Mathematics at Werneth School is an exciting and interesting subject which is related to life around us. We have adopted a ‘mastery approach’, which means that when a concept has been mastered students will then solve complex problems and apply to real life scenarios to develop depth of understanding. A 5 year scheme builds skills, year on year, to enable students to become fluent in maths and have the ability to apply what they know to unfamiliar areas of maths or the curriculum; an essential life skill. In our classrooms, students experience a variety of activities including problem solving, group work and investigations, alongside more traditional consolidation and practice. We are a well-resourced department of 10 specialist teachers with access to many software programs including mymaths, mathswatch and methodmaths. All of these are available to support the student’s independent learning outside the classroom.
All students are expected to bring their equipment to maths lessons including a pen, pencil, ruler and scientific calculator. Homework is set weekly and can take the form of a worksheet, mini investigation or on-line activity.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 students experience a wide range of mathematical topics. Years 7 and 8 study maths for 7 one hour lessons a fortnight and this increases to 8 a fortnight in year 9. Topics are taught in half termly blocks. Each half term we assess what students already know and use this as a starting point to consolidate and extend their learning. Lessons are catered to different learning styles and assessment takes place regularly; this includes in class, end of topic tests and longer, more formal, assessments at least twice a year. All assessment allows for students to look at their strengths and work on areas that will help them to improve further.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 students study maths for 9 one hour lessons per fortnight; they follow the Edexcel Linear syllabus which culminates in 3 written examination papers at the end of Year 11, graded 1-9. There is no controlled assessment in mathematics. From the start of year 10 classes will be given experience GCSE questions, either through formal assessments or in lessons for consolidation. The new mathematics GCSE requires students to apply their knowledge, solve problems and explain their understanding so this is very much a focus throughout the course. Lessons and topics follow a similar cycle to key stage 3, where each half term prior knowledge is assessed at the start of a unit, students consolidate and link work to new areas of maths then are directed to work on specific, individual topics following an end of unit assessment in the penultimate week.
A wealth of support is offered to students throughout both Key Stages and includes revision classes, individual support programmes and homework clubs. We are a friendly and helpful department, always willing to give our time to help students succeed.
Year 7-10 homework: All pupils will be issued with two pieces of homework per fortnight.
Paper homework:- this will be a selection of questions that cover all of the skill that the pupils have learnt throughout their maths lessons from primary to current. Pupils should be aiming to complete as many questions as possible on these sheets, and they will get progressively longer and more challenging throughout the year.
Online homework:- this homework is set on www.vle.mathswatch.co.uk and the pupils can get their username from their maths teacher. All passwords are 'werneth1' but pupils can change this when they login. Your child's class teacher can see exactly what your child has done on this website and there are also videos to support your child at home with how to work out the maths if they are struggling.
If a pupil fails to hand in both pieces of homework by the end of the two week period( usually a Friday), they will be given a sanction (extension until Monday to hand in the homework). If they fail to complete it even after an extension is given, then they will be put into an after school detention on Tuesday after school where they will complete any outstanding homework.
Year 11 homework: Pupils will receive an exam paper every week and be expected to hand it in every Friday. Any pupil who fails to submit their homework to a good standard, will be given an extension over the weekend and must hand it in on the following Monday. If they fail to do this, they will be issued with an after school detention on Tuesday to complete andy outstanding homework.