The power of Maths
Mathematics is a wonderful, creative and exciting subject that equips pupils with solving problems skills. Involvement in problem solving enables students to exercise and acquire confidence in their intellectual powers.
Mathematics provides a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world such as logical reasoning and the ability to think in abstract ways. It is a critical skill for many professions and it opens a world of opportunity for students.
At Addeys we recognise that everybody uses math whether they realise it or not. As such, we strive to equip all our students with mathematic skills that will help them overcome challenges of a modern society.
Maths can stimulate moments of happiness and wonder when a student solves a problem for the first time, discovers a more efficient solution to a problem or suddenly sees hidden connections. (National curriculum, June, 2008).
We aim to ensure that all students enjoy the subject and develop confidence in their ability to use mathematics and gain a sense of achievement. We want all students to achieve their maximum potential in acquiring mathematics skills and to apply these skills with confidence in real life situations.
Key Stage 3
Students have four hours of Mathematics per week in Years 7, 8 and 9.
The Year 7 scheme builds on work done during Key Stage 2 with more able pupils covering aspects of work taken from the Year 7 scheme and lower groups revisiting Year 6 work. On arrival at the school Year 7 are arranged into sets according to ability, using KS2 results and information from Primary schools. These sets are refined in the light of CATs results, internal termly tests, classwork and homework. Lessons follow the structure outlined in the Key Stage 3 Strategy with each lesson beginning with a mental and oral activity and ending with a plenary session.
The main resources used in years 7, 8 and 9 are the “Level Up Maths” textbooks that match the revised KS3 framework. The content of the framework is divided into units of work based on the following main topic areas:
- Geometry (previously 'Shape, Space and Measures')
- Statistics (previously 'Handling Data' - includes Probability)
Topics are revisited and extended throughout years 7, 8 and 9 in order to deepen understanding and build upon previous knowledge. Student progress is continually monitored and setting reviewed at key points throughout years 7, 8 and 9 but setting arrangements within each year are designed to fit the ability profile of that particular cohort.
In years 7 and 8 students have 3 hours of mathematics per week.
In year 9 students have 4 hours of mathematics per week.
Key Stage 4
Recognising the importance of mathematics in their own lives and in society, students learn to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices. All students follow the National Curriculum to their appropriate level, covering Statistics and Probability, Number and Algebra and Geometry and Measures.
Statistics is offered as an additional GCSE to students who are in the top two sets for Mathematics.