Mathematics

  • Maths is a core part of the curriculum and is needed as a qualification in many professions. We pride our selves as a department that we are a fully inclusive school and department and try our best to meet the needs of all the pupils in our care
  • All maths teachers are experienced and well qualified. All classrooms have projectors and most have interactive whiteboards. This makes maths lesson varied. We use a lot of interactive materials in lessons to help support and enthuse the young people that we teach. Pupils are encouraged to try new things and ask for help and support and extra work.
  • An outline of the curriculum is set out below.
  • Pupils are asked to complete homework on mymaths and moodle both of which are web based.
  • Practise of skills at home is just as important as learning and parctsising in school and any way in which help can be provided at home is always a great support to pupils and the progress overall.
  • Pupils are encouraged to bring with them all the correct equipment for lessons which comprises of a pen , pencil ,ruler , compass , protractor , rubber and a calculator.

Curriculum Aims

Mathematical thinking is important for all members of a modern society as a habit of mind for its use in the workplace, business and  finance; and  for personal decision-making. Mathematics  is fundamental  to national prosperity in  providing tools  for understanding  science, engineering, technology and economics. It is essential  in public decision- making  and  for participation in the knowledge economy.

Mathematics equips pupils with uniquely powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder for all pupils when they solve a problem for the first time, discover a more elegant solution, or notice hidden connections. Pupils who are functional in mathematics and financially capable are able to think independently in applied and abstract  ways, and can reason, solve problems and assess risk.

Mathematics is a creative discipline. The language of mathematics is international. The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics has developed over time as a means of solving problems and also for its own sake.

Successful Learners

The curriculum aim – developing successful learners who are numerate, creative and enquiring and able to solve problems – is at the heart of the mathematics programme of study. The key concepts of applications and implications of mathematics and critical understanding enable pupils to find out about mathematical ideas that shape our world.

The mathematics programme of study develops pupils with enquiring minds who think for themselves, which is essential to being a successful learner. It provides opportunities for pupils to tackle problems with more than one approach and to solve open-ended problems.

Pupils are given the opportunity to consider errors and misconceptions, which helps them to understand how they learn, as well as to learn from their mistakes. Communication and critical understanding encourage pupils to reason and evaluate, both independently and with others.

Confident Individuals

The mathematics curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to develop confidence in an increasing range of methods and techniques. Pupils are given the opportunity to express their ideas using strategies they are familiar and secure with. This helps them communicate confidently and encourages them to believe in themselves.

Peer and self assessment opportunities allow pupils to consider where they are and how to move on, thus becoming increasingly confident and independent. Sharing feedback also allows them to express their ideas and suggestions and relate well to others.

The mathematics programme of study encourages pupils to enjoy the challenge of trying new things and justifying their own views with evidence, through discussing different interpretations of ideas.

Responsible Citizens

The mathematics programme of study develops pupils with enquiring minds who think for themselves, which is essential to being a successful learner. It provides opportunities for pupils to tackle problems with more than one approach and to solve open-ended problems. Pupils are given the opportunity to consider errors and misconceptions, which helps them to understand how they learn, as well as to learn from their mistakes.

Communication and critical understanding encourage pupils to reason and evaluate, both independently and with others. Pupils are able to prepare for life and work through the mathematics programme of study. It contributes the underpinning skills for financial capability that will prepare individuals to live safe, responsible and healthy lives. Similarly, the emphasis on analysing and justifying conclusions in mathematical situations helps prepare pupils for taking critical and analytical approaches to real-life situations.

An open mind and an appreciation of how different cultures have influenced society are important in understanding what it means to be a responsible citizen. The mathematics programme of study takes into account the rich historical and cultural roots of mathematics, encouraging pupils to appreciate the diverse nature of mathematics and recognise the role of mathematics in modern society. Through exploring real data pupils are able to investigate real-life issues and problems related to social justice, globalisation and environmental changes.

Year 7 Curriculum

Pupils are given the opportunity to develop their skills from primary school and extend their learning in the key areas of :-

  1. 1) Mathematical processes and application, pupils use their maths skills to solve simple problems and draw conclusions.
  2. Number and Algebra, pupils learn all the mathematical calculations with and without a calculator and are introduced to algebra and how it can be used to solve problems. They learn the concepts of numbers and the number system.
  3. Geometry and Measures, pupils learn about the shapes around us and their properties and the everyday measurements that are used.
  4. Handling Data, pupils learn to collect and record information and display it in a sensible way. Pupils learn to describe and use probability. Assessments take place throughout the year in all of the key areas.

Year 8 Curriculum

Pupils develop their skills from year 8 and extend their learning in the key areas of :-

  1. Mathematical processes and application, pupils begin to identify a problem and choose their maths skills to solve in and begin to question their own answers.
  2. Number and Algebra, pupils develop their calculation skills with and without a calculator and begin to solve problems involving algebra. This also involves developing their graph skills. The pupils learn to estimate and check results.
  3. Geometry and Measures, some pupils begin to discover Pythagoras and others will continue to develop their skills in properties of shapes and solving problems. They begin to look at metric and imperial conversions.
  4. Handling Data, pupils develop their skills of collecting data and begin to choose appropriate charts and averages to draw conclusions. Pupils learn to calculate and use probability. Assessments take place throughout the year in all of the key areas.

