Tarporley High School

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Tarporley High School
& Sixth Form College

Maths

Without mathematics, there's nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers. Shakuntala Devi

Vision

All students show curiosity and enthusiasm for the subject and have high aspirations by experiencing challenging problems, new ideas and concepts and fluency in linking ideas together.  

Provide a stimulating learning environment that enables students to learn the key fundamentals of mathematics through problem solving and thinking skills.

Equip students with the skills required to fully achieve their potential both in school and their life beyond.

What you can expect studying Maths at Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College

It is the aim of the Mathematics faculty that our students gain enjoyment, challenge and success from their work in Mathematics.  You will be taught by subject specialists who themselves have a love for mathematics and will bring this enthusiasm into lessons and nurture and encourage students’ enthusiasm in turn.

We look to build on their existing knowledge with lessons placing an emphasis on developing a deeper understanding of key concepts and ensuring that students have mastered some of the principle ideas which they will build upon in the future. Lessons will focus not only on learning new concepts, but on the importance of independent thinking, overcoming challenges and being able to use existing knowledge to solve unfamiliar problems by linking different areas of mathematics.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Our exciting KS3 curriculum builds on students’ KS2 knowledge providing an opportunity to develop their skills and understanding. Students study a range of topics across five areas namely number, data, algebra, ratio and proportion and shape and space. Each area is delivered using carefully tailored activities and projects where students are encouraged to use their creativity and discover the links that exist between the different areas.

Throughout their time in KS3, students will complete a number of projects aiming to improve their problem solving skills, as well as linking different mathematical ideas. It gives students the opportunity to work together with their peers and subjects involve looking at running their own smoothie business, designing their ideal bedroom and making a 3D jigsaw puzzle. In addition to this, students also complete cross-curricular projects that aim to show students how maths can be used elsewhere and students will look at subjects such as Science, Geography and Art.

How we assess at KS3

In Maths we set students during the Autumn Term and this decision is primarily based on KS2 National Curriculum results along with teacher assessment. In years 7 and 8, pupils are divided into two parallel bands. Students follow a course designed specifically to their needs with tailored half termly monitoring points designed to track progress and facilitate interventions. During the course of KS3, our aim is to ensure that all students make excellent progress and our curriculum is designed to allow students to extend prior knowledge and consolidate understanding where necessary.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Curriculum

At GCSE we follow the AQA GCSE Mathematics course. Students will start studying for the GCSE from January in year 9 to allow time for students to develop a deep understanding of the concepts that they will encounter. The course can be split into 5 main categories: Number, Ratio and Proportion, Statistics & Probability, Algebra and Geometry & Measures. Each of these categories will appear on each paper, and there will be several questions which will link between two or more of these categories. For that reason, we place a strong emphasis on students’ problem solving skills, where they become competent with tackling problems in unfamiliar contexts.

It is hoped that learners will develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, Mathematics and recognise the importance of Mathematics in their own lives and to society. Students should be able to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices.

To help prepare students for the GCSE, all take part in a Springboard to Maths GCSE day to inform them about this vital transition. It highlights how Maths is relevant to many situations in everyday life and gives students a valuable insight into what to expect in the GCSE in terms of topics and level of difficulty.

How we assess at KS4

Students will sit three question papers at the same tier at the end of Year 11. Each paper is 1hr 30mins long and worth 1/3 of the final mark. Students are permitted to use calculators in two out of the three Maths papers, so they are expected to have their own calculator in all Maths lessons.  Students do need their own calculator so that they become familiar and confident with it.

Similar to the structure at KS3, students are regularly assessed throughout KS4 through the use of maths assessment points and homework tasks. The assessments occur on a half termly basis and each one aims to assess the knowledge and understanding students have gained up to that point. This allows class teachers to identify any areas which students are underperforming and provide suitable interventions, as well as familiarising students with the style and structure of the final examinations which they will encounter.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Within school we offer drop in sessions to both year 7 and 8 students. This takes place once a week in the maths computer room where students can receive support on homework, classwork, prepare for any assessments or practice their skills on maths computer programs.

Students in the school also take part in competitions throughout the year such as the Junior Maths Challenge which is designed for our higher ability students. The challenge consists of 25 problem solving questions where students have to apply their mathematical thinking to unfamiliar contexts with the aim of progressing to the next round of the competition, where they can compete against other students around the country.

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