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Mathematics

Department Vision:

  • To encourage all pupils to enjoy and fully engage with Mathematics.
  • To provide high quality support and opportunities for pupils of all ability.
  • To fully prepare our students for the GCSE and GCE examinations.
  • To provide all students with a sound understanding of functional mathematics for academic and working life.
  • To use a variety of teaching methods and activities to enhance the learning experience.
  • To use assessment and feedback methods that allow pupils to know and understand their targets and their current performance levels, and what they need to do to improve.

Every learner at Halewood Academy studies maths as it is a core subject. All of our students are taught in ability sets. Our lessons focus on supporting students and challenging them to deepen their understanding. Proficiency in maths is essential for adult life so we aim to ensure that all our students are able to make fantastic progress and become confident mathematicians. We include a range of problem solving questions in our lessons to secure understanding and prepare students for the types of questions they will have in their GCSE exams.

Students have maths four times per week and are set homework once per week to consolidate their learning.

What will I study in Maths?

The Maths that you study in preparation for your GCSE exams can be split into five main topics: Number, Algebra, Ratio and proportion, Geometry and Measures and Statistics and Probability.

Below is a brief outline of some of the topics covered in each half term for students in Year 7 - 10. 

Half term 1 – Number skills (factors, multiples and decimals) and basic algebra.

Half term 2 – Charts and graphs, percentages, equations and sequences.

Half term 3 – Shape (perimeter and area), angles and real life graphs.

Half term 4 – Transformations and ratio.

Half term 5 – Probability and plans and elevations.

Half term 6 – Indices, standard form and similar shapes.

 

The new GCSE has more demanding content and a different grading scale from 1-9. The examination will consist of 3 papers which will be examined at the end of the course in year 11. 

The will be two tiers of entry for this examination.

 Foundation Tier (Grades 1 to 5)

Higher Tier (Grades 4 to 9)

For the Edexcel Specification

There will be 3 papers for each tier each lasting 1 hours.

There will be 1 non-calculator paper and 2 calculator papers.

Grade 5 has a large proportion of old grade B content.

Grade 9 has A/S content.

3% of the population will be awarded a grade 9.

Examples of topics added to the higher GCSE curriculum

  • Use Venn diagrams
  • Find the equation of a tangent to a circle
  • Iteration
  • Solve quadratic inequalities
  • Find the nth term of a quadratic sequence
  • Geometric sequences with surds
  • Differentiation
  • Prove the circle theorems
  • Find inverse and composite functions

What you can do to support your child with the changes

  • Despite the changes maths stays the same! Use real life maths with them to develop their problem solving.
  • Ask to see their homework and discuss it with them.

Maths Websites for KS4

https://www.onmaths.com/

https://www.mymaths.co.uk/index.html

http://mathswebsite.com/

https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks4/maths/

https://corbettmaths.com/

 

Afterschool Maths Revision

Year 7

Monday

Year 8

Monday

Year 9

Thursday

Year 10

Tuesday

Year 11

Tuesday (Week 2)   Friday (Week 1)