Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing students’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically; to solve problems. Mathematics is important for learners in many other areas of study, particularly Technology and Science. It is also important in everyday living and in many forms of employment.
Mathematics enables learners to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence. The subject goes beyond cultural differences and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics helps us to understand and change the world.
We aim to give students confidence in their Mathematical abilities and we encourage them to reach their full potential.
Key stage 3
The new curriculum at Key Stage 3 is designed to:
- Build on calculation methods and Maths knowledge from KS2
- Develop mathematical reasoning, so students can apply their skills in real life
- Increase expertise so that students learn to solve problems
All students have four lessons of Maths each week. Students are placed in sets by the end of September in year 7. The setting is reviewed regularly. We are constantly striving to keep our curriculum up to date and topical as well as engaging for students. Homework is set each week and is generally consolidation questions based on the topics covered in lessons. It should last 20-30 minutes.
Key stage 4
For students starting GCSE in 2015:
From September 2015 the specification for teaching Mathematics changes. The subject content is divided into 6 broad categories:
Ratio, proportion and rates of change
Geometry and Measures
The new GCSE Mathematics course will still have two tiers of entry.
Foundation tier - grades 1-5
Higher tier - grades 4-9
Students will take three question papers each 1½ hours long at the end of year 11.
Homework is set each week and it should last 30-40 minutes.
Should any parents/carers require a breakdown of topics by year group, they are welcome to contact the Head of Department. Sheila.Hodgson@kirkleeseducation.uk