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In Mathematics, pupils grapple purposefully to solve mathematical problems. Ofsted 2018
The Waingels Mathematics department is committed to helping our students develop the problem solving and mathematical skills they will need for their futures. We aim to foster an interest in the subject and help students build confidence in their own abilities. Students develop skills in numeracy and logical thinking, breaking down problems into manageable chunks and then applying their knowledge to come up with a solution that they can communicate mathematically.
Our curriculum is designed to develop these skills, and to prepare students as best we can for their GCSEs in Mathematics. The diversity of skills the students building is wide, ranging from practical skills with mathematical equipment and use of calculators to more abstract skills with algebra, data and shape.
Years 7, 8 & 9
In Year 7, we start the students in mixed ability groups. From September 2020, we are teaching Mathematics using the Mastery in Maths approach. This aims at ensuring a thorough understanding of the underlying concepts and consolidate their use in different contexts. After students are settled into Year 7, we will assess the students to ensure that they are placed in a class that is working at the best pace and level of challenge/support for child.
Across Year 7 and 8, students will be assessed at the end of each topic. The assessments take a variety of forms but are all linked to the future assessment they will face in the GCSEs. Student progress is measured across multiple assessments and tracked, with opportunities for students to work on any skills identified as needing improvement before that skill is assessed again. Students will receive home learning tasks designed to consolidate the content taught in lesson or to revise content due to be built upon in a future lesson. Information about this will be shared with parents regularly. To support students, we will place a list of topics on the website that will be assumed as prior knowledge for the content being covered during the term. Students should use this list to ensure that they feel confident on these topics when they arrive at lessons.
In Year 9, the content, that each student studies, is more challenging and designed to be a stepping stone between the beginning of Key Stage 3 and the higher level of GCSE. Students develop more advanced problem solving skills and work almost exclusively on GCSE level content.
Years 10 & 11
Mathematics is compulsory for all students. In Key Stage 4, It is assessed completely by examination, which takes place at the end of Year 11. Students develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, with the aim to acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems. They will be able to reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions, with a focus on the abilities to comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.
The new specification can be accessed here.
A weekly Mathematics clinic runs for students to receive extra help or ask for further clarification on things covered in class. We run scheduled revision sessions in Year 11, aimed at students of various abilities and needs.
Mathematics and Further Mathematics are both popular options at A level. Studying a Mathematics A levels are a great preparation for many careers and degrees such as Engineering, Computer Science, Law, Medicine and many, many more. With a Mathematics and Further Mathematics A level, students can prove to employers and universities that they are analytical, articulate, logical and able to problem solve.
Mathematics A Level (Pearson):
This qualification enables students to understand mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence, fosters enjoyment and provides a strong foundation for progress to further study. Students learn how different areas of mathematics are connected, how to apply mathematics in other fields of study and be aware of the relevance of mathematics to the world of work and to situations in society in general. Students use their mathematical knowledge to make logical and reasoned decisions in solving problems both within pure mathematics and in a variety of contexts, and communicate the mathematical rationale for these decisions clearly.
This A Level consists of three externally-examined papers. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.
Further Mathematics A Level (Pearson):
This A Level builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding set out in the Mathematics A Level. Students extend their knowledge of Proof, Complex numbers, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, Further calculus, Further vectors, Polar coordinates, Hyperbolic functions, Differential equations.
The A Level Further Mathematics consists of four externally-examined papers. Students must complete all assessments in May/June in any single year. For more information please click here.
For Key Stage 5 students who wish to keep studying Mathematics to support other subjects but do not wish to go on to study for the full A Level, we offer the Maths in Context course. This would be a 4th option and is proving very popular.
Extra Curricular Opportunities
The Mathematics department offers a range of extra curricular opportunities to further broaden our students’ experiences of Mathematics. These include UKMT Maths Challenge individual and team events and workshops. As part of this we offer the Level 3 Free Standing Mathematics Qualification to Year 11 students to study off curriculum.
Subject Leader: Mrs M Godden
Mrs N Phillips- Joint 2nd in Department
Mrs S Samson- Joint 2nd in Department
Mr S Alexander
Mrs L Cox
Mr D Dodds
Mr C Hughesdon
Mr C Jones
Mrs J Mahoney
Mrs L O'Brien- Lead Teacher for Teaching and Learning (Maths)
Mr R Sinfield
Mr D Smee- Lead Practitioner of Numeracy