Why do we study maths?

The mathematics curriculum aims to ensure students become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. Through their course of study it is intended that they will develop key reasoning and problem solving skills which can be applied not only in mathematics lessons but in other contexts and life after school. During Key Stage Three, learners are introduced to the fundamentals of number, algebra, geometry, measure and statistics. These are then built on in Key Stage Four where a greater focus is on reasoning skills through enquiry, conjecturing relationships and proof. Problem solving is also integrated throughout the five year curriculum by encouraging students to apply their learning to routine and non-routine problems in order to develop resilience and perseverance.

Homework Expectations

Homework is an important aspect of our curriculum.  Not only does it offer the opportunity for students to recall previous topics by spaced practice, it also offers a chance for them to enhance their understanding of key topics and fundamental Mathematics skills outside of the classroom. All students are expected to use the ‘Hegarty Maths’ platform to complete their homework. This includes watching an explanation video, making detailed notes and completing a complimentary quiz. They should aim to get at least 70% in this quiz. They are also expected to complete MemRi: a personalised revision quiz which closes gaps in their knowledge. 

At Key Stage Three students are expected to complete two tasks per week spending around 30 minutes: one Hegarty task and the MemRi quiz. At Key Stage 4, pupils are expected to complete two Hegarty tasks and the MemRi quiz, they should spend around an hour on this.

How can parents and guardians support at home?

As well as monitoring homework and supporting independent revision, there are a range of ways in which parents and guardians can help to support their child with developing their mathematics skills. If a student is finding the homework tasks challenging, parents should monitor and encourage the usage of the video and the supportive ‘building blocks’ which are designed to fill any gaps in expected knowledge and can be found at the bottom of the screen. 

Some other techniques that might help students when preparing revision materials are:

  • Buying a revision guide and workbook available on parent pay 
  • Encourage students to look at lesson notes in their exercise books
  • Prompt students to make use of the green/blue revision buttons displayed on the school website login screen. Here they will find revision materials such as skill lists, past papers and other useful documents
  • Encourage Year 11 students to attend revision sessions held after school on multiple days during the week

Useful websites for revision:

https://corbettmaths.com/

https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/

https://mathsbot.com/

www.onmaths.com 

www.mathsmadeeasy.co.uk

Extra Curricular opportunities

We pride ourselves on providing a range of excellent opportunities outside of the classroom such as:

  • Maths Challenge
  • Cipher Club
  • Hegarty Homework Club
  • University Visits
  • Bletchley Park Visit
  • Maths Week House Competitions