“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.
Mathematics Curriculum Narrative
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.
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 focusing 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.