About the Department
The Mathematics team are all specialists. We aim that all pupils in our care, whatever their ability, should experience the pleasure of mathematical success. Thus, in LEA we are dedicated to create future mathematicians by enhancing our students’ foundation in mathematics and develop their application, problem solving, research and reasoning skills so that they can become future leaders and contribute towards the global community.
Key Stage 3
The key areas of number and algebra, geometry and measures and probability and statistics are taught to students throughout Key Stage 3. Students extend their knowledge and build onto their prior knowledge each year. The subject curriculum document shows how the areas are split into key topics from Year 7 to 9. Students use problem solving skills within the lesson.
Problem solving and developing mathematical thinking: We use investigations and deep learning tasks in our teaching to develop mathematical thinking and problem solving skills. Investigations allow pupils to demonstrate their own creativity in approaching mathematical problems as well as developing their perseverance – a crucial skill for a good mathematician. We also appreciate the need for pupils to practise their examination technique and be able to answer questions under examination conditions. Pupils are assessed at the end of each half term, allowing each pupil to know what level they are working at and what they need to do to improve. Students are given a final assessment at the end of Key Stage 3.
Timetable and homework: Pupils in Year 7 & 8 have 5 periods a week of Mathematics lessons. This allows for a range of activities, including some practical work. Pupils should expect to receive around 25 minutes of homework once a week and Pearson Active Learn homework regularly at the end of each topic.
There are several ways in which your child can seek assistance in school:
- Ask the teacher in the lesson for help with a particular topic
- Ask help from a teacher assistance or a maths mentor
- Attend HW clubs
- Use the school’s subscription to Pearson Active Learn
- Use websites such as KS3 Bitesize from the BBC or Hegarty maths
- Revision guides & work books provided by school
- After school clubs
- Mathswatch DVDs.
Key Stage 4
All students are entered for GCSE Mathematics which is assessed by three examinations at the end of Year 11: one non-calculator and two calculator papers. 30-40% of these papers have questions on problem solving questions.
Although Mathematics is a compulsory subject for GCSE, we hope that students will also enjoy the subject and gain much benefit from the course. Study at KS4 aims to equip students with mathematical competence and problem solving strategies in the following areas:
- Ratio and proportion
- Geometry and Measures
The scheme is in the form of two tiers:
Foundation: New GCSE Grades 1-5
Higher: New GCSE Grades 4-9 although some students may be awarded grade 3 if they marginally miss grade 4 on a higher paper.
Grade 5 is considered a good pass at GCSE and will be required for future education providers.
Edexcel Entry level certificate: Redeveloped to complement the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics qualification, the new Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics has a clearer focus on building the basic mathematical skills and understanding the lower ability students need to progress towards GCSE. This qualification is designed around the needs of students working at this level with assessment designed to encourage progression towards GCSE. We offer this to some of our students.
Setting in ability groups: Pupils are split into 5 sets according to ability at the start of Year 9. The setting is based on the summative assessment students complete during Year 8. This differentiation allows all pupils to attain the highest grades while being suitably challenged. This setting is flexible and reviewed on a termly basis, however we do not encourage set movements in Year 11 as the students need stability with their teachers near to the GCSE exams.
Timetable and homework: Pupils have 5 periods a week of Mathematics. All work will be taught in lessons. All pupils will have around 50 minutes of homework once a week and will take regular tests to enable them to track their progress and understand their weaknesses. It also allows them to practice examinations technique in preparation for the formal examinations.
Online homework are set on Pearson active learn or a written homework that could involve research or solving real life problems using aspects of mathematics.
Assessments: Regular assessment is done in class to assess the various components of the course. There are whole school summative assessments at the end of each year for Year 9 and 10. Students are exposed to new style exam questions through these assessments. An end of Year 10 exam is usually a full GCSE linear style exam to give students in Year 10 an exposure to what they will face in Year 11. There are two sets of mock exams for Year 11, one in December and the second in March. Diagnostic analysis and feedback of these mock exams allows students to address their areas of improvement and know their strengths.
UKMT Mathematics Challenges: We enter Year 7 and 8 more able students into the Junior Mathematics Challenge and Year 10 and 11 top set students into the Intermediate Mathematics Challenge. Students are given a multiple choice test and the students who achieve the highest scores receive Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.
NRich has many puzzles for all ages and promotes the enrichment of Mathematics by interesting and engaging problems. Some are better than others so be picky when you look at the materials available and don’t choose anything too easy!
Pearson Active Learn provides videos, example and questions on all of the topics pupils learn in school. It allows pupils to practice certain topics as much as they want by producing different questions each time, and marks the work for them, showing them where they have gone wrong.
Corbettmaths is a website where students can access lots of past paper questions on each topic, videos, numeracy 5-a-day practice questions that are helpful for students to review their learning and do spaced repetitions at home.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4