Mrs. G. James – Faculty Leader
Miss. L. Gourlay – 2nd in department (KS3)
Mr. A. Green – 2nd in department (KS4)
Miss K. Mitchell – 2nd in department (Numeracy)
Mrs. K. Forster – Assistant Headteacher
Mrs. E. Cooper
Miss. R. Evans
Mrs K. Howell
Mrs. S. Marsden
Mr. S. Neale – Year Leader
Faculty Mission Statement/ Aims:
The Mathematics Department aims to provide all students with a rewarding and enjoyable experience of mathematics. We will prepare students to become confident, numerate individuals who are able to deal with all aspects of mathematics in their chosen career and in all aspects of their adult life.
This will be accomplished through our commitment to excellent teaching, a well-designed curriculum with an interesting variety of lessons to motivate and engage all students. We have high expectations of all students so that they will recognise and achieve their full potential. We hope that students will develop their own skills in analysis, reasoning, creativity, collaboration and self evaluation so that they can meet the mathematical problems they face with thoughtfulness and enthusiasm.
Curriculum Details – Maths
Students in Year 7 follow the Mathematics Mastery scheme of work, which has been inspired by internationally recognised practice, particularly drawing on evidence from Singapore and Shanghai. It is a limitless curriculum, which allows students to investigate the different strands of Mathematics, and through problem solving and rich tasks, deepens their understanding of the subject.
Learning is based on the concrete, pictoral and abstract approach. Students are encouraged to use the manipulatives that are available to them and also draw diagrams to support their working. There is also an increased emphasis on the use of the correct mathematical language.
Assessment takes place at the beginning and end of each half term. Students are also given an end of year exam, which covers all topics studied throughout the year.
Homework for Year 7 is set using the Mathematics Mastery workbooks. It is students’ responsibility to look after these. Lost or defaced workbooks would need to be replaced by the student.
Students in Years 7 and 8 follow the Kerboodle scheme of work. Each year is broken down into 16 chapters, which cover the 5 main strands of Maths that are assessed at GCSE:
Assessment take place at the end of each chapter and all students sit an end of year exam, which covers all topics studied throughout the year.
Students in Year 10 and 11 follow the AQA New GCSE Maths Specification (8300) course which we have broken down into 22 chapters. Students study chapters 1-11 in year 10 and 12-22 in year 11.
|Year 10||Year 11|
|1||Calculations||12||Ratio and Proportion|
|2||Expressions||13||Factors, Powers and Roots|
|3||Angles and Polygons||14||Graphs|
|4||Handling Data||15||Working in 3D|
|5||Fractions, Decimals and Percentages||16||Handling Data|
|6||Formulae and Functions||17||Calculations|
|7||Working in 2D||18||Graphs|
|8||Probability||19||Pythagoras and Trigonometry|
|9||Measures and Accuracy||20||Probability of combined events|
|10||Equations and Inequalities||21||Sequences|
|11||Circles and Construction||22||Units and proportionality|
Although everyone studies the same chapters, the work is differentiated into Foundation and Higher tiers.
Students sitting the Foundation paper have the opportunity to achieve grades 1 – 5. Higher students have the opportunity to achieve grades 4 – 9.
Students will sit 3 written exams at the end of year 11:
- Paper 1 – Non Calculator paper, 1 hour 30 minutes, 80 marks
- Paper 2 – Calculator paper, 1 hour 30 minutes, 80 marks
- Paper 3 – Calculator paper, 1 hour 30 minutes, 80 marks
We use www.kerboodle.com to support our scheme of work. The website has work books, homework books, help videos and much more. All students have access to this website and should use it on a regular basis to assist their learning.
All students in KS4 are given a unique login for PiXL Maths, this is an excellent app that allows students to practise and revise all topics.
Students can buy revision guides from their teachers for £4. Targeted grade 9 books are also available for £2.50.
There are many websites that can be used at home to support their learning, but we recommend the following:
Students are set homework on a regular basis, when it is deemed to beneficial to the students’ learning. Homework may be written or computer based and students are rewarded with RAPP points for completion.
All homework is detailed on the ‘Class Charts’ system so losing homework is never an issue.
Pupils need to bring their own pen, pencil and ruler. In addition they may wish to bring their own 360° protractor, compass and calculator. In lessons and exams we use a Casio calculator with model number fx83GT PLUS and would recommend that if you are buying a calculator to bring to school or use at home you buy this model to avoid any confusion.
There is a lot of emphasis on how pupils present their work in Maths. All graphs and diagrams should be completed with pencil and ruler and pupils should show all stages of working. These expectations apply to both homework and classwork.
As part of the Seaham High School Ambassador programme we have a Senior STEM ambassador assisted by other STEM focussed ambassadors. These students will be organising a variety of STEM based competitions and activities. Previous competitions have included trying to stop a Valentine’s Day biscuit from breaking when dropped from the balcony by building something from paper and creating a cardboard car powered by a spring.
Within the Mathematics faculty we intend to promote STEM activities and are particularly keen to engage girls. We have visited the STEM jobs for girls’ conference and are looking for more local events ran particularly to encourage girls to participate more in STEM activities, to hopefully inspire them to pursue careers linked to STEM. Nationally we have a huge shortage of skilled people in these areas and women are a growing but under-represented proportion of this workforce.
We participate in competitions such as the STEM Challenge Day Event and UKMT maths challenges and team challenges. We will be attending university run events including Christmas maths lectures.
Students can participate in the F1 in schools program in partnership with Nissan (including a one week industrial cadet course). This is a prestigious International competition and National winners compete in World finals at an F1 Grand Prix event.
The Bletchley Park Outreach program visited our school and Year 9 students participated in code-breaking lessons and had the opportunity to use an actual WWII German Enigma machine. We hope to continue this in the future.
Students can also participate in the National Cipher challenge another National and International competition with prizes awarded for breaking a series of increasingly more difficult encoded messages that relate to a different themed story each year.
Further activities will be organised each year and will be publicised in school.
Pupil of the Month
Each teacher within the department selects one student per calendar month as their ‘Pupil of the Month.’ This may be due to their motivation, improvement, an outstanding test result, or generally just being great! We are grateful to Seaham’s very own ‘Lickety Split’ for sponsoring these awards and giving the deserved winners a free ice cream sundae.
Problem of the Week
Each week during term time there is a ‘Problem of the Week’ displayed in all Maths classrooms. Students can enter at any point during the week and all correct entries are placed in a draw for a prize at the end of the week. A great opportunity to show off their problem solving skills.
If parents have any concerns or would like advice about their child’s progress in Mathematics they can contact their child’s Maths teacher, directly or via the school office.
Parents may, of course, wish to speak directly to the head of department, Mrs James, and are welcome to do so.