Key Stage 3 Courses
Year 8 follow a unit based course written by the department in conjunction with the county maths advisor. Pupils study number, algebra, shape, data handling and using and applying mathematics. The course covers grades 1 to 6 overall and is available at differentiated tiers. This structure ensures that every pupil follows a course at an appropriate level for them and so makes maximum progress.
Year 7 are taking a new course this year that has been designed by the department to incorporate the new curriculum and to ultimately prepare pupils for the new style GCSE. The course covers grades 1 to 6 and is available at differentiated tiers. The course builds upon Key Stage 2 work and uses stimulating resources and activities to promote rapid progress.
Key Stage 4 Courses
Following the school decision to adopt the shortened Key Stage 3 model, students begin their GCSE courses in year 9. The department currently uses the new Edexcel GCSE Mathematics A - Linear (1MA0) course. The GCSE course builds upon the key areas of maths studied in Key Stage 3 and includes a functional maths element. Some students take GCSE Statistics as an additional subject.
The department takes pride in delivering high quality objective led lessons using a wide range of differentiated and stimulating activities and resources. There are good relationships between staff and pupils and a positive working atmosphere in lessons. Pupils have four one hour lessons in key stage 3 and three in key stage 4 and homework is set at least once a week for all pupils. All mathematics classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and wireless access to the school network and internet. Pupils in years 9, 10 and 11 have netbooks or ipads for use in lessons and computer facilities are available for younger pupils to use. Excellent resources are available including software, textbooks and equipment and our own inhouse resources designed and produced by the department.
Pupils are taught in ability sets for maths in all year groups. Top sets cover extension work as part of the Able and Talented provision within the school and lower sets are often supported by learning support staff. Pupils are set using teacher assessment and test data and may transfer between sets as necessary. Top sets usually have approximately thirty pupils whilst lower sets are considerably smaller, usually around fifteen pupils.
Assessment for learning is integral to all lessons and pupils work towards aspirational targets. Pupils are provided with unit targets for each module of work together with clear grade criteria and are encouraged to participate in the assessment process. Regular marking with constructive feedback helps pupils to identify strengths and areas for development and to make good progress. Each year group has at least one set of formal examinations in the hall as well as termly tests.
Extra Curricular Activities
There is an after school Fun Maths Club for year 7 and 8 pupils. The department runs the UK Maths Challenges for more able pupils in all years and a range of quizzes and puzzles accessible to all. GCSE students have the opportunity to attend Booster Classes after school and half term study days prior to the exams. Trips to Keele Unviersity maths department are organised for years 10 and 11.