Year 9 Curriculum

Pupils develop their skills from year 8 and extend their learning in the key areas of :-

  1. Mathematical processes and application, pupils extend their learning and start to draw in depth conclusions to problems where appropriate.
  2. Numbers and Algebra, pupils continue to develop their calculation and algebra skills to a higher level. They learn to adapt their calculations to look for the most efficient way.
  3. Geometry and Measures, some pupils begin to look at Trigonometry and others continue to develop their skills in using properties of shapes and measurement conversions.
  4. Handling Data, some pupils begin to look at complex averages and probability and others develop their skills from Year 8. Assessments take place throughout the year in all of the key areas KS3 SATS take place in May and revision materials are provided to help and support the children through this time. The BBC website is a good resource along with SAM (Self-Assessment Method) Learning and the pupils are told how to access all the material.

Year 10 Curriculum

Pupils develop their skills from year 9 and extend their learning in the key areas of :-

  1. Mathematical processes and application
  2. Number and Algebra
  3. Geometry and Measures
  4. Handling Data

The GCSE course extends from KS3 into many areas, too many to be listed. Pupils follow either Higher Level or foundation level at GCSE Higher Level is A* - C and Foundation Level is C - G
In November and June the external GCSE modular examinations take place that are worth 60% of the overall GCSE mark. Revision materials are provided to help and support the children through this time. The GCSE examination board is EDEXCEL and their website is  www.edexcel.org.uk and has some useful links. There is no coursework in Maths GCSE Year.  

Year 11 Curriculum

Pupils develop their skills from year 10 and extend their learning in the key areas of :-

  1. Mathematical processes and application
  2. Number and Algebra
  3. Geometry and Measures
  4. Handling Data

The GCSE course extends from KS3 into many areas too many to be listed. Pupils follow either Higher Level or foundation level at GCSE Higher Level is  A*- C and Foundation Level is C - G. In November and March the children have the chance to re sit GCSE modular examinations from Year 10 if they need to. In June the final GCSE external examination takes place and is worth 40% of the overall mark. Revision materials are provided to help and support the children through this time.The GCSE examination board is EDEXCEL and their website is www.edexcel.org.uk and has some useful links. There is no coursework in Maths GCSE Year.

Year 12 Curriculum

Pure Students study Algebra and Trigonometry which opens up new areas of mathematics that they have yet to discover in terms of differentiation and integration. Mechanics Students study forces and motion and how things work in the world around us. Statistics Students study the analysis of data and probability and how to test outcomes. Students follow the EDEXCEL examination board and  their website is www.edexcel.org.uk which has some useful links. Students study Pure Mathematics and either Mechanics or Statistics.They take external examinations in January and June, taking three modules in all to make up an AS grade and half an A level.

Year 13 Curriculum

Pure Students explore more of differentiation and integration. Mechanics Students study more on forces and motion and how things work in the world around us. Statistics Students study more on the analysis of data and probability and how to test outcomes. Students follow the EDEXCEL examination board and their website is www.edexcel.org.uk which has some useful links. Students study Pure Mathematics and either Mechanics or Statistics. They take external examinations in January and June taking three modules to add to their Year 12 modules to make an overall A level.At times throughout the year some students are encouraged to re-sit modules to increase their chances overall at A level.

Extra Curricular

Pupils across the school in some classes are invited to take part in the Maths Challenge throughout the year. Pupils in Year 7 to 11 in some classes are given their own personal login to my maths. The website is  www.mymaths.co.uk and the schools login is fisher and password is angular. Revision classes are put on coming up to examinations and throughout the year staff are always available to help anyone who needs extra support. Pupils in Year 8 and 10 take part in master classes organised by Keele University throughout the year.

Staffing

  • Mr D. Bailey is the Director of Learning and has been teaching for many years across the whole age range of pupils.
  • Mrs S. Beech is the Curriculum leader and has been teaching at St. John Fisher for many years across the whole age range of pupils.
  • Ms J. Hughes is the Head of Sixth form as well as teaching maths.
  • Mrs L. Cartwright is our SENCO as well as teaching maths.
  • Mrs A. Murray has been teaching maths for 2 years at the school an teaches across the whole age range
  • Mrs S. Degg is a new member of the department this year.
  • Mrs H. Kinrade is an experienced teacher who teaches part time within the department.
  • Mr P. Mayland works part time within the department

Useful website links:-

www.mymaths.co.uk www.bbc.co.uk/schools www.matheup.co.uk www.mathsnet.net www.active-maths.co.uk www.emaths.co.uk www.edexcel.org.uk www.mathsangel.co.uk www.s-cool.co.uk www.livemaths.co.uk

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