Maths

Welcome

Here you will find information about our department, including what we teach and how we assess our pupils.


Aims & Objectives

The overall aim of the Mathematics Department is to maximise each individual pupil's mathematical development and to give pupils the confidence to deal with the mathematical experiences encountered outside of the school environment. We aim to show the position of Mathematics as an integral part of the whole curriculum, drawing on and supporting many areas of experience within Healing School.

The Mathematics Department will do this in school and through our work with the local feeder schools. We organise the 'Support Your Childs Learning in Maths' evening and work with Science on the planning, hosting and running of the 'Maths and Science Primary Quiz' yearly event. We also enter pupils into competitions such as UKMT and the local LOR Challenge.

To further develop our pupil's mathematical understanding we aim to enter all set 1 pupils for their GCSE Statistics at the end of Year 11. This is to develop their application skills and further inform their awareness of the use and misuse of statistical information.


Key Stage 3 - Years 7 & 8

What will our pupils study?

Mathematics is delivered by our specialist staff. Pupils follow an appropriate programme of study dependent on prior attainment at Key Stage 2. The scheme of work we follow is well structured and written by the Faculty, currently using Essential Maths, Collins and Oxford accredited text books.

Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

There are regular testing and assessment points throughout the year using a variety of prepared tests. Pupils are awarded numerical levels from 3L to 8 termly, following internal assessment.

How have our KS3 pupils progressed so far?

Key Stage 3 Results - Maths
Levels 5 and above
2016
 
93%

Key Stage 4 - Years 9, 10 & 11

What will our pupils study?

All pupils in Key Stage 4 study for a Maths course which leads to a GCSE qualification. This will either be at Foundation or Higher tier of entry.

Each tier contains content a variety of categories for study:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

A GCSE in mathematics should help pupils to:

  • Develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of a variety of methods and concepts.
  • Select the correct method and apply this to solving problems.
  • Reason and explain mathematical decisions which can include making deductions and conclusions based on given or found information.
  • Use and understand maths in a given context to interpret and convey information.

Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

We currently follow the AQA 8300 programme which is 100% examination based assessment.

For the GCSE Statistics we currently follow the AQA 4310 syllabus, which is assessed through 75% examination and 25% coursework.

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?

Key Stage 4 Results - Maths
A* - C % pass rate Maths
2016
 
67%


Key Stage 4 Results - Statistics
A* - C % pass rate Statistics
2016
 
100%

What can it lead to?

GCSE Maths is of interest to the majority of employers and further education establishments. To begin an AS or A level in mathematics you would need to have studied for the Higher exam paper and achieved a good grade.

It is useful in many occupations. Examples are:

  • Teaching
  • Banking
  • Finance
  • Scientific careers
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Nursing
  • Building/construction
  • Architecture
  • Travel and tourism
  • Office work, etc.

Accommodation & Resources

The Faculty enjoys a block of 8 dedicated mathematics rooms. All rooms are fitted with Interactive Whiteboards and Dry wipe marker boards. One of these rooms houses a suite of 32 computers for Faculty use.

Within the Faculty we also have a two classroom sets of iPads for teachers and pupils to use as part of their lessons.

Each classroom is well stocked with class based support texts. There is also a central resource stock cupboard with shared texts and other materials.

There is a Faculty shared drive, increasingly used to develop a bank of shared ICT resources within the Faculty and to monitor individual's progress.


Summary

The Mathematics Faculty has been consistently and highly successful over a number of years both in relation to other Faculties in the school and against National Performance. Below is the comparison for 2016.

Maths GCSE Results Healing School National Average
A*-A
14%
16%
A*-C
67%
61%

It sets high expectations of all pupils at whatever level of ability. Homework is set regularly and expected to be done by all pupils.