Maths

The Mathematics Faculty consist of a team of positive staff who believe in personalised learning skills. The department believe in excellence in all areas of Mathematics and their practise embodies our strong belief in working harmoniously and collaboratively to achieve our goals. 

 

The KS3 curriculum is based on the My Maths scheme of learning, put together by Oxford University Press, although teachers will supplement the My Maths resources with a range of materials. There are two tiers to the curriculum in order to meet the needs of all students, while maintaining high expectations of all. In Year 8 the curriculum spirals back to revise, and build upon, the topics seen in Year 7, helping develop the deep understanding of topics that is needed to succeed in mathematics at KS4.

In light of research on cognitive load, the principal style of delivery in maths is direct instruction. We believe this is the best way to equip students with the knowledge they will need to apply to the range of mathematical problems they will meet. All students can succeed in mathematics, and our curriculum will help them to gain the numerical, analytical and reasoning skills that will benefit them later on.

Homework

We have recently invested in Hegarty Maths, an incredibly powerful resource for our students. Students in KS3 will be set one task on Hegarty Maths a week; students in KS4 will be set two tasks. The tasks will not be on the material currently being covered in class, but instead on topics that will be revision for the student. Students will be expected to watch the video on that topic, make notes in their Independent Learning exercise book, and then complete the quiz, showing all working in their books. Their teacher will check both their quiz score and the work they have done in their books.

We believe that Hegarty Maths helps students develop the ability to revise actively and independently of us. The Revise features on Hegarty Maths (Fix Up 5 and MemRi), which are available to students, use the principles of spaced learning to show students questions they need to improve upon, or that they have not seen for a while.