Mathematics

Mathematics

Mathematics is an all-embracing and pervading part of life, not just in the class room but all around us, from calculating which packet of cornflakes is the best value to working out the speed you would be travelling on ‘The Smiler’ at Alton Towers. It helps us to create, plan, organise and solve problems from the smallest Sudoku to cracking codes in World War Two.

We aim to create an environment whereby students are encouraged and stimulated to develop a positive attitude towards this crucial subject and acquire the necessary concepts, skills and knowledge.

“Students make good progress in mathematics. This is because teaching takes into consideration their needs and interests. Students are able to see a purpose in their learning and enjoy solving problems while, at the same time, practising key mathematical skills.”
(Woodlands School Ofsted 2013)

Throughout their Mathematical journey students at Woodlands School learn how to demonstrate their ability in numerous areas as we guide students towards achieving or exceeding their potential.  With ever-increasing emphasis being placed on the mathematical content of ‘real-life’ and functional situations, we endeavour to, where appropriate, use practical and investigative approaches. Students will also have opportunities to communicate their understanding to other students and to use ICT to enhance and improve their own learning and performance.

“Mathematics is taught effectively. The specialist teacher has good subject knowledge and provides activities that are relevant and interesting. Students’ learning is supported well through good questioning and a learning environment that provides clear prompts for specific mathematical ideas.”
(Woodlands School Ofsted 2013)

Mathematics in KS3

Pupils in KS3 are taught in mixed ability groups, mainly with their year group, following topics to cover the requirements of the National Curriculum. Pupils experience a broad and balanced curriculum with a range of opportunities given to consolidate their learning, become fluent with key mathematical procedures and develop problem-solving skills. Pupils cover topics from Number and Algebra, Shape, Space and Measures and Handling Data in line with pupils at mainstream schools.

Pupils in KS4 are taught in mixed ability year groups following the AQA GCSE Mathematics course at Foundation tier (grades 1-5).   Additionally pupils are given opportunities to attain an external qualification of Functional Mathematics Skills at Level 1 and/or Level 2.

Mathematics in KS4

The AQA GCSE course helps students develop further their knowledge and understanding of:

  • problem solving
  • reasoning
  • applying maths in context
  • the functional elements of maths

Subject content includes:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probabilty
  • Statistics

Paper 1: non-calculator, Paper 2 and 3 calculator

What’s assessed for each exam:

Content from any part of the specification may be assessed.

How it’s assessed

  • each written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 33⅓% of the GCSE Mathematics assessment

Questions

A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper.

Homework

We subscribe to MyMaths which provides access to a range of online homework tasks that have been proven to raise standards of achievement. All pupils know their log-in details but should they forget we can provide you with their details to access MyMaths alongside your child. You will then be able to support your child’s learning by seeing what they are working on and checking their progress.   http://www.mymaths.co.uk

KS3 pupils also have logins for Times Table Rockstars which can be accessed at home to practise times tables skills on a free phone/tablet app or through the online website https://ttrockstars.com/login