Mathematics

Welcome

The Mathematics department at Edgbarrow is a strong and successful team of qualified Mathematics teachers. There are currently thirteen teachers in the department and we have a history of nurturing consistently high results from our students both in terms of raw attainment and also progression from Key Stage 2.

Within the department we deliver highly engaging lessons and use a range of strategies to ensure students retain the information required. These include:

  • Regularly reviewing previously taught material through starter activities and our spiral curriculum
  • High quality first teaching
  • Teaching students how to use different revision strategies
  • Making use of specific memory techniques to improve recall
  • Sequencing the curriculum to ensure that new content builds on prior learning
  • Setting regular homework tasks to ensure consolidation and understanding of topics

The department is well resourced with nine classrooms (seven in the main block and two in the Sixth Form Centre) all of which interactive screens installed and used effectually in all lessons. The department has compiled an extensive bank of stored resources for use on the interactive screens with all year groups. Within the department we have a number of subscriptions/licences for online resources which are used effectively to enhance our lessons. There is also a central staff area that is used for storing equipment and teaching materials and encourages collaboration and consistency across the department. We have access to the school computer rooms and also the use of a full class set of laptops with full WiFi capability.

We regularly host School Direct/PGCE teacher training students from Reading University in a proven, mutually beneficial arrangement. They bring fresh ideas and new research into the classroom in return for our guidance and feedback on their teaching.


Key Staff

Mrs Holloway - Head of Department
Miss Knowles -  2nd in Department
Mr Meyer - 3rd in Department
Mr Singleton - 3rd in Department
Mrs Cluzel
Mrs Fulton
Mrs Gascoigne
Mrs Gilbert
Mr Marshall
Mrs Meyer
Miss Sandhu
Miss Sawyer
Mr Simpson
Mr Rayner


Results 20/21

Maths Equipment Price List - Sept 2021


Curriculum Intent

Our aim is to develop the mathematical knowledge of students and increase their confidence to use their numerical skills across the curriculum and out in the real world.  We aim to create resilient students who persevere and experience the excitement of solving problems.


Key Stage 3

Pupils are set by ability on arrival at Edgbarrow. Years 7 and 8 are taught in two parallel half year groups. From Year 9 onwards the whole year group is taught at the same time and there is a vertical setting arrangement. A digital textbook accessed via the Kerboodle platform (OUP) is used by all classes in Years 7, 8 and 9. Pupils have end of year assessments which are used to guide our setting for the following year.

Assessment Bands

Students will follow national guidelines throughout Key Stage 3 to support and prepare them for their Key Stage 4 courses. The school operates a banding system of 1-9 (9 being the highest band). Students will be given a target based upon their Key Stage 2 scores and baseline assessments on arrival at Edgbarrow. The band they are awarded at the end of the Key Stage is intended to be indicative of the grade they may achieve at GCSE.

Bands

Summary Curriculum Plan

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9


Key Stage 4

GCSE Mathematics

The vertical setting arrangement continues throughout Key Stage 4. The current GCSE course leads to entry for AQA linear syllabus 8300.  A digital textbook accessed via the Kerboodle platform (OUP) is used by all classes in Years 10 and 11.

AQA GCSE specification

Summary Curriculum Plan

Year 10

Year 11


Key Stage 5

A-Level Mathematics

A-Level Mathematics will enable students to develop:

  • Recall or recognition of mathematical facts, concepts and techniques, to select and apply to a variety of situations in the real world.
  • Mathematical language and use notation confidently.
  • Logical processes to devise and implement a solution strategy to previously unseen unstructured challenging problems.
  • Interest and enthusiasm in the subject and be inspired to investigate the power of Mathematics beyond the scope of the A level course

Edexcel A-Level Specification

Summary Curriculum Plan

Year 12

Year 13

A-Level Further Mathematics

A-Level Further Mathematics will enable students to develop:

  • Recall or recognition of mathematical facts, concepts and techniques, to select and apply to a variety of situations in the real world.
  • Mathematical language and use notation confidently.
  • Logical processes to devise and implement a solution strategy to previously unseen unstructured challenging problems.
  • Interest and enthusiasm in the subject and be inspired to investigate the power of Mathematics beyond the scope of the A level course

Year 12

Students will be doing AS exams in this subject with MEI in Summer of Year 12.

AS Level Further Maths Specification

Year 13

Students will be doing A-Level exams in this subject with Edexcel in Summer of Year 13.

A-Level Further Maths Specification

Summary Curriculum Plan

Year 12 

Year 13 


 Inclusion

Intent

It is our intent that pupils with special educational needs/disabilities (SEND) follow the same curriculum, learn alongside their peers and achieve similar outcomes.

In addition, they may benefit from additional opportunities in the lessons and in the co-curricular activities that are arranged especially for them.

SEND Implementation and Impact

Pupil Premium Intent


Literacy

Reading Aims:

• To ensure students are equipped to understand command words in questions
• To ensure students are equipped with a range of independent reading strategies to aid comprehension when reading
• To support students in understanding mathematical vocabulary that they encounter in their reading
• To discern the correct mathematical strategy from the question
• To provide students with a variety of high-quality examples of written mathematics.

Writing Aims:

• To ensure students are equipped with strategies to construct their answers
• To ensure students are equipped with a range of key words to enable them to answer the questions appropriately.
• To equip students with strategies to review their writing.

Select for Literacy Strategies


Independent Study

Key Stage 3

www.mymaths.co.uk

Times Table Rockstars

Kerboodle

Students have a username and password for all three sites
(MyMaths, Kerboodle and TTRS) - any problems students
should contact their Maths teacher.

Students can also access Kerboodle and complete the review and assessment sections at the end of each chapter.

Other websites that students may find useful are:

Key Stage 4

Select to view current revision material.

Key Stage 5

Select to view current reading lists.


Co-Curricular

Problem solving Club held every Thursday 3.20pm to 4.20pm in M5

Competitions that we get involved in are:

  • UKMT individual maths challenges at Junior, Intermediate and Senior level
    (covers Years 7 to 13)
  • UKMT team challenges
  • Maths Feast competition for Year 10 students run by the AMSP

We also promote various other events and encourage students to participate e.g.
Cipher Challenge run by University of Southampton, Mathsbombe run by University of Manchester.

Maths Challenge 2017 2nd place winners

Maths Feast 1



For further information regarding our Mathematics Curriculum please contact:
Mrs Holloway denise.holloway@edgbarrowschool.co.uk