Students will have four Mathematics lessons each week in Years 7 to 10, and five in Year 11.
The National Curriculum for Mathematics is divided into six areas:
- Ratio, proportion and rates of change
- Geometry and measures
We aim to ensure that students make appropriate connections between all these areas of Mathematics and that they are equipped to use and apply Mathematics in other areas of the curriculum as well as within the subject itself.
Key Stage 3
In Years 7, 8 and 9 students will follow a programme of study based on the new National Curriculum for Key Stage 3. Students gain experience using appropriate Information Technology and practical equipment in order to maximise their potential.
During Key Stage 3 students will be taught in ability sets wherever possible. The structure of the course allows easy movement between groups and we review the setting arrangements at regular intervals.
Key Stage 4
During Years 10 and 11 students follow a GCSE course suited to their ability level. Students are initially set according to their teacher assessment level achieved in the previous year. They are put into ability groups and follow the AQA GCSE Course.
Key Stage 5
At Key Stage 5 students follow an AS/A2 Mathematics course in Pure Mathematics, Decision Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics. Students take their examinations in June of Years 12 and 13.
For all the classes in Key Stages 3 and 4 homework is set at least once a week. The teacher will set appropriate tasks to consolidate and extend students' knowledge and understanding of the Mathematics taught in class. Parents can help by checking planners and looking at the Academy website to ensure that homework is completed. The Mathematics department has access to My Maths which can be used for revision and consolidation as well as homework. Staff often set homework using My Maths.
Pupils in Year 11 are issued with revision material in electronic and paper form to help them prepare for their external exams. MathsWatch CDs are available to purchase from the Academy.
All pupils are expected to have their own calculator, a red pen, a black pen, a pencil and Geometry equipment which are available to buy from Student Reception at cost price.