Maths

Introduction

At Wye School, as part of the National Curriculum, we teach our pupils to be confident problem solvers with a good foundation in number work which supports all strands of mathematics. At KS3, we follow the United Learning scheme of work in years 7 and 8 where students master each mathematical topic in depth. Students begin their mathematics GCSE in year 9 by studying number, ratio and proportion, geometry, statistics and algebra to maximise their attainment in the EDEXCEL GCSE.

We assess our pupils regularly with end of topic tests for each topic (usually around 4 a half term). KS3 students also receive 3 large assessments each year testing all of the mathematical topics they have studied.

In lessons, we use a variety of approaches such as group work and independent reflection. To enrich the learning of our most able students, we create a positive learning environment with stimulating open ended problems. For our lower ability pupils, we incorporate a stronger focus on core number skills to secure a fundamental understanding before moving on.


Years 7 and 8

Students begin their mathematical studies at Wye by securing and extended their application of number work in the Autumn term. By the end of the first year, we expect all students to be confident in mathematical reasoning and problem solving questions for any area of the curriculum. Students in year 7 and year 8 also begin each lesson with a numeracy task to ensure they have quick recall of basic mathematical methods.

Parents can support their child’s learning by practising times tables and mental maths in everyday life such as baking, reading bus timetables or working out change. At Wye, parents can also use the HegartyMaths and TTRockstars online learning platforms to support their children.


Years 9, 10 and 11 GCSE Maths

Students in year 9, 10 and 11 are all working towards their EDEXCEL 3 year GCSE. Students are taught all of the topics on the GCSE course and are taught to master the three assessment objectives; mathematical fluency, mathematical reasoning and mathematical problem solving. We ensure that our lessons interweave a variety of topics and skills whilst working towards one learning objective to ensure students retain previous learning and can apply mathematical methods in different contexts. Students will either sit the foundation or the higher tier based on their attainment across the 3 years.


Homework

All students at Wye receive two pieces of maths homework per week. These are set online on HegartyMaths with bespoke tutorials that students can use to access the maths. HegartyMaths can be found at: https://hegartymaths.com/

For more information about the mathematics curriculum, please contact Ms R Burden - rachael.burden@wyeschool.org.uk

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