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23/05/24

Our Student Council has been working on a group project with students from James Allen's Girls' School to organise a writing competition focused on . Find our more about our neurodiversity writing competition at https://t.co/xnEkgtfYj5 pic.twitter.com/NTHnNajSD4

23/05/24

See our latest science experment with our Science Technician, Dr. Rudolf Van Koningsveld. This one is on convection... https://t.co/boc1XYMjJt

12/05/24

Harris Dulwich Boys is pleased to announce a partnership with in support of their State School Sixth Form Cricket Programme. Details https://t.co/pLEr6OKPi1

30/04/24

Science experiments with a Science Technician. Experiment 1: metals reacting with oxygen. In this series, our Science Technician, Dr. Rudolf Van Koningsveld, RSciTech, will demonstrate experiments that are part of the Year 7 to Year 11 curriculum. https://t.co/dixREUEioo

22/03/24

Delighted to welcome and his team into our academy this week to film for his latest book. Inspiring our students to develop their reading further.

18/03/24

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that our Science Technician, Rudolf Van Koningsveld, has been awarded The Registered Science Technician Award (RSciTech), a registered mark recognising excellence for technicians working in science education! pic.twitter.com/v7kYxDhU4E

18/03/24

Year 11 students dazzled the examiner with their recent GCSE Component 2 performances, worth 20% of their overall grade.Performing two gripping extracts from 'Starlight Express', the students showcased months of hard work and dedication, leaving the examiner in awe. pic.twitter.com/eAc3eRjgae

18/03/24

Principal's Breakfast on Friday celebrated ten students nominated for 'doing the right thing all the time' this week by their teachers. Each week the winners receive a free breakfast, gift voucher and certificate pic.twitter.com/vfyD3TDyLS

21/02/24

🎉Congratulations to both and on maintaining their Outstanding Ofsted judgments following recent inspections!Read more about their success here:https://t.co/cXhlAIPOFJ

21/02/24

🎉Congratulations to both and on maintaining their Outstanding Ofsted judgments following recent inspections!Read more about their success here:https://t.co/cXhlAIPOFJ

21/02/24

Very happy to be featured in this week along with following both our Ofsted 'Outstanding' ratings. We're incredibly proud of our staff and students and it's lovely to have our success celebrated! https://t.co/UMwA7yMjcG

20/02/24

Year 12 and 13 students were treated to a talk about economics (and careers) by Chief Economist Peter Arnold . "Peter's talk has encouraged me to pursue a career in economics," said Imran. "I look forward to learning more about the macroeconomic policies in my course." pic.twitter.com/y6KPjVpk7K

15/02/24

We had fun last week celebrating our recent Ofsted 'Outstanding' Award with students. We were very proud of the way our students conducted themselves during the visit. They were a true credit to themselves, our Academy and their families. https://t.co/Frz4TrGe5f pic.twitter.com/S27e95IBt4

13/02/24

Get your tickets for our latest school production, Bugsy Malone, 13th and 14th March 2024. Tickets available on ParentPay from 19th February. Don't miss! pic.twitter.com/mfp6r7W1xP

13/02/24

We are thrilled to announce that our student, Sebastian, has emerged as the winner in the Southwark Regional Final of Jack Petchey's Speak Out Challenge. A compelling and persuasive performance indeed! https://t.co/iJGSNARJai pic.twitter.com/lrwpFhyoyL

06/02/24

Our Art Prefects have had their second workshop with ceramicist Marie Tricaud. Students fired their ceramics in the kiln and applied coloured glaze. We experimented with colour and different painting techniques, finishing with beautiful results https://t.co/UyUjtBhnU3 pic.twitter.com/hALsSeg85L

01/02/24

Younes, Lawrence, Artur and Chowdhury competed in the Year 7 Spelling Bee earlier this week, taking on challenging words such as onomatopoeia, armageddon, connoisseur, fluorescent, leprechaun, garrulous and haemorrhage. A superb effort from our team! pic.twitter.com/f3onldp091

29/01/24

Urban Plan delivered a great urban development workshop today. Year 10 students were split into five 'development companies' and had to show industry professionals why their team should gain the opportunity to develop a new town centre. https://t.co/DyBJtLqfuN pic.twitter.com/mT1G2GLMOO

29/01/24

On Friday we held a special rewards breakfast for all the boys who helped with our Winter Showcase music concert at the end of last term.It was the largest amount of students we have had in one concert, so well done everyone. Our next event is Bugsy Malone in March! pic.twitter.com/QmVbi8qwuT

25/01/24

Our debating team made waves at the recent competition held at Sydenham High. Twelve of our best debaters rose to the occasion, demonstrating their eloquence and critical thinking. Judges praised their poise and respectful engagement with their opponents. Well done boys! pic.twitter.com/UIXm2Ec43h

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Mathematics

Our Mathematics curriculum intent is to provide an engaging and stimulating curriculum where all students can thrive as problems-solvers, while appreciating the importance of numeracy and mathematics in our ever-evolving world.

