The mathematics department teaches all students across Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. The students are taught to deal with four key areas: number, algebra, shape and space, data handling. There is also an increased emphasis on problem solving.
The ablest students are also given the opportunity to enter several national ‘Maths Challenges’. We have experienced considerable success both locally and regionally with a number of outstanding mathematicians in school.
Key Stage 3
- Key Stage 3 is made up of Year 7 and Year 8.
- Students have 3 x 1 hour lessons every week.
- A typical maths lesson will consist of a settler activity as students enter the room followed by a variety of tasks including PowerPoint presentations, loop games, jigsaws, treasure hunts, bingo or differentiated worksheets.
- Students are selected from Years 8 through 10 to act as Maths Ambassadors.
- The role of the Maths Ambassador is to help other students during the numeracy activities which take place in registration once per week. They also assist the form teacher in the administration of these tasks.
- They also contribute to the cross-curricular teaching of mathematics, ensuring topics are taught using our ‘common approaches’ in order to aid the consistency throughout the school.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Course Details
- The GCSE Mathematics course is 100% exam.
- It is examined over 2 papers, one calculator and one non-calculator.
- There are two tiers offered:
- Foundation tier – Grade G to C
- Higher tier – Grade D to A*
- The exam board used is Edexcel and the examination takes place at the end of the course in Year 11.
- We have purchased a number of fantastic revision opportunities to aid students’ progress.
- MathsWatch – students can download this as a free app on a device or access it from the school website.
- Centre ID – “standishcommhigh”.
- Username and password are the students’ usual login details used for the school network/email.
- JustMaths – this is a website designed for students aiming for Grade B at GCSE.
- It contains a variety of resources including video clips with worksheets and differentiated activities.
- Method Maths – GCSE papers have been inputted to a spreadsheet to provide instant interactive feedback, both on full papers and identified topics.
Maths Ambassadors – Peer Mentors
- Year 11 to act as Maths Ambassadors.
- The role of the Maths Ambassador is to help their peers to revise areas of Maths that they may be struggling with.
- They also contribute to the cross-curricular teaching of Mathematics, ensuring topics are taught using our ‘common approaches’ in order to aid consistency throughout the school.