Welcome to Mathematics

"Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas."

Albert Einstein

 

 

Mathematics at The Long Eaton School is taught through a wide variety of resources and teaching styles.

Presently, pupils in Key Stage 3 have 8 lessons per fortnight in Year 7, and 7 lessons in Year 8. The maths curriculum is set out into different pathways which the students follow depending on their mathematical ability. The year groups are set from the start of Year 7, with the Year 7 put into 4 groups moving into 5 groups in Year 8. When students move into Year 9, they begin their KS4 studies starting the GCSE course, with students having between 6 to 8 lessons throughout the key stage.

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.

 

Subject Staff:

  • Mr S Oakley (Curriculum Team Leader) 
  • Mrs L Rushton (Assistant CTL)
  • Miss LClarke
  • Mrs G Cullen
  • Mr J Hadlow
  • Mr O Hayes
  • Miss A James 
  • Miss S Kennedy 
  • Mrs C Maddock  
  • Mr M Richards
  • Mr P Walmsley 
 
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 the 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.

Key Stage 5:

Mathematics is a popular subject in 16+. At present students follow the AQA, AS and A Level courses in Mathematics. Students are assessed throughout the two years, with the first formal exam taken in the June of Year 12 and the final exams in the summer of Year 13. The course at present consists of 4 units of core Maths, and two other units which are Decision Maths and Statistics.

 

Students also have the opportunity to follow either AS or A Level Further Maths, which is examined in a similar way to the Mathematics A level course.

 

Facilities:

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.

 

Enrichment:

The Maths Department have a variety of enrichment and support offered to students. The Maths Clinic is run every Thursday after school for all to use if they require extra support with homework, classwork, or revision prior to exams. ‘A’ level students have access to their own clinic after school as well.

 

There is opportunity for the more able mathematicians to test their maths knowledge through the UKMT maths challenges throughout their school years, starting with the Junior Challenge in Years 7 and 8, Intermediate Challenge in Years 9,10 and 11 and then the Senior Challenge in the 6th Form.

 

GCSE students are offered revision sessions prior to exams, following structured revision programmes set out to help gain the best results for all the students.

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