We in the Maths department love Maths and want to inspire all our students to do the same. Our aim is to inspire and instil confidence in our students and to give them the necessary mathematical skills they need for life after Abbey Grange. One way in which we aim to make Maths enjoyable is through the use of functional activities, as we know that not all students learn in the same way. We are a Department who are heavily involved in the use of technologies and IPads feature in many of our Key stage 3 lessons. We also like to get involved in competitions and have a numeracy coordinator who promotes the use of numeracy across other subjects so that students can appreciate that Maths really is everywhere!! Throughout the school year, students of maths have the opportunity to take part in a number of competitions including: the year 7 & 8 pop maths challenge, the UKMT Junior, Intermediate, and Senior maths challenges, the senior team challenge and the maths team challenge. Many of these competitions provide students with nationally recognised awards.
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What will my child learn about in Mathematics this year? In year 7, students will study topics across the different strands of Mathematics; Number, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics. They will be encouraged to apply their skills to a range of real life problems and will be taught efficient ways for problem solving. Discovery Students will study the areas of different shapes, including triangles, parallelograms, trapeziums and compound shapes. They will be encouraged to discover how the space inside a shape relates to the length of its sides. They will investigate how and why we use different units of measure and discover how to convert between these different units. Celebration Students will celebrate the fact that geometry is all around us and will be encouraged to spot where this exists in everyday life and in their everyday routines. They will learn about the different facts and rules for angles, and will celebrate how geometry helps us in ways that they will not even recognise by studying bearings etc. Creativity Students will learn about different types of ways of displaying data in a creative and informative way. They will study the construction and interpretation of bar charts, pie charts, stem and leaf plots, and frequency polygons. Students will be encouraged to explore the benefits of each type of chart, and how each can display data in their own creative but unique way. Balance In this unit, students will study fractions in great detail. They will learn about equivalent fractions, and how finding equivalent fractions involves a process of balancing. They will also learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions proficiently using efficient methods for doing so. What type of homework will be set? Students will receive homework each week relevant to the topic that they are studying at the time. This may be a written piece of homework, an investigatory or research task, or even an on line task. How will my child be assessed in Mathematics this year? Students will be assessed at the end of every unit that they study (roughly every 2 weeks) and will then complete a self -assessment sheet which details the areas they have mastered, and the areas that they still need to develop. Each assessment will be approximately 20 minutes long. They will also be assessed formally on 2 occasions throughout the year. These assessments will take place in Dec/Jan and again in June/July. How can I support my child’s learning at home? Parents can help their children by ensuring they are prepared for lessons with the correct equipment. This includes a pen, pencil, ruler, protractor and compasses in addition to a calculator, which may or may not be scientific. A useful link to practice materials may be found at www.mymaths.co.uk .This gives many practice tutorials and questions at different levels together with answers. In addition to this, a host of useful material may be found on our website.
