Mathematics

Mathematics is concerned with learning to think clearly and logically.

Students are expected to work accurately with number, make sensible estimates, use algebraic symbolism effectively, identify patterns and handle information that is presented in a variety of ways. The faculty offers a course which is directly relevant to the world in which we live, as well as a study of the more abstract mathematical ideas.

Resources
There are 11 maths classrooms, all of which are equipped with interactive whiteboards.  All students have access to Mini Whiteboards and pens, a range of manipulatives and the Elmwood essential maths text books.
Students have access to dynamic geometry software, iXL, google classroom resources and the PiXL app to support their learning outside of school.

How learning is organised
Mathematics is a core subject in the National Curriculum. From Year 8 students are taught in maths sets according to their achievement and potential and is reviewed regularly.

Mastery
The faculty is currently introducing a mastery style curriculum starting in Years 7 and 8 with all year groups eventually following this route. The curriculum is designed so that all students have the chance to succeed and access the same content.
In their first few years students spend a much greater amount of time studying fewer topics in more depth, allowing them to become fluent with skills and develop a deeper understanding of key concepts and topics. During Years 7 and 8 there is a greater emphasis on number, algebra and proportional reasoning, giving the students a secure foundation from which to progress in later years.
Students are expected to be able to explain how the methods they know work and apply this depth of understanding to unfamiliar problems. Higher attaining students are stretched through the use of deep thinking problems on the same topics their peers are studying.
All students sit a weekly quiz with follow up and are set homework based on the previous term’s learning to support their recall of previous topics.

GCSE
All students take Maths at GCSE. This will be assessed through three 1h30min exams, all to be taken at the end of the course.
• Paper 1 33.3% Calculator NOT allowed
• Paper 2 33.3% Calculator allowed
• Paper 3 33.3% Calculator allowed
The exams can be taken at either Higher or Foundation level. The final level of entry for each student will be decided by the college in March of Yr 11.

Current Syllabus : AQA Maths 8300 H and F

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