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Greenback High School

Greenbank High School

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Mathematics

Mathematics is taught in ability groups in all years. The subject is popular with students at all levels of ability and has produced some very impressive results. Work is varied, fun and encourages students to work both individually and collaboratively. All pupils are encouraged to take an active role in all lessons and given the opportunity to solve problems using mathematical knowledge and skills. ICT is used to enhance the learning experience; all Mathematics rooms are equipped with Interactive White Boards.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8):

All year groups are taught in ability sets. Pupils arriving in Year 7 are grouped in the first half term, according to a combination of their Key Stage 2 information and base-line testing.

Pupils enjoy 7 lessons per fortnight, whilst homework (which should take students 30 minutes) is set 5 lessons per cycle. Exercise books are marked regularly to ensure pupils receive in-depth feedback.

We follow the National Curriculum for Mathematics and delivery includes the use of Collins textbooks supplemented by the collinsonlinelearning.co.uk website, which we subscribe to, as well as Mymaths, Mathswatch and Doddle. Teachers also use other resources that the department have produced to engage and challenge all students.

Assessment is carried out regularly, with results shared with students as quickly as possible. Self review sheets are completed so that students can identify areas of strength and weakness.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9 and 10):

The department follows the AQA Specification 8300. The current Year 10 will complete the course over two years and the current Year 9 over three years. The new GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (grades 1 – 5) and a Higher tier (grades 4 -9). Students must take three question papers at the same tier and all question papers must be taken in the same series. The content of the new GCSE Mathematics specification is grouped into the topic areas of Number, Algebra, Ratio, proportion and rates of change, Geometry and measures, Probability and Statistics. Each exam paper is worth 33⅓% and lasts for 90 minutes. No calculator is allowed for paper 1. Content from any part of the specification can be assessed on any of the papers. Exam papers include a mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems and the mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper. Students in Year 9 and 10 are taught four one-hour lessons a week and are placed into two bands, according to their option choices and then into sets, according to their ability within a band. There is also an opportunity for selected students to do extra maths in an intervention group as one of their option choices. Homework is set 5 lessons over the fortnight and each homework should take pupils approximately 30 minutes. End of unit tests are carried out regularly and assessments are given on a termly basis to track and monitor progress. We also currently offer Entry Level to students who need some extra support before starting their GCSE.

Students in Year 10 take part in a Maths Industry and Enterprise Day in the Autumn term. Companies are invited into school and meet with three groups of between fifteen and twenty pupils, each for a 90 minute session. They typically spend a short time introducing themselves and summarising what their job involves, before engaging the group in a ‘workshop’ activity involving some Mathematics. Some tasks are more practical than others, most involve logic skills, calculation and problem solving.

Key stage 4 (Year 11):

The department follows the Edexcel Specification A linear course over two years with the current Year 11. The GCSE is entirely assessed by written examination, which means that no coursework is expected from any student. The GCSE follows the two tiers introduced in 2006: Foundation tier, where grades G up to C may be achieved and Higher tier, where grades D up to A* are possible. The content of the GCSE Mathematics specification is grouped into the topic areas of Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measures, Statistics and Probability. Specification A is linear – this means that all examinations are taken at the end of the course and any part of the specification can be tested on any paper. There are two examination papers each worth 50% of the overall result. No calculators are allowed for paper 1. In the course there is a great emphasis on applying and using mathematics to solve problems, and some questions are set in contexts that students should expect to deal with in the real world. Students might Be asked to answer questions on, for instance, decorating a room or designing a garden. Questions also require students to be able to communicate the mathematics they have applied (a requirement called Quality of Written Communication, QWC, which is compulsory for all GCSE examinations). This may involve, for example, giving a reason for an answer, correctly setting out a proof or accurately marking up a statistical diagram. About 5% of marks in the examination are given over to QWC.

Pupils are currently taught Mathematics for 3 one hour lessons a week in Year 11 and are placed into two bands, according to their option choices, and then into sets, according to their ability within a band. There is also an opportunity for selected pupils to do extra maths in an intervention group as one of their option choices. Homework is set 5 lessons over a fortnight and each homework should take pupils approximately 30 minutes. Assessments are given on a termly basis and allow progress to be tracked. Interventions can then be arranged or movements made across sets if appropriate. Pupils in Year 11 sit Mock examinations in December. We also currently offer Entry Level to students who need some extra support before starting their GCSE.

Extra- curricular:

Selected pupils are entered in the United Kingdom Maths Trust Junior and Intermediate Challenges during the year. The Junior Challenge is open to students in Years 7 and 8 and the Intermediate to students in Years 9, 10 and 11. Students sit a one hour problem solving multiple choice exam paper and over the years students at Greenbank have been highly successful in achieving Bronze, Silver and Gold Certificates. High scoring students will then also have the opportunity to go further in the challenge and to compete in a European round.

 

We annually enter a team in the UKMT Team Challenge. This is a competition, which starts out regionally, and involves a team of four students from Years 8 and 9 working together as a team to problem solve and complete numerous mathematical challenges throughout the day. The winning school and possibly the runners up are then invited to take part in the National final.

We give opportunities to students in Years 7-10 to enter the Liverpool Maths Challenge, which is a competition that is usually run over February half-term and the Edge Hill Challenge which is a team competition open to Year 9.

Four Year 10 or 11 students will be selected to represent the school in the Runshaw College Maths Challenge. The students will complete numerous mathematical challenges during the day, competing against a number of other schools within the area.

Edge Hill College also offer Master classes to selected students in Year 9 who show a real passion and gift for Mathematics. These are run over a number of Saturday mornings and students who attend always come back to school full of enthusiasm.

Revision classes are run after school for Year 11 in the build up to their Mock and Summer examinations.


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Staff

Mrs C Bentzen - Director of Learning Mathematics

Mr  M Hunter - Assistant Director of Learning Mathematics

Mrs K Robinson - Assistant Headteacher, Maths Teacher

Mrs M Billingsley - Maths Teacher

Mr F Campbell - Maths Teacher and Pupil Premium co-ordinator for for Maths

Mr S Latham - Maths Teacher

Miss J McGowan - Maths Teacher and Assistant SENDCO

Mrs V Simmins - Maths Teacher and SENDCO

Mrs W Thorpe - Maths Teacher

Miss R Wilson - Maths Teacher


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