Head of Department – Mr J. Barlow
Mathematics is at the heart of every day decision making. The ability to think analytically and solve problems is pertinent in all walks of life. Maths is something we use every day, often without even realising it. When you work out how much something would cost with the discount voucher you have, add up how much your weekly shop comes to, or figure out how much paint you need to decorate your living room - it’s all maths.
You’ll often find that you need it if you decide to go on to higher education. If you want to change career and get into teaching, nursing and many other things, Maths will be on the list of essential qualifications that the admissions team will want to see. This is to gauge your suitability for higher study, and in many cases, because Maths will factor into the course in some way.
It is the aim of Holy Family Catholic High School to support every student to achieve their best and develop a deep understanding of Mathematics. The department offers a supportive, nurturing environment focussed on developing a culture of success. The experienced team of teachers strives to ensure that every student achieves their potential and develops a life-long love of learning. The department tries very hard to make themselves available to students outside of lesson time and welcome good communication between teacher, pupil and home.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 are placed into ability sets from the beginning of Year 7. We determine the best group for them to be in using primary school information and their Key Stage 2 SAT’s test results.
Students sit end of unit tests and termly tests. These enable us to follow each student's progress individually.
In the Maths Department, we currently follow a curriculum based around the Edexcel 2 year scheme of work, allowing us to ensure progress throughout Key Stage 3 and an easy transition into the new GCSE.
To support students who present as non-secondary ready following KS2, we provide them with an IXL account. IXL is an online program which diagnoses a student's level and provides an individualised action plan for them to work through. Each student who has one of these accounts will have one timetabled computer lesson for Mathematics per week. All work is monitored. The selected Y7 students also have the opportunity to work 1:1 with an older student (Maths Coach), each week, through basic maths operations.
Key Stage 4
With the arrival of the new GCSE Mathematics (grades 1-9) format, our Mathematics department start GCSE preparation in Year 9. We are currently following the Edexcel scheme of work.
The textbooks available for use in class have a variety of fluency, reasoning and problem solving questions and the new assessments used at the end of each unit are designed to help students prepare for their exam and be able to think Mathematically beyond the classroom. The department makes an annual order of revision guides and other materials on behalf of pupils to help them with exam preparation.
The new GCSE can prove to be difficult to access for some lower ability pupils. In these cases we dual enter a small number of pupils whereby they sit both their GCSE exam and an entry level qualification in Mathematics.
The Edexcel Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics has been designed specifically to complement the GCSE (9-1) Mathematics, enabling lower attainers to develop the underpinning mathematical skills and understanding, to provide a progression route to GCSE Mathematics. The content is based on the key underpinning skills and concepts of GCSE Mathematics, with topics, at Entry Level 3, carefully selected from the more accessible topics in GCSE (9–1) Mathematics. This allows it to be taught in conjunction with GCSE.
The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9 to 1) in Mathematics is a tiered qualification. There are two tiers:
- Foundation tier - grades 1 to 5 available
- Higher tier grades – 4 to 9 available (grade 3 allowed).
The assessment for each tier of entry consists of three externally-examined papers each 1:30 long, each out of 80 marks. Paper 1 in each tier is Non-Calculator. All three must be from the same tier of entry. Students must complete all three papers in the same assessment series.
Homework
Homework is seen as an essential part of each pupil’s experience of education. Work done at home by pupils is recognised as supporting and extending school-based studies. It is essential if pupils are to make progress, increase their achievements and attainments and become self-sufficient, motivated life-long learners.
Aims:
Homework enables pupils to:
- consolidate and extend work covered in class or prepare for new learning activities.
- access resources not available in the classroom.
- develop research skills.
- have an opportunity for independent work.
- show progress and understanding.
- provide feedback in the evaluation of teaching.
- to enhance their study skills e.g. planning, time management.
- to take ownership and responsibility for their learning.
- engage parental co-operation and support and create opportunities for home-school dialogue.
The role of the pupils:
- To listen to homework instructions in class.
- To copy down instructions for the task and deadline date in their planner.
- To ensure that homework is completed and handed in to meet the deadline.
- To attempt all work to the best of their ability.
- To inform the class teacher of any difficulties before the deadline.
If a pupil fails to comply with any of the above they will be issued with a one hour Mathematics Detention after school for the Wednesday following the deadline.
Setting of homework:
All homework is recorded online at www.classcharts.com. Both pupils and parents have a unique login which enables them to see:
- a brief description of the homework.
- when the homework was set.
- when the homework is due in.
- how the homework is to be submitted.
Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils are issued with a timetable which states when homework should be set.
A copy of this is available on the school website. If students are unable to access the internet at home, they are expected to use the support on offer and attend Maths Clinic or Homework Club.
Year 7 Maths Learning Programme
Once in sets students follow one of the schemes of work shown below, although teachers use assessments and their professional judgement to decide if students are able to access each unit.
