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Maths - Key Stage 3

Why study Maths?

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.

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.

During year 7 students will build on and extend their mathematical capability from key stage 2. During year 7 and year 8 students will cover a wide range of topics from the following strands of mathematics; number, algebra, ratio and proportion, geometry, probability and statistics.
 
We also have regular problem-solving lessons were students are challenged to develop their mathematical knowledge, evaluate outcomes and solve multi-step problems. Students will also need to create their own mathematical models to solve a range of real-life situations such as financial mathematics.

Formal assessments will happen at the end of each term where students will be given detailed feedback as well as the opportunity to reflect and improve their work. Mini tailored end of topic assessments will also happen in the classroom once students have completed a unit of work to check understanding and highlight any area that may need further intervention. There will also be other assessment opportunities throughout lessons where teachers and students will be able to identify areas of strength and areas for development within topic areas.

Students will have the opportunity to enter competitions run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) as well as attending mathematics enrichment days by universities.

There is a Maths drop in session Monday lunchtimes where students can get support with any missed work or may just need further help with.
 
The department also has an additional nurture mathematics group in years 7 and 8 following a program for those who need a more intensive support with their numeracy skills.

Maths - Key Stage 4

Why study Maths?

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.

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 mathematic 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 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.

Formal assessments will happen at the end of each term where students will be given detailed feedback as well as the opportunity to reflect and improve their work. Mini tailored end of topic assessments will also happen in the classroom once students have completed a unit of work to check understanding and highlight any area that may need further intervention. There will also be other assessment opportunists throughout lessons where teachers and staff will be able to identify areas of strength and areas for development within topic areas.

At the end of year 10 and during year 11 students will complete full GCSE mock papers. This will then be used to guide revision in year 11 and support teachers and students to address any misconceptions or gaps in the students’ knowledge.

At the end of the course in year 11 students will undertake their GCSE which is formed of three 90 minute examinations. One non-calculator two calculator with the third one having a strong emphasis on problem solving and reasoning.

Students will have the opportunity to enter competitions run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) as well as attending mathematics enrichment days by universities.

There is a range of support materials including revision and workbooks that students can buy via parent pay.

There is a Maths drop in session Monday lunchtimes where students can get support with any missed work or may just need further help with.

In year 11 students are encouraged to attend a period 6 lesson on a Thursday (3pm to 4pm) where the content of these sessions is directly linked to their mock examinations with the aim of improving their knowledge and understanding of specific topics. They will also consider the application of these skills to exam style questions, developing the techniques and strategies required to succeed.

Maths - Key Stage 5

Why study Maths?

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.

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.

In year 12 students will be introduced to calculus through their pure mathematics module. In statistics students will continue to develop and extend on their knowledge from GSCE math’s and GCSE statistics. In Mechanics, students will begin to use mathematical models to analyse the physical would around them.

In year 13 students will build on the concepts taught in year 12. They will develop more advanced calculus skill and methods to solve increasingly difficult problems. In their applied modules, students will be challenged to solve increasing complex problems and situation that can be applied in the real world.

Formal assessments will occur at the end of units with detailed feedback and opportunities to reflect and develop their work.

Students will also undertake PPE’s at key points during the year in formal exam conditions.

Students will have the opportunity to visit universities to gain a deeper insight into the uses of mathematics in everyday life. They will also be able to take part in a UKMT team challenge where students can compete against other students in a mathematical challenge.

Revision sessions run throughout year 13 and run through to examinations in June. Students are also given text books to use throughout their course which include exam questions and full solutions.