The Highcrest Academy

Mathematics

Maths

Highcrest has an outstanding Mathematics Department; the staff strive to facilitate the attainment and progress of pupils and we are proud of our recent results.

Pupil Overview - All Years (2020-2021)

Intent

Our knowledge-rich curriculum will inspire students to develop numerical fluency to gain a broad range of skills and will help us to create the very best mathematicians. Students will be challenged to think, act and communicate ideas to replicate the working environment.  We do this through rich learning and ensuring mathematical principles can be applied to a range of contexts. Students learn about number, algebra, geometry, ratio and proportion, statistics and probability.  The students will develop their problem solving and reasoning skills to effectively apply this knowledge to successfully answer a range of probing mathematical questions and problems. All students will aspire to achieve their best and improve their life chances through success in Maths.

Impact

Our curriculum will ensure that all students will become the very best mathematicians. We will challenge them to think, act and communicate ideas to expand their experiences of Maths.  All students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of how mathematical principles can be applied to a range of contexts in everyday life situations and across most other curriculum subjects. We will inspire all students to aspire to achieve their full potential and apply their mathematical skills in their future career pathways, including accountancy, architecture, sport, science or business. 

We are a small Maths department, full of enthusiasm and expertise, who are keen to do the best for all pupils in our school.

Mr A Merrick (Head of Maths)

Mr N Dale (Maths Teacher - 2nd in Department in Charge of KS5 and Year 9 Interventions)

Miss H Budd (Maths Teacher - In Charge of Functional Skills and 7X Interventions)

Dr R Platten (Maths Teacher - In Charge of 7Y Interventions)

Mr A Croci (Maths Teacher - In Charge of Year 10 Interventions)

Mr P Gelinas (Maths Teacher - In Charge of 8Y Interventions)

Miss C Shanahan (Maths Teacher)

Miss J Weyermann (Maths Teacher - In Charge of Year 10 Interventions)

Mrs F Silva (Maths Teacher- In Charge of 8X Interventions)

Mr N Stocking (Vice Principal/Maths Teacher)

Mr W Theobold (Maths Teacher)

The Mathematics department at The Highcrest Academy is a selection of motivated, committed and determined mathematicians who work hard to ensure the best possible outcomes for students. We are particularly supportive, both of our students and each other and are determined to provide the most current, relevant and innovative opportunities for our learners.

We endeavour to provide all pupils with an understanding of Mathematics in an enjoyable and relevant way so as to initiate enthusiasm and interest for the subject to enable pupils to use Mathematics in real life problems.

We as a department believe that “every child has a right to understand and apply mathematics outside the classroom”.

Our five year curriculum plan aims to build on the foundations laid during KS2. Our KS3 schemes of work serve as a ‘springboard’ to prepare students for the three year GCSE course and ensure that they have the basic skills required to access the topics relevant to their aspirational targets.

Implementation

We deliver lessons of high quality and foster engagement and a curiosity of learning. Each lesson will be highlighted with clear intentions linked to prior skills/knowledge and future learning. Lessons will also be referenced to job opportunities in industry to highlight the importance that mathematics will play in students’ futures. Assessments, using Question Level Analysis, are meaningful and using detailed analysis promote constant individual learning opportunities. The curriculum is continuously quality assured, monitored and improved upon as a collaborative team. Additional intervention is provided to all students with every member of the department in charge of a year group, including the new targeted Saturday School revision for Year 11 students. Working with primary feeder schools is planned for, to ensure transition is smooth and skills can be easily transferred. This will help those in Year 7 who are ‘not on target on entry’.

Mathematics at KS3

Upon arrival, students conduct a baseline test which is used with their KS2 data to set on an appropriate pathway. There are two tiers that follows a personalised five-year curriculum plan following the Pearson GCSE maths specification. During this time regular topic tests and other tests consolidate new knowledge, committing it to long term memory and tracking student's progress regularly. This scheme of work currently spans both Year 7 and 8 with a formative mixed topic assessment at the end of each term. Students will be assessed every couple of weeks on specific topic covered. Students are actively encouraged to attempt all problems and possible solutions discussed and compared as a class. Students identified as possible ‘Higher Tier’ candidates are encouraged to make links between topics and are exposed to mathematics in more complex contexts. Students can move between tiers to ensure constant progress and needs of students are met. Click here for more information

KS3 Scheme of work, useful resources & Web links - click here (Password Protected)

 

Mathematics at KS4

Understanding the new GCSE over the past three years has enabled us to gain confidence in our delivery of the course content and constantly assess its effectiveness to ensure the very best outcomes for our students. They are tracked throughout KS4 and their performance in formative assessments monitored closely. Alongside this, interventions are implemented to ensure all students gain the best positive outcome. Informative decisions are then made relating to each student's progress. Students predicted up to and including a grade 5 will be entered for foundation tier whilst those with a target grade of a 6 and above will be entered for Higher Tier. The final assessment consists of three 90-minute exams (a non-calculator and two calculator papers). We continue to follow the Pearson five-year curriculum plan to ensure smooth transition and consistency in delivery. Click here for more information. 

KS4 Scheme of work, useful resources & web links - click here (Password Protected)

Homework

In Maths your child will be set two pieces of homework each week. The focus of all homework is students engaging in independent learning.  

One homework each week will require the student to complete homework which will the focus of their next lesson. The second piece of homework will be focused on proving answers and your child completing reflection and additional revision for that unit work assessment.  

Your child be will be expected to do between 20-30 minutes per homework in Key Stage 3. In Key Stage 4 this will be expected to be between 30-45 minutes per homework. In Key Stage 5 they are expected to complete at least 3 hours per week.  

Your child will need to access MathsWatch and Collins Connect regularly in order to complete their homework effectively.  Rewards and sanctions are in place to encourage completion and this is monitored closely by class teachers. Every half-term a student from each class is nominated as a star of the half-term.

Challenge and Enrichment

Our aim is to challenge individuals to do their best. We do this in many ways including setting, using a range of questioning techniques, targeted work, varying interventions. We operate an open-door policy when any student can undertake additional Maths after school any night of the week. We have a member of the department in charge of each year group to target students and offer interventions as necessary. All children also have access to MathsWatch, Collins Connect and PIXL Maths.

For this current Academic Year the following staff are in charge of each group;

Mr A Merrick - Year 11 Interventions

Mr A Croci - Year 10 Interventions

Miss J Weyermann - Year 10 Interventions

Mr N Dale - Year 9 Interventions

Mrs F Silva - 8X Interventions

Miss I Dekakra-Bellili - 8Y Interventions

Miss H Budd - 7X Interventions

Dr R Platten - 7Y Interventions

At KS3, our high ability students are invited to participate in the Junior Mathematics Challenge. During KS4, they may be invited to participate in the Intermediate Mathematics Challenge, or to complete an additional GCSE qualification in Further Maths.

Equipment

It is expected that the pupils have the following every lesson: black pens, green pen, pencils, 15cm ruler, eraser, pencil sharpener, protractor, compasses and a Casio Scientific calculator. Additionally, there are a series of targeted workbooks, targeted revision guides that we advise all students to purchase to support their learning. These resources have been selected as the most appropriate for the qualifications we deliver.