Maths

The mathematics department main goals are as follows:
• Foster a love of Maths at all levels: students of all abilities should feed off the passion of their Maths teacher. They must have opportunities to see the beauty of Maths and share in ‘wow’ moments.
• Develop confident problem solvers must ensure that students have the confidence to apply their knowledge in new and unexpected scenarios. We will ensure they see the links between different areas of Mathematics and develop an appreciation that problem solving is a transferable skill that will serve them well in other areas of life.
• Highlight the bigger picture: our curriculum must include practical applications of Mathematics. Students need to see where Maths fits in the world including the links with their other subjects.
• Lead to academic success: our curriculum design must lead to significant progress for students of all abilities and inspire students to continue their study of Maths beyond Key Stage 5.
Our twitter page can be found here: https://twitter.com/SandHigh_Maths 

Our curriculum

The department has worked hard to develop a 5 year scheme of work that allows all students to become fluent with their skills and have strong reasoning and problem solving strategies. Whilst developing this we have collaborated with other departments across the school to ensure that students see ‘the bigger picture’. We believe that this approach, combined with passionate Maths teaching, will foster a love of learning for Maths that will lead to all students reaching their potential.

Years 7 and 8

In each year students are divided into two equal ability populations. Students in each population are set into three tiers of mixed ability classes (Set 1, sets 2-4 and set 5). Students receive 7 x 1 hour lessons per fortnight.

Years 7

All students follow the white rose scheme for Year 7. They study units on sequences, algebraic notation, equality & equivalence, place value (ordering integers & decimals), fraction, decimal & percentage equivalence, solving problems with addition & subtraction, solving problems with multiplication & division, fractions & percentages of amounts, operations & equations with directed number, addition & subtraction of fractions, construction, measuring & using geometric notation, developing geometric reasoning, developing number sense, sets & probability and prime numbers & proof.

Year 8

All students follow the white rose scheme for Year 8. They study units on ratio and scale, multiplicative change, multiplying & dividing fractions, working in the Cartesian plane, representing data, tables & probability, brackets, equations & inequalities, sequences, indices, fractions & percentages, standard index form, number sense, angles in parallel lines & polygons, area of trapezia & circles, line symmetry & reflection, the data handling cycle and measures of location.

Year 9

Year 9 students are divided into two equal ability populations. Students in each population are set into groups based on ability. Students receive 7 x 1 hour lessons per fortnight.

Students follow one of the following streams depending on the circumstances:
a) Number, algebra, graphs, fractions, percentages, equations, inequalities, sequences, angles, averages, perimeter, area and volume.
b) Number, algebra, interpreting and representing data, fractions, ratio, percentages, angles, trigonometry, graphs, area, volume, transformations and constructions.

Year 10

Year 10 students are divided into two equal ability populations. Students in each population are set into groups based on ability. Students receive 8 x 1 hour lessons per fortnight.

Students follow one of the following streams depending on the circumstances:
a) Graphs, transformations, ratio, proportion, right angled triangles, probability, multiplicative reasoning, constructions, loci, bearings, quadratic equations, quadratic graphs and further perimeter area and volume.
b) Equations, inequalities, probability, multiplicative reasoning, similarity, congruence, further trigonometry, further statistics, equations and graphs, circle theorems and more algebra.

Year 11

Year 11 students are divided into two equal ability populations. Students in each population are set into groups based on ability. Students receive 8 x 1 hour lessons per fortnight.

Students complete units from last year and then follow one of the following streams depending on the circumstances:
a) Fractions, indices, standard form, congruence, similarity, vectors and further algebra.
b) Vectors, geometric proof, proportion and graphs.

In Year 11, our students are entered for their GCSE Mathematics with the exam board EDEXCEL.
More information, including the specification and course materials, can be found here:
https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html

We also offer GCSE Statistics (also EDEXCEL) as an option, starting from Year 10 (more about this in the options tab).

Throughout all years homework is set weekly using a combination of written tasks and the Hegarty Maths website. In Year 11 the students prepare for their final examinations by using examination paper booklets.

Post-16 education

We follow the Edexcel A level Mathematics course. This consists of units in Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics.

The Further Mathematics A level is also with EDEXCEL and includes Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics, as well as Decision Mathematics.

More information, including specifications and course materials, can be found here:
https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/mathematics-2017.html

We also offer a 1 year course in Core Mathematics. This is appropriate for a wider ability range and is made up of real world applications of mathematics. The course supports the study of full A Levels in areas such as social sciences, business, psychology, sciences, and health sciences.
More information can be found here:
https://allaboutmaths.aqa.org.uk/coremaths
All Key Stage 5 students receive 10 hours of lessons per fortnight and we expect this to be combined with a significant amount of private study.

We also offer resit GCSE Mathematics classes for those students who didn’t achieve a grade 4 in Year 11. Students receive 4 lessons a fortnight and are entered with EDEXCEL.

Two weekly Maths Clinics for each of Key Stage 3 and 4.
Weekly Maths Clinic for Key Stage 5.
Weekly puzzle club.
Weekly A level Maths Club.
Year 12 students are invited on a trip to the Maths inspiration lectures each year.
The department also actively engages with Maths competition with local schools.