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Maths

Head of Subject

Mr L Stacey
Head of Mathematics
lstacey@commonweal.co.uk

Overview

Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing pupils’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data.  Mathematics is important for pupils in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Technology.  It is also important in everyday living, in many forms of employment, and in public decision-making.  As a subject in its own right, Mathematics presents frequent opportunities for creativity, and can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a problem is solved for the first time, or a more elegant solution to a problem is discovered, or when hidden connections suddenly manifest.

It enables pupils to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence.  The power of mathematical reasoning lies in its use of precise and concise forms of language, symbolism and representation to reveal and explore general relationships.  These mathematical forms are widely used for modelling situations; a trend accelerated by computational technologies.

Top Tips to do well in Maths

  1. Practise, practise, practise.

    I always think of maths as a practical subject, you need to ‘do’ maths in order to improve.

  2. Be prepared.

    Both in terms of physical equipment but also mentally in order to learn.

  3. Read the question.

    One of the key skills in maths is making sure you answer the question that is asked rather than the question you think is being asked. Check the question for key words, key pieces of information and clues on what to do.

  4. Embrace your mistakes.

    We all make mistakes, but the best learners look at what the mistakes are and how to improve for next time. It is very difficult to make progress without making mistakes.

  5. Believe in the power of ‘yet’.

    Coupled with a growth mindset, it is really important to believe that with effort and resilience you will improve. Rather than saying “I don’t get it” you need to say “I don’t get it yet.”

The Curriculum

Year 7/8/9: Mathematics is taught over 7 lessons per fortnight in Y7and Y9, with 6 lessons in Y8.  Classes are grouped according to ability and reviewed on a regular basis.

Each class follows a programme of topics covering the Key Stage 3 Programme of Study.  This covers

  • Number
  • Ratio, proportion and Rates of Change
  • Algebra
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Statistics

Year 10 & 11: Students have 8 lessons in year 10 and 7 lessons in year 11 so we cover the majority of the course in year 10 with time allocated in year 11 for mock exams and revision.

Students are entered either for Foundation or Higher tier with the final decision being made around the year 11 mock period.  Again the GCSE course covers a wide range of topics from;

  • Number
  • Ratio, proportion and Rates of Change
  • Algebra
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Statistics

Independent learning

Mathematics covers a wide range of topics and skills. As we move through our schemes of work we work hard with students to develop mastery of all topics but on occasion students may find they haven’t fully grasped a topic as well as the rest of their class.  Good independent skills where students use the resources (such as MyMaths.co.uk where students have individual logins) to develop skills is essential.

Regular homework is also important as it allows students to show their understanding of topics and to develop their revision skills.

Enrichment and trip possibilities

  • UK Maths Challenge
  • Techniquest trip (Y8)

Teachers in the Faculty

  • Mr L Stacey – Head of Faculty
  • Mr M Dams – Joint 2nd in Faculty
  • Mrs R Staneva – Joint 2nd in Faculty
  • Mrs F Ahmed
  • Mrs M Arora
  • Mrs C Carle
  • Mr S Roberts
  • Mrs S Shah
  • Mrs T Teasdale
  • Mrs H Tyrell
  • Ms G Williams