Mathematics


Mathematics

Faculty of Mathematics


Staff

Mr J Davies - Head of Faculty

Miss N Pavlovskis – Second in Faculty

Mrs R Mohammad – Head of Statistics

Miss L Jones

Mrs F McGarvey

Mr R Gallagher

Mr D James

Ms H Killen

Mr S Mardania

Ethos

Mathematics is the alphabet in which God has written the universe - Galileo

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy for most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. (National Curriculum for Mathematics 2014)

 

At St. Peter’s RC High School, we believe that mixed attainment classrooms are a demonstration of social justice and enable children to learn without limits. Therefore, regardless of prior attainment, all pupils are given access to the same rich curriculum to provide equality of opportunity.

 

When pupils arrive in Year 7 they begin their KS3 mastery curriculum in mixed attainment classes as experienced in Primary School. This gives the opportunity for all pupils to reach their full mathematical potential and fully prepares them for the transition into KS4 GCSE studies.

 

To support our ethos in ensuring that no child falls behind, there is a clear programme of intervention targeting underachievement using an outstanding team of graduates via our Key Stage Three and Four Study Rooms.

Aims

We aim to ensure that by following the National Curriculum for Mathematics and employing Mastery Learning to facilitate this, all St. Peter’s pupils can:

 

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
  • take opportunities given to fulfill their mathematical potential regardless of their starting point through promotion of social justice and growth mind-set.
  • be fully prepared for the mathematical endeavors beyond high school that they will require for their chosen career pathways.

 

Progression

By the time pupils complete their studies with us at St Peter’s High School pupils will be able to follow their chosen career pathways utilising their acquired mathematical skills and knowledge to study:

 

  • A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics
  • Any other academic or vocational qualifications that involve mathematical elements related to that area of study
  • STEM related apprenticeships and careers

 

Curriculum Intent

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Pupils follow the KS3 National Curriculum, using a Mastery approach in mixed attainment groups to support our belief that pupils should have the opportunity to learn without limits.

The Scheme of Learning covers the National Curriculum requirements for the Mathematical areas of Number, Algebra, Shape, Ratio and Proportion, and Handling Data with the aim to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills.

After each topic, every pupil will be tested to check their progress. Clearly defined curricular targets will be set for each individual to develop identified areas for improvement. A termly summative assessment will provide pupils with a clear indicator of their current progress in relation to their starting point.

Homework is set both online through maths related applications and in homework booklet formats. These are set at least once a week and additional independent study which is highly recommended is always available online through our VLE links.

 


KS4 Curriculum 2019-2020


Year 9, 10 & 11

By Year 9, pupils are taught in two Higher, one Foundation and two cross over middle attaining sets that provide all pupils with the opportunity to progress beyond target grades set, thus providing equality of opportunity for all.

Pupils follow the KS4 National Curriculum to create a seamless link from KS3. Schemes of Learning are tailored to ensure that all learners have an ambitious curriculum diet regardless of prior attainment. Schemes of Learning cover the mathematical areas of Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Shape and Data with the aim to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills.

Assessments take place at the end of each unit and also on a termly basis.

In line with our ethos of promoting social justice and equality, sets are reviewed at the end of each term and adjustments are made based on individual performance.

Homework is set both online and in books at least once per week through Mathswatch and Eedi which helps diagnose misconceptions to inform teachers for their planning to accelerate progress. Additional homework is always available online using some of the useful links on our VLE.

 

Curriculum Maps

Year 7 Long Term Plan

Year 8 Long Term Plan

Year 9 Long Term Plan (Higher)Year 9 Long Term Plan (Foundation)

Year 10 Long Term Plan (Higher)Year 10 Long Term Plan (Foundation)

Year 11 Long Term Plan (Higher)Year 11 Long Term Plan (Foundation)

 

Final Assessment

Examinations

Length of Exam

Weighting

Paper 1

1 hour 30 min

33.3%

Paper 2

1 hour 30 min

33.3%

Paper 3

1 hour 30 min

33.3%