Our approach to teaching numeracy
In Key Stage Three we follow the national curriculum which builds on concepts taught in Key Stage 2; Number, Algebra, Shape, Space & Measure and Data Handling. Students are set by ability and have eight lessons a fortnight. These are taught using varying methods such as investigative and group work including practical activities that cater for the different learning styles of our pupils. Class teachers are consistently assessing pupil progress throughout the lesson and formal assessments are made at the end of each half term.
Mathematics is a core subject and studied by all pupils at the Academy. We follow the Edexcel GCSE Linear route which means that students can seamlessly transition from KS3 to KS4. This is assessed at the end of Year 11 with two papers, one calculator and one non-calculator.
Extra funding has given capacity to the department to include an extra set, thus reducing class sizes in Years 9, 10 and 11, and increasing the number of lessons to 11 a fortnight in Years 9 and 10. Wherever possible in both Key Stage 3 and 4, we try to introduce new topics through problem solving often in a real world context.
A wide variety of resources are used in the Maths department. These include MyMaths textbooks and website which are used both as teaching tools in the classroom and for students to complete their homework. We have a set of netbooks that we use to vary the students' curriculum, including the use of Microsoft Logo for investigating angles, Geometers Sketchpad for investigating circle theorems and internet access for independent work. In addition to this we have a small suite of computers that are used for small group work and accessible to the students to complete homework during break, lunch and after school.
The Maths department also participates in the UK Maths Challenge, run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust and Pi Day.
How you can help your child at home
We encourage students to use MyMaths for topics they are struggling with, or to boost their grades. Each student has a personal login so that they can track their own progress. We hold occasional workshops to show how parents and carers can support their children with mathematics outside of school.