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Maths

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. All students receive a revision guide and workbook in year 7 and have access to mathswatch revision website.

Key stage 4

Subject content is divided into 6 broad categories:

                                                Number

                                                Algebra

                                                Ratio, proportion and rates of change

                                                Geometry and Measures

                                                Probability

                                                Statistics

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. In order to succeed, it is important that students practise the skills acquired in lessons by regularly completing the homework set.All students receive a revision guide and workbook at the start of year 10 and have access to Mathswatch revision website.

Equipment

All students are expected to have a pen, pencil and ruler for each lesson.  Investment in a protractor, a pair of compasses and scientific calculator is desirable.

Help and Support

We encourage all students to ask their class teacher for help, however, students are welcome to attend the drop- sessions in the library Monday to Thursday at 3pm -4pm.

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