The curriculum plan for all year groups can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.

Our adaptive curriculum allows us to meet the needs of all students irrespective of their social background, developmental and intellectual abilities, and capabilities.

It nurtures independent and critical thinking through evidenced-based teaching pedagogies, strategies and lesson support - such as direct instruction, dual coding, live marking and feedback, stretch and challenge, applied learning time, retrieval practice and interleaving.  

We ensure our curriculum teaches and highlights skills that are transferrable to all careers and is relevant to personal challenges we will all encounter in life. 

Within our department, we promote a growth mindset which enables our students to form logical conclusions, emphasise precision, and utilise their analytical skills. We encourage our students to be confident, ambitious, and resilient when solving problems, curious in their questioning and respectful with their feedback.  

Our Maths curriculum is a vital part of providing all students with the Master Key to their futures.

For further information on the Maths curriculum please contact Director of Maths, Karl Grant k.grant@harrisdulwichboys.org.uk

Maths banner

Year 7

Year 7 is about gaining a full grasp of the foundation knowledge of mathematics, so that students have the building blocks they need for all mathematics topics up to Year 11. The curriculum is not burdensome, but helps students make the transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3 and bridges any gaps they may have. Although students study basic algebra at primary school, for example, their knowledge level varies greatly, so we need to be ready to fill any gaps.

Although Year 7 is about covering the basics, it also gives students access to content that is slightly above the basics. They will use the number skills they have already gained to access higher order questions such as, for example, transferring number skills to fractions and properly learning the difference between negative and positive integers. Our curriculum is ‘spiral, which means any topic introduced in Year 7 will be reintroduced later on, when it will be taken to a more advanced level.

Year 8

In Year 8, students use the skills they have learned in Year 7 but apply these skills to higher order questions and different topics. For example, in Year 7 students learn about positive and negative integers, but in Year 8 we take this knowledge and apply it to algebra. This same knowledge is used to complete topics such as expanding brackets and factorising (learning now to multiply a number by a letter).

Year 8 students also apply the skills they have learned in Year 7 to more real-life contexts to solve basic real-life problems, such as using skills learnt from percentages to do financial mathematics related to utility bills and mortgages. This means learning becomes more contextual.

Year 9

In Year 9, we help students bridge the gap between Key Stage 3 and the Key Stage 4, which starts in Year 10. By now, most students will have a good grasp of Key Stage 3 skills but the gap between this and Key Stage 4 can be wide, so we need to make sure students are ready.

In Year 9 we introduce exam-style questions – not at GCSE level, but still more in-depth than questions they have tackled so far. In Years 7 and 8, questions are reasonably straightforward (step 1, step 2, solve) but in Year 9 questions have more ‘interleaving’ – ie questions that connect various topics rather than treat them separately. So, for example, students have already learned how to calculate the area of a rectangle and about fractions, but in Year 9 they will be given one question that requires them to calculate the area using fractions. These more complex questions prepare them for the GCSE syllabus.

Year 10

In Year 10 students start their GCSE curriculum, but our emphasis is not solely on grades. We make sure students understand how mathematics will be essential whatever career path they might follow in future. In Year 10, students will be thinking about what professions they might want to follow, so we make sure students know the transferrable skills of mathematics will be useful to them whatever they do in their lives.

In Year 10, more in-depth questioning is introduced, such as on Pythagoras’ Theorem, but still with a real-life application. There is a much greater emphasis on accuracy, so that students understand how the level of accuracy they achieve relates to the mark they will obtain.

Year 11

Year 11 is about enabling students to get the exam results that will give them the Master Key for the future. Mathematics is essential for all careers and in Year 11 we have intervention programmes to make sure every student receives the best possible outcome. Most of the topics taught in Years 7-10 will be repeated, but to a higher degree. We have no minimum standard we expect students to achieve but aim for the maximum in all cases, because we know Year 11 will create the pathway for their future.

Students also tackle questions that are more abstract (ie they may not seem to relate to real-life situations), the aim of which is to improve their cognitive and problem-solving skills. This also gives students insight into whether they want to pursue Maths at Key Stage 5.

Years 12-13

At HBAED Sixth Form, mathematics starts with a celebration of students’ successes before embarking on a more specialised pathway which will help students shape their future.

