Mr Q. Shereef – Subject Lead Mathematics
“Good mathematics is not about how many answers you know… it’s how you behave when you don’t know”
– Author unknown
Compelling Learning in Mathematics
At Falinge Park High School we want our pupils to have a ‘can do’ attitude. Our pupils should expect in every Mathematics lesson to struggle, to be ‘stuck’, and not to worry if they do not obtain an answer. We want them to realise that success can be the attempt of a problem or attaining an insight into the problem and having the ability to ask ‘what if…’
Together we create a supportive classroom where pupils are prepared to tackle mathematical problems and not feel threatened when they exert themselves.
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 in everyday situations
- 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?
There are opportunities for a variety of learning styles. These include problem-solving; investigations; practical mathematics; teacher exposition; routine practice; use of spreadsheet, database, dynamic geometry and graphing computer programs; strategy games and discussion. Homework will be regularly set in order to consolidate on previously learned concepts and to gauge understanding.
All specialist mathematics rooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards.
GCSE Grade 5 in Mathematics may be required for many post-16 courses and careers; Grade 6 will be needed for AS/A Level Mathematics, Economics, Physics, and Grade 7 for Further Mathematics.
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, Bury College mathematics team challenge event and various competitions run by different companies. For our younger pupils, we run a Maths club each week. Additionally, mathematics teachers hold revision lessons after school to give support with learning and understanding.