Mathematics

Aims:

The Mathematics Department at Noadswood aims to develop each student to their full potential.  We provide varied and interesting lessons so that the students enjoy their work.

Results:

Our results are amongst the best in Hampshire with average A* to C grades of 80%.  Some students take GCSE Mathematics as well as FSMQ Advanced level Additional mathematics.  Many also have the opportunity to study for a GCSE in statistics as well as the standard GCSE.

Key Stage 3

Students are set in classes by ability from Key Stage 2 results at the start of year 7.  A wide variety of teaching methods and resources are used.  These include formal teaching, interactive games, text book and group work.  Progress is monitored by book marking, termly tests and weekly homework.

Key topics covered in Key Stage 3 include algebra, statistics, geometry and measures and number.  As students move through the key stage they study these topics at an increasingly higher level.

Key Stage 4

All students work towards GCSE Mathematics from EdExcel.  If they are a particularly able mathematician, there will be the opportunity to study Statistics GCSE or the ‘Additional Mathematics’ level 3 qualification as well as the GCSE.  For students who find Mathematics challenging we work at their pace, do all we can to improve their confidence so that they enjoy lessons and achieve their full potential.

MyMaths

MyMaths is an internet based programme which has a huge selection of ‘lessons’ on all topics and for all levels.  Students can access them at home and at school, which is particularly useful for revision and consolidation.  Homeworks can also be set on MyMaths (as each student is given their own login and password) and marked online.  To have a look at a sample page on MyMaths click here.

Maths Watch

Maths Watch is an interactive resource available via the Virtual Learning Environment to provide students with online assistance with their mathematics.   To look at a demonstration version of Maths Watch click here.

Extra-Curricular opportunities

The UK Maths Challenge (year 8)

The National Cipher Challenge (year 9)

The Exon Maths Challenge (year 10)

Pre exam revision classes

 


Frequently Asked Questions

What courses do you offer?

We offer three courses. All pupils study the Mathematics GCSE. This consists of 3 examinations, one is non-calculator. Our most able Mathematicians do their GCSE in year 10. Then in year 11 they study a Free Standing Maths Qualification. This introduces them to some of the A Level topics and extends their knowledge and skills, allowing them to look at more complex problems. Some students will also be given the opportunity to study the Statistics GCSE alongside their main one. 

What do students achieve?

As a department we are proud of the results the pupils achieve. The past few years over 79% of our pupils have gained a grade 4 or above. For Statistics 100% have achieved a grade 4 or above and with over 60% achieving a grade A-C in the FSMQ.

What does Maths look like in year 7

As a department we continue to build on the mastery style of teaching that they are familiar with in primary school. We do set the pupils  so that the pace and understanding is appropriate to their ability, so all can make good progress in a secure environment.

When does the GCSE preparation begin?

During Key stage 3 an emphasis is placed on developing and mastering the necessary skills for GCSE. Once they reach year 10 we begin looking at the application in greater depth. The pace at which this happens is dependent on the understanding and confidence of the pupil for the content. 

Why is Maths important?

A focus in Mathematics is not only about gaining knowledge and skills. There is a bigger emphasis on problem solving and reasoning. These are skills that will be invaluable throughout their lives.

Will my child enjoy maths?

You will enjoy Maths at Noadswood if you like challenge, problem solving and reasoning. We aim to ensure all our students think hard, are able to convincingly justify solutions and become confident in their ability.

My child struggled with Maths in primary, how will you help?

We set our pupils early so that they feel confident within a group. The pace of work is pitched to their ability so they do not feel over whelmed. Differentiated materials are made available where appropriate and we will meet with pupils on a 1-1 to give extra support.

What do students go on to do with Maths?

Our more able students go onto study A Level Maths, Sciences or Computer Science. Many have gone on to University to study Maths or Engineering. For the majority of students, achieving their grade 4 and above allows them to begin a wide range of courses. Having the Maths qualification also enables pupils to access the variety of apprenticeships available.

 

What is it that is so amazing about your subject?

  • It challenges pupils.
  • Gives pupils the opportunity to think hard.
  • Develops problem solving skills necessary throughout life.
  • Immense satisfaction when they understand something difficult.
  • There is usually a definite solution.

What is it that you guys do well?

  • Encourage pupils to give things a go and build confidence.
  • Support pupils if they are struggling
  • Help them to develop routines.
  • Enthusiastically deliver lessons that are well thought through for their ability.

Why do students enjoy your subject?

  • They like the fact that there is a definite outcome most of the time, success is easy for them to see.
  • They enjoy the challenge.
  • Consistency within in the department.

What support do you offer?

  • Catch up sessions for those who had found either classwork or homework difficult.
  • Revision classes for year 11.
  • Direction towards IT support if they need it.
  • Support materials to help scaffold work and differentiate tasks where appropriate.

How rich is the curriculum, what do we offer

We offer 3 GCSE’s. All pupils do the main GCSE. Our most able do the Free Standing Maths Qualification and some will do the Statistics GCSE.

Year 7 Maths Club, UKMC, Competition links with Southampton University.

What are Maths proud of?

A dedicated team of specialist teachers whose priority is the learning and welfare of the pupils in their care and our exam performance, past two years achieving 79% grade 4 and above.