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Falinge Park High School

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Mathematics

Ms S Glazewska – Head of 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’ or ‘can try’ attitude. Our pupils should expect in every Mathematics lesson to struggle, to be ‘stuck’, and not always to obtain the correct answer. We want them to realise that success can be the attempt at the problem, the learning experience gained and getting a correct answer is not the only way to be successful.

Together we create a supportive classroom where pupils are prepared to tackle the mathematical problems and not feel threatened when they get stuck.

We allow pupils to follow their own ideas and in order to become skilled, confident problem solvers  we want to  give them  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

As a forward moving Faculty we want to develop your children into aspiring adults equipped with the necessary skills they require in the future careers of their choice.

Curriculum

Year 7
Our aim in the mathematics faculty is to have an inclusive curriculum where all pupils feel safe, challenged and have a passion for learning.

The new Year 7 curriculum gives pupils the opportunity to develop into confident, expert learners. Pupils will encounter mathematical problems which will increase their abilities in mathematical reasoning and the intellectual processes of rationalising, gaining a logical approach to problem solving. In finding solutions to these complex mathematical problems, pupils will also improve their communication skills and ability to persevere.

Year 8
The Year 8 mathematics curriculum aims to build on the foundations of the previous academic year. Pupils are using the important skills of independent learning, research skills and resilience to solving complex problems. New topics, such as Pythagoras’ Theorem, are also introduced but a deeper level of understanding is expected. For pupils who are looking for a further challenge, the mathematics faculty offers a chance to enter the UK Mathematics Challenge. This is a national competition in which pupils have to apply their knowledge in solving very demanding problems.

Assessments are once a term. Pupils have the opportunity to gauge their understanding of topics and, with the support of their teacher, are able to make headway on areas of mathematics where they have fallen short of expected progress.

Year 9
The objectives of the Year 9 mathematics curriculum is to equip pupils with the necessary proficiency required to tackle the GCSE syllabus. Pupils routinely attempt questions which are based around the rationale of GCSE questions. Pupils are given the opportunity to gain a higher understanding of topics which include simultaneous equations, quadratic equations & trigonometry.

Pupils are always informed as to how advancement through different topics will be made and how their own knowledge will support them by using ‘learning goals’. This gives the opportunity for pupils to take responsibility for their learning.

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.

Progression
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.

Examination Board

GCSE Edexcel

Enrichment

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 and during the holidays to help our pupils prepare for external examinations.

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