Maths Department Vision
At Larches High school we believe that it is our duty to inspire young people to see the true value of maths in the wider world by bringing maths alive, and make it interesting and accessible. Very often learners have low confidence in their mathematical ability, we aim to increase confidence and attainment in mathematics so that our learners are either able to reintegrate quickly into mainstream education or to achieve a maths qualifications when they leave us in Year 11.
Our aim is for all our students to acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject by being able to:
- Rapidly and accurately recall and apply facts and concepts
- Develop a growing confidence to reason mathematically
- Develop the ability to apply maths to solve problems, to conjecture and to test hypotheses
‘The purpose of study Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.’
Key Stage 3
Key stage 3 will follow the National Curriculum of Mathematics. Students’ progress will be assessed at 6 points during the academic year. Those students needing extra support in maths will be withdrawn for individual intervention sessions. KS3 students will have 4 x 50 minute lessons per week.
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 4 will follow the AQA GCSE Mathematics specification. They will take three exam papers; paper 1 is non-calculator and papers 2 and 3 are both calculator. All three papers will contain a mix of question styles from any part of the subject content (number, algebra, ratio, proportion and rates of change, geometry and measures, probability and statistics). They will work towards gaining grades 1-9 where 1 is the lowest and 9 is the highest.
Where appropriate some students will sit the AQA Entry Level Certificate and/or AQA Functional Maths. Students’ progress will be assessed at 6 points during the academic year. Those students needing extra support in maths will be withdrawn for individual intervention sessions. KS4 students will have 5 x 50 minute lessons per week.
We follow a spiral curriculum across both key stages. Topics are taught in the same order each year but revisited at a greater depth.(see table)
Mavis Moore- KS3/4 Maths teacher (subject lead)
Abdulrauf Parkar – KS3/4 Maths teacher
Shaker Ahmed – Maths teaching assistant/High Support
For independent study/revision material please go to; https://www.mymaths.co.uk/