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

Year 7 to 10 students should look at number work and how we use our mathematical knowledge everyday.  All students should practice their times tables up to the 10 times table.  make sure all students can add and subtract numbers.  If they can do this with small numbers introduce larger numbers.  Remember that any practice will make a massive difference in a students learning.  Once the ‘penny has dropped’ that maths is important and useful, it is amazing how much more progress they make in their learning.

 

 

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 are some recommended websites;

 

Website:  https://www.mathsisfun.com/

 

This is an excellent website with lots of fun games.  We have played many of these at school so your child should be familiar with the layout.

 

Website:  https://corbettmaths.com/

 

This website is split into maths topics.  It then has notes, teaching videos, exercises and tests for each section.  This is well worth a look.

 

Website:  www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/keystage2-ks2/ks2-maths

 

Appropriate for years 7 - 9.  Fun revision and interactive activities set at KS2 level.

 

Year 10 group taught by Mr Walters can 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 a 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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