"Without mathematics, there's nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers." (Shakantala Devi)
Our vision for mathematics and numeracy:
- Students enjoy their mathematics lessons and know how to make progress in mathematics.
- Students understand the wider context of the mathematics that they are learning and are given a thorough understanding of mathematical concepts, rather than a set of techniques or routines to get to the right answer.
Our values in the mathematics department:
- We believe that mathematics has links to all aspects of real life. Our curriculum makes key links to the real world to enable students to see how mathematics fits into the wider world.
- We are unapologetically ambitious and have high expectations of all students- something which is supported through our mixed ability class setting.
- We believe in strong teaching at KS3 to support students as they go on to KS4. We expose students to challenging content and focus on mastery of key knowledge.
Our core principles in the mathematics department:
- Allowing all students to develop a curiosity of mathematics. Ensuring students can apply knowledge to the real world.
- Every student can succeed.
- Delivering a knowledge rich curriculum with problem solving at the heart, while allowing students to acquire fluency in crucial mathematical procedures: fewer topics in greater depth.
- Providing cross-curricular study, SMSC links and destination information.
- Planning with strong challenge and differentiation which will allow all students to make accelerated progress
Curriculum Plan for Mathematics
Please click here.
Six Part Mastery Model – Each lesson is structured to include:
Knowledge Organisers for Mathematics
Knowledge Organisers show the key information every student must know by the end of each half term. They are available for each year group for each half term. Every student will have a printed copy glued into their workbooks.
Please click here for Year 7.
Please click here for Year 8.
Please click here for Year 9.
The keyword list shows definitions of key mathematical terminology. This is not an exhaustive list.
Equipment: Every student should have a black pen, green pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, glue stick, protractor and scientific calculator.
Homework will be set weekly on Hegarty Maths. Every student creates their own log in. Homework should take between 30 and 60 minutes. Students will be provided with a separate homework book. They must watch the video, make notes and then write, answer and mark every question from the quiz. There is a parent checklist to help you help your child get the most from their homework. Failure to complete homework will result in detention.
The Review of the Week is to be completed in the last lesson of every week. The review of the week will be written by the class teacher. There will be a maximum of 8 questions on the review of the week all based on prior learning from the week.
Post Assessments will be taken by every student in exam conditions at the end of each half term. These are taken from the Maths Mastery course. Results will be recorded for analysis purposes.
All students will have access to Hegarty Maths. It is an excellent resource containing a 10-minute video and then a short quiz on every topic we will be teaching. Please encourage your child to use Hegarty.
Times Table Rockstars
Every student has a log in for Times Table Rockstars. Once they log in, they create their Rock Avatar. They can then compete in various times table based challenges. Times Tables are the foundation of numeracy and a good grasp of times tables will help your child attack more complex problems.
For Departmental Clubs that students can undertake that are relevant to Mathematics, click here.
Find us on Twitter: @LeesbrookMaths