Maths

Mathematics is a tool for life. To function in society, we all need to be able to communicate mathematically. We must ensure that the children in our care leave our school with high standards of numeracy as well as literacy.

 

As a department we are committed to the philosophy that during the three years with us, each student should:-
•    Have a positive experience of learning Mathematics.
•    Show continuous progression and improvement.
•    Achieve their full potential.
•    Have full access to the content of the National Curriculum.

 

To achieve the aims of our philosophy we encourage students to develop:

  • A positive attitude to studying mathematics
  • An enjoyment of lessons
  • An appreciation of the importance of mathematics within society
  • Mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding
  • An ability to apply mathematics within problem solving
  • The ability to reach full attainment potential

 

As a Mathematics Department we will give the students the skills to:

  • Analyse and communicate information and ideas about the world in which they live.
  • Perform useful and/or interesting tasks both within the school and adult life.
  • Understand that there are relationships between the various parts of mathematics.
  • Find an interest and fascination for the subject itself and for the world and to show that this can lead to personal enjoyment and fulfillment.
  • Have a creative, flexible and inventive approach to problem solving.
  • Approach problems in a thorough, systematic and accurate way and to realise that this approach is most likely to lead them to a satisfying and successful outcome.
  • Show independence and self-confidence when working mathematically.
  • Learn to co-operate with their peers and to appreciate that such an approach to problem solving can lead to greater success than that of individuals.
  • Develop qualities of persistence and commitment so that longer and more complex tasks can be approached.
  • Prepare themselves for the mathematical demands, which will be made of them in the work place or in further education.

 

Curriculum and Assessment

Students will follow the national curriculum. The scheme of work used by the College involves the 'Exploring Maths' textbooks. Lessons are supported by a wide variety of resources including the school’s own Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), and the MyMaths subscription website - www.mymaths.co.uk


Students are continually assessed within mathematics with assessment tests roughly every half term followed by an end of Year test in Year 7, 8 and 9. In Mathematics we believe that students’ progress best at KS3 when taught in groups according to their ability. Students are placed into a teaching Set based on the available KS2 data and a baseline assessment test on entry into year 7. Students receive 3 x 1-hour lessons within the 5-day timetable.


Progress will be reviewed regularly and students may need to be moved in the future. Any such movements are confirmed by email. In each year there are 6 hierarchical Sets in each half-year.  Sets 5 and 6 are smaller in number and are for students of lower ability who require extra support.

 

Across their 3 years at Ivanhoe, students will master a number of skills in the key mathematical areas. Tutor will be able to give more information about pathways and expectations for your child's year group. The key areas are:

  • Number calculation. 
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages. 
  • Geometry: properties of shape and construction.
  • Geometry: measurements, measuration and calculations.
  • Geometry: position and direction.
  • Algebra: notation, vocabulary and manipulation.
  • Algebra: graphs.
  • Algebra: Solving equations and inequalities.
  • Algebra: Sequencing.
  • Ratio: proportion and rates of changes.
  • Statistics.
  • Probability.

Within the schemes of work, some opportunities are taken to leave the classroom for collecting data and to conduct practical measurements involving area, speed and distance.

 

Learning at Home.

We would encourage all students to continue to practise times tables and numeracy skills. Within the classroom we have a Numeracy Booklet to support students who find the basic skills a challenge to their progress.


The College ‘VLE’ "Moodle" is used to support learning; and each Maths Tier has its own room, in which electronic versions of the textbook and homebook can be accessed. Colleagues may also record homework tasks in the ‘General’ area.  

Many homework tasks will be set from the MyMaths website. To access these students need to first enter the site using the Ivanhoe Login (Ivanhoe) and the Ivanhoe password (reflect) To access their assigned task, students then need to enter their personal details in the ‘My Portal’ box. These will be issued by their Maths Teacher and remain the same for the Key Stage.

Parental involvement in a child’s education has been shown to be an important aspect to their success and we request that you encourage your child in this subject to look after their exercise books properly and in attempting all of their homework.

 

How does Maths embed cross curriculum literacy skills?

Students are encouraged to identify and use the key words and technical language of Mathematics.

 

How does Maths link to SMSC and PLTS?

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills form an integral part of the mathematics lessons. Students are frequently called upon to be reflective and to work together, managing the use of their own time particularly during practical activities and rich tasks.


SMSC topics are highlighted whenever they occur, for example when dealing with very large or very small numbers (during work on standard index form) reference is made to their use in astronomy, computing, microbiology, etc. The Exploring Maths scheme of work incorporates regular ‘Did you know that?’ sections, which promote interest through the use of historical or extraordinary facts about the development and use of mathematics. Each year in March, ‘Pi Day’ is celebrated in the department.

 

How does Maths make use of Curriculum Enrichment Days?

Amongst the opportunities for students to learn more about Maths outside of the classroom are those trips organised for the College Curriculum Enrichment Days.  In Year 8, students visit the Space Centre for the day and consider the use and application of Mathematics in this context.  In other years students study ‘Airport Maths’, looking at mathematical skills involved in travel and organisation at an airport e.g. the critical pathways involved in creating the most efficient aircraft turnaround times.  This day involves a half-day visit to East Midlands Airport.  Further opportunities are available to smaller numbers of students e.g. Spring Term participation in the County Gifted and Talented programme.  Visitors from local universities and industry have been invited in on numerous occasions to lead workshops with our students, applying Mathematics to real-life situations. Last year ‘The Happy Puzzle Company’ entertained students during the Year 9 Enrichment Days. 

Every year selected students are given the opportunity to participate in the Junior and Intermediate Maths Challenge. These 'Challenges', organised by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust enable students to achieve Bronze, Silver and Gold Certificates.
For more information, including example 'problems', please see www.ukmt-resources.org.uk.

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