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Mathematics

 

Maths, where everyone counts! Our aim is to:

  • ensure students have mastered the mathematical skills required to be successful and responsible citizens
  • encourage all students to enjoy the challenge that problem-solving can bring
  • enable all students to appreciate the beauty and versatility of maths.

 

Our business is learning…

Mathematics at the Elmgreen School enables students to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence. It contributes to the school curriculum by developing students’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data. The curriculum is structured so as to present frequent opportunities of creativity and independent learning for our students.

 

What your child will study at Key Stage 3

  • Sequences, functions and graphs, Proportional reasoning, including: Fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion, Calculations
  • Equations, formulae and identities, Geometrical reasoning: lines, angles and shapes Construction and loci, Handling data, Measures and mensuration.
  • Integers, powers and roots, graphs, Probability, Transformations, Solving problems

 

What your child will study at Key Stage 4

All students take Maths GCSE during the course of two years.

  • Exam Board – Edexcel
  • Specification – Mathematics (9-1) code: 1MA1
  • It is divided into three papers – one non-calculator and two calculator papers. Each paper is offered at both Foundation and Higher level.
  • Grades 1 – 5 are available at Foundation Tier.
  • Grades 4 to 9 are available at Higher Tier.
  • A grade 4 is considered a standard pass. However, some further education institutions will ask for a strong pass of a grade 5.
  • Examinations are available at the end of two year course in June.

 

How we teach

Mathematics is important for pupils in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Technology. However, it is also important in everyday living, in many forms of employment, and in public decision-making.

Mathematics at The Elmgreen School contributes to the school curriculum by developing pupils’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data.

The Mathematics curriculum is also designed to foster creativity and independence in our pupils as well as develop their skills in working in groups.

 

Types of homework tasks

Homework is set on a weekly basis and posted on showmyhomework. Homework activities are based on topics being studied in class; designed to reinforce and extend students’ knowledge and understanding.

 

Support

The Mathematics department holds a number of after school support sessions to help students with their mathematical understanding. Students may be asked to attend a session by their teacher or they may make a self-referral in order to get help and further practice.

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