Mathematics

All pupils at Lakeside school have four, 40 minute Maths lessons each week. They are assessed twice a year to give a Numeracy age, those who are working below expected age will be given numeracy support by a qualified Number Count tutor who will meet with pupils on a regular basis. Those pupils who are working below expected level will be given 1:1 support in class to enhance learning.

The department has an interactive whiteboard and computers linked to the school network, giving pupils access to programmes which suit all levels.

Teachers and support staff encourage pupils to develop at their own level, whilst enduring correct guidance and explanations given.

Schemes of work for all topics in Number, Algebra, Shape and Measure and Data Handling ensure full National Curriculum programme is a broad and balanced programme of studies. Problem solving is integrated throughout all topics to allow pupils to fully understand the concept of Maths.

 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Pupils in Year 7 start their programme study in Mathematics with a basic numeracy assessment this allows staff to assess exactly where pupils are. Numeracy Ninja’s is completed every lesson, this new programme allows pupils to complete 30 questions from adding/subtracting through to more complex questions as an everyday assessment. Programme of study is closely linked to the Year 7 National Curriculum with differentiated work for pupils working below expected standard. Topics covered include algebraic notation, sequences, perimeter and area and data handling.

Pupils in Year 8 continue developing their mathematical understanding with emphasis on problem solving skills. All pupils have access to the full Maths programme; topics include significant figures, percentages and decimals, fractions, angles of sums of any polygon and probability. Those pupils working below expected standard will have access to 1:1 support and also work on the numeracy programme.

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Pupils in Year 9 follow the Edexcel ‘Building the Gap’ GCSE programme this allows pupils to establish a good base ready for GCSE. They are encouraged to problem solve and use previous knowledge of maths to increase their confidence and become independent learners. Topics covered include area/volume of 2D and 3D shapes, sequences, Pie Charts, fractions and Ratio. Assessment is from end of unit tests.

Pupils in Year 10 start a two year course in Edexcel GCSE Mathematics. All pupils take the Foundation Course with the opportunity to achieve a grade 1-5 (old GCSE F-B). All areas covered are the building blocks for achieving a 3 Grade, these include multiplication and factors, simple algebraic expressions and geometry work. Assessment is completed at the end of each topic, with 80% the target for Mastering work. Those who are Beginning (below 50%) or Developing (50-79%) their mathematical understanding will be given extra support to progress.

Pupils in Year 11 have already completed one year of a two year course in Edexcel GCSE Mathematics. All pupils have the opportunity to attain a Grade 4 and encouraged to reach their full potential. Areas covered are extension work from Year 10 plus new topics including Pythagoras Theorem, Algebraic equations, Prime Factor trees and four quadrant coordinates. Mock exams in November and February will give pupils the experience of the exam paper.

 

Examination in May/June.

Paper 1 Non Calculator (1hr 30min)

Paper 2 Calculator (1hr 30min)

Paper 3 Calculator (1hr 30min)

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Headteacher: Mr Gareth Evans