Head of Mathematics: O Qureshi
Key Stage 4 Lead: E Hewson
Whole School Numeracy Lead: N Arshad
Key Stage 3 Lead: J Bell
Teacher: L Smith
Teacher: S Bi
Teacher: L Nicholas
Teacher: A Murray
Teacher: M Beadle
Teacher: A Darwood
To provide the best possible Secondary Mathematics Education to all pupils at Selly Park Girls School.
Each member of the Department will respect the diversity of views on the purpose of Mathematics Education and its implication for our practice.
Show an enthusiasm for mathematics both as a source of elegance and abstract beauty. Demonstrate the importance of the subject as a tool that enables us to better understand and make changes to the world around us. Teachers will have high expectations of all pupils and their ability to succeed in their Education.
Plan and deliver high-quality lessons that enable all pupils to make progress. Teachers will establish a learning environment that is conducive to learning; will strive to maintain the highest standards in teaching, learning and assessment and will maintain their commitment to collaborative and research-based practice.
Go above and beyond to provide the support that will make a difference to improving the life chances of the young people at this School including homework and exams.
Have a growth mindset and enjoy participating in rich tasks, open-ended investigations and relevant projects that both challenge and inspire them to improve as Mathematicians. Pupils will take pride in the quality and presentation of any work completed including exercise books, online learning and assessment folders.
Develop their mathematical fluency and improve their ability to reason logically and solve challenging problems. Pupils will grow as individuals and members of a team in order to become well-rounded individuals ready to make a positive contribution to society.
Take ownership of their learning and take every opportunity to reach their full potential including attendance to after-school clubs and booster sessions.
Statement of Intent
The Department of Mathematics will deliver a broad and balanced curriculum in line with our Vision and Ethos whilst adhering to the statutory programmes of study at Key Stages 3 and 4 as set out in the National Curriculum - all pupils will be entered to sit GCSE Mathematics at the end of Year 11 at either the Higher or Foundation Tier (our current exam board and specification is Pearson Edexcel 1MA1). We will seek further opportunities to promote everyday-maths skills and enhance cross-curricular links through the Whole-School Numeracy programme.
Our Schemes of Work will adhere to the principles of Teaching for Mastery – characterised by the belief that through hard work, all children are capable of succeeding in their study of mathematics. The Teacher Standards will provide our benchmark to monitor the quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment that takes places in lessons. Any required Intervention will be targeted and based on gap-analysis operate on a three-phase approach to ensure no one is left behind. This will include opportunities for further enrichment (e.g. extra-curricular clubs and educational visits). All of this will be underpinned by the Selly Park commitment to the Spiral approach to learning and pupil progress.
Teachers will take full ownership for the classes they teach and addressing their own continuous professional development as reflective practitioners. Key Stage Leads and those with additional responsibility will act as role models within the Department and will support the team in its drive for continuous improvement – both pupil and staff performance will be measured at regular intervals to monitor and evaluate the quality of the Education we provide with any appropriate support being put into place e.g. after-school and Saturday sessions.
Our impact on pupil outcomes will be judged on the key school metrics for pupil performance and achievement (Progress 8; 9-5; 9-4 and 9-7) with historical, local and national comparisons included. The extent to which we succeed in raising the awareness of and aspirations towards STEM careers will be based on pupil destination data e.g. the uptake of Mathematics at A-Level.
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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’.