Mrs T Yarnold
Mr S Reid
Mr C Bevan
Mr D Parsonage
Mrs F Mack
Mr L Proust
Mr G Leedham
Mrs S Ebbage
Mrs D Sheward
Mr S Brace
Mrs C Clark
Mrs Z Taylor
Mrs N Clark
Mrs M Ward
Mrs E Moyes
Mrs T Thomas
This is our homework platform for most KS3 and KS4 homework. Please see individual key stages for our expectations.
We are a team of 14 forward thinking, dedicated subject specialist teachers supported by a team of experienced LSAs. From Years 7 to 11, all students will study the 6 areas of the curriculum: number, algebra, geometry, statistics, ratio and proportion in preparation for GCSE examinations at the end of Year 11. Our aim is for all students to achieve their best possible grades at GCSE in mathematics by the end of Year 11. The mathematics department is housed in a suite of classrooms situated in the Science Block of the school.
In Key Stage 3, we aim for all our students to progress from their individual starting point, making the strongest start they can along their GCSE journey. Students are taught by specialist mathematics teachers to develop as logical thinkers, independent problem solvers and keen mathematicians. Students are taught in mixed ability groups apart from a more specialised lower set in both Year 7 and Year 8. We focus on mastery in our teaching and are involved in the GLOW Project with a Secondary Teaching for Mastery Specialist and two Secondary Mastery Advocates in the department.
Years 7 and 8 follow our Concept Scheme of Work throughout Key Stage 3 and our department works collaboratively and reflectively to focus on delivering high quality lessons to our students. We follow a 5 year curriculum which covers all areas of the GCSE syllabus. The various aspects of the curriculum are delivered at an appropriate level to embed skills, develop mastery and promote progress.
Equipment and expectations
To ensure success in our subject, we expect our students to have the correct equipment for all lessons. This includes pens (black and red), pencils, ruler and scientific calculator. We offer calculators for sale in the department and it is vital that students have their own calculator to work with from the earliest opportunity. Through our work with GLOW, we look to support our children, students, teachers, leaders and parents to develop positive mathematical mindsets and coming to lessons fully equipped helps establish this.
To consolidate topics learnt in class, the department predominantly uses the Hegarty maths website for homework. Students have an individual login and password and having used this online platform for a number of years, we feel it helps encourage independence in our students. Any tasks set have an accompanying tutorial video and students are expected to watch the online videos before attempting the tasks. They are asked to complete the tasks and achieve a green or amber score on those set. If they do not achieve a green or amber score, they should re-watch the video and attempt the task again. Hegarty maths will also show the part of the video that will help with that particular part of the task and it is possible to leave a message for the student’s mathematics teacher to read and respond to.
Other homework may take the form of practice questions, learning facts, key words or revision. Students are expected to spend approximately 40 minutes per week on their homework in Key Stage 3.
Assessments are used to test all areas of the curriculum, new content, prior knowledge and the ability to solve problems. The department uses assessment data to assess understanding, identify misconceptions and inform the planning of future topics. Set changes are made as necessary after assessment to ensure individual students are in the right group.
In Key Stage 4, students are set by ability and are all taught by mathematics specialist teachers. Students are regularly assessed and setting of students is frequently reviewed to ensure students are in the best place for them to reach their GCSE target grades.
The areas of the GCSE syllabus are taught over five years and the aspects of the scheme of work are delivered at an appropriate level to embed skills and promote progress for any particular set. The GCSE mathematics exam is sat in two tiers; foundation and higher. The department will decide which is the most suitable tier for any particular student.
Currently, the majority of students are entered for the Edexcel GCSE in the Summer of Year 11. This is a linear examination consisting of three one and half hour papers. Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper and calculators can be used for papers 2 and 3. It is important therefore that students have their own scientific calculator in lessons so that calculator methods can be learnt alongside the mathematical content.
In some instances, we may feel it more appropriate for students to sit the Functional Skills Exams. Individual students will be advised as necessary.
Homework and revision
Homework is set weekly by each teacher and we expect students to spend an hour on their independent work in Key Stage 4. As in Key Stage 3, teachers often use the Hegarty maths online platform for independent work. Tasks will be set to consolidate topics covered in class and we encourage students to watch the online video tutorials before attempting the tasks.
Students should aim to achieve a green or amber score upon completion and should re-watch the video if they initially get a red score. There is an option on Hegarty maths for a student to leave a message or ask a question of a teacher to which the teacher can give guided support.
Revision and consolidation are of key importance in preparation for a student’s GCSE in mathematics. Revision materials and websites are available to all students and we encourage students to complete past papers to prepare them for their final examinations.
In Key Stage 4, we assess students regularly to ensure they are in the correct group to achieve their target grade. Year 11s complete mock examinations in November/ December and another set in February/ March. We have always found completing past GCSE papers gives our students the best preparation for their examinations. Time is spent reviewing past papers and identifying misconceptions and gaps in knowledge and understanding.
A level Mathematics
Students intending to study A level mathematics will need to have achieved a minimum Grade 7 in GCSE mathematics and should be fluent in both their numeric, algebraic and trigonometry skills. In preparation for the course, students are expected to complete an induction booklet to aid their progress from GCSE to A level. The CWLC mathematics department is offering the Edexcel A level course, which runs over 2 years with three examinations in Pure Mathematics 1, Pure Mathematics 2 and Statistics and Mechanics taking place at the end of Year 13. Each examination is 2 hours long. Students will be offered the option to sit AS examinations at the end of Year 12 if they do not wish to continue to study A level mathematics in year 13.
Pure mathematics 1 and 2 cover the topics of proof, algebra and functions, co-ordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, vectors and numerical methods. Statistics and Mechanics looks at statistical sampling, data presentation and representation, probability, statistical distributions, statistical hypothesis testing, quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws and moments.
In addition to A level mathematics, students who have achieved a GCSE mathematics grade 8 or 9 can opt to study AS Further Mathematics (over 1 year) or A level Further Mathematics (over 2 years). Further Mathematics is aimed at students who are both strong mathematicians and show a real passion for the subject. They are likely to enjoy working independently to solve complex mathematical problems. This course offers further pure mathematics, statistics and mechanics and also introduces the area of decision mathematics. The Further Mathematics A level course runs parallel to the A level mathematics course and it is also assessed at the end of Year 13.
Students are set 1 hour of independent study for each one hour lesson taught. Tasks will be set to consolidate, reinforce and extend topics covered in class and to develop within students the skills, confidence and self-discipline needed in order to become effective independent learners.
Students undergo assessment throughout the year in the form of low stakes quizzes, end of topic/term assessments and mocks/end of year assessments; some of these are set as online assessments. The questions are exam-style in nature and the tracking of student scores enables teachers and students to identify areas for development and put in place appropriate interventions. Completing past papers gives our students the best possible and most realistic preparation for their examinations and time is spent reviewing assessments in order to identify misconceptions and gaps in knowledge and understanding.
Core Mathematics (Mathematical Studies)
This is a one year AS level course which is assessed at the end of Year 12. The course is designed for students who want to continue studying maths beyond GCSE but do not wish to study AS or A level mathematics. It will develop valuable mathematics skills that support other A level subjects such as biology, psychology and geography and is an option for students with at least a grade 4 in GCSE mathematics. The course involves the study of statistics and probability, critical analysis, modelling (involving the use of spreadsheets), estimation and financial Maths. Many of the skills acquired on the course are of particular value and relevance in the real world. Obtaining a qualification in core mathematics can lead to reduced offers helping students to get into university.
Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form,
Phone: 01905 423906