Mathematics

At Brook Green we believe that everyone can actively engage in, enjoy, and make progress in, their Mathematical learning.  Every student will work on many Mathematical topics, working at their ability level, stimulating their Mathematical curiosity and ensuring they have a firm foundation and understanding of Mathematics,

We have a dedicated Mathmatics team consisting of two specialist Mathmatics teachers, teachers from other departments and a specialist Higher Level Teaching Assistant.

We seek to create a supportive learning environment in which we make great use of worksheets, books, web-sites, games and real–life materials to engage students and help them in a way that best suits their needs and help them not only to reach their maximum academic potential but also to develop a lifelong passion for Mathematics.

Alongside the Mathematics lessons that students attend five times a week there is an extensive interventions program. All year 7 students are given one to one tuition, once a week for at least 2 terms of the academic year. Other one to one interventions for students from any year group are completed when requested by class teachers. One to one sessions are used for monitoring and assessing student’s progress and also for giving them extra confidence in Mathematics. Students can be given work from the teacher to reinforce work being completed in the classroom or it can be of a catch up nature making sure students can embed knowledge needed in order to progress further. Or it can be of an extension nature which will challenge their abilities further and enhance their enjoyment of Mathematics.

Years 7 and 8 Key Stage 3

Year 7 students are given a base line test in the September when they arrive. They are then placed by ability into 2 sets. This enables us to deliver the best possible teaching by providing suitably skilled teachers and relevant resources to each classes needs. Year 8 has the same 2 class system. Teachers follow easy to follow schemes of work that allow students to work in all topics of mathematics, including number, algebra, shape, measuring and data handling.

Years 9, 10 and 11. Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 we follow two Mathematics courses depending on the level that the student is working at. Entry Pathways Mathematics allows students to develop an understanding of how math’s is relevant to everyday life. Students develop a knowledge and understanding of basic mathematical ideas and skills for using and applying mathematical ideas in real life situations. This course is 100% coursework and is completed during Years 10 and 11.

Our GCSE Mathematics curriculum allows students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical numbers and concepts, including number, algebra, ratio, geometry, measures, statistics and probability.

They will be able to apply the functional element of mathematics to solve problems in real life situations.

This GCSE is graded by the new 9 to 1 system where a 1 represents a pass and a level 4 is equivalent to the old grade C. We currently enter students into the Foundation exam, which consists of 3 exams both of which have a duration of 1 ½ hours.

QUALIFICATION/S: WJEC Entry Level Pathways (all) EDEXCEL GCSE (Majority)

Mathematics Home Learning

 

This is the time of year when we tend to finish off all of the bits and pieces of the Mathematics curriculum that we need to complete for each class.  It is always important to keep refreshing number work such as remembering the times tables.  It is always good to learn all the shape names and their attributes such as faces, corners edges etc.  Or if you fancy a challenge why not learn some new algebraic skills?

 

There are a 1001 websites that promote maths learning.  The vast majority of these are excellent and can use interactive games to allow the student to have fun whilst learning.  here is are some recommended websites;

 

New: For the year 10 group taught by Mr Walters: A daily lesson on varying Maths topics from the BBC. 

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zr7447h/year-10-and-s4-lessons/1

 

For all other groups: The  BBC has daily lessons in many subjects.  It may take a bit of working out to find out which level you are working at and it may be a different year group than you are in but try these lessons at :

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

 

The government has made available an online school that teaches lessons each day in various subjects including Mathematics:

 

 https://www.thenational.academy/    

 

The bbc bitesize pages have also been revamped with daily lesson pages:

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z6vg9j6

 

Year 10 group taught by Mr Walters can also use https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/gcse.html.

 

This is a great website that is split by grades.  students should look at all of the grade 1 material.  there are tutorial videos, tests and detailed answers.

Other learning activities you could do with your child

 

If you are baking or cooking allow the student to measure out the ingredients, workout cooking time and what time to remove from the oven.  this will not only reinforce measure work but will show how we use measure and time in activities we do every day.

 

If you are doing any DIY allow your child to help.  once again let them measure things.  Any sort of painting or floor covering is s great way to show how we use area.

 

Using maths at home with loved ones can be fun and gives us a small chance to enjoy maths and build up our knowledge and more importantly confidence in the subject.

Schemes of work
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