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Mathematics

AIMS AND PHILOSOPHY

In the Mathematics department, we want the best for our students and from them. We provide students with all the help and support they require in order to be successful; however, we encourage students to understand that they must take responsibility for their learning and remind them that it is up to them to take advantage of the support that is offered.

Each student is provided with an exercise book in which all class learning and home learning is recorded and marked.

MEET THE TEAM

Mr Ciccantelli (Head of Maths, specific responsibility: Year 11 achievement and progress)

Mrs Parker (Joint Head of Maths)

Mrs Harper (Deputy Head of Maths, Specific responsibility: Year 9 and 10 Achievement and progress)

Mrs McCabe (Specific responsibility: KS5 achievement and progress)

Mr Bell (Specific responsibility: KS3 Achievement and progress)

Miss Mason (Maths teacher and Deputy Headteacher)

Miss Pratley (Maths teacher and Head of Webb Ellis House)

Mrs Morgan (Maths teacher)

Mr Jones (Maths teacher)

Mrs Dunn (Maths teacher)

Mrs Aston (Maths teacher)

Miss Alcock (Maths teacher)

Miss Marchbank (Maths teacher)


KEY STAGE 3 (Y7 AND Y8)

In Mathematics students are set from the moment they arrive at Southam. They are arranged into two year halves A (5 classes) and B (4 classes):

Set 1 (1) (Accelerated learning using SoW from the year above)

Set 2 (2)

Set 3 (3)

Set 4 (4)

Set 5 (5)


Classes are taught on a two-week timetable cycle where 6 lessons are allocated to Maths. Lessons provide a range of activities from investigational tasks, pair or team work, PowerPoint slides and worksheets and of course text books.

Home learning is set once a week, which includes a fortnightly Assessed homework task that is FAR marked as per the schools marking policy.

The scheme of work covers ten areas of Mathematics and at the end of each topic all students are tested to find out how much they have understood. Class teacher intervention is then planned accordingly.

Intervention also takes place for our weaker students during Core Skills lessons where basic Numeracy and English skills are focussed upon.

Student sit Exams in Mathematics during the appropriate calendared exam weeks and in June to assess progress made towards their targets. Examinations consist of two papers, Calculator and Non-Calculator, each one hour long.

KEY STAGE 4 (Y9, Y10 AND Y11)

In Year 9 student are set into new bands A and B and then into 5 sets on each year half.

Band A students all start the higher tier GCSE. On Band B, 11B1 and 11B2 start the higher tier and rest follow the foundation tier. Higher tier students are working towards grade 5 to 9. Foundation tier students are working towards grades 1 to 5.

Students follow the Edexcel Maths GCSE (Syllabus 1MA1) and use the Pearson textbooks amongst many other resources.

Classes are taught on a two-week timetable cycle where 7 lessons are allocated to Maths. Lessons provide a range of activities from investigational tasks, pair or team work, PowerPoint slides and worksheets and of course text books.

Home learning is set up to three times per fortnight, which includes a fortnightly Assessed homework task that is FAR marked as per the schools marking policy.

The 3 year scheme of work covers 20 areas of Mathematics and at the end of each topic all students are tested to find out how much they have understood. Class teacher intervention is then planned accordingly.

Intervention also takes place for our weaker students during Core Skills lessons where basic Numeracy and English skills are focussed upon.

Student sit Exams in Mathematics during the appropriate calendared exam weeks and in June to assess progress made towards their targets. Examinations consist of three papers, the first is Non-Calculator and the following two are Calculator, all are 90 minutes.


KEY STAGE 5 (Y12, Y13)

Southam College is offering the Edexcel A Level course which is examined at the end of Y13. Students are taught in small classes across the options blocks and study a variety of Pure Mathematics alongside Mechanics and Statistics.

Further Mathematics is also offered at A Level whereby students study Further Pure Mathematics alongside Decision, Mechanics and Statistics.

A level students also follow a two week timetable where 9 of their lessons are for Mathematics, and they are expected to find their teachers outside of class whenever they are stuck.

Home learning is set after every lesson with an assessed task set every two weeks that is FAR marked by the teacher.

The 2 year scheme of work covers all the areas of Mathematics taught and at the end of each topic students are tested to find out how much they have understood. Class teacher intervention is then planned accordingly.

Y12 and Y13 internal examinations are calendared in December/January and June to check on the progress of all students.

At the end of Y12 students sit two external Mathematics exams, one on Pure Mathematics (2 hours) and the second on the applied Statistics and Mechanics (1 hour 15 minutes). For Further Mathematics AS Level students also sit 2 papers, the first is Pure Mathematics and the second is Pure and Applied Mathematics, both papers are 1 hour and 40 minutes. Students will receive grades and an AS Level qualification but the scores do NOT count towards the full A Level.

At the end of Y13 students will sit three external exams, two in Pure and the other in the applied elements, each paper is 2 hours long. For Further Mathematics A Level there are four external exams, two Pure Papers and two applied, all papers are 1 hour and 30 minutes. All A Level exams will cover content from across the two years of studying not just Y13.


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