VISION & INTENT
The Mathematics Faculty aims to build and uphold a rich, diverse and challenging curriculum that is deep and intense in subject knowledge, which not only meets the needs of the annual examinations but simultaneously is inclusive of the needs of all students. We aim to prepare students’ with the confidence and mathematical skills required in life and the work place. Our syllabus is led by the national curriculum with a range of tasks that emphasize problem solving, investigations and practical activities. This encourages students to become independent learners.
Students are set from Year 7 through to Year 11 (they are placed according to prior attainment and are able to move between sets depending on their progress). Students are also encouraged to work with the mathematics they encounter in everyday life: estimating the cost of a shopping bill, comparing supermarket offers and working out best buys, reading information from maps and timetables, adapting recipes and developing their understanding of money management such as budgeting, bank accounts and credit.
We take part in a variety of annual competitions aimed to enrich pupils’ mathematical understanding. These include the UKMT tests, which all top set students are entered for.
ACADEMIC INTERVENTION IN MATHEMATICS
Homework helps to consolidate learning that takes place in class. It will be set formally, once each week and notified through planner and DPR (Dynamic Progress Reporting). This can be in the form of a worksheet or online tasks set from www.mathswatchvle.co.uk or www.mymaths.co.uk sources. The time taken to complete homework will increase from 30 minutes in year 7 to 60 minutes in year 11.
Homework tasks can be viewed by both students and parents via the DPR link on the Eastlea Community school website. Students can also pursue independent study throughout the year as each individual is issued with login details for www.mathswatchvle.com.
Attending Exam Skills and targeted intervention sessions are great ways to consolidate learning, so there will be an expectation that students attend Maths study clubs and intervention sessions regularly. Throughout the year a range of assessment methods will be used to measure progress. These will include marking and feeding back of class work and homework, end of unit tests, end of term tests and end of year tests. Progress will then be communicated to parents at various times in the year.
ENRICHMENT & EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
We focus on developing personal learning and thinking skills to provide a solid foundation for our young learners. We encourage them to think out of the box by embedding functional aspects of Mathematics in our work. Maths department organises various outdoor trips to explore maths in real life context. The high achievers take part in the UK Maths Challenge and similar activities like ‘Chess for All’, ‘Maths relay.’
Most able and enthusiastic students from Year 10 and Y11 get the opportunity to attend fortnightly GCSE enrichment sessions at King’s College London Mathematics School.
USEFUL LINKS & RESOURCES
Textbooks, Recommended Books and Study Guides:
Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Higher Student Book published by Pearson
Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Foundation Student Book published by Pearson
CGP Revision guides
www.vle.mathswatch.com Username and password is provided by the maths teacher of your child.
Recommended Internet Sites to help students achieve:
CONTACT DETAILS FOR MATHEMATICS
Rashed Mostafa - Curriculum Team Leader of Mathematics
Muhammad Abu Naser - Acting Curriculum Team Leader of Mathematics
Daniel Boachie - Subject Coordinator of Mathematics
If you wish to make contact please mark FAO at:
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT & INFORMATION
Make sure that your child comes to school equipped for Mathematics lessons. In addition to the minimum equipment: a calculator, an angle indicator (or protractor) and a pair of compasses will be useful for Mathematics lessons.
Encourage your child to work out simple arithmetic mentally to help sharpen their arithmetical skills.We believe that students achieve their full potential only when the school and the family work closely together and communicate effectively. If at any stage you are concerned or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Mathematics teacher.