Mathematics at secondary school may be defined as a long Journey with short pit stops along the way. Core principals of Number, Algebra, Geometry, Data and Ratio will be developed through time in order to problem solve to achieve the ultimate reward of completion.
A subject based purely on examination, students will encounter a wide variety of questions which all have their own unique solutions. The challenge and variety of ways to obtain these solutions may differ but Mathematics often gives you that feeling of satisfaction in knowing when you have completed your work correctly.
Our Key Stage 3 Curriculum begins in Year 7 where students are instantly set upon their ability giving them the opportunity to learn at an optimum rate that is at the right pace for them as individuals.
Number and Algebra skills from primary school are incorporated and built upon through a comprehensive learning format. Retention of key understanding will take place each lesson through effective communication and questioning and assessment.
Lessons may be delivered in a number of ways using a variety of techniques to encourage student involvement and whole class participation. Once outside the class room, independent learning tasks will be set to help consolidate knowledge and extend further before this is revisited next lesson.
As students move into Years 8 and 9, their skillsets will be enhanced further. They will be expected to recall methods and strategies used in prior years but recap will continue to be of the essence. New concepts will be introduced all within the main five topic brands and students will continue to be challenged as there is no barrier with mathematical learning.
As students move into Year 10, they begin upon their GCSE part of the journey. Topics from the prior years will still be present but the questions will now require more problem solving and mathematical reasoning. Students will be expected to use their initiative to think outside the box and are expected to take responsibility for their learning showing initiative by seeking advice on misconceptions. There are over 100 sub topics within the course and students will be shown how these topics link together and where they fit into the curriculum itself and real life situations.
As Year 11 arrives, students will be well into their GCSE curriculum and will be able to be tested on practice papers in examination conditions on all topics which may require combining skills from various topics together. Students will need to be forthcoming in attending revision sessions and will receive interventions where required. There is external events such as learning and experience days that students will be encouraged to partake in.
The transition from GCSE to A-Level is noticeable. To encounter this, we offer Further Maths at GCSE level to the high attainers which covers a combination of algebra and number skills at both high end GCSE and A Level. Also there will be a complex learning pack issued to students who intend to study the A-Level course.
In A Level itself, students will cover Maths falling under the three main areas of calculus, mechanics and statistics. There is a lot more reasoning and relation to real world problem solving evident within the course. External opportunities are available and students are treated as adults and are completely responsible for their own learning.
The course itself will teach students many skills that Universities welcome in all subjects. The ability to learn a process, practice it and apply it in reality is also a skillset that is sort after by employers.
For more information please contact Alan Harris AHarris@stokepark.coventry.sch.uk