All students follow the National Curriculum for Mathematics and have the opportunity to use and develop a variety of skills in Number, Algebra, Measures and Statistics. We have an interleaving approach to delivering Mathematics; several topics are revisited and built on throughout Years 7 – 11 in order to retain key concepts and deepen students understanding. Our differentiated and challenging schemes of work are designed to encourage students to be resilient learners who are not afraid to make mistakes.
How is the course assessed?
Students will sit a baseline assessment when they arrive in Year 7. We then place students into one of three or four sets (depending on the student’s band). We set students by ability using the baseline assessment results, Key Stage 2 data and our professional judgement.
Throughout years 7-9 students will sit one assessment per half term; these primarily will cover topics learnt that half term as well as any topics learnt previously. At the end of the year, students will sit two assessments (one calculator paper and one non-calculator paper).
Sets are adjusted on a termly basis based on both assessment data and progress in lessons. We will always make set change decisions with the best interest of the student in mind, and so, we politely ask that you please trust us when changes are made.
Homework and learning beyound the classroom:
Lessons include purple challenge questions in order to develop thinking and problem solving skills. Our half-termly ‘Puzzle Lessons’ give students the opportunity to enrich their Mathematical understanding by working through structured problems either independently, in pairs or via group work.
We offer the following extra-curricular activities after school:
KS3 Maths Drop-In Tuesdays 3pm-4pm (Available to anybody who needs extra help in Maths or for anybody who would like to come along and do more Maths after school!)
Rubik’s/Puzzle Club on Thursdays 3pm-4pm
Maths Challenge Club on Wednesdays 3pm-4pm
UKMT Junior Maths Challenge (by invitation only)
Maths Trips (by invitation only)