Maths

Here in the mathematics department the main aim is that all students should reach their full potential in mathematics, developing confidence and enjoyment in a variety of mathematical experiences.

Our aims for our students are;

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics so that they are efficient in using and selecting the appropriate Mathematics to use
  • can solve problems by applying their Mathematics to a variety of problems, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios
  • can reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present an argument or proof using mathematical language

Students are allocated 3 periods of mathematics a week at Key Stage 3, and 4 hours per week in Years 9, 10 and 11. At Key Stage 5, students are taught for 9 hours per fortnight, and are given a further hour for pursuing independent study in the subject.

Mathematics, as a core subject, follows National Curriculum. We set classes according to ability from Key Stage 2 information and students are entered for AQA GCSE (8300) and OCR (MEI) A-level examinations. Setting is reviewed frequently throughout years 7 -11 and adjustments made where necessary to ensure pupils are in the group most appropriate to their ability and potential.

As a department we subscribe to mymaths so that students can gain help with their mathematics from home. Students are issued with a personal log in for this. (www.mymaths.co.uk) There are a wealth of other fantastic websites that students can use to support and extend their learning. Mathematics teachers will introduce these to students throughout the curriculum, but we encourage students to explore and find their own too! (and of course, to let us know if they find a great resource!)

The maths team comprises of 10 subject specialists. The mathematics department is committed to providing excellent teaching and endeavours to ensure that all students achieve their potential in Mathematics at all levels.

Head of Department – Mrs L Pearce
Deputy Head of Department, Key Stage 4 Coordinator – Mrs R Lee
Key Stage 3 Coordinator – Ms K Payne
Key Stage 5 Coordinator – Mr S Molyneux

Key Stage 3

All pupils follow the National Curriculum requirements to ensure progress and prepare them for the demands of the new GCSE. The curriculum is focused on the key concepts and processes that underpin mathematics.

To promote the learning and enjoyment of maths in the classroom, a variety of resources and techniques are used in each lesson. This ranges from mini-whiteboards, loop cards and Tarsia grid puzzles to the use of games and computer programs. We have a computer suite within the department as well as a set of laptops.

Informal assessment takes place continuously as well as formal written assessments taking place throughout the year. Students will be informed of assessments by their teacher.

Home learning tasks are set each week and can be seen by parents via the Classcharts website. Pupils are also given their own password and login details for www.mymaths.co.uk. Pupils may be set home learning tasks to complete from this website and they are also encouraged to become more independent learners by accessing this site at home, as well as others.

Key Stage 4

At Hele’s School, we use the examination board AQA and follow GCSE Mathematics syllabus 8300. Throughout the GCSE course there are six  main areas of study;

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Probability

GCSE Mathematics can be taken at either Foundation or Higher tier, with the following grades available:

Foundation : 1-5 Higher: 4-9

Students will be entered for the tier most appropriate to their ability and must take all exam papers at the same tier.

More information about the content of the course can be found on the AQA website. http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/gcse/mathematics-8300

As well as the course content, there is a strong emphasis on students being able to use their mathematics in everyday life, whether that be at school, the workplace, or at home. Functional maths requires students to use their mathematics effectively in a wide variety of contexts. Up to 40% of the questions in the examinations may have a functional element in them.

In addition, some students may have the opportunity to study an additional GCSE in a mathematically-related subject, for example GCSE Statistics.

Assessment Procedure

The course is examined at the end of the two-year course via three externally marked written papers.

Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper worth one third of the final grade.

Paper 2 and are both calculator papers worth one third of the final grade each.

Content from any part of the specificationcan be assessed in any of the three papers. A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems is included and the mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through each of the papers.

There will be a period of revision, including working through practice papers, prior to the exams.

Progression

GCSE Maths is a requirement for most institutions and Post-16 courses and many employers also require a Grade 4 or above in the subject (equivalent to the previous Grade C.)

For more information please talk to a member of the Mathematics Department.

Key Stage 5

Hele’s School follows the OCR (MEI) Syllabus

A Level Maths

Year 12

Year 13

Autumn Term

Core 1

Core 3 – includes coursework
(20% of module)

Spring Term

Core 2 / Statistics 1

Core 4 / Decision Maths

Summer Term

Core 2 / Statistics 1

Core 3

Core 4 / Decision Maths

A Level Further Maths

Year 12

Year 13

Autumn Term

Mechanics 1

Mechanics 2

Spring Term

Further Pure 1 / Statistics 2

Further Pure 2 / Mechanics 3

Summer Term

Further Pure 1 / Statistics 2

Mechanics 2

Further Pure 2 / Mechanics 3

MEI Site

http://www.mei.org.uk/index.php

Further Maths

Students who are particular gifted in maths can take the Further Maths A Level alongside the Mathematics. The course is studied during twilight sessions totalling 3 hours per week, along with a considerable amount of self study away from the classroom. Futher details can be found here – http://www.furthermaths.org.uk/index.php

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