Head of Mathematics: Miss L Keene
Second in Department: Mr S Nore
Teacher: Mrs N Arshad
Teacher: Miss E Hewson
Teacher: Mrs L Smith
Teacher: Mr M Rahman
Teacher: Mrs L Nicholas
At Selly Park, regardless of the topic being covered, it is the aim of those teaching Mathematics to provide opportunities for all students to:
- Use and apply mathematics to practical tasks, in real-life problems and within mathematics itself
- Work on problems that pose a challenge
- Encounter and consider different lines of mathematical argument
- Enjoy mathematics
The Mathematics Department seeks to ensure that each child learns effectively through a number of strategies and teaching styles such as:
- Open-ended tasks
- Investigative tasks
- Class discussion
- Individual and Group work
- Practical work
- Book and worksheets
- In Years 7 - 11 the students are taught in sets, but it is our policy to allow students to move sets when appropriate.
Maths is taught in specialist rooms all equipped with interactive whiteboards, using many interactive and web-based tools. Students also have access to online programmes at home, enhancing their learning and enjoyment of maths.
Key Stage 3
What will I learn?
How will I be assessed?
All students are regularly and rigorously assessed, being given specific targets for improvement. Students will be given the opportunity to learn from these assessments and make excellent progress.
Key Stage 4
What exam board will I follow/what exams are there?
New Edexcel 1MA1
Maths is examined at the end of the course at either Higher (9-5) or Foundation (5 – 1).
Where will this subject take me?
Maths is a key subject for all students. It unlocks many routes for students in further and higher education regardless of the subject taken, equipping students with the skills required to solve problems and think outside of the box.
What will I learn?
Students will build upon the four key subject areas but also learn to use maths in everyday life and understand the world around them. The course content will be tailored to the specific needs to students ensuring that all students fulfil their potential.
Maths Homework / Home Learning
Homework is set in Mathematics for a variety of reasons. These include; practising techniques, application, problem-solving, computer-based learning, investigations and writing up findings amongst others. Homework is checked weekly and feedback is given to help the girls improve. In KS4, students are encouraged to undertake additional work to complete each week using the MathsWatch videos. These videos and tasks allow pupils to revise topics and seek help to overcome difficulties with the support of teachers and parents. This supports students in developing as independent learners of mathematics.
Mathswatch – Maths website that students are familiar with and which they all should have the password and login for. It has online videos and worksheets to check progress.
A superb website which provides 5-a-day questions for regular revision, videos to explain each topic, and worksheets to practise the topics (with answers)
BBC Bitesize – The BBC schools website has topic information for KS3 and GCSE students. A useful revision tool from a reliable provider.
Maths is Fun! – A really good website that covers maths topics from KS2 to KS5 in some parts. The examples are excellent for underpinning the ‘why it works’ of maths rather than just ‘this is what to do’.