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.
- The KS3 curriculum interleaves algebra, number, shape and space, data handling and ratio. This curriculum will enable students to achieve a depth of knowledge and conceptual understanding by exploring the relationships between these key mathematical concepts in a coherent way.
- 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.
Maths Ambassadors – Year 9
- Students are selected from year 9 to act as Maths Ambassadors.
- The role of the Maths Ambassadors is to help year 7 students with written calculations and with an online maths programme which take place in registration twice a week.
- They ensure topics are taught using our ‘common approaches’ in order to aid the consistency throughout the school.
UKMT Mathematical Challenges
- Intermediate (Y10) – February 2020
- Junior (Y8) – April 2020
Mangahigh – (various times throughout the school year)
- Cracking the Code
- Boss of the North
World Maths Week – March 2020
- Maths Trail
- Maths Roadshow
Key Stage 4
GCSE Course Details
- The GCSE Mathematics course is 100% exam.
- It is examined over 3 papers, each one, 1.5 hours long. Paper 1 is non calculator, and paper 2 & 3 are calculator.
- There are two tiers offered:
- Higher tier – Grade 9 – 4
- Foundation tier – Grade 5 – 1
- KS4 builds on the foundations of KS3 to focus on application of mathematical skills and knowledge across a wider range of exam content. The curriculum is designed to promote recall strategies through spaced practice.
- All students will sit the appropriate GCSE qualifications so that they can move on successfully to the next stage in their lives. The curriculum is designed to ensure that students develop a passion for mathematics as well as achieving the best grades possible.
Year 7-10 Revision
Year 11 Revision
Students can log into a variety of revision websites from the maths section of the students tab. The websites we subscribe to are Method Maths, MathsWatch and Hegarty Maths.
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.
Guides to Maths eLearning
- In order to maximise progress and achievement in maths it is essential that students revise by
- practising questions.
- The main revision tools we would recommend are Hegarty Maths and Mathswatch.
- 1. Hegarty Maths contains all the maths skills required for GCSE content. Each skill has a video
- and linked questions to complete. There is also a personalised ‘Fix up 5’ section for every
- student. We would recommend that each student spends
at least one hour per week
- completing independent activities throughout the year, but obviously this should increase in
- the build up to the mock exams.
- 2. Mathswatch is a collection of tutorial videos designed for revision, with accompanying
- resources. Resources can be accessed from the school website, along with a complete list of
- content. To access these programmes, please see below.
- Hegarty Maths: student date of birth and usual password
- Mathswatch: username@standishchs and usual password