Mr Q. Shereef – Subject Lead Mathematics
Compelling Learning in Mathematics
Challenge in mathematics is provided through depth. We aim to provide a conceptual journey through mathematics, engaging pupils in developing mathematical thinking and reasoning.
By exploring mathematics through discussion, the use of manipulatives and strategies within lessons, we help pupils see connections between the different areas of mathematics.
We allow pupils to follow their own ideas. In order to become skilled, confident problem solvers, we want to give pupils the opportunity to apply their thoughts to solve problems and through doing so, build up an awareness of problem solving strategies which will give them the confidence to meet future challenges.
Our aim is to create a harmonious community of learners where all pupils are valued.
Key Stage 4:
What will pupils learn?
You will develop the ability to
- use and apply mathematics effectively
- set out mathematical problems clearly using the appropriate symbols
- think abstractly using algebra
- organise and present information in a variety of forms (e.g. tabular or graphical)
- perform calculations by suitable methods (including mental methods and the use of calculators)
- work accurately
- recognise patterns and structure
- recognise and use spatial relationships in 2 and 3 dimensions
- use mathematical instruments to draw to an acceptable degree of accuracy
- carry out investigatory work
- discuss mathematical ideas.
How will pupils be assessed?
The course will be assessed through written examination papers only.
Candidates are entered for their final examination papers at different levels, according to their individual progress and attainment:
- Higher level will award grades 4-9 (with 9 being the highest)
- Foundation level will award grades 1-5
How will pupils be taught?
We include problem-solving; investigations; practical mathematics; teacher exposition; routine practice; use of appropriate software discussion. Homework will be regularly set in order to consolidate on previously learned concepts and to gauge understanding.
Mathematics at Falinge Park High School goes beyond the classroom and pupils are encouraged to participate in various competitions and activities. Each year we enter pupils for the UK Maths challenge. For our younger pupils, we run a Maths club each week. Additionally for KS4 pupils, mathematics teachers hold revision lessons after school to give support with learning and understanding.