Introduction

Our Vision

The Mathematics Department at Loxford School will promote and support a comprehensive, interactive, innovative and dynamic learning environment that will empower our pupils for the future in this ever changing world.

Mission Statement

The Mathematics Department at Loxford School will provide an exemplary mathematics program that prepares our students to be life-long learners and responsible, numerate citizen. We endeavour to provide a learning centred environment in which the student is the performer and the teacher is the coach. The Department also hope that students will come to appreciate that whilst being an important tool in other subjects, Mathematics is a subject in its own right, and that there is a sense of awe and wonder to behold within its boundaries.

The aims of teaching and learning in Mathematics The Department seeks to develop in each student the following:

A positive attitude towards mathematics by:– seeing it as an interesting and attractive subject

  • helping them to appreciate the creative and aesthetic aspects of the subject
  • ensuring that persistence through sustained work is rewarded
  • giving credit and praise to improve confidence
  • encouraging students to themselves challenging targets

Sound numerical skills by:– ensuring that calculators are used sensibly and efficiently

  • the use of starters and plenaries to promote the use of mental skills
  • insisting that they learn relevant concepts and facts

A willingness to use algebraic skills by:– exploring mathematical patterns and sequences

  • identifying functional relationships
  • using correct and appropriate mathematical notation and language
  • using mathematics to model real-life situations

Raising spatial awareness by:– fostering an appreciation of the nature of space

  • encouraging them to use different representations
  • exploring properties of shape and space through the drawing and practical work
  • using appropriate Software packages to investigate transformations

An understanding of statistical enquiry by:– encouraging them to formulate their own hypotheses

  • collecting data from a range of sources by an appropriate sampling technique
  • communicating their findings through an appropriate and relevant charts and diagrams
  • using IT to facilitate the efficient data analysis and simulations
  • engaging in practical and experimental work
  • looking critically at the presentation of information
  • evaluating their work and recognising the limitations or bias within their work

An ability to use and apply Mathematics by:– raising an awareness of Mathematics across the curriculum

  • relating appropriate mathematical problems to life itself
  • developing an understanding through enquiry and experience
  • expressing problems in mathematical terms as an aid to their solution
  • fostering an ability to think clearly and logically with independence of thought and flexibility of mind.

Our expectations:

Mathematics has many applications in many walks of life including business, science, construction, design and statistics. It has enabled us to organise, communicate and manipulate information in efficient way, and gives us the chance to explain and predict things in real life. The mathematics department at Loxford, therefore, strives hard to help pupils learn how to solve problems which require the use of mathematical knowledge and techniques.

We aim to give all pupils the chance to play an active role in every maths lesson through the use of active learning techniques, such as:
• collaborative tasks, where pupils work in small groups to discuss and solve maths problems;
• class discussions using higher-order questioning techniques;
• the use of mini-whiteboards to collect and discuss answers from every pupil in the class;
• enrichment tasks;
• use of ICT to enhance learning through use of Interactive Whiteboards in every lesson.

KS3 and KS4

In our department we always aim to be innovative and creative with the way we deliver the curriculum to our students. Students work within a supportive and stimulating environment enabling virtually all to progress and achieve real success. We share a keen interest in the subject, a positive approach to our work and a commitment to bring out the full potential of each and every one of our pupils. We aim to involve pupils in a variety of approaches and experiences. We encourage independence of thought, yet also provide opportunity for our pupils to work in a co-operative manner, sharing ideas and developing communication skills. There is a real emphasis on making the learning of Mathematics fun, interactive and visual. Every teaching room in our department is equipped with an interactive whiteboard. PowerPoints are a regular feature of a typical Maths lesson in our department. Staff are supported by well designed, and heavily resourced, schemes of work.

Overview Calendars (attached)

Please click on the following links to view the relevant overview calendar:

Y7 Overview Calendar 2020-2021 Y8 Maths SOW Overview 2020-2021 Y10 FOUNDATION Overview Calendar 2020-2021 Y10 HIGHER Overview Calender 2020-2021 Y11 Foundation Overview Calendar 2020-2021 Y11 Higher Overview Calendar 2020-2021 Year 9 Higher overview SOW Year 9 Foundation overview SOW 2020-2021

The topics in each individual class may not be taught in this exact order. Individual teachers may decide on changes due to the needs of individual classes. However, all topics in each half term will be covered by each class.

KS3

Autumn  Spring Summer
Place value & numbers
Negative Numbers
Number operations – written methods Constructions
Sequences & Angles Graphs and Charts Sequences
Units of measurements
Perimeter & Area
Averages
Compare data
Decimal Calculations
Introducing Algebraic symbols & Expressions
Writing & Using Formulae
Reflection & Rotation
Symmetry & Translations
Ratio & Proportion
Fractions and percentages Linear equations – simple Properties of shapes
Properties of shapes Factors and multiples
Prime factorisation
Algebra, Number , Geometry and Data handling practice for End of Year Test
Graphs

Assessment:  All students have to sit an End of Half Term test just before every half term holiday. These scores and levels are recorded and monitored for progress. In addition to this several skills test with exam style questions are given to assess different topics.

Students are expected to attempt one written HW on a weekly basis. The worksheet will be provided by the teacher.

Year 8

In year 8 students are taught from broad based curriculum. Below are list of topics that are taught in Year 8.

