Mathematics

The Mathematics Faculty is committed to delivering a personalised curriculum in which students learn, progress and achieve.  Our aim is to provide students at The Heath with the tools to think creatively, communicate effectively, work collaboratively, and to be life-long learners.

Maths lessons are tailored to the abilities of the individual students and are designed to challenge and encourage the learning of the skills needed beyond the classroom.

Students will:

  • Be encouraged to explore and be creative, fostering an appreciation of the contribution mathematics makes to the world around them.
  • Be expected to work at an appropriate level to their ability in the subject.
  • Develop confidence in their ability to talk about their work and explain what they are doing using relevant mathematical language.
  • Do aural, mental, and investigative work, as well as writing in their class book.
  • Be expected to work independently, in pairs, and in groups at all times being respectful of other learners.
  • Be required to complete homework tasks on time and to a high standard.

Students are taught in ability sets and are assessed on a regular basis, the outcomes of which may lead to a change in set.

Key Stage 3 is a two year course which currently has no national assessment at its conclusion. The students’ progress is monitored over this period to ensure that they are progressing towards achieving their target at the end of the academic year.

In year 7 and 8 the students are given a broad range of topics to study from 5 topic areas Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion & Rates of Change, Geometry & Measures and Statistics & Probabilty.  The students are guided and monitored through a thoroughly differentiated course, over the two years, to ensure they have access to work appropriate to their ability.

Year 7 overview of year

Year 8 overview of year

Key Stage 4

The new GCSE (9-1) was launched in 2015 and first assessed in the summer of 2017, with the introduction of more complex mathematical concepts and style of question to both the Foundation and Higher tier of entry.

All students start the GCSE course in year 9, allowing for an extended teaching period for the qualification.  Students will be encouraged to explore Mathematics in a variety of different ways. By using a series of activities from everyday life they will develop knowledge, skills, and understanding across the five assessment areas: Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion & Rates of Change, Geometry & Measures and Statistics & Probability. These are studied in more depth than at Key Stage 3, building upon the foundations laid in previous years.

The course is 100% examination and a thorough revision package exists prior to an external exam.

This is a two tier entry qualification and the exam board is EDXCEL, further information can be found at

http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/mathematics/2015/specification-and-sample-assesment/gcse-maths-2015-specification.pdf

Year 9 overview of year

Year 10 overview of year

Year 11 overview of year

 

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