Mathematics

Maths is the science that deals with the logic of quantity, shape and relationships. Mathematics is all around us. It is the building block for everything in our daily lives, including architecture, money, engineering and even art. Numeracy is being able to use and apply mathematical knowledge.

The department consists of 7 members of staff

  • Mrs Lisa Baylis (Head of Department)
  • Mrs Louise Tucker (Second in Department)
  • Mr Huw Dowden (SLT)
  • Mr Gareth Bentley
  • Ms Suzanne Morgan
  • Mr Jonathan Price
  • Mr Malcolm Thomas

Departmental Aims

The department aims to develop confidence, interest and enjoyment in mathematics. We use a variety of up-to-date teaching methods and resources to engage pupils and relate their mathematical knowledge to everyday life around them. The school subscribes to the mathematics website MathsWatch which allows pupils to access topic-based worksheets and clear video explanations at home. These can be used to reinforce their understanding and is an excellent revision tool.

All teachers in the department will

1)         Set challenging targets and high expectations for all pupils

2)         Encourage pupils to develop a love for mathematics.

3)          Develop pupils’ mathematical concepts, skills and knowledge.

4)         Improve numeracy skills.

5)         Provide opportunities for mathematical thinking and discussion.

 It is important to have parental support to be able to achieve these aims.

Practical things that parents can do to help are look at their child’s exercise books.  You will be able to read comments, check homework has been done and encourage revision for assessments.  Practice mental arithmetic at home this would help to improve skills.  Ensure that your child attends maths lessons with equipment that is needed.

November 2016 Exam Papers

The following papers were sat by Year 11 pupils in November 2016. Your son/daughter has been handed a list of topics that they found difficult in these exams. Please use the list and papers to support your son/daughter in order to work on any weaknesses.

  Foundation Intermediate Higher
Maths Paper 1 (Non Calculator)
Maths Paper 2 (Calculator)
Numeracy Paper 1 (Non Calculator)
Numeracy Paper 2 (Calculator)

A brief description of KS3 course

At Key Stage 3, pupils will follow a staged Mathematics programme of study. Each year group is split into classes of similar ability. Pupils will study 19 units each year and receive a problem solving lesson at the end of each unit to help improve their reasoning skills. There are 4 assessments throughout the year. The units covered in each test are;

Assessment 1

Use Number Facts and Relationships

Calculate Using Mental and Written Methods

Fractions, Decimals, Percentages and Ratio

Money Management

Estimate and Check

Collect and Record Data

Present and Analyse Data

Assessment 3

Probability

Shape

Angle and Position

Area and Volume

A brief description of KS4 course

All the work covered since September

Each assessment is split into 2 sections, procedural and reasoning, this is to help pupils prepare for the National Numeracy Tests usually held in May. Assessment 4 is used to help decide which class pupils will be in for the following year.

Pupils will receive regular homework, and should expect to have it returned marked within a reasonable time, with a written comment on the standard of work and how to improve it.

A brief description of KS4 course

All students are entered for both the WJEC GCSE Mathematics and the WJEC GCSE Numeracy Exams at either Higher, Intermediate or Foundation level. There is no coursework or controlled assessment, just 100% exam. Higher level awards grades A*- C, Intermediate C - E and Foundation level awards grades D – G. Each GCSE is made up of 2 exams, one calculator and one non calculator. Pupils will be given a first opportunity to sit both GCSE’s in the summer of year 10. Mock exams are taken at regular intervals to inform student progress and highlight development areas.

A brief description of KS5 course