Mathematics A-Level is one of the most popular choices at A-Level and this is a testament to the versatility of this subject. Employers and universities know that the skills learned and honed during A-Level mathematics are applicable to all situations. Our students are guided and supported to build resilience and develop independent study habits that bridge the gap between school and university or employment.

HBAED’s A-Level Mathematics programme is made up of pure, statistics and mechanics content which is tested in an exam at the end of the two-year course. This content is a combination of developing ideas and skills learnt at GCSE and introducing new concepts. We have specialist teachers who mentor students to help them achieve success which will take them into their adult life.  

A-Level Mathematics is included in many university course requirements and support is given to students during the application process from both the Sixth Form staff and the specialist mathematics teachers.  

Homework

Pupils receive maths homework on Sparx Maths and either an additional curriculum-led piece, which could also be an online task from Sparx or a written task that the pupils are required to do in their books.

A video introduction to Sparx Maths

Extra-curricular maths

2 2314 gcThe mathematics experience of our students at HBAED goes beyond the teaching and learning that takes place in the classroom. Extra-curricular activities carried out through the Maths Club, quiz competitions and trips are used to supplement excellent classroom practices while aiding the development of positive relations amongst students as well as students and staff.

Our Maths Club stimulates the curiosity our students by linking knowledge from the class curriculum to real-life practices and careers linked to maths. To improve motor skills and exposure to careers such as architecture, students use tessellations to make models of real-life objects such as a football and other prisms. Financial mathematics such as budgeting and making sustainable spending choices are done in the form of activities that improve confidence and the ambition of our students.

2 2363 eIn addition to our Maths Club, we have Key Stage 3 quiz competitions focusing on numeracy as well as ‘Literacy in Mathematics’ to promote the literacy development of our students. Pi Day is an activity-rich day where students are immersed in maths activities including presentations about influential mathematicians and the important role women have played in mathematics.

Finally, trips play an integral role in providing students with possible pathways after GCSE and A levels. Students visit corporate offices such as Salesforce Tower to observer what the working world is like as well as to receive career advice from the professionals present.

Gallery of students' work

Maths marking feeding

Maths marking feedback


Excellent presentation of work

Evidence of work 1


Teacher-student dialogue using 'live marking'

Evidence of work 2

 

Helpful resources

Click HERE to see past papers and further revision resources for Maths and other subjects.

It is vital for you to prepare for the upcoming maths assessments as best as possible and work effectively outside of lessons. The best way of doing this is to go through the past papers that have been given in class and work through the questions you got wrong. Aim to answer 3-5 more questions each time you go through the paper. Below are the three steps to take when revising.

1) Pinpoint booklet (https://www.pinpointlearning.co.uk/). This individual maths matrix button shows you the topics where you need to focus on (red topics). If you hover over the topic, you will get the exact question to practice and the markscheme for it. The login details are on each Pinpoint booklet you have received. On the left of the topic list it shows you the Hegarty Maths clip for that particular topic for video guidance and help on it. You can also access your personalised revision booklet and the solutions from this website.

2) Sparx Maths (https://sparxmaths.com/)

3) Corbett Maths (https://corbettmaths.com/contents/). This website contains past paper questions and worked solutions for every topic. This is the place to go for more practice questions on whichever topic you are practising. The website is free to use and no log in is required.

Further to the above, you have also received a revision guide at the start of the year which its packed with concise, friendly explanations of every topic, explained with plenty of step-by-step examples. Grade information of 1 to 9 is also included to show the difficulty level of each topic, and there are exam style questions at the back of the page to test you on the important skills. This guide also contains two extra practice papers to help you.

If you need more guidance please email your teacher and they will respond with more resources.

Please make sure when revising that you have the following: pen, pencil, ruler, protractor, compass and calculator for your upcoming maths assessments.


A Level

All resources for A Level Maths can be found on https://integralmaths.org/. Pupils have their individual logins and can contact Mr Grant if they have forgotten them.

Integral Maths contains lessons, quizzes and most usefully topic exercises with fully worked solutions. Pupils should ensure they complete the level 1 and level 2 exercises for each topic and then look at the worked solutions for help. Level 3 exercises should be attempted as a Stretch & Challenge activity.


Useful Maths revision websites

http://pinpointlearning.co.uk/

https://corbettmaths.com/contents/

https://integralmaths.org/


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 links

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-a-2010.html

https://mathswatchvle.com/

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/gcse/mathematics-8300

http://www.mymaths.co.uk/

https://mathswatchvle.com

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/maths/

http://studymaths.co.uk/

Careers

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.