathematics in their chosen career and in all aspects of their adult life. Through great quality teaching and high expectations students will be challenged and motivated to achieve their full potential. As well as developing mathematical skills students will also be encouraged to develop transferable skills such as communication, resilience, problem solving and creative thinking.
During key stage 3 students will build on and extend their mathematical knowledge acquired from primary school. In years 7-9, students will follow the Kangaroo Maths scheme of work, gradually building their knowledge of the key principles of number, algebra, ratio & proportion, geometry, probability and statistics. In lessons, new concepts will be broken down into key ‘chunks’ and presented in logical steps, allowing for a deeper understanding of topics and subject mastery.
At the end of the year 9, students will be ready to move onto key stage 4 and continue working towards their GCSEs having developed a strong understanding of the fundamentals of mathematics.
There are three assessments throughout the year. All assessments will have an element of multiple choice questions that will require students to recall facts, formulae and definitions from their knowledge organisers. The test will then comprise of mathematical questions to assess their understanding and application. Students will be given a Question Level Analysis sheet after all assessments informing them of their progress on each question topic. All topics will have links to Hegarty clip numbers enabling students to proactively tackle their personalised areas for improvement.
Students will have the opportunity to enter national competitions run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) to compete with young inspired mathematicians from around the country.
Students can refer to their Knowledge Organisers to embed their understanding with recalling factual knowledge that will be interleaved in their maths lessons and assessments. Students have been given a paper copy and they can be found electronically here https://www.torbridge.net/knowledge-organiser
All students are given Hegarty login where they can search for specific topics. Each link provides a detailed video, recapping on prior learning and in depth examples to follow. Students can then assess their own learning through the online quizzes. They can also review prior understanding using the MemRi option through the revise tab.
To support your son or daughter for Maths we have provided some key information below.
What does my child need to access Hegarty Maths? This platform can be completed on any device with an internet connection. We would encourage them to write notes on the video and all their working out to embed their understanding; they could use their home learning journals to do this.
How do they log in? Logging in is really easy - simply choose the school name, then use their name and date of birth to log in. If your child is struggling to log in, please let their maths teacher know so they can reset their password.
Our aim in Key Stage 4 is that students develop conceptual understanding of mathematics, so that students can quickly recall and apply knowledge accurately. At this stage we also develop students use of mathematical language so that they can reason mathematically and develop an argument and then justify or proof using mathematics.
During Key Stage 4 students further develop their problem-solving skills and can apply their knowledge to routine and non – routine problems with increasing levels of challenge. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their connections across the whole curriculum and interweave their knowledge across all domains within mathematics.
During Key Stage 4 students will consolidate and extend their mathematical capabilities from Key Stage 3. Students will be extending their knowledge across all domains in mathematics and develop their ability to move freely between numerical, algebraic, graphical and diagrammatic representations.
Students will also develop their reasoning skills partially in ratio and proportion as well as algebraic. Students will make and test conjectures and generalizations that underline patterns and relationships and will be able to prove or give counter examples and use algebra to support their arguments.
Students will further develop their problem-solving skills by selecting correct concepts and methods, as well as interpreting their results in a range of mathematical representations.
In Year 10 the first and assessments in the year will have an element of multiple choice questions that will require students to recall facts, formulae and definitions from their knowledge organisers. The test will then comprise of mathematical questions to assess their understanding and application. Their final assessment in Year 10 will be a mock comprising of three 90 minute papers (Paper 1: Non-calculator, Paper 2 and 3: Calculator).
In Year 11 students will do a full mock comprising of three 90 minute papers (Paper 1: Non-calculator, Paper 2 and 3: Calculator) for their first and second assessments. Their final assessment of the year will be their end of year GCSE exam, this again follows the same format of three papers as with their mocks.
Students will be given a Question Level Analysis sheet after all assessments informing them of their progress on each question topic. All topics will have links to Hegarty clip numbers enabling students to proactively tackle their personalised areas for improvement.
Students will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of mathematics and will take a more advanced look into algebra and proofs. Students will develop a greater understanding of the applications of mathematics through the applied module, Statistics and Mechanics.
A- Level mathematics builds on from GCSE level mathematics and introduces the new areas of mathematics such as calculus. Many university course desire students to have an A-Level in mathematics which opens up many career opportunities for young people. During the course students will be encouraged to understand how mathematical ideas are interconnected and how they can use models and algebra to make sense of the world around them.
During key stage 5 students will consolidate, extend and apply their mathematical capabilities from the higher maths GCSE. In the first year students will be introduced to calculus, including differentiation and integration. Students will then use this to solve real life problems found in engineering and other industries. In the applied modules, mechanics and statistics students will begin to use mathematical models to solve real life problems, such as hypothesis testing and resolving forces using Newton’s laws. In the second year of the course students will build on their knowledge from year 1. Students will begin to use further differentiation and integration methods, explore Pascal’s triangle for binomial expansion as well as vectors in 3 dimensions. The applied models will build further on content from year 12 introducing more concepts. Students will be given the skills to make mathematical assumptions, use mathematical models and analyse solution to then apply them to real life situations.
Students will have 3 assessment spread throughout the year. These will be in the style of the examination that takes place at the end of their course. Each assessment will contain elements from the Pure, Statistics and Mechanics modules. At the end of year 12 students will compete a full AS-Level mock paper. Following all assessments students will be given a Question Level Analyses sheet informing them of their progress on each question topic. Students can then use this to proactively tackle areas for development using Integral maths as well as other support material provided.
Students will have the opportunity to enter the senior national maths competition run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) to compete with other young inspired mathematician from around the country. Students will also be invited to attend university days to discover opportunities with mathematics.
Students will be encouraged to attend a weekly A-Level maths drop in session afterschool on a Tuesday. This will be a supported by members of the Mathematics department.
All Students will be given an Integral maths login where they can search all areas of the A-Level maths course. This website then provides notes, worked solutions, interactive tasks as well as videos to support students. Students can access the website using the following link.
Additionally students will be given a copy of the text books used in class which they will be able to use in their independent study time.