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Head of Department – Mr G. Thorp

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 strive to ensure that every student achieves their potential and develops a life-long love of learning. The department try 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 as soon as possible.  We determine the best group for them to be in using primary school information and the results of a test that we ask them to sit in the first 2 weeks.

Students sit end of chapter tests and termly tests. These enable us to follow each students’ 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. 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.

Year 7

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 & 5

Set 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

Decimals

Decimals and measures

Decimals and measures

End of Term Test

End of Term Test

End of Term Test

Fractions

Fractions

Factors and multiples

Sequences and Graphs

Sequences and Graphs

Graphs

Multiplicative reasoning

Ratio and proportion

FDP

End of Term Test

End of Term Test

End of Term Test

Perimeter, area and volume

Transformations

Transformations

Equations

Probability

Measuring and shapes

Angles and shapes

Lines and angles

Angles and lines

End of Year Test

End of Year Test

End of Year Test

Year 8

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

FDP

Statistics, graphs and charts

Statistics

End of Term Test

End of Term Test

End of Term Test

Scale drawings and measures

Lines and angles

Angles

Graphs

Straight line graphs

Sequences

Constructions and loci

Calculations with fractions

Decimal calculations

End of Term Test

End of Term Test

End of Term Test

Probability

Decimals and ratio

Probability

Real life graphs

Real life graphs

Number properties

Transformations

FDP

Fractions and percentages

End of Year Test

End of Year Test

End of Year Test

 

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 attainer’s 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 current scheme of work for KS4 is below:

Year 9

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

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

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

 

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.

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.

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.

Support

The Mathematics Department try very hard to make themselves available to students outside of lesson time. The following are also available to all students every week:

Tuesday (3:00-4:00) – Maths Clinic T7 (full access to computers)

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday (3:00-4:00) – Homework Club S10 (full access to computers)

Morning registration catch-up sessions for KS3 pupils, assisted by KS4 Maths coaches

 

Resources

We have subscribed to the following websites to aid students independent learning and revision:

https://mathsapp.pixl.org.uk/

www.mymaths.co.uk                                         

www.pearsonactivelearn.co.uk                          

vle.mathswatch.com 

www.gcsepod.com

https://uk.ixl.com/math/

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:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-entry-level-certificate/mathematics-2017.html

GCSE syllabus: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/mathematics/2015/specification-and-sample-assesment/gcse-maths-2015-specification.pdf

 A-Level syllabus:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/A%20Level/Mathematics/2017/specification-and-sample-assesment/a-level-l3-mathematics-specification.pdf

 

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. 

 

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