Autumn Spring Summer
Integers and Decimals Calculations Equations, Functions and Graphs(2)
Measures & Mensuration Transformations Construction and 3D Shapes
Probability Sequences and Roots Analysing and Representing Data
Fractions, Decimals and percentages Collecting and representing Data Calculations
Angles and Shapes Ratio and proportions
Equations, Functions and Graphs (1) Equations, Functions and Graphs(2)

According to the result achieved from end of year test, Year 8 students are setted in two bands. There are six sets in each band.

At the end of each half term students are given opportunity to do functional maths tasks where they solve challenging tasks that arise from real life situation
Students from set one (there are two set one and two set two classes) are entered for United Kingdom Junior Mathematical Challenge.

Year 9

In year 9, students start GCSE syllabus and have to follow 3 year course where they complete the course and take the GCSE exam at the end of Year 11.Below are the GCSE units students do over the academic year.

Autumn Spring Summer
Calculations, checking and rounding Averages and range Ratio and proportion
Indices, roots, and reciprocals Representing and interpreting data The basics and real-life graphs
Factors, multiples and primes Scatter graphs Linear graphs and coordinate geometry
Standard form and surds Fractions Polygons, angles and parallel lines
Algebra: the basics Percentages Polygons, angles and parallel lines
Setting up, rearranging and solving equations Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry
Sequences
Averages and range

Year 9 students are set in a one band system and there twelve sets in total. Students in the higher sets (mainly set 1 to 3) are selected for GCSE statistics which is a separate GCSE course.

Students in the top set are entered for the United Kingdom intermediate Mathematical challenge.
Some our year 9 students are entered for the local and regional maths challenges.

 

What type of course do students follow?

The Mathematics Department at Loxford School follow a Linear GCSE Course.

Which examination board do you follow?

The Edexcel Examination Board. Further information is available from qualifications.pearson.com.

Subject content

  • 1 Number
  • 2 Algebra
  • 3 Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • 4 Geometry and measures
  • 5 Probability
  • 6 Statistics

Assessments

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. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

The information in the table below is the same for both Foundation and Higher tiers.

Paper Description Length Marks Weighting
1 Non-Calculator Paper (1 hour 30 minutes) 80 33⅓%
2 Calculator Paper (1 hour 30 minutes) 80 33⅓%
3 Calculator Paper (1 hour 30 minutes) 80 33⅓%

How do you group pupils?

The Mathematics Department broadly groups students into 4 tiers to ensure pupils are taught at an appropriate level. At examination time pupils will only sit the Higher or Foundation paper:

Textbook
Higher + Tier
Higher Tier
Foundation + Tier
Foundation Tier

Do you still have coursework / controlled assessment?
No coursework / controlled assessment in Mathematics.

When are pupils given homework?
Each pupil will receive one major homework piece per week from their class teacher.

Do you provide practise exam papers?
Yes. All students have access to past papers..

What internet sites do you recommend?

The Mathematics department has bought into an online study support package at: https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/

This website has video clips that students can watch and worksheets they can complete to enhance their learning.

Students can also find useful resources and puzzles at: http://mrbartonmaths.com/

Students can also use, http://www.mymaths.co.uk.This website has online lessons, Maths games, worksheets and homework sheets.

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 80% grades 9-4.

The Mathematics department at Loxford School have a number of initiatives to help our pupils boost their GCSE grade. Parents’ support and pupils’ participation can make a real difference in ensuring our pupils realise their full potential.
If you encourage your child to do the following then it will help them achieve a better grade in Mathematics:

1) Attendance and Punctuality. Attendance and punctuality to Mathematics lessons is essential as Mathematics is like a ladder. If a rung is missing, or if you don’t get a good grip on it, you’ll struggle to reach the next rung. If enough rungs are missing, it will be difficult to climb higher. If you do miss a lesson for a good reason, please see your teacher and catch up with the work missed.

2) Maximum effort in lesson. Come to lesson with the correct equipment and be mentally prepared to learn. Follow your teacher’s instructions, listen attentively to explanations, and put in maximum effort in the classwork. Ask your teacher for help if you do not understand. At the end of the lesson you should have learnt something, ask yourself what you have learnt.

3) Do your homework. Homework may seem like torture, but it is really designed to help you learn. The key to learning Mathematics is practice: do enough problems on solving linear equations, and you will eventually be able to do it in your sleep. Plus, as you do your homework, you will be able to identify concepts you do not understand and then you can ask your teacher for help or use resources on Fronter.

4) Use MathsWatch Video tutorials to continuously revise topics that you have covered in class. Continuous revision of topics that you have covered in class using your MathsWatch clips will help you retain what you have learnt in lesson and solidify your understanding. MathsWatch clips cover everything you need to know.
Do not just watch the clips, do the associated worksheet and exam questions which come with each clip.

As a general guide your child should be doing the following revision every week:
i. Higher Tier: 3 to 5 hours a week.
ii. Foundation + Tier: 2 to 4 hours a week.

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY IS ESSENTIAL.

NO AMOUNT OF REVISION CAN REPLACE TIME LOST IN THE CLASSROOM!

Mathematics Weekly clubs

Year group Day Room/ Teachers
KS3 Drop in (Years 7, 8, 9) Wednesday F18/SMI
Year 11 Tuesday All year 11
Year 13 Intervention Friday Year 13 teachers

Google classroom

    • All homework in the department will be uploaded onto google classroom for students to print and complete at home.