Mathematics

In Mathematics, we firmly believe in the importance of teaching for mastery, which means teaching for depth and fluency rather than breadth. Our Key Stage 3 curriculum offers challenge and support for students, encouraging them to become outstanding mathematicians. We follow the highly revered Discovering Mathematics programme which was created in tandem with experts from Singapore and the UK.

All our students are given access to bespoke revision workbooks at Key Stage 3, supporting retrieval and strengthening understanding to support outstanding attainment. As a department of excellent practitioners, we work with the National Council for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics to develop lessons that are both engaging and challenging for all.

Beyond the classroom we offer the excellent UKMT mentoring programme designed to push even the most capable students with challenging problems and thinking beyond the curriculum. We enter students for the UKMT maths challenges every year and many of our students go on to qualify for further rounds and compete in international maths competitions. We are especially keen to promote mathematics amongst girls, mentoring and entering girls for the UKMT Girls’ Olympiad held annually. We have an excellent system for monitoring student progress at KS3; each student has a personalised digital tracker that gives them information on which areas of the curriculum they have found most of their success and which areas to improve on.

For those looking for extra support we offer a weekly maths clinic where students can come and seek support.

KS3

KS3 Overview

  • Classes are taught in form groups in years 7 and 8 and then set by attainment for year 9 
  • Students have six lessons over a two-week timetable
  • Homework is once a week and set on the Hegarty Maths platform.
  • Students will be tested at the end of each module and have an individual progress tracker.
  • We run a Maths Clinic open to KS3 students on Monday after school from 3pm-4pm in room 32.

Expected Equipment

  • Pencil
  • Black/blue pen, purple and red pen.
  • Rubber
  • Ruler
  • Pair of compasses
  • Protractor
  • Whiteboard drywipe pen
  • Whiteboard eraser
  • Calculator (please see calculator guidance document)

Program of Study

KS3 Programme of StudyScientific Calculator Model

Resources for Learning

  • We use the Discovering Maths series of textbooks (1C/2C/3C higher route)

KS4

Expected Equipment

  • Pencil
  • Black/blue pen, purple and red pen.
  • Rubber
  • Ruler
  • Pair of compasses
  • Protractor
  • Whiteboard drywipe pen
  • Whiteboard eraser
  • Calculator (please see calculator guidance document)

Folder and pad of paper

KS4 SoW

Assessment TrackerScientific Calculator Model

 

Curriculum Information

  • Classes are taught in four sets on each half of the year with set one comprising around 30 pupils and set four around 16 pupils
  • Students have eight lessons over a two-week timetable
  • Homework is set up to twice a week
  • We follow the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) syllabus and all students are entered for the higher tier
  • Students will sit their mocks in December of Year 11 and then another mock in March
  • As the course will be completed around February half term, students will then complete exam preparation and revision

Resources for Learning

  • It is recommended that students make use of the Pearson Purposeful Practice (Higher) workbook ISBN-13: 978-1292273709. This is available for purchase online.
  • Students have access to the OUP GCSE Mathematics Higher (9-1) textbook in digital format through the shared area.
  • Students have access to the Hegarty Maths platform www.hegartymaths.com where they can access video lessons and exercises.
  • Students have access to Pinpoint Learning www.pinpointlearning.co.uk for logging their exam papers. Pinpoint Learning generates personalised revision workbooks based on the student’s areas for improvement from exam papers.
  • Extracurricular enrichment

  • Students will complete problem-solving activities directed at the GCSE curriculum
  • Students will be invited to participate in the UKMT mentoring programme with the aim of sitting additional papers in the Maths challenge
  • Students will have the opportunity to participate in trips and lectures at universities and local venues
  • The top girls in the school will be invited to participate in the UKMOG

KS5 Mathematics

Expected Equipment

  • Pencil
  • Writing Pen (Blue/Black)
  • Assessment Pens (Red/Purple)
  • Rubber
  • Ruler
  • Folder and dividers for organising work
  • Calculator (see calculator guidance document)
  • A graphical calculator is encouraged where possible (Casio CG50)

KS5 SOW

Assessment Tracker KS5

Scientific Calculator Model

Curriculum Information

  • Classes are taught in mixed attainment classes
  • Students have 10 lessons over a two-week timetable
  • Students should be completing unfinished exercises between lessons as independent stud
  • Reviewed homework will be integral maths topic assessments
  • We run a Maths Clinic on Tuesday in room 51 from 3pm-4pm.

By the end of the course students are expected to have completed all of the exercises from the OUP textbook. Students should also keep their assessment trackers up to date in their folders with recording unit test scores and integral maths homework scores.

Resources for Learning

  • Students have access to Integral Maths www.integralmaths.org which contains exercises, notes, examples, teaching materials and assessments.
  • Students will be given a hard copy of the OUP A’-level mathematics textbook, students should be making full use of this resource in their private study
  • Students will also have access to a digital copy of the Pearson Edexcel A’-level mathematics textbooks through the shared area.
  • Extracurricular enrichment

  • Students have the opportunity to mentor other students lower down in the school.
  • Students who participated in the mentoring scheme in years 8-10 will have the opportunity to assist in teaching and assisting the current mentoring groups.
  • Students will have the opportunity to participate in trips and lectures at universities and local venues.
  • The top girls in the school will be invited to participate in the UKMOG