Here at the Philip Morant Mathematics Department, we want all our students to be successful. We want every student leaving school to have enjoyed their Mathematics education but also to have the skills to apply the subject to real world problems. A Growth Mind Set and the ability to ‘have a go’ is key to this. Students will be able to apply the skills and techniques they have learnt to a broad range of topics across the curriculum. We take part in a range of challenges and competitions; our Year 10 team recently won the North Essex Maths Olympiad.
In Year 11 students hone their Mathematical skill ready for their GCSE exam. They cover a range of topic areas depending on their tier of entry. The majority of our students will sit the higher tier allowing them access to the top grades. Our most able students also study Further Mathematics, which gives them a real good grounding for taking their Mathematics further into the VIth form. The Mathematics GCSE is assessed over 3 separate exams, which include calculator and non-calculator elements.
In Year 10 the students cover a range of subjects, including Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and rates of change, Geometry + Measure and Statistics + Probability. All students are taught using a range of different techniques to ensure different learning styles are catered for. Included in this are problem solving approaches, investigations and time to consolidate key concepts.
In Year 9 students to begin to focus on topics in more depth. Algebra concepts from Year 8 are built upon and extended with the introduction of more skills within this area. Ratio, proportion and rates of change are also more heavily focused upon as they make up more of the new GCSE course. Our students will also be encouraged to apply their newly developed skills and understanding of concepts to problem solving tasks which again is helping to prepare them for their GCSE examinations.
Assessment for GCSE is by 3 terminal papers taken at the end of Year 11, which are equally weighted.
- Paper 1 (non-calculator)
- Paper 2 (calculator)
- Paper 3 (calculator)
Years 7 & 8
Students are following the ‘Mathematics Mastery’ Curriculum. The Mathematics Mastery approach has three key principles: deep understanding, mathematical thinking and mathematical language, with problem solving at the heart of the curriculum. This approach also encompasses our beliefs as a school surrounding Growth Mindset. By working through this curriculum with our Year 7’s we feel we are setting them on the right path to fully understand mathematical concepts, attempt a range of different problems without fear and most importantly enjoy learning Mathematics.
In Year 8 the first half term is based around data, expanding the concepts previously seen and then developing them further to allow for further comparisons of different sets of data. Later on in the year students spend time developing their all-important algebra skills. Looking at manipulation of expressions as well as solving more complex equations. They also begin to understand the terminology and skills needed to fully understand sequences and how these can be used to solve problems.
With the introduction of the new GCSE this curriculum will provide foundations we can build on in order for our students to be ever more successful.