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Maths

As part of our Key Stage 3 programme, all students will be able to develop on the skills and concepts covered in Key Stage 2 to reach a ‘mastery’ standard in order to prepare them for the demand of the new 9-1 Edexcel GCSE specification. As well as this, all year 7 students take part in the Numeracy Ninjas strategy (www.numeracyninjas.org) to perfect the numerical skills that are required to be successful in Key Stage 4.  Additionally, year 7 students utilise the online Sumdog games based numeracy support programme to ensure core skill is secure. (https://www.sumdog.com/en/)

From year 9, all students will be following either the ‘Foundation’ or ‘Higher’ tier pathway based on prior attainment with the potential for students to change pathways if appropriate. Students are assessed at the beginning of every topic to allow for teachers to deliver tailor-made lessons to address gaps and misconceptions and extend their knowledge. Topics that are covered include Number, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics. Students are then assessed at the end of the topic to allow them to see the progress that they have made. Students will also use apps/websites such as Hegarty Maths (https://hegartymaths.com/) to consolidate learning and revise throughout the year as well the PiXL Maths app that provides them with personalised revision activities based on their mock exam progress to prepare them for the GCSE exams at the end of year 11.

To ensure a successful start to the GCSE programme a targeted group of students are enrolled onto the Edexcel Maths Award Number and Measure Level 1 in September.  These students take time to refine the key skills, that underpin more advanced mathematics. The students build towards an external examination in January, and accreditation for their improvements.  Once the exam is complete these students begin the full GCSE programme.

All the subject content and specification material can be found by clicking on the links below:

GCSE 9-1 Mathematics (Foundation and Higher tier)

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/mathematics/2015/specification-and-sample-assesment/gcse-maths-2015-specification.pdf

Edexcel Awards in Mathematics (Level 1 – Numbers and Measure)

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-awards-in-mathematics.html

UKMT Junior Maths Challenge (years 7 and 8)

https://www.ukmt.org.uk/individual-competitions/junior-challenge/

UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge (years 9 to 11)

https://www.ukmt.org.uk/individual-competitions/intermediate-challenge/

Information regarding the 6th form syllabus can all be found on the Finham Park 2 Sixth Form website

Subject Leader: Miss S. Macdonald (Mr M. Morrin maternity cover)

Second in Department: Mr A. Jay (Mrs C. Grant maternity cover)

Mr A. Jay

Mrs D. Ahmed

Miss S. Dhadday

Mr B. Herman

Mr A. Ditch

Mr I. Edozie

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