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 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.
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 such as Mathswatch (https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/) 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.
All the subject content and specification material can be found by clicking on the links below:
GCSE 9-1 Mathematics (Foundation and Higher tier)
Level 2 Further Mathematics
The department also has very strong links with the Mathematics departments at Finham Park School, Lyng Hall and Finham Primary school which provides extra-curricular opportunities such as ‘The Great Egg Race’ for year 6 and 7, ‘The Young Apprentice’ challenge for Gifted and Talented year 8 students as well as the ‘Mathlympics’ for year 9 students. We also enter students for the UKMT Junior and Intermediate Maths Challenge to compete against students of a similar age nationally.
UKMT Junior Maths Challenge (years 7 and 8)
UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge (years 9 to 11)
Subject Leader: Miss S. Macdonald
Second in Department: Mrs L. Tyrrell
Mr A. Jay
Mrs D. Ahmed
Miss S. Dhadday
Mr A. Ditch