Curriculum Leader of Maths - Mr Cleaver
What will I study?
Within Maths you will study five different strands of mathematics; number, algebra, geometry,
statistics and ratio and proportion. However, most importantly, your Maths lessons will allow you
to explore the world of mathematics, allowing you to spot patterns in real life and develop crucial
problem solving skills. And if you like to learn a certain way, our lessons include a variety of activities, such as constructing 2d and 3d shapes, people maths in the gym, working with groups as well as independent work.
How will I be assessed in Y7 and Y8?
Within Y7 and Y8 we follow a mastery curriculum, where more time is spent on fewer topics. This allows a stronger foundation to be built which can then be extended from at GCSE. Your progress is then measured on the Winterhill Steps scale, starting at step 1 and going up to step12. For each assessment, your teacher will give you personalised feedback with time allocated for you to act on this feedback.
What will I study at GCSE?
At GCSE, we follow the AQA specification for Mathematics studying 5 hours a week, plus P7 sessions in Y11. For the GCSE exams, you will study topics around number, algebra, geometry, statistics and ratio and proportion. There is no longer a formula sheet in the exam, so you will have to learn them all in lessons.
The current specification has a focus on mathematical fluency and problem solving. Lessons therefore mix topics from the five strands together, such as combining averages with solving equations.
How will I be assessed in Y9 - 11?
GCSE assessment is 100% exam with all exams sat at the end of Y11. Over the three years, you will have the opportunity to sit mock exams in the same style as your final exams. In lessons you will also have assessments with specific teacher feedback and allocated time for you the act on your feedback.
How will I receive homework?
Homework is set regularly using Show My Homework. In Y7 and Y8 homework will extend classroom learning. In Y9, 10 and 11, homework is set to help prepare students for their GCSE, and often takes the form of exam questions.