Mathematics

Head of Subject:  Mrs Dalton:  sdalton@huntcliffschool.co.uk

Syllabus

In year 7, pupils are placed in groups dependent upon their ability. This is based upon a combination of KS2 results, the school maths test and a year 7 baseline test.

Pupils immediately begin work on the new specification GCSE 9-1 qualification (code 8300). They will study the course in depth over their 5 years at Huntcliff and take the examination at the end of year 11. Students will each sit 3 papers at either a higher or foundation tier. Grades 1-5 can be awarded on the foundation tier with grades 4-9 awarded on the higher tier (9 being the highest grade).

Students study topics under the 6 areas of maths: Number, algebra, geometry and measure, ratio and proportion, probability and handling data. Each year all groups will undertake internal, graded exams which may result in group moves. Students will receive detailed feedback of their performance in the exams with links to resources for them to improve upon their current level of work.

Pupils are taught in a suite of fully equipped maths rooms in the tower block and will experience a variety of resources in lessons. All rooms have an interactive whiteboard, visualiser and new specification texts.

Pupils are set homeworks on a regular basis and they can take the form of online tasks (MyMaths and Kerboodle), written tasks or extended projects.

All pupils are expected to bring their own equipment to lessons and must be fully equipped for all exams. The necessary equipment comprises of a scientific calculator, compass, angle measurer, ruler, pen, pencil and eraser. From year 9 all students are also encouraged to purchase the CGP revision guides and workbooks from school to use at home.

Extra-curricular

We enter students into the individual and team UK Maths Challenges run by the United Kingdom Maths Trust each year.

Weekly lunchtime and afterschool support sessions are offered and well-attended. Currently staff are holding targeted and focused intervention sessions every Monday after school.

Past students currently studying at John Leggott VI Form College also lead sessions after school to support our year 11 students.

Numeracy Leaders undertake many roles across the school such as KS3 mentors, leading assemblies, creating maths resources for a variety of departments, assisting other faculties with maths requirements in their curriculum, running numeracy competitions across the school and supporting KS2 students at the local primary school during Wednesday afternoon enrichment lessons.

Successes

We like to celebrate success! Small steps lead to big achievements and we celebrate this in many ways: Postcards home, merits, phone calls home, progress boards, learners of the week and termly achievement certificates. Maths achievements are also awarded at the KS3 and GCSE Awards evenings.