Maths

Faculty Leader:

Mr K Vincent

Staff:

Mr C Bell
Miss B Brophy
Miss M Clarke
Mr L Daniel
Mr C Evans
Mrs S Haniak
Miss A Higton
Miss A Jacques
Mr L Ormsby

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 attainment, 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 the MathsWatch revision website. After every assessment, each pupil is given a personalised learning sheet that highlights their strengths and targets in order to make further progress. Pupils can then access the website at home or during their break times in school. Our homework links to the individual assessment level 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 homework have the option of attending the various maths and homework clubs run by different members of the department.

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 level 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 assessment, 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 assessment level 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 calculator papers. Each exam is 90 minutes long and contributes equally to their overall grade.

To support year 7 in their transition to secondary school, we run a numeracy intervention session every morning during form time. There, they are helped to hone their numerical skills with a teacher in a smaller group

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

https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle

https://corbettmaths.com/
www.accessmaths.co.uk/revision-resources.html
www.mrbartonmaths.com
www.drfrostmaths.com/resources/page.php?id=18
www.mathsbot.com
www.mathsgenie.co.uk
www.onmaths.com

 

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.