Overview

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 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 dedicated resources such as PiXL and Hegarty Maths.  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 takes differing forms dependent on year group.

Mastery

Mastery schemes that are utilised by teachers which means that students study a five-year course. This means that the is no use of key stages in Maths. Each year builds on the before, to form a depth of knowledge to succeed in the 9-1 examinations at the end of year 11.

Years 7 and 8

Both these years are directed towards ensuring that students have a firm foundation of the fundamentals of maths allowing them to strive in later years. Students study maths in seven one hour lessons a fortnight. Topics are taught in sequential six-week blocks. Students will be assessed both in lessons and every two weeks. Students will sit a formal assessment before each report, so you get the most up to date and accurate picture of where your son/daughter is.

Year 9

Continuation of development of skill with increased GCSE content and questioning. Students receive eight lessons a fortnight. Topics are taught in sequential six-week blocks. Students will be assessed both in lessons and every two weeks. Students will sit a formal assessment before each report, so you get the most up to date and accurate picture of where your son/daughter is.

Year 10 and 11

In years 10 and 11,  students study maths for nine 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 previous years, 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 the five-year course 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.

Homework

Year 7-10 homework: All students will receive one piece of homework a week which will be available every Friday for completion the following Friday. Students will be set a Hegarty maths task in weeks one and two. They are to watch the video and take notes in their green homework book. They need to complete the quiz the results of which will come through to their teacher .

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 any outstanding homework.

Mathematics Guides

Any enquiries about Mathematics can be made by emailing the address below...

maths.enquiries@wernethschool.com