Our chief aim is that all students will develop their mathematical potential, promoting fluency in application of reasoning skills to complex mathematical problems both in real life and abstract situations.
We encourage students to work alone and together in groups to talk through mathematical problems and so achieve an deep understanding of the subject as is set out by the programmes of study from the Department for Education.
At KS3 we focus on reasoning skills and knowledge, that is intended to provide a more meaningful understanding of concepts and their application to ever increasing complex mathematical problems.
No longer is KS3 given a level, instead we assess whether students have a foundation, developing, secure or excellent understanding in maths. These are based around mathematical skills with emphasis placed on students written work so that can they demonstrate how they have solved a problem.
These skills are routinely assessed every half term with new GCSE style questions, as well as student’s self-assessment sheets.
Year 10 are following the brand new AQA Mathematics GCSE which has seen the traditional letter grades be replaced by numbers.
Year 10 are assessed routinely throughout the year against the new standards of the GCSE curriculum. Every half term Year 10 self-assess the progress they have been making, before looking at new GCSE questions that link in with the topics they have been covering each half term. At the end of Year 10, students are given a past exam paper to help build up their confidence in preparation for Year 11.
Students are encouraged to work independently both in lessons and at home to develop their fluency and reasoning skills. They will be given homework to help deepen their understanding in class.
Year 11 follow the Linear AQA Mathematics GCSE program. We prepare them for the challenges the subject offers by addressing the misconceptions that are found in maths.
Students are supported throughout and encouraged to show how they achieve their answers verbally and through written work.
A lunchtime and after school maths club is available to Year 11’s to help prepare them for their GCSE’s so that they can achieve the best grade possible.
All students are provided with homework to help further their reasoning in maths and to continue to develop their fluency in maths.
Year 11’s are given two Mock exams throughout the year to build up their confidence in tackling the GCSE and help track their progress so that they can achieve the best grade possible. This will be tracked in their books and students are encouraged to give themselves personal targets to achieve the best grade possible.