Mathematics

Vision

Our vision is to support students to develop a love of mathematics and equip them with problem solving and reasoning skills which will allow them to decipher and conquer any challenges they may face. By sharing our enthusiasm, interest and passion for mathematics with our students, we aim to foster a thirst for curiosity.

A variety of tasks and activities will be used to promote confidence, understanding, challenge and independence. Links to real life and other curriculum areas will be highlighted to encourage students to see mathematics in all aspects of their day to day life.

The learning journey for KS3 proceeds to build upon prior learning in KS2. Developing connections across mathematical ideas to promote fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. 

Throughout KS4, our learning journey for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils continue to build upon the foundations acquired at KS3.

We aim to ensure all pupils can continue to further develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems in relation to the following six disciplines of mathematics:  Number; Algebra; Ratio; Proportion and Rates of Change; Geometry and Measures; Probability and Statistics

Curriculum Intent

  • Students develop a love of Mathematics that equips them with the problem solving and reasoning skills which allow them to decipher and conquer any challenges they may face. By sharing our enthusiasm, interest and passion for mathematics, we aim to foster a thirst for learning.
  • Students understand their strengths and targets, becoming self-aware and independent learners who engage with regular detailed feedback to enable them to make progress over time.
  • Staff to have a consistent approach of delivering well planned and challenging lessons that follow whole school strategies, adapting appropriately from PEP plans without losing the strengths of unique teaching styles.
  • By the time our students leave Hayfield, we intend that our diverse learning journey will provide students with equal opportunities – allowing them to have the confidence and ability to contribute to a modern-day society.

Curriculum

KS3

Subject Objective
  • To build upon KS2 knowledge in all areas.
  • To provide a solid foundation in preparation for GCSE
  • To engage students in all lessons and generate interest in Maths and its applications
  • To encourage perseverance and resilience with problem solving activities
Curriculum Overview

Students will be taught in sets and formally assessed each term. Following each assessment students may change sets to provide greater challenge or support as required. Other support strategies may be triggered by a student’s performance in these assessments.

Students starting position on our learning journey will depend upon KS2 data. Setting throughout the year will be dependent upon the demonstration of greater understanding in the classroom, in homework, in discussion and in assessments. 

KS4

Why should I study this subject?

To become equipped with the problem solving and reasoning skills which allow you to decipher and conquer any challenges you face.

What will I study?

Mathematics is split into 6 Key Areas

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Statistics
  • Probability

How will I be assessed?

3 Exam papers at GCSE split into two tiers foundation and higher.

Paper 1, 2 and 3 are foundation

Paper 4, 5 and 6 are higher

Paper 1 & 4 – Calculator

Paper 2 & 5 – Non-Calculator

Paper 3 & 6 – Calculator

All papers are 90 minutes

All papers are out of 100 marks

What skills will I learn?

The ability to apply knowledge to different contexts, developing the ability to problem solve and reason. The skills you will gain can be applied in every career you decide to pursue.

What equipment will I need?

All equipment is sold in the maths office.

  • Calculator (model – FX-85GTX or FX-83GTX)
  • Protractor
  • Compass
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Pen – Black and Purple

How will this subject develop my sense of character and culture?

Trips to understand mathematics in the real world.

We will explore areas of mathematics and the importance they have had in changing the world we live in today. Some of the people we will learn about are Alan Turing and Katherine Johnson.

Where can this subject take me?

Mathematics is crucial for various professions and for pursuing advanced education.

Where can I find out more?

What other subjects would compliment my learning in this qualification?

Useful Links & Revision Pointers

The best way to revise Mathematics is to do Mathematics.

Keep your blue books as a useful revision guide, annotate or add information to it as required.

Make shorter revision notes or cards, or summarise information in a mindmap before each assessment – then keep them to use again, with improvements, later.

Students will be provided with past exam papers/questions at appropriate points and be provided with model answers, these can be found on the GCSE hub. It is important that these materials are in class when required so that students can take full advantage of all feedback and exam tips given.

Revision classes will run after school prior to Mocks and GCSE exams, attend them!

Further Information

All students are welcome to attend Maths Homework Club every Wednesday night. They can do homework, get help with areas they struggle with or revise with the support of a Maths teacher.

All students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and progress, they should talk to their teacher or any department member if they feel additional support is required.

The Curriculum Team

Miss S Connolly
Teacher of Mathematics
Mr J Coupland
Teacher of Mathematics
Miss S Davies
Teacher of Mathematics
Miss A Gibson
Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs L Hatfield
Teacher of Mathematics
Mr R Kynman
Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs E Lowe
Teacher of English
Mr R Roberts
Director of Mathematics
Miss H Thompson
Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs E Woolsey
Teacher of Mathematics
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