Who are we?
- Assistant Headteacher – Mr P Jones
- Lead Practitioner – Mr M Rose
- Lead Practitioner – Mr A Enfield
- Numeracy Co-Ordinator – Miss C Chettle
- Teacher of Maths – Mr D. Gill
- Teacher of Maths – Mr G. Simmons
- Instructor of Maths – Mss L. Fairbrass
- Instructor of Maths – Miss L. Burrows
Key Stage 3:
In Key Stage 3, Students follow a scheme of work designed to initially consolidate and extend Key Stage 2 work and then promote mastery and independent thinking skills across a range of topics. In year Nine students will follow a scheme of work tied into the Functional Skills qualification which develops their understanding of key concepts moving into their GCSE course. Some learners will access a Numeracy Intervention designed to improve their understanding of topics from previous Key Stages and provide a firm foundation for rapid improvement.
Students complete regular self-assessment against topic criteria. Teachers will also regularly complete formative assessment over the topic. Summative assessments take place every two weeks and gaps identified will be addressed in class or via out of school hours learning. Once a term students will sit a GCSE Mock paper; the grade from this paper will be reported on their termly report.
Key Stage 4:
In Key Stage 4, the majority of students will study for the Edexcel GCSE Maths Qualification.
A new grading structure has been introduced, from grade 9 to 1, to replace the familiar
A* to G grading scale.
Questions are targeted at grades 1–5 at Foundation tier and at grades 4–9 at Higher tier.
There will continue to be an overlapping tiers model. The overlapping grades across the two tiers are grades 4 and 5. Students who fall slightly below the grade 4 boundary on Higher tier may be awarded a grade 3.
Foundation papers now start at, and reach, a higher level. Previously, 25% of questions were targeted at grades D/C, but now 50% of questions in each paper are targeted
at upper 3 to 5 grades (equivalent to D+ to B-), therefore more questions targets upper grades.
Higher tier papers now start at a higher level than in the legacy GCSE, which starts at grade D.
The new Higher tier papers will cover 6 grades instead of 5, allowing for more differentiation at the top end of the grades. Previously, 25% of questions were targeted at
A/A*, but now 50% of questions in each paper are targeted at the equivalent grades, 7–9.
Exam Board – Edexcel
- KS3: Home learning is set once per week and will be address gaps in Students Knowledge identified via summative or formative assessment. Homework can also be used to consolidate topics addressed that week.
- KS4: Home learning is set once a week and will address gaps identified from past papers. In year 11 Revision packs are given which provide focused questioning on previously identified topic area gaps.
Skills Gained for the Future:
The study of Mathematics across all key stages imbues learners with vital skills moving forward into the world of work. These include:
- Critical Thinking
- Problem Solving
- Quantitative reasoning
- Analytical thinking
- Manipulation of precise and intricate ideas
- Construct logical arguments and expose illogical arguments
- Communicate effectively
- Time management
How to find out more information:
KS3: Please email Lead Practitioner for Maths, Mr Rose, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
KS4: Please email Lead Practitioner for Maths, Mr Enfield, on email@example.com.