Maths

Faculty Leader:

Mrs. S. Haniak

Staff:

Miss A. Jacques

Miss A. Akinpelu

Mr. C. Evans

Mr. L. Daniel

Mr. K. Vincent

Miss B. Brophy

Mr. C. Bell

Mr. L. Ormsby

Mrs. H. Gregory

Miss L. Onslow

Ethos:

We believe each pupil is equally as important regardless of their prior ability. We are all highly passionate about Mathematics and strive to pass on this enthusiasm to all our pupils. We teach our students to become excellent mathematicians in their own rights through the mastery of skills and the application to problems.

Aims:

We aim to ensure that all pupils, regardless of prior ability, leave Our Lady’s with the mathematical skills to succeed in further education or the workplace. We actively encourage our pupils to learn independently, through the promotion of MathsWatch revision website. After every half term test, each pupil is given a personalised learning sheet that highlights their strengths and areas to target in order to make further progress. Pupils can then access the website at home or during their break times in school. Our home works are graded, they link to the test and each pupil is given one per week and the scores are tracked by their teachers.In addition, pupils who wish to access support for their home works have the option of attending homework club during lunch either on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday of every week.

5 Year Curriculum:

We run a ‘stage not age’ curriculum which ensures that pupils, regardless of what year group they are in, are working at the highest grade that they are capable of. Their journey through Our Lady’s will see them climb steadily through the skills tests where, as they master each grade, they will climb as high as they can. These skills will also be applied to problem solving and reasoning activities throughout their years to not only create excellent mathematicians but prepare them for their GCSE. It is important that all our pupils are able to master the objectives at each grade before moving to the next one; this gives them a strong foundation not only for their GCSE but looking to their future in further education or the workplace.

Their GCSE currently consists of 3 exam papers; one non-calculator and two calculators. Each exam is 90minutes long and contributes equally to their overall grade.

To ensure all pupils have the chance to reach their potential we run a tutoring session during form times each morning. Pupils are able to apply for a position to be a peer tutor and teach their peers 1-2-1, targeting specific questions that their tutees have struggled with previously. Not only is this an excellent tool to boost those pupils who are struggling but also an excellent opportunity to develop leadership skills for our tutors.

We further support all our students through the use of MathsWatch. This excellent website is an ‘at home tutor’ for students who can use it to not only support their learning but to extend them through the curriculum at their own pace:

MathsWatch

Maths Watch

Below is also a list of the different strands of study in the 5 year curriculum specific to target grades with the corresponding MathsWatch clip numbers, here you can locate the relevant clip that may be used for revision or to develop any areas of development.