Mathematics FAQ

 

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AIM

The aim of the Mathematics department is to help students build up their confidence in using mathematical skills and processes and applying them in problem solving and functional tasks in every day life.

The department, led by Mrs Holden, consists of a team of nine enthusiastic and qualified Mathematics teachers who have extensive specialist knowledge and experience, including Three Lead Practitioners, which allows us to provide an engaging experience to our students.

 

The mathematics department has eight dedicated classrooms, all of which are fitted with interactive whiteboards enabling a visual and interactive learning experience.

 

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Mrs Holden

Head of Mathematics

What can a student expect from the Faculty?


  • What can a student expect from the Faculty?

  • Qualified, committed and enthusiastic teaching staff
  • Help, guidance and support
  • Quality first teaching designed to challenge, inspire and ensure progression
  • An interesting and relevant course for the future




Vision & Aims


Our Mathematics faculty aims to mould young people into able problem solvers, logical thinkers and lifelong mathematicians as a product of inspirational and reflective teaching. Our passionate department aim to share their knowledge by relating Mathematics to real life situations, adding value to the subject and dispelling the negative concepts. We promote equality and diversity by providing an enjoyable learning environment where all students are challenged. Nurturing young minds and giving them the confidence to multiply their knowledge and increase their understanding of practical application.

The Maths department have a clear vision to provide outstanding Maths teaching and learning that is enjoyable and challenging, where students achieve in line with or exceed targets based on their KS2 results.

We aim to enable our students to

  • Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.
  • Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts.
  • Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions




Key Stage 3 - Curriculum Overview


Our Key Stage 3 students follow the Mathematics Mastery scheme of work and they will continue on this throughout their time with us. This is a a nationally accredited programme designed to academically challenge whilst providing a joyous education which will close the attainment gap for all students.

For when our children leave school we want to develop confidence and competence with the defined mathematical content. We want to develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods. Our aim is that our students acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems. It is important that they can reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions. We will enable children to comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context. We will ensure students can recall, select and apply mathematical formulae.

Our main priority is to ensure that children at Darwen Vale being are able to function in the real world using Mathematics, including but not exhaustively that children can tell the time, calculate with money, compute mentally, work with and understand measures and problem solve.

These are the skills that we equip our children with:

    • Problem Solving
    • Basic numeracy + - x ÷
    • Teamwork
    • Resilience
    • Patterns
    • Calculator skills
    • Mental maths skills
    • Visualisation
    • Understand concepts
    • Learning from mistakes
    • How to apply Maths to real life
    • Reasoning
    • Extrapolation
    • Bridging gaps
    • How to make conjectures
    • Time
    • Spatial reasoning
    • Generalisation
    • Creativity
    • A love of Maths

These skills are imperative not only in Maths but in many other subjects and real life.

We work on developing these skills with the students alongside providing them with knowledge around number, algebra, ratio, proportion and rates of change, geometry and measures, probability and statistics.

Homework is set on a weekly basis.


Students are placed into sets from the start of Year 7 based on their prior attainment.
Children complete Numeracy Ninjas every week in form time to help boost and develop their numeracy skills.




Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Overview


The key stage 4 scheme ensures students are prepared for their Pearson Edexcel GCSE 9-1 Maths exam. Students enter one of two tiers, Higher or Foundation, based on their potential and prior attainment. There is a considerable overlap in the content of the two tiers as grades 4 and 5 are achievable in both. This allows plenty of time for students to master the skills needed before a final decision on which tier they will sit for the exam in year 11 has to be made to allow them the optimum grade. Students delve deeper into number, algebra, ratio, proportion and rates of change, geometry and measures, probability and statistics.

Once the scheme has been completed in Year 11, pupils are then taught and supported through past papers, revision materials and complete exam papers every two weeks to identify any gaps they may have. Theses gaps are then closed in the subsequent lessons. Our more able pupils who maybe considering studying A-level Maths are also offered the option of taking achieving a further qualification at Year 11, Further Maths.




Extra-Curricular Clubs


1. Maths Club

2. Maths homework drop in

3. Further Maths session (Year 11 only)

4. Maths challenges and trips.





What can a student expect from the Faculty?


  • Qualified and enthusiastic staff
  • Quality first teaching designed to inspire, challenge and support progress
  • A curriculum that is designed to foster independence through differentiated and self-directed work




Vision & Aims


Our students will:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms
  • The art department is dedicated to nurturing critical thinking an




Key Stage 3 - Curriculum Overview


We are passionate about extending students’ knowledge of the world and its literature and as such have created a broad and challenging curriculum. In Year 7, all students following ‘English Mastery’- a national accredited programme designed to academically challenge whilst providing a joyous education which will close the attainment gap for all students. Our vision is that an English Mastery student will graduate from key stage three English with the academic and cultural literacy required to be educationally mobile, whatever their background.


In Year 8 and 9, students are guided through classic texts from the English Literary Heritage as well as Shakespeare, a range of poetry, contemporary novels and plays. Reading skills are taught and assessed thoroughly and in a range of interesting and often innovative ways and through regular writing challenges they learn to become expressive, creative and precise in the written word. In addition, we are committed to developing students’ oracy skills through discussion, debate and individual presentations.




Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Overview


In Years 10 and 11, the Literature course focuses on the appreciation of pre and post 19th Century drama and prose, and the analysis of unseen and studied poetry, which are all assessed in the final examinations.

For the English Language course, the students continue to develop their reading skills in comprehension, summary and analysis, together with their ability to write for many forms and audiences. They will also produce a spoken language assessment based on a subject of their choice which will be assessed separately at a pass, merit or distinction grade.