Mathematics

“Mathematics is the queen of science and arithmetic the queen of mathematics”
– Carl Friedrich Gauss

The Stanley High School curriculum aims to enable our students to become:

  • Successful and curious learners
  • Confident and resilient individuals
  • Responsible and Healthy citizens

Intent

Mathematical Literacy is fundamental and by enabling students to learn, core life skills, which will help with everyday tasks such as managing money, or planning journeys we help, prepare them for the future.  Staff in this subject aim to simplify key topics in order to enable pupils to develop their knowledge of numerical subjects and expand their problem solving abilities.

In addition to these core life skills our intent is to develop within our students an appreciation and passion for mathematics in its more abstract form.  Challenge is a running theme within this faculty but students are encouraged to approach new ideas and topics in a positive and ambitious way building their resilience and independence. To support our students staff regularly run revision and catch up both after school and during lunchtimes.

In order to promote mathematics students have the opportunity to take part in fortnightly maths challenges and our more able students in years 7 to 10 take part in the National Maths Challenge.  We offer STEM based experiences in school, at external venues and run trips abroad to show case mathematics based careers

Creating a respectful, cooperative and productive environment is essential for quality teaching and learning to take place.  We have very high expectations of our students and ourselves. Our intent is that every maths lesson has set routines and structures so all students know what is expected of them and leave every lesson with a sense of having made some achievement no matter how small.

Implementation

  • The mathematics department is fully staffed with four full time and two part time experienced subject specialist teachers.
  • The school runs a 2 week timetable
    • Year 7 and 8 – 6 hours
    • Year 9 –  7 hours
    • Year 10 and 11 –  8 hours
    • All students are set based on ability from Autumn Half Term in year 7 throughout the years.
  • We have chosen to deliver the scheme of work developed by Collins Education. After much research into all the resources offered by various companies it was felt that this was, the most student friendly option with Problem Solving, Functional Skills and Challenge clearly built in.  The physical and online resources will enable the staff to ensure all students make good progress throughout their 5-year journey.
  • During the first Autumn half term year 7 are taught in form groups. A specific Maths Mastery sow is delivered to all classes during this time and students are assessed at the end.  Year 7 are then placed in teaching sets based on SATS and internal assessment scores.  The separate Gold/Platinum, Silver or Bronze pathways are delivered after this time.
  • Student progress is regularly monitored and set changes are made in a timely fashion to ensure all students are receiving the correct level of challenge and support they need to make good progress.
  • As well as delivering the mathematics curriculum to GCSE we also offer opportunities for our students to get involved in extra-curricular activities, such as Rocket Club, STEM educational visits and Maths Challenge competitions.
  • For students that may find the GCSE syllabus challenging or require some extra support to access the GCSE syllabus we also offer the Edexcel Award in Mathematics, which is a stand-alone mathematical qualification, offered at 2 different levels.
  • The scheme of work followed is a 5-year plan. This means that KS3 into KS4 is a seamless transition with students in years 7 to 9 learning and practicing the skills that will be built on in KS4.
  • There are many mathematical concepts that the students learn throughout the 5 years. A mathematical concept is the ‘why’ or ‘big idea’ of math. “Knowing a mathematical concept means, you know the workings behind the answer. You know why you got the answer you got and you do not have to memorize answers or formulas to figure them out.”  In year 7 there is a high emphasis on the Number Mathematical concepts.  Some Geometric and Algebraic concepts such as area and sequences are covered also.  In year 8 there is a greater emphasis placed on Geometric, Algebraic and Statistical concepts, such as congruency, angles, circles, expressions, equations and data comparison.  In year 9 some of the concepts covered include probability, graphs, basic algebraic proofs, volume, surface area, Pythagoras and Trigonometry.  In years 10 and 11 more complex mathematical concepts are taught dependent on the Tier of entry followed.
  • Edexcel is the examination board used for the Mathematics GCSE. Through trials using other exam board specimen papers our students prefer the lay out of the Edexcel Papers.  Staff also prefer the resources and support offered by the exam board.
  • SEND students in mathematics
    • Small class sizes and TA support. Various methods of calculation used (grid method for multiplication, bar modelling etc).  Edexcel Level 1 Award in Mathematics offered so all students leave school with a qualification in this subject.
  • Disadvantaged students in mathematics
    • Access to catch-up sessions, homework help and paid for revision resources and equipment. We have funded places on education visits and trips for PP students.
  • More Able students in mathematics
    • Entry to National Maths Challenge completion
    • Enrichment visits to further education establishments
    • Local maths challenges run by 6th Form colleges
  • Head of KS3 is involved with a working party comprised of local secondary and primary schools who are working on a series of transition to secondary mathematics lessons that will be taught to year 6 students during the summer term after the SATs exams. Visits made to primary schools to see maths education at KS2 and vice versa.
  • Homework in mathematics is important in developing the independent learning and practice of key mathematical skills. All students receive mathematics homework each week.  The length of which depends on the topics being taught and the year group.

Outcomes

  • We aim that all students leave having enjoyed 5 years of high quality and challenging teaching in mathematics. That they are equipped with the mathematical skills needed to flourish in their adult life and have an appreciation of the importance that maths plays in the world.  Our aim is that every student leaves with a mathematical qualification they have worked hard to achieve and can be proud of.
  • Since the changes to the GCSE exams in 2016 we are very proud of the success of our year 11 students in mathematics and this shows the commitment we have as a staff to our students in this subject.
  • We are constantly reviewing and evaluating our practices and are pro-active in making any changes needed in order to benefit our students.

 

Numeracy across the Curriculum

Numeracy isn’t just relevant to Maths lessons. At Stanley High School, numeracy is incorporated into all of our different subject areas in order to develop young people who are ready for the world outside the classroom when they leave us in year 11. Often, it is socially acceptable to be poor at Maths but we are actively trying to change this attitude as this sometimes creates excuses for students who are finding Maths challenging rather than encouraging them to be resilient.

Useful websites

Mathswatchhttps://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/
Students have their own login information for MathsWatch

Corbett mathshttps://corbettmaths.com/
Useful GCSE practice questions, videos and past papers (with solutions)

Mathsbotwww.mathsbot.com
Useful question generators with solutions

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