Maths is a core subject and as such is studied by every student in the school from Year 7 to Year 11. Maths is an all embracing and pervading part of life, helping us to create, plan, organise and solve problems. The department, therefore, has a responsibility to create an environment whereby students are encouraged and stimulated to develop a positive attitude towards mathematics and acquire the necessary concepts, skills and knowledge for their everyday lives. Key Stage 3 Students in Year 7 and 8, follow the “White Rose Maths Hub” scheme of work. Lessons are designed to promote deeper understanding into individual topics, which allow students to ‘master’ learning.
At the end of each term, students are assessed on the knowledge across both Secondary schools within the Trust. This allows us to celebrate students’ progress and also input rapid and timely intervention for those who need it.
We run after school intervention sessions for key stage 3 students on a Tuesday night. We invite students based on their data from the previous term’s assessment and our question level analysis. Of course, any student who is wishing to do extra maths is welcome to join us.
Key Stage 4 We begin our Key Stage 4 studies in Year 9. We build on their key stage 3 knowledge as we start their GCSE journey. Students are split into two tiers:
Foundation: Grades 5 -1 (OCR) Higher: Grades 9-4 (AQA)
The final examination is at the end of Year 11. It consists of 3 papers: Higher Foundation
Paper 1: 1h30m (Non-Calc) Paper 1: 1h30m (Calc) Paper 2: 1h30m (Calc) Paper 2: 1h30m (Non-Calc) Paper 3: 1h30m (Calc) Paper 3: 1h30m (Calc)
Students need to purchase a scientific calculator regardless of tier. We recommend Sharp EL-531X. They are available from most high street stores or through school at £4.30. Students can also use it for their other subjects exams.