Maths

 

Maths is all around you and you can’t stop it happening!  You handle cash most days, walk on intricate paving, look at a clock, walk up a set of stairs, catch a bus, work out the best value for money, look in a mirror, sit on a chair.

Maths provides opportunities to communicate anywhere in the world in a universal language – no translations needed!  It genuinely helps with thinking skills, problem solving techniques and quantifying skills – three things you definitely need in life.

In years 7 and 8 students follow The National Curriculum for mathematics which aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

They study topics covering the Mathematics attainment targets: Number, Algebra, Ratio Proportion and Rates of Change, Geometry and Measures, Probability and Statistics. 

The Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are continually assessed throughout the year and at the end of each year they will carry out a general mathematical examination.  Results of all aspects of their learning are considered when students are set for the following year.  

Students commence their GCSE mathematics studies in Year 9, which follows the AQA 3-year course.  The subject content is split into topics covering Number, Algebra, Ratio Proportion and Rates of Change, Geometry and Measures, Probability and Statistics.  The GCSE grade they obtain will arise from the three 1 ½ hour papers they sit at the end of Year 11.

We subscribe to www.mymaths.co.uk which allows students to access many elements of what is taught in lessons.  The girls will also be given their own individual log-in and password.  Homework may be set using this web-site.  We also make use of other online resources such as SumDog and Manga High at KS3 and MethodMaths at KS4.  We have also recently joined the PiXL club which has app that we use at KS4.  (Relevant details and logins will be given to your daughter by their maths teacher).