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Mathematics

Department Vision:

  • To encourage all pupils to enjoy and fully engage with Mathematics.
  • To provide high quality support and opportunities for pupils of all ability.
  • To fully prepare our students for the GCSE and GCE examinations.
  • To provide all students with a sound understanding of functional mathematics for academic and working life.
  • To use a variety of teaching methods and activities to enhance the learning experience.
  • To use assessment and feedback methods that allow pupils to know and understand their targets and their current performance levels, and what they need to do to improve.

Every learner at Halewood Academy studies maths as it is a core subject. All of our students are taught in ability sets. Our lessons focus on supporting students and challenging them to deepen their understanding. Proficiency in maths is essential for adult life so we aim to ensure that all our students are able to make fantastic progress and become confident mathematicians. We include a range of problem solving questions in our lessons to secure understanding and prepare students for the types of questions they will have in their GCSE exams.

Students have maths four times per week and are set homework once per week to consolidate their learning.

What will I study in Maths?

The Maths that you study in preparation for your GCSE exams can be split into five main topics: Number, Algebra, Ratio and proportion, Geometry and Measures and Statistics and Probability.

Below is a brief outline of some of the topics covered in each half term for students in Year 7 - 10. 

Half term 1 – Number skills (factors, multiples and decimals) and basic algebra.

Half term 2 – Charts and graphs, percentages, equations and sequences.

Half term 3 – Shape (perimeter and area), angles and real life graphs.

Half term 4 – Transformations and ratio.

Half term 5 – Probability and plans and elevations.

Half term 6 – Indices, standard form and similar shapes.

Year 11 Revision

Year 11 revision sessions are held after school every Tuesday 3-4pm. All Year 11 students should be attending these sessions every week. Further, students should be accessing Mathswatch via their login to watch revision clips and access questions to support their revision. All students have a folder with an exam breakdown in it, they should be using this to focus their revision on the topics where they need support.

To support your child, we have a maths calendar which contains a small question for your child to complete every day. We then send out the answers for the whole month at the end of the month. If you would like a copy of this revision calendar, please contact us and we will be happy to send it to you. Further, we have revision guides available

Changes to the Maths GCSE

2017 will be the first year that students will sit a Maths paper which will reward them a numerical grade (1-9 where 9 is the highest). It is also the first year where students will sit three papers rather than two. Students will sit two calculator and one non-calculator paper. Students will either sit the foundation or higher papers dependent on their ability. Students should check with their class teachers if they are unsure. The new paper will include more problem solving questions across both tiers, hence, we are preparing our students for this by putting an emphasis on problem solving in our lessons.

Useful websites for maths revision

https://www.mathswatchvle.com/ Use your login to access revision videos and questions grouped by grade or topic.

http://mrbartonmaths.com/students/gcse/ A range of revision resources to support you with your revision.

http://www.mathedup.co.uk/classes/10n2/gcse-maths-takeaway/  for exam style questions by topic.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z38pycw Comprehensive revision notes sorted by topic.