It's not just about adding up, of course, but that skill will help!
The primary aim of the faculty is to give the students confidence and competence in the mathematics they will meet in everyday life, and in other disciplines in school. We also hope to enable each student to develop their mathematical skills as far as possible.
KEY STAGE 3 (YEARS 7 to 9)
In Key stage 3, we follow a differentiated Scheme of Work which enables us to extend students of all abilities. This structure was based on the PEARSON (3-year Key stage 3- and 2-year Key stage 4) with the exam board being EDEXCEL.
Currently the Year 7 curriculum is based on White Rose Maths.
The Scheme of Work for every year group is divided into 12 assessments (2 per half term) and these assessments are used to determine whether students are mastering the skills required at the end of each year.
All assessments include a combination of calculator and non-calculator questions
Assessments are monitored using descriptors linked to a specific percentage after each assessment point.
Calculators are essential and students in Key stage 3 are expected to provide their own
A small amount of the skills is mastered, and knowledge is retained.
Some of the skills are mastered and knowledge is retained.
A significant proportion of the skills are mastered, and knowledge is retained.
The majority of the skills are mastered, and knowledge is retained.
KEY STAGE 4(YEARS 10 -11)
In Key stage 4, students follow the PEARSON’S Examination materials which supports EDEXCEL.
Students start their Key stage 4 curriculum in year 10 hence making it a 2-year course following the new specification.
Students are placed in sets based on their ability and this aids in determining the tier of entry to be completed by each student at the end of year 11.
Students are grouped into one of two tiers: Higher or Foundation.
In year 10 students complete 12 assessments (2 per half term) with the final assessment at the end of the year being used to regroup students in relation to their ability.
Year 11 students complete a set of mock exams on average one term following strict examination guidelines. These help to inform our final On-Track for grades for each individual student.
As a member of the PIXL schools, the more -able students can attend PIXL Conferences when available and the Maths in Action seminar for the middle ability students
Year 10 and 11 students work towards the GCSE examination where they will be entered at either the Higher tier (Grades 9 - 4) or the Foundation tier (Grades 5-1)
The development of Problem-Solving skills (Functional Skills in Maths) is also included in the curriculum.
Students work in ability groups so that there are opportunities for stimulation by like-minded students in class activities.
Calculators are essential at all key stages and students are expected to provide their own.
KS5 (Sixth Form)
In Sixth form (Year 12-13) Advanced Level Maths is offered.
Based on the new specification: Pure, Statistics and Mechanics each component is taught separately by 2 or 3 specialised teachers.
For the more able students we also provide the opportunity to complete the Further Maths course.
A Maths improvers class is provided for those students aiming to improve their GCSE grades.