Sets 1 & 2 |
Sets 3 & 4 |
Set 5 & 6 |
Equations, functions and formulae |
Expressions and formulae |
Expressions and formulae |
Number skills |
Number skills |
Calculating |
Analysing and displaying data |
Analysing and displaying data |
Analysing and displaying data |
End of Term Test |
End of Term Test |
End of Term Test |
Decimals |
Decimals and measures |
Decimals and measures |
Angles and shapes |
Lines and angles |
Angles and lines |
Fractions |
Fractions |
Factors and multiples |
Sequences and graphs |
Sequences and Graphs |
Graphs |
End of Term Test |
End of Term Test |
End of Term Test |
Ratio and proportion |
Ratio and proportion |
Fractions, decimals and percentages |
Perimeter, area and volume |
Transformations |
Transformations |
Equations |
Probability |
Measuring and shapes |
End of Year Test |
End of Year Test |
End of Year Test |
Year 8 Maths Learning Programme
Year 8 remain in sets and follow one of the schemes of work shown below:
Sets 1 & 2 |
Sets 3, 4 & 5 |
Set 6 |
Working with powers |
Expressions and equations |
Expressions and equations |
Factors and powers |
Number skills |
Number properties and calculations |
2D shapes and 3D solids |
Area and volume |
Shapes and measures in 3D |
End of Term Test |
End of Term Test |
End of Term Test |
Transformations |
Statistics, graphs and charts |
Statistics |
Fractions, decimals and percentages |
Fractions, decimals and percentages |
Fractions and percentages |
Scale drawings and measures |
Lines and angles |
Angles |
Graphs |
Straight line graphs |
Sequences |
End of Term Test |
End of Term Test |
End of Term Test |
Constructions and loci |
Calculating with fractions |
Decimal calculations |
Probability |
Decimals and ratio |
Probability |
Real life graphs |
Real life graphs |
Number properties |
End of Year Test |
End of Year Test |
End of Year Test |
Year 9 Maths Learning Programme
Foundation |
Higher |
Number |
Number |
Algebra |
Algebra |
End of Term Test |
End of Term Test |
Graphs and Charts |
Interpreting and representing data |
Fractions and Percentages |
Fractions, ratio and percentages |
Equations, Inequalities and Sequences |
Angles and Trigonometry |
End of Term Test |
End of Term Test |
Angles |
Graphs |
Averages and Range |
Area and Volume |
Perimeter, Area and Volume |
Transformations and Constructions |
End of Year Test |
End of Year Test |
Year 10 Maths Learning Programme
Foundation |
Higher |
Graphs |
Equations and Inequalities |
Transformations |
Probability |
Ratio and Proportion |
Multiplicative Reasoning |
End of Term Test |
End of Term Test |
Right Angled Triangles |
Similarity and Congruence |
Probability |
More Trigonometry |
Multiplicative Reasoning |
Further Statistics |
End of Term Test |
End of Term Test |
Constructions, loci and bearings |
Equations and Graphs |
Quadratic, equations and graphs |
Circle Theorems |
Perimeter, Area and Volume 2 |
More Algebra |
End of Year Test |
End of Year Test |
Year 11 Maths Learning Programme
Foundation |
Higher |
Fractions, Indices and Standard Form |
Vectors and Geometric Proof |
Congruence, Similarity and Vectors |
Proportion and Graphs |
More Algebra |
Mock Exam |
Mock Exam |
Revision |
Revision |
Key Stage 5
We offer A Level Mathematics as a subject choice in our 6th form and currently follow the 2 year Edexcel A Level course introduced in 2017. Pupils studying this course make use of Casio Class-Wizz calculators to help them tackle the content throughout the 2 years of study.
The course covers the following areas:
Pure Mathematics
Topic 1 – Proof
Topic 2 – Algebra and functions
Topic 3 – Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane
Topic 4 – Sequences and series
Topic 5 –Trigonometry
Topic 6 – Exponentials and logarithms
Topic 7 – Differentiation
Topic 8 – Integration
Topic 9 – Numerical methods
Topic 10 – Vectors
Statistics
Topic 1 – Statistical sampling
Topic 2 – Data presentation and interpretation
Topic 3 – Probability
Topic 4 – Statistical distributions
Topic 5 – Statistical hypothesis testing
Mechanics
Topic 6 – Quantities and units in mechanics
Topic 7 – Kinematics
Topic 8 – Forces and Newton’s laws
Topic 9 – Moments
The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Mathematics consists of three externally examined papers. Each paper is 2 hours long. Papers 1 and 2 are Pure Mathematics; paper 3 is Statistics and Mechanics.
Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.
Enrichment
The Mathematics department enters the pupils in the national UK Mathematical Trust competitions as well as more local Mathematical Association competitions, both as individuals and in teams. There is also a puzzle club at lunchtime on Thursdays.
We are a member of the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme and are able to offer Further Maths as and when the demand is there in Y12 or Y13.
As well as the Tuesday after school Maths Clinic the Mathematics teachers regularly run after school and holiday intervention and revision sessions, particularly in the run up to the public exams so that our students can attain their full potential.
A number of students are invited to train as a Maths Coach in Y9 and perform this duty in Y10 and Y11. The opportunity provides these students with insight into how students learn, maths misconceptions, a better understanding of basic maths skills, proof of responsibility and improves communication skills and self-confidence. Potential Maths Coaches are chosen from various sets.
We have subscribed to the following websites to aid students independent learning and revision:
The above websites enable students to watch videos, see various examples and contain hints and tips if they are struggling. All students have unique login details for each of the above which enables them to access all the revision material and complete tasks set by their Mathematics Teacher.
Scientific calculators are required at GCSE so it is recommended pupils purchase one as soon as possible in order to familiarise themselves with the various functions available. The majority of our pupils use the Casio fx85 model which can be purchased within school.
Useful links
Entry Level syllabus:
GCSE syllabus:
A-Level syllabus: