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Mathematics

Welcome to the Mathematics Faculty:

  • Miss J Thwaites                              Head of Faculty
  • Mrs K Sommerville                        Second in Faculty
  • Mrs R Gillmon                               Teacher of Mathematics and Assistant Head Teacher
  • Mr A Gillmon                                 Teacher of Mathematics and Assistant Head Teacher  
  • Miss C Shakeshaft                          Mathematics Transition Coordinator
  • Miss L Sykes                                  Teacher of Mathematics
  • Miss C Vincent                              Teacher of Mathematics
  • Mr L Fielder                                   Teacher of Mathematics
  • Mr P Robinson                               Teacher of Mathematics
  • Miss E Couper                               Teacher of Mathematics

The Mathematics Faculty At Moorside High School Aims To:

  • To place the child at the centre of learning.
  • To set challenging targets with high expectations for all pupils and encourage a sense of pride in their performance and behaviour.
  • To deliver a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate pupils and demand their active participation.
  • To provide opportunities for the application of Mathematics to real life problems and links and importance to other subjects.
  • To provide an appreciation of the importance and relevance of Mathematics in the world of work.
  • To ensure the smooth transition for pupils between Key Stages and ensure progression in teaching and learning throughout their time at Moorside High School.
  • To explore enrichment opportunities outside the curriculum to enhance pupils’ enjoyment of mathematics.
  • To continually improve the standards of achievement in Mathematics at Moorside High School.

TheMathematics Faculty Objectives:

  • To perform basic numeracy skills.
  • To perform the basic mathematical skills needed in his/her chosen career or for entry to higher or further mathematical education.
  • To understand the mathematics likely to be encountered in daily adult life.
  • To reason clearly and logically, and to set out a rational argument.
  • To approach problems systematically, choosing appropriate techniques for their solution.
  • To follow logical instructions clearly expressed.
  • To experience satisfaction in and enjoyment of his/her mathematical achievements.
  • To obtain any formal mathematical qualifications needed for his/her chosen career.
  • To obtain his/her best possible results throughout their school career.

The Programme of study for Key Stage 3 and attainment targets (National Curriculum) and Programme of study for Key Stage 4 (National Curriculum) provide the foundation for the schemes of work in Mathematics. The programmes outline a detailed philosophy, which underpin teaching and learning in Mathematics:

“Mathematical thinking is important for all members of a modern society as a habit of mind for its use in the workplace, business and finance; and for personal decision-making. Mathematics is fundamental to national prosperity in providing tools for understanding science, engineering, technology and economics. It is essential in public decision-making and for participation in the knowledge economy.”

“Mathematics equips pupils with uniquely powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder for all pupils when they solve a problem for the first time, discover a more elegant solution, or notice hidden connections. Pupils who are functional in mathematics and financially capable are able to think independently in applied and abstract ways, and can reason, solve problems and assess risk.”

“Mathematics is a creative discipline. The language of mathematics is international. The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics has developed over time as a means of solving problems and also for its own sake.”

Pupils are expected to develop:

Key Processes

  1. Representing
  2. Analysing
  3. Interpreting and Evaluating
  4. Communication and Reflecting.
  5. Range and content
  6. Number and Algebra
  7. Geometry and Measures
  8. Statistics

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

All pupils follow a personalised route through Mathematics and are grouped with students of similar ability with consideration given to entry level in year 7/prior attainment and potential for achievement. This is regularly reviewed and adjusted accordingly. The programme of study for key stage 3 details learning objectives from National Curriculum level 4 to level 8 and can be accessed using this link.

Students take five short half term assessments and a larger end of year assessment.

In year 9 students begin preparation towards their GCSE examination.

For in depth information on the Mastery approach click here.

Key Stage 4

The programme of study for key stage 4 details can be accessed using this link.

The Maths Department currently follows the Edexcel Linear GCSE examination in Mathematics. Pupils commence their Mathematics GCSE course in Year 10 and sit the examination in year 11.  All students follow a course in Mathematics appropriate to their ability and needs.

In 2013 our students achieved 73% A*-C grades in mathematics with our current year 11 on track to increase this again.

Students working at each level can expect to achieve the following grades:

  • Higher Grades A* to E
  • Foundation Grades C to G

Year 11 Resources

Click on the links below to view useful Year 11 Resources:

PREDICTED PAPER 3

Higher Paper:

Foundation Paper

Useful Websites

Useful websites for mathematics can be found below:

Equipment

Students are expected to abide by the school expectations for equipment however we also expect that students will have their own scientific calculator.

Homework

Homework Booklets are now available for year 9 & 10. Click on the correct link below to download the homework booklet for your set.