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.