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The Maths department aims to develop a passion for Mathematics for all pupils, and a clear understanding of the subject beyond the classroom. Through exploration and investigation of real life concepts a true appreciation of Mathematics will be achieved. We aim:
- for all pupils to reach their potential within the subject.
- to develop pupils’ problem solving skills, and their ability to think as independent learners.
- for every pupil to develop the confidence to tackle unfamiliar problems.
- for pupils to be able to calculate using appropriate mental methods.
- for pupils to be able to access Numeracy across the curriculum.
- for every pupil to fully appreciate the importance of Mathematics as a subject.
The Director of Mathematics is Mr Fabian Leonard email@example.com
The Harris Federation mathematics schemes of work for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 have been written in line with the aims and ethos of the new national curriculum and assessments.
The new assessment at Key Stage 4 will have a much greater emphasis on problem-solving and reasoning. All content taught in the new schemes will include application of knowledge and skills in a wide variety of problem solving, investigations and activities. Students will learn that success may not be immediate and, alongside encouragement, time will be given for students to puzzle out and choose the maths they need to apply in different situations.
Key Stage 3 (years 7 and 8)
In years 7 and 8 we will ensure that all students achieve fluency in their mathematics, developing a deep understanding of fundamental concepts and being able to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
At Key Stage 3 we will teach fewer things in greater depth, this means more time may be spent on one topic to secure thorough understanding of key concepts. This does not mean that students are not challenged or the pace of the lesson should drag. Expectations are that all students should achieve in line with the aims of the new curriculum, but students will be further challenged by questions that require deeper understanding or more complex problem solving in the focus topic rather than moving on to the next one.
Key Stage 4 (years 9, 10 and 11)
There are 25 units in the scheme of work at Key Stage 4, covering all the content of the new national curriculum at a pace that allows the pupils to achieve fluency as well as go on to tackle problem-solving and mathematical reasoning questions. Unlike the scheme of work at Key Stage 3, where there is little differentiation between Higher and Foundation tier, at Key Stage 4 there is a clear split to ensure curriculum delivery is tailored to the needs of the tier each student is likely to face in their final exams.
To ensure the tier of entry is correct, and give all students the best possible chance to access the correct tier, the Mathematics department at HBAED ensures that there is a focus on 'crossover' topics from Higher and Foundation at the start of Year 11. This enables the department to accurately assess which tier of entry will best suit students, ensuring that they maximise attainment but also, more importantly, progress.
The Harris Federation alongside AQA and Collins have designed a scheme of work where we can test the prior knowledge required for each unit before we teach it so that teachers can tailor their teaching to the class. There have been gold, silver and bronze problem-solving tasks designed for each unit so that pupils will continue to hone their resilience and problem-solving skills in preparation for the 1-9 GCSE specification.
Years 7 - 10
Pupils will be sitting their GCSE with AQA, specification 8300.
Year 11 will sit mock GCSE exams each half term and a report will be sent home detailing the marks that pupils got and the ones they didn’t so that they can tailor their revision to target the specific weaknesses.
Pupils receive maths homework on Hegarty Maths for numeracy mastery and either an additional curriculum-led piece, which could also be an online task from the website https://hegartymaths.com or a written task that the pupils are required to do in their books.
How to revise and prepare for exams
GCSE revision support and intervention for Year 11 Mathematics begins in September and runs until the Summer examinations.
See our exam preparation page for information about helpful revision guides and timetables, as well as details of additional interventions for each subject.
Other helpful resources
Maths is a crucial subject and significantly increases a student’s employability later in life by showing the problem solving and analytical skills that employers value so highly.
Students who do well in maths are given fantastic opportunities to pursue a number of careers. Some examples are listed below:
Professions (engineering, banking, accountancy, insurance)
Public sector (administration, civil service, health service, local government, police, armed forces)
Teaching (schools, colleges, universities, teaching English aboard)
Maths is also a subject which can be taken to a high academic level with students studying MAs and PhDs.