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My Maths Active Maths Maths Watch VLE
What will my child learn about in Mathematics this year? In year 8, students will study topics across the different strands of Mathematics; Number, Algebra, Geometry, Ratio and Proportion and Statistics. They will be encouraged to apply their skills to a range of real life problems and will be taught efficient ways for problem solving. Risk Students will study theoretical probability and will become familiar with the associated language of probability. They will learn how to identify the risk of events occurring by knowing that they are related to the associated probability. They will learn how to identify outcomes of an event in a logical way using several types of diagrams. Interpretation In this unit, students will study and explore the correlation and relationship between different variables. They will be encouraged to predict relationships using their knowledge of the world around us, and will learn how those relationships may be interpreted differently. Identity Pupils will learn how to identify an inequality, and how this differs from an equation. They will look at how to identify the set of numbers represented by an inequality and will go on to solve inequalities by using their prior knowledge of solving equations. Pupils will be encouraged to link inequalities to real life problems and may look at basic linear programming. Structures Students will revisit the notion of venn diagrams and will explore how and why we use them, and the history behind them. They will learn how to identify situations where venn diagrams are useful and will link this heavily to their prior knowledge of probability. Students will learn how to solve real life logic problems using this as a method. What type of homework will be set? Students will receive homework each week relevant to the topic that they are studying at the time. This may be a written piece of homework, an investigatory or research task, or even an on line task. How will my child be assessed in Mathematics this year? Students will be assessed at the end of every unit that they study (roughly every 2 weeks) and will then complete a self -assessment sheet which details the areas they have mastered, and the areas that they still need to develop. Each assessment will be approximately 20 minutes long. They will also be assessed formally on 2 occasions throughout the year. These assessments will take place in Dec/Jan and again in June/July. How can I support my child’s learning at home? Parents can help their children by ensuring they are prepared for lessons with the correct equipment. This includes a pen, pencil, ruler, protractor and compasses in addition to a calculator, which may or may not be scientific. A useful link to practice materials may be found at www.mymaths.co.uk .This gives many practice tutorials and questions at different levels together with answers. In addition to this, a host of useful material may be found on our website.
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My Maths Active Maths Maths Watch VLE
What will I learn? Mathematics is a compulsory subject at KS4, and is compulsory for all students at KS5 who do not achieve at least a grade 5 in KS4. All students will take exams in GCSE Mathematics and Functional Skills at level 1 or 2. It is the aim of the Mathematics department to prepare students for life, to improve their problem solving skills, and to extend their Mathematical knowledge. The way in which Mathematics is examined is changing, and all students currently in year 9 or below will take the new syllabus and exam. For many years, GCSE Mathematics has been assessed with grades A*-G. From 2017, the grades used will be 9 (highest) to 1 (lowest). There will be a moderate increase in both content and difficulty. Previous year groups at Abbey Grange have had the option of sitting two GCSEs but, with this increased difficulty and challenge, nearly all students will sit only one. The overall content of GCSE Mathematics will not change much. The course will be taught and examined in two tiers, Foundation and Higher. There will be a slight increase in the proportion of non-structured questions in the exam which, for most students, will represent an increase in difficulty. There will be a small increase in content, both at Foundation and Higher tier. We often provide the opportunity to study a harder qualification in Maths if we feel your child is capable of dealing with the skills and demands required, and we expect this policy to continue. Currently, a small number of students sit GCSE Further Mathematics in addition to normal maths; we will continue to offer this, or a very similar qualification. How will I be assessed? The new Mathematics GCSE will be assessed by three written papers at the end of year 11 (June 2018.) Each paper is one and a half hours and two of them are non-calculator. There is no coursework in GCSE Mathematics. The Functional Skills qualification is assessed by an exam of one written paper in January of year 11. What could I move onto? Most courses after GCSE require a grade 5 in Maths or above at GCSE. The new GCSE exam will provide a good platform to study AS- or A-level mathematics. The very brightest students can study Further Mathematics A/AS level. We are also investigating the possibility of a new level 3 qualification for those students who want to take their maths further but do not want to do full A level, and more details about this will appear soon. Presently, students who don’t achieve grade C in year 11 must continue with Maths in year 12. We expect that this policy will continue, with a grade 5 in the new system being the grade required for students to drop maths after KS4. A good grade in GCSE Mathematics is widely valued by all employers as it tells them you are good at problem solving. Functional Mathematics is particularly useful for those going onto apprenticeships.
Exam Board: AQA Course title and type of qualification: Mathematics GCSE Links & Resources
Parent View At Parent Consultation Evenings, you will be given the opportunity to voice your opinion about your child’s Maths lessons and their experience of Maths at Abbey Grange. This will be done through a short questionnaire, and if you would be interested in completing one then please ask your child’s Maths teacher at the end of your consultation. We would very much value your opinion and contribution to our on-going evaluation of the Department, as we are always looking for new ways to further improve upon our successful track record of student achievement. You can find the questionnaire here.
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