Mathematics at Buile Hill Academy has been carefully developed to provide a consistent teaching and learning experience for students from year 7 through to year 11. A personalised learning approach has been adopted to nurture confidence and to raise the achievement of all students. Teachers use a mixture of exploration, demonstration, problem solving and consolidation exercises. Teaching with the aim of developing students’ conceptual understanding of the mathematics they learn, its structures and relationships, and fluent recall of mathematical knowledge and skills to equip them to solve familiar problems as well as tackling creatively the more complex and unfamiliar ones that lie ahead.
Key Stage 3
Number of sessions per week: 4 X 60 minute sessions for years 7 and 8 and 9.
Mathematics at key stage 3 provides frequent opportunities for students to problem-solve and reason mathematically whilst mastering fundamental knowledge and skills that can be applied throughout the rest of their lives. Mathematics at Key Stage 3 has been developed to create confident and numerate students who are able to progress to KS4 and beyond.
Key Stage 4
Number of sessions per week: 4 X 60 minute sessions for years 10 and 11.
All students will study GCSE Mathematics in Key Stage 4, which they begin to study in year 10, following a two year scheme of work.
This qualification involves the study of:
- Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change
- Geometry and Measures
- Statistics & Probability.
This course enables students to:
- develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts,
- acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
- reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions
- comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.
There is no coursework or controlled assessment in Mathematics – just a final exam consisting of three equally weighted examination papers, one non-calculator paper and two calculator papers.
The qualification will be graded on a 1 - 9 scale using the total mark across all three papers, with a grade 9 being the highest grade.
Pupils will be entered for either the Foundation Tier, where grades 1 – 5 are available, or the Higher Tier, with grades 3 to 9 available.
To be successful in Mathematics you have to be able to accept and enjoy a challenge; be able to work on your own and in a group and have the ability to work closely with your teachers in order to get the most out of this subject.
A good GCSE in Mathematics provides a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and for employment, giving students the appropriate mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding to help them progress to a full range of courses in further and higher education. Exciting jobs, such as medicine, engineering and accountancy are future pathways of good mathematicians.
All students are set homework on a weekly basis in Mathematics. These homework’s are designed to build fluency in Mathematics whilst providing regular opportunities for students to problem solve and reason mathematically. Each question makes reference to online video clips to support independent learning outside of the classroom. These can be found at the following website for which every pupil has a personal log in - https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/.
At Buile Hill Academy, it is our belief that all teachers are teachers of numeracy. We are committed to developing numeracy skills in all subjects across the curriculum, believing that it will support the learning of all students and raise standards in every subject.
Every week, pupils complete a numeracy activity during form time, this is known whole school as the Numeracy Challenge and each half term takes on a new theme. The theme for the first half term is Money and Finance, challenging pupils on real life application of numeracy such as profits and loss, interest, and best buys. The Numeracy Challenge is a chance for all pupils to put their mathematical fluency to the test, and further develop their mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills.
In all lessons, pupils are asked to consider “what Maths have we used in this lesson”, and discuss this with teachers. Evidence of mathematics in lessons can be as simple as a small class discussion, but can develop into deeper tasks that further embed a cross-curricular understanding. All pupils in KS3 receive a numeracy homework from different subjects each week to help promote the use of number in all subjects. We have also invited parents to contribute ways in which they use numeracy and have shared and discussed these with our pupils.
We believe consistency is imperative for developing a mastered level of numeracy, and so the Maths department are developing a ‘Teaching Guide’ that will be used by all teachers when teaching common mathematical techniques such as written methods, percentages, conversion, plus many others. We will share this document on our website once this has been finished so that parents and carers can see what methods we use in school, and can use to assist their child with their home learning.
At Buile Hill Academy, we are very keen to promote parental participation. At Parents Evening, we give parents and carers the opportunity to attempt a maths puzzle, which links to a mathematical skill that students will have been using in school. All successful parental entries are then put into a prize draw to be in with a chance of winning a prize for their child.