Welcome to Maths
"Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas."
Mathematics at The Long Eaton School is taught through a wide variety of resources and teaching styles.
Key Stage 3:
From Year 7 students are set in half-year blocks according to their Key Stage 2 result and Junior School recommendations. Termly and yearly assessments and reviews take place and some students are moved groups or half year block. Students across the key stage will follow a scheme of work based upon their ability, which will include many aspects of functional maths, which helps them develop their mathematical thinking for everyday use. Students will follow selected pathways through the curriculum, appropriate for their ability, which will lead to developing their mathematical knowledge and mastering the basics before moving forward.
Students will experience activity days within KS3, that are designed to enhance and expand their experience of maths, and to show how mathematics has been developed and its uses in the real life context.
Key Stage 4:
Students start KS4 in Year 9 to enable them to work through the new GCSE curriculum and towards completing their course at the end of Year 11. All students will follow this course at various levels through a targeted scheme of work, following a pathway suited to the individual, progressing to a set target grade. Each pathway shows the students the basics they need to master, as well as areas of maths that take them beyond that expected level of progress. Students of all abilities will study the GCSE course, and will be targeted a GCSE grade from 9 to 1 depending on ability.
Throughout school Special Needs provision is available to identified pupils and generally takes the form of in-class support. Support is available for those pupils who require extra help with their mathematics, from specialist teaching assistants attached to the department.
Homework is an integral part of the Mathematics syllabus in all years. The length of homework depends on the year and ability group a pupil is in. At various times during the academic year, high achieving students are entered for various National Mathematics competitions either individually or as a team. Over the years, a high level of success has been achieved.
The faculty has 9 specialist classrooms, equipped with at least 2 computers and a projector. Four interactive whiteboards are installed in the area. Access to class sets of laptop computers (4 lots of 30) and one of the fully equipped ICT rooms is possible when required.