Mathematics

Staff Role
Mrs N. Garland Head of Department
Mr S. Beach Second in the Dept
Mrs J. Hawkins Mathematics Teacher
Mrs N. Howard  Mathematics Teacher
Mrs P. Fawcett Teaching Assistant

Mathematics equips students with uniquely powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world. It can stimulate moments of wonder for students when they solve a problem for the first time, discover a more elegant solution or unearth hidden solutions.

Facilities and Resources

The Department is fully staffed with Maths specialists who create a positive and vibrant learning environment – Maths is taught in a suite of 4 classrooms which are equipped with SMART boards and visualisers. The department subscribes to a number of electronic resources to enhance the learning of the students. Resources available include interactive tutorials which specifically support the courses that our students follow, and websites that help students to enhance their skills.

A positive attitude towards the subject and the self belief that ‘I can do Maths’ are key to being a successful learner in Mathematics. The Mathematics team at Worden develop student’s confidence, resilience, self esteem and enjoyment of mathematics.

Year 7 and 8

Mathematics at Key Stage 3, we try to show pupils the usefulness of learning mathematics as well as an appreciation of the sense of numbers. We aim to ensure that pupils:

  • Develop an understanding of mathematics in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment
  • Develop abilities to reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning, to generalise and construct mathematical proofs
  • Develop fluency in the use of mathematical skills and techniques and be able to select appropriate methods to solve a problem
  • Develop an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to everyday life, society, the world of work and other disciplines
  • Use mathematics as an effective means of communication
  • To be able to use technology such as calculators and computers effectively, while recognising their limitations
  • Take increasing responsibility for their own learning and the evaluation of their own mathematical progress

To facilitate this we ensure that:

  • The mathematics curriculum is challenging and builds on prior learning.
  • Students are encouraged to ‘have a go’ and not be afraid to make and share mistakes.
  • Active learning, mathematical discussion and problem solving is encouraged at all levels.
  • Work is differentiated within classes.
  • Students are given the opportunity to see how the learning is relevant to their everyday life.
  • There is appropriate time given to consolidate and apply skills in range of contexts.
  • Students develop confidence and fluency in numeracy skills leading on to more formal methods of working.

Topics covered include:

  • Number
  • Calculation
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Algebra
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Using and Applying Mathematics

In Mathematics lessons teachers use a variety of strategies & resources to support students and ensure that students are making good progress. Pupils use mini whiteboards, contribute to class discussion, answer open and closed questions, create their own questions and engage in collaborative learning activities. The department are focussed on creating a learning environment where students are comfortable enough to make mistakes and share misconceptions as they recognise how valuable this is to the learning process.

Year 7 Schemes of Learning

Set 7.1 – Stage 8

Set 7.2 – Stage 7

Set 7A – Stage 7

 Set 7B – Stage 5

Set 7C – Stage 5

Year 8 Schemes of Learning

Set 8.1 – Stage 8

Set 8A – Stage 7

Set 8B – Stage 6

How parents can help

Please support us by

  • ensuring that students come fully equipped to their lessons. Pupils need to have a Scientific Calculator with 2 line display (Casio FX-85 or similar).
  • checking that students are completing homework tasks to the best of their ability, and encouraging them to seek support in plenty of time if they are struggling.
  • using Mathematics as much as you can in everyday life, such as giving opportunities to work out how much change you should get in a shop, estimating the cost of shopping, discussing fractions of pizza or cake, comparing offers in shops and looking for examples for our ‘Bad Maths Board’ in school.
  • ensuring your child knows all their times tables and joining in with our Times Tables Rock Star competition.
  • being positive about Mathematics at home. Negative comments rarely help and students that hear positive things about the subject at home are more likely to develop a positive attitude to it themselves! Instead of saying ‘I was bad at maths at school’ say ‘I had to work hard at maths at school’. Encourage a Growth Mindset in your child.

You can find lots of useful information on improving your own and your child’s numeracy skills on the National Numeracy Website at http://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/your-childs-maths

Finally, your child’s maths teacher will always welcome contact and support from parents so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any further information.

Years 9-11

Students begin to follow a 3 year GCSE course at the beginning of Year 9. Our aim is to provide a seamless transition through the years and therefore teaching differs very little from that in lower school.  We begin to familiarise students with the types of problems they will face at GCSE from early on inYear 7.

The curriculum is broken down into chunks, and spread throughout the course of study with the aim of providing an increasing level of difficulty at the correct pace for the group and ensuring that students are fully prepared for the rigour of the GCSE Examination. Wherever possible, students are invited to explore and investigate areas of mathematics to help to give them a better understanding of the approaches needed to be successful in the subject.

