“The definition of a good mathematical problem is the mathematics it generates rather than the problem itself.”
Within mathematics we aim to support learners to become confident to reason and to solve problems independently. Through these skills learners will be able to use and apply their mathematical knowledge to understand and describe the world around them. We firmly believe that all students are able to be successful and to express themselves within mathematics.
What learners need to be successful
The Mathematics departments underlying belief is that “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure”. As such, in order to be successful in Mathematics, pupils need to hardworking and resilient in every lesson. With consistent hard work throughout the academic year every pupil has the ability to be successful. In order to prepare for their education all pupils are encouraged to bring equipment to school. Alongside basic equipment such as pens, pencils, rulers, rubbers and sharpeners pupils will also need a 30cm ruler, pair of compasses, protractor and a calculator for their Maths lessons. Pupils can also expect to be given homework on a regular basis. Usually all pupils will be given a week to complete and hand in homework to their class teacher. Pupils are expected to be proactive and seek guidance with their homework if they are struggling.
What pupils will learn
Key Stage 3
Mathematics as a discipline builds sequentially, it is therefore essential that through high quality teaching and learning at key stage three we help learners to secure a mastery of fundamental topics which will underpin their move into GCSE study. The key stage three mathematics curriculum is broken down into the five strands of: Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Geometry, Probability and Statistics. Reasoning and problem solving is then embedded throughout each of these strands.
A simplified breakdown of the key stage three programme of study is provided below:
|Year 7||Year 8|
|Half Term 1||Place Value||Fractions|
|Half Term 2||Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division||Percentages|
|Half Term 3||Fractions||Algebra (Equations and Inequalities)|
|Half Term 4||Negative Numbers||Geometry (Circles and Area)|
|Half Term 5||Algebra (Expressions and Formulae)||Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change|
|Half Term 6||Geometry (Lines and Angles)||Statistics, 3D Shapes|
Key Stage 4 – GCSE
At GCSE learners study mathematics in greater detail building on the fundamental skills which have been established through the key stage three programme. The GCSE programme of study has been designed to follow the National Curriculum with an emphasis being placed on ensuring that all learners have the opportunity to flourish and that the potential of all learners is recognised and not limited. Again in order to meet the needs of all learners lessons are delivered in streamed groups (to allow for study at higher or foundation tier) with a focus on mastering each unit of work. Problem solving skills are embedded across all units and through larger projects embedded throughout the programme of study.
A simplified breakdown of the GCSE programme of study is provided below:
|Year 9||Year 10||Year 11|
|Half Term 1||Calculations 1, Expressions||Equations and Inequalities||Pythagoras and Trigonometry, Probability|
|Half Term 2||Angles and Polygons, Handling Data 1||Circles and Constructions, Ratio and Proportion||Sequences, Units and Proportionality|
|Half Term 3||Fractions, Decimals and Percentages||Factors, Powers and Roots||Revision|
|Half Term 4||Formulae and Functions||Graphs 1, Working in 3D||Revision|
|Half Term 5||Working in 2D, Probability||Handling Data 2, Calculations 2||Revision|
|Half Term 6||Measures and Accuracy||Graphs 2||Revision|
How pupils’ learning will be assessed
Mathematics is assessed at the end of year 11. The examination can be sat at either higher tier [grades 9-4] or foundation tier [grades 5-1]. The assessment for the subject consists of 3 equally weighted exam papers [80 marks each, 240 total]. One of these papers doesn’t allow the use of a calculator [paper 1], two of these papers allow the use of a calculator [papers 2 and 3].
Internally learners sit one assessment per term in order to monitor their progress. The form will range from a single paper taken in a classroom to a full 3 paper mock exam taken in the sports hall depending on what year group a learner is in. Each of these “Common Assessments” is completed by all learners across the Trust in order to allow us to provide more accurate feedback to learners on their progress.
At Tudor Grange Samworth Academy we also offer Entry Level qualifications and Level 2 qualifications in “Further Mathematics” where this is appropriate.
Additional Learning Resources
Learners are set a weekly homework to support them to review content regularly. In addition to homework there is a range of provision available to learners to support them to be successful in mathematics:
- Period 6 sessions are offered to learners in their examination years
- Holiday revision classes are widely offered to learners at key times
- Within mathematics we run a mentoring programme for learners preparing for external examinations
- MathsWatch – All learners have a personalised login. This is free to learners and provides both video tuition across the whole curriculum as well as online questions/worksheets for learners to consolidate their understanding.
- MyMaths – All learners have a personalised login. This is free to learners and provides online questions, revision support and maths based games.
- Times Tables Rockstars – All KS3 learners have a personalised login. This is free to learners. This is a KS3 focused intervention designed to support learners to secure their times tables and division facts in a fun and interactive way.
- Just Maths – All KS4 learners have a general login. This is free to learners. This is an exam focused revision intervention. Learners have access to videos and exam preparation materials which support them when making final preparations for GCSE examinations.
How parents can help with their child’s learning
Parents play a fundamental role in ensuring the success of their children. We encourage parents to have an open dialogue with their children focussing on what they are learning in Mathematics. Parents don’t need to have an in-depth knowledge of the maths their child is learning, simply showing an interest in their work will be invaluable.
Parents can also ensure that their children are completing homework regularly and to the best of their ability as this will have a profound impact on attainment. Finally, there are many resources that parents can sit and work through with their children, both books and internet sites.