Maths & ICT

From September 2014 all students will receive eight lessons of Maths a fortnight in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. One lesson a fortnight will be expected to be in an ICT suite as a DIRT lesson. Students are expected to work independently during this time to improve their own learning in specific areas that have been logged in their Learning Journals (LJ) from all feedback given from staff, peers and themselves. Students opting to take GCSE ICT and Computing will receive 10 lessons a fortnight if in Year 11 and 5 lessons per fortnight if in Year 10.

Maths and ICT Department handbook 2016

Key Stage 3

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programme of study for key stage 3 is organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should develop and consolidate connections across mathematical ideas. They should build on learning from key stage 2 to further develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge wherever relevant in other subjects and in financial contexts.

The Key Stage 3 classes will be of mixed ability and taught on rotation throughout the year.

Year 7 students will be numeracy age tested and retested with a Key stage 2 examination within the first week of the academic year to establish a maths grade and numeracy age as baseline data.

Year 8 and Year 9 pupils will also be numeracy age tested and numeracy intervention will be provided through a six week intervention programme.

Students who are currently working below a Level 4 will receive targeted intervention to move the pupils through the National Curriculum Levels with the aim of them obtaining a minimum of Level 5c at the end of Key Stage 3.