The Homewood Maths Department consists of a large supportive team of specialists with a positive outlook and high expectations of the students. This positivity is rewarded with a steady growth in our students’ results year on year and we expect 2017 to be no exception.
Year 7 and 8 Maths
Our aim is to provide all students with the opportunities to master the fundamentals of number in order that they become independent learners who are abstract thinkers and problem solvers. The curriculum we offer ensures that the students understand basic concepts thoroughly in a greater depth which then allows them to gain a cumulative understanding of strategies. We spend longer on topics so that pupils become fluent in them.
Through the introduction of Mastery Maths, problem solving is integrated throughout every lesson so students are required to learn the skills to select, understand and apply the relevant mathematical principle. They are taught to represent concepts through modelling, manipulatives and diagrams which allows them to make connections between different representations. We introduce bar modelling early in year 7 to develop the skills and competency needed. This gives them the confidence, resilience and ability to tackle any problem rather than repeating routines without grasping the basic principles.
We believe that students must be given the time to understand topics through exploration and investigation and we spend a long time deepening understanding, rather than accelerating through topics. We ensure that the vocabulary of mathematics is understood, allowing our students to feel comfortable with concepts before moving onto abstract representations.
KS4 and KS5
Our GCSE Maths follows the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) course and students are entered at one of two levels at the end of year 11, Higher or Foundation. Year 11 students will be graded from 9 to 1 at the end of this academic year. Grade 1 is the lowest and 9 is the highest possible grade. The Higher paper covers grades from 4 to 9 and the Foundation paper covers from 1 to 5. Each tier has three papers; one non-calculator and two calculator. All the exams are taken in May/June each academic year. This year’s GCSE exam dates are 25th May 2017, 8th June 2017 and 13th June 2017.
Our current A Level students follow the Edexcel Modular course split over two years. For year 12 the AS covers Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics 1 then for Year 13 they complete the A Level with Core 3, Core 4 and Decision 1. If taking Further Maths they also include at Year 12 Further Pure 1, Statistics 2 and Mechanics 1 together with Further Pure 2, Further Pure 3, Mechanics 2 and Mechanics 3 in Year 13.
New A levels in mathematics will be taught from September 2017. These are designed to follow on from the new mathematics GCSE which will be first examined in Summer 2017.
In KS4, there will be termly tests in the penultimate week of each term to help monitoring students’ progress throughout the academic year. An analysis will be made for each students to help identify the level of understanding of each topic for each individual students. Parents will be informed of the result and analysis spreadsheet will be emailed to parents at the end of each term. To help support the students’ progress, homework will also be given by the class teacher every week.
To enable all our Key Stage 4 and 5 students to obtain the most from their studies, we also offer a range of extra curriculum after school clubs and revision sessions as detailed below:
- For KS4: GCSE Revision sessions are run by most of our Maths staff on Tuesday and Thursday after school covering both Higher and Foundation Tier. There is also a further opportunity for Saturday morning/ Half Term Holiday revision sessions.
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The maths department also provide KS4 students to revise using the Mathswatch website. Students can access every topics that they will need to revise for their termly assessments and exams. Class teachers will provide the login details for their classes. The link for the website can be found below.
We have a Chess Club on Thursday lunchtime, available for all students and staff, beginners or the more experienced who wish to play.
We expect all our students to be prepared for their Maths lessons and bring with them suitable equipment including sharp pencils, rulers and pens. For the exams we try to provide a Maths pack for each desk but would ask that each student brings along 2/3 black pens and for the Calculator exam we recommend the Casio FX-85 GT-Plus, an excellent and easily attainable scientific calculator.
The Maths Department has an open door policy and welcome any enquiries from students and parents alike.
- For KS5: Later in the year, there will various drop-in and after school revision sessions available throughout the week and our A level teachers are always happy to advise students with any questions.