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 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.
What will I study in Mathematics?
Every learner at Halewood Academy studies maths as it is a core subject. 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. In Year 7, students build on their Key Stage 2 knowledge and each year they gradually build on their prior knowledge and the key skills they have developed.
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.
Revision sessions are available for all year groups after school and homework is set weekly on Hegarty Maths. Students written work is marked regularly with ways to improve and testing skills which they have studied. Students are then expected to complete green zone questions on areas where they have not done as well.
How is Mathematics examined?
Mathematics is examined through examinations at the end of the course, in Year 11, students will sit three examination papers (two calculator and one non-calculator paper). Students are given 90 minutes to complete each paper. There are two tiers of entry for this examination - Foundation Tier (Grades 1 to 5) and Higher Tier (Grades 4 to 9). Students are regularly given exam questions to work on in every year group to increase their confidence in preparation for their exams, there is also revision sessions available for all year groups.
Hegarty Maths is a fantastic resource which features a video and quizzes for every GCSE topic in the Maths curriculum. Students, in all year groups, are set homework once per week on Hegarty Maths and are encouraged to use this as a revision tool. Students all have individual logins and parent guides are available from Maths teachers. The Hegarty leaderboard, which is updated weekly, is displayed in the Maths department.
Within the department and across the school, we focus on improving the numeracy skills of all students to improve their ability to apply numeracy to all subjects. Students will receive numeracy homeworks in all subjects and regular numeracy competitions, trips and celebration days are held throughout the year.
Support and resource hub for parents
Mathematics is one of the most important qualifications that any UK resident will achieve. Not only does it give pupils the knowledge to deal with practical problems in the real world, it is also an important subject when applying for further education and jobs. If you would like to support your child with their studies then the Family maths toolkit is a website, which gives an abundance of information and advice regarding supporting maths at home.
Maths 4 Mums and Dads explains some of the milestones children make between the ages of 3-and-11-years-old. Although this website is aimed for Key Stage 2 the site has useful information and tips to support numeracy development.