Mathematics

Maths will have both similarities and differences with the work done in primary school. We hope to build upon each student’s good work and confidence. Key topics will often be revisited each year for consolidation and practice, whilst also taking the topic a little further than when studied before. Pupils should be familiar with many of the topics we study in Year 7. Further information concerning each Key Stage, staffing, schemes of work and assessment can be found below.

Could I also take this opportunity to emphasise the importance of the resources that have been uploaded onto the website and ‘Show My Homework’. Maths teachers will upload details of all homework onto ‘Show My Homework’, please ensure your son/daughter is aware of their login details.

It is absolutely essential that students come to lessons prepared to learn with the correct equipment. This must include a pen, pencil and ruler as a minimum. For their maths lessons, students should also come equipped with a scientific calculator, protractor and a pair of compasses. Students can ask their maths teacher for guidance on which equipment is required for their lessons.

Roles and Responsibilities in the Maths Department

Head of Mathematics – Mrs Wendy Gore

Maths Teacher – Mrs Lucy Amos

Maths Teacher – Mrs Eileen Blade

Maths Teacher – Mr Richard Essex

Maths Teacher – Mr Andrew Gibson

Maths Teacher – Mrs Rachel Gibson

HLTA & Numeracy Coordinator – Mrs Carolyn Fysh

HLTA – Mrs Alison Taylor

HLTA (Year 11) – Chu-Kwei Wong

Scheme of Work Guide

This document outlines the scheme of work for KS3 and KS4 at King’s Lynn Academy.

Maths SOW Guide 2017-18

 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8)

Years 7 and 8 are taught in sets (set by mathematical ability). Year 7 and Year 8 are taught in six sets. Units at KS3 are designed with the core topics in Mathematics in mind.

These topics will be studied in blocks of three/four per half term, dependant on class and content. Year 7 and 8 are assessed regularly throughout the year to track progress and set movement. Units are developed during KS3 so students can build on prior attainment and work towards the skills required for KS4. Year 9 work on a 3 year scheme of work, working towards a final GSCE exam at the end of Year 11.

The timeline below shows the week-by-week topics which are taught, for every set in year 7 and year 8.

KS3 Timeline (KLA 2017-18)

 

Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)

GCSE Mathematics is started in Year 9 with six sets. Year 10 has five sets and Year 11 has six sets. Each set of GCSE study is based on the mathematical ability of the students, and setting can be adjusted throughout the year based on regular assessments.

GCSE groups sit a linear exam at the end of Year 11. There are three exam papers (one non-calculator paper, and two calculator papers). KLA enters Year 11 students for the AQA GCSE in Mathematics.

The timeline below shows the week-by-week topics which are taught, for every set in years 9, 10 and 11.

KS4 Timeline (AQA GCSE) 2017-18

A link to the AQA website for Maths can be found below:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/gcse/mathematics-8300

A large number of revision resources for all current Year 11 students can be found in the revision section of this website.

 

Assessment Policy

The policy below explains the approach to formative and summative assessment within mathematics. This policy covers teacher feedback in exercise books, along with how topic tests are used to track student progress.

Maths Assessment Policy 2017-18

 

Calculation Policy

This policy outlines and explains the methods used at King’s Lynn Academy for calculations, in maths but also across the curriculum. There are two versions: the full document which explains the pedagogy behind each method, and a ‘policy on a page’ version, which highlights each technique with examples.

Calculation Policy KLA 2017 (Full)

Calculation Policy KLA 2017 (Policy on a Page)

 

Help at Home

Mental arithmetic

Pupils should know their times tables ‘by heart’. If they do not, we have included a simple timetable grid that can be accessed from ‘Show My Homework’. This could be stuck on a bedroom or kitchen notice board, for example. A few questions a day from a parent or brother/sister will help a child remember them. A different times table could be focused on each week.

Websites

The following website may be useful:

My Maths

Username: tkla

Password: triangle

Extra practice material can be accessed through My Maths, along with interactive lessons and practice exercises. My Maths is used extensively for homework, and each student has their own individual password and username, so as to track their progress. This information is available from your son or daughter’s Maths teacher.

PiXL Maths App

The PiXL Maths App is a great way to revise mathematics on your phone, tablet or computer outside of lessons. It contains graded work, broken down into key topics, and will track the topics you need to work on. The PDF file below gives an overview of how the app works, ask your Maths teacher for more information if you need it.

Hegartymaths

https://hegartymaths.com/login/learner is a great way to revise mathematics on your phone, tablet or computer outside of lessons. It contains graded work, broken down into key topics, and will track the topics you need to work on. The PDF file below gives an overview of how the app works, ask your Maths teacher for more information if you need it.

We trust this information has been useful and hope your son/daughter enjoys their maths lessons and makes good progress during their time at KLA.