Throughout GCSE Mathematics, students will develop skills that enable them to apply Mathematics in other subjects and in everyday life. We continue to build upon the numeracy skills taught at Key Stage 3 but also develop the more abstract concepts required for GCSE. The skills learnt during GCSE Mathematics prepare students for life after Year 11, and for those pupils that wish to continue studying the subject post-16 and take A level Mathematics, their GCSE studies will have prepared them for the rigours of the subject.

In preparation for the GCSE examinations the Mathematics Department ensure that students receive the very best support and resources in order to reach their full potential. Students are encouraged to be proactive about seeking advice from staff, manage their own learning and exam preparation and work collaboratively in lessons to help them to solve mathematical problems and support their peers in their learning. These skills, not only help them in their mathematical endeavours, but will equip them with the skills they need in everyday life.

All pupils follow Mathematics courses appropriate to their ability.  

Current Year 11 (2016 leavers)

Year 11 students will be entered for the following qualifications

11.1  & 11AEdexcel GCSE Mathematics A (Higher)

11B  Edexcel GCSE Mathematics A (Foundation)

11C OCR GCSE Mathematics B (Foundation). Any student who may not achieve a pass at GCSE is entered for the Edexcel Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics.

The GCSE course follows two tiers: foundation (grade G to C) and higher (grade D to A*). It is entirely externally assessed and there is no controlled assessment.

The programmes of study place an emphasis on problem solving, functionality and mathematical thinking as well as full and reasoned answers with explicit workings out.

Topics covered include:

  • Using and Applying Mathematics.
  • Number and Algebra.
  • Shape, Space and Measures.
  • Handling Data.

We aim to ensure that pupils are able to:

  • recall and use their knowledge of the topics covered,
  • select and apply mathematical methods in a range of contexts,
  • interpret and analyse problems and generate strategies to solve them.

Final decisions on the appropriate tier of entry for each pupil will be taken in January of Year 11 based upon progress during the course and performance in the mock examinations.

Final assessment consists of two written examinations (50% each), one of which is a non-calculator paper. It is therefore vital that pupils work to their potential throughout the two years to achieve success.

YEAR 9 & 10 (2017 leavers onward)

Year 9 and 10 pupils will follow the new AQA GCSE MATHEMATICS (8300) Specification. The Department has invested in resources from Cambridge Press including access to online resources for students

Schemes of work can be found by following the link below

https://www.cambridge.org/ukschools/subjects/maths/gcse/gcse-mathematics-schemes-work/

The Cambridge online resources can be found by following the link below

https://gcsemaths.cambridge.org/

How parents can help

Please support us by

  • ensuring that students come fully equipped to their lessons. Pupils need to have a Scientific Calculator with 2 line display (Casio FX-85 or similar).
  • checking that students are completing homework tasks to the best of their ability, and encouraging them to seek support in plenty of time if they are struggling.
  • using Mathematics as much as you can in everyday life, such as giving opportunities to work out how much change you should get in a shop, estimating the cost of shopping, discussing fractions of pizza or cake, comparing offers in shops and looking for examples for our ‘Bad Maths Board’ in school.
  • ensuring your child knows all their times tables and joining in with our Times Tables Rock Star competition.
  • being positive about Mathematics at home. Negative comments rarely help and students that hear positive things about the subject at home are more likely to develop a positive attitude to it themselves! Instead of saying ‘I was bad at maths at school’ say ‘I had to work hard at maths at school’. Encourage a Growth Mindset in your child.

Revision for GCSE Mathematics

In Year 11 students are given a Method Maths account to support with revision, please ensure your child makes use of this valuable resource. Ask them to log in and show you their grades.

All students can access the free www.keshmaths.com website where they will find video tutorials and practice questions for all topics as well as the latest past exam papers.

  • All pupils have access to My Maths – they can revise or study independently at any time to complement their studies. Parents may like to be made aware of the Booster Packs which can help students improve their Ds to Cs and As to A*s.
  • After the mock exams your child will receive a personalised analysis of what they need to work on and a checklist of the most popular topics on GCSE papers to support them with their revision. We ask that you take an active part in supporting your child with their revision by helping them manage their time and plan their revision.
  • The Department will be offering revision classes during the holidays and weekends in the lead up to the exam. Please ensure your child takes up the offer of extra lessons throughout the year and doesn’t leave revision until the last minute.
  • You can find lots of useful information on improving your own and your child’s numeracy skills on the National Numeracy Website at http://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/your-childs-maths

Finally, your child’s maths teacher will always welcome contact and support from parents so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any further information.

Exam Specification

Edexcel/Pearson 
OCR

Useful links

Useful Documents

Academy numeracy policy
KS3 schemes