Aims and objectives
Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a young person ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables the young people to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, young people learn to appreciate the contribution made by many cultures to the development and application of mathematics.
The aims of mathematics are to:
- Promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion.
- Promote confidence and competence with numbers and the number system.
- Develop the ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts.
- Develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and resented.
- Explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts.
- Understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life.
Teaching and learning style
The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in mathematics lessons. Our principal aim is to develop young people’s knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematics.
Lessons are delivered following the three-part lesson; starter, main activity and plenary. During these lessons we encourage young people to ask questions as well as answer mathematical questions. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources such as word searches, maths puzzles, investigations, games, text books, worksheets and ICT. Students use ICT in mathematics lessons to learn new concepts, practise new skills and to extend their knowledge of a topic. Wherever possible, we encourage the children to use and apply their learning in everyday situations (functional Maths).
During year 10 and / or year 11, most students will sit Functional Skills exams in mathematics at level 1 or level 2, according to their ability.
At the end of year 11, most students will sit GCSE mathematics at Foundation or Higher level, according to their ability.
In all classes, there are children of different mathematical abilities. We recognise this fact and provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies: setting differentiated work; group work; games activities; practical activities and paired work.
We use classroom assistants to support some young people and to ensure that work is matched to the needs of individuals.
Students are encouraged to be independent learners by using:
- My Maths website (KS3 and KS4)
- Maths watch tutorials CD (year 11)
- Revision guides (year 11)
Mathematics curriculum planning and Assessment
Mathematics is a core subject in the National Curriculum. We use:
- The National Numeracy Strategy as the programme of study for Mathematics at KS3.
- Edexcel Program of Study for GCSE at KS4
- Edexcel Program of Study for Functional Skills at KS4
APP is used each week to record the progression of the young people throughout the school year. Levels at KS3 and grades at KS4 are recorded for each pupil every half tem and targets are set for students to achieve. Interventions are put in place for students who are not making significant progress.