The study of mathematics enables us to solve problems, think logically, and communicate precisely. We aim for pupils to gain confidence in these areas while gaining fluency in the various mathematical skills set out in the national curriculum.
We all need a little extra help from time to time. Pupils can ask for help from their teacher in and outside of lesson time. At home, pupils can get help in their maths by using some of the many excellent websites that are available:
- Mymaths.co.uk requires a school login and password, which are communicated during maths lessons.
- There are video lessons available at vle.mathswatch.com – pupils can login as "Joe Bloggs@bayhouse" (where Joe Bloggs is their school network username) using their own school network password.
- CorbettMaths.com offers 5-a-day questions pitched at various levels as well as more videos on GCSE topics.
Key Stage 3
We are starting to use a mastery curriculum in years 7-9. The aim is that we cover each topic until the class has mastered the skills covered. This approach slows down the speed at which we move through topics but ensures that pupils have much better retention of what they have learned. We are prioritising depth of understanding over breadth of knowledge. This approach has become widespread in the UK over recent years and there are various articles explaining more on the internet if you are interested.
In the school year 2016/17, year 8 classes are following a compressed mastery scheme, so will cover all the material listed under year 7 and most of that listed under year 8 during this year. Our current year 9 classes are using our older curriculum so that their learning follows on appropriately from that which took place when they were in years 7 and 8.
At the start of Autumn Term we teach mixed ability groups for about three weeks. During this time we investigate the golden ratio. Once groups have been set we study the following topics:
- place value and rounding
- properties of number
- properties of shapes
- expressions and word formulae
- co-ordinates and basic graphs
- basic sequences
- collecting and tabulating data
- averages and range
- bar charts and pictograms
In year 8 we study the following topics:
- angle rules
- perimeter, area and volume
- single brackets and indices
- linear equations and formulae
- real life graphs
- arithmetic sequences
- pie charts and line graphs
- stem and leaf diagrams
From year 9 onwards different classes will study different topics. More information will be published here as our mastery curriculum moves all the way up the school.
Key Stage 4
In years 10 and 11 all pupils prepare for and sit the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1) (http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html). The course is brand new for those in year 11 during 2016/17; it awards a numerical grade from 9 down to 1, rather than the older A* to G. There are two tiers of entry, Higher (grades 4-9) and Foundation (grades 1-5). Pupils are entered for whichever tier they are likely to perform best on, but we don’t have to make this final decision until after we have seen how they do on the various sets of Pre-Public Exams (PPEs). On each tier of entry there are three exam papers to be sat. The first is a non-calculator paper; for the second and third pupils may use their own calculator with which they should be familiar.
Pupils will be studying various units, and are tested on each unit as they complete it. There is one major set of exams towards the end of year 10, when pupils are given papers that are closer to a real GCSE paper. This helps them understand what they are working towards.
Pupils will study the remaining topics and revise lots of the work done in previous years. There will be a set of PPEs in the Autumn Term and another in the Spring Term. All three of the final exams will be in the summer exam season which is May and June of each year.