Curriculum subject: Mathematics2018-09-18T13:14:38+00:00

Mathematics

Subject Leader

Mrs T Yarnold

Email: t.yarnold@cwlc.email

Members of the department

Mr S Reid
KS5 co-ordinator

Mrs S Hyett – maternitiy

Mrs I Gillam

Mr D Parsonage

Mrs C Clark – Deputy Head Teacher

Mrs F Mack

Mr G Leedham

Mr G Norris

Mrs D Sheward – Acting KS3 co-ordinator

Mrs T Thomas – Assistant Head Teacher

Mrs E Moyes – Assistant Head Teacher

Mrs Z Taylor – Assistant SENCO

LSAs

Mrs M Ward

Mrs N Clark

Hegarty Maths

This is our homework platform for most KS3 and KS4 homework. Please see individual key stages for our expectations.

About Our Subject

The mathematics department is housed in a suite of classrooms situated in the Science Block of the school.
We are a team of 12 subject specialist teachers supported by a team of experienced LSA’s.
During their time in the lower school, all students will study the 6 areas of the curriculum: number, algebra, geometry, statistics, ratio and proportion.

Mathematics Yr 7 AWL

Mathematics Yr 8 AWL

Students are all taught by mathematics specialist teachers in mixed ability sets, apart from a more specialised lower set. 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 and promote progress.

Homework is set weekly by each teacher and may take the form of practice questions, learning facts, key words or numeracy skills or a Hegarty maths task. Students are expected to spend approximately 40 minutes per week on their homework.

Homework club runs every Thursday in CR5 and S114 and is supported by all members of the department as well as some of our A-level students.

At KS3 we expect all Hegarty tasks to be completed in the students’ grey homework books. This includes copying out the question and showing full working out where appropriate. Students will be expected to watch the supporting video in full before attempting to answer the questions. If a student has a comment to make on a question, this should be done in their grey books as this will create better feedback dialogues. The only online requests that teachers will respond to will be a password reset request. Each question should be marked by the student in red pen with any issues being highlighted to the teacher. They should also state their end score as a percentage which will have a traffic light colour system to indicate how well they have understood the task.

If their final score shows as green or amber, and they have met the criteria above, then their homework is complete.

If their final score shows as red then students are expect to re-watch the video and try the quiz once more. It is our hope that they will then improve their score but if they continue to struggle they should seek help from their teacher and attend homework club on a Thursday after school for support on this topic.

Students are set by ability and are all taught by mathematics specialist teachers. Students are regularly assessed and setting is frequently reviewed with students moved as required to ensure they are in the best place to enable them to reach their target grades.

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 and promote progress.

At present all students are entered for the Edexcel GCSE in the summer of year 11. This is a linear examination consisting of 3 one and a half hour papers; the first of which is a non-calculator paper with the following two papers allowing the use of a calculator.

Homework is set weekly by each teacher and will usually be at least one Hegarty maths task. Students are expected to spend approximately 1 hour on home learning tasks each week.

Homework club runs every Thursday in CR5 and S114 and is supported by all members of the department as well as some of our A-level students.

At KS4 we expect all Hegarty tasks to be recorded in the students’ grey homework books with dates, titles and final scores included. Students will be expected to watch the supporting video in full before attempting to answer the questions. If a student has a comment to make on a question, this question should be copied into their grey homework book as this will create better feedback dialogues. The only online requests that teachers will respond to will be a password reset request. They should also state their end score as a percentage which will have a traffic light colour system to indicate how well they have understood the task.

If their final score shows as green or amber, and they have met the criteria above, then their homework is complete.

If their final score shows as red then students are expect to re-watch the video and try the quiz once more. It is our hope that they will then improve their score but if they continue to struggle they should seek help from their teacher and attend homework club on a Thursday after school for support on this topic.

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 will be expected to complete an induction booklet in order 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 can opt to study AS Further Mathematics. 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 too. This course runs over two years and is also assessed at the end of Year 13.