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Maths

Aims:

  • To set challenging targets with high expectations for all pupils.
  • To offer a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate pupils and demand their active participation.
  • To smooth the transition for pupils between Key Stages and ensure progression in teaching and learning throughout their time at Harborne Academy.
  • To explore enrichment opportunities outside the curriculum to enhance pupils’ enjoyment of mathematics.

    Key Stage 3

    The Maths course at Key Stage 3 builds on the mastery of key number and geometry concepts studied in primary school and provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE maths course in Key Stage 4. Year 7 and Year 8 students follow a scheme of work in which teaching for understanding enables students to continue their learning in number and geometry and extend this further into algebra and statistics. The scheme of work promotes a depth and breadth of understanding around each theme to ensure a fluent foundation is built and students’ deep understanding enables them to apply their skills and communicate their knowledge across a range of contexts and problems.

    Key Stage 4

    Edexcel GCSE 9-1 Mathematics

    The Maths course at Key Stage 4 builds on the mastery of key mathematical concepts acquired at Key Stage 3. Year 9 students follow a scheme of work in which teaching for understanding enables students to continue their learning in key number concepts of ratio and proportional reasoning and geometry. The GCSE course is then taught with the same principals of teaching for understanding in all strands of Number, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Shape and Space and Statistics. There is a high focus on problem solving, reasoning and communicating mathematics to ensure that students develop the skills they need to apply to the final examination questions.

    Achievements:
    100% Pass rate at GCSE Mathematics
    53% Grade 5 or above at GCSE Mathematics
    65% Grade 4 or above grades in GCSE Mathematics

    Websites Used:

    Maths Watch

    Maths Genie

    Corbett Maths

    Active teach

    Maths Whizz

All students have personalised usernames and passwords for Maths Watch and Active Teach website. Some students are given access to Maths Whizz.

Mathematics Equipment

Casio fx-85GT PLUS Calculator- These are provided to all students.
Ruler (graded in centimetres and millimetres)
Protractor
HB pencil
Black Pen
Eraser

Enrichment Opportunities for Mathematics

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.

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