Maths is a core subject which supports learning in a number of other subject areas, including Engineering, Science, Geography and ICT. The study of Maths also helps to develop life skills, such as confidence in handling data and numbers, as well as logical, statistical and analytical techniques.
The Maths department at Penair achieves outstanding results. Learning through the department begins in Years 5 and 6, when lessons are carried out in our feeder schools, and the progression made by students during their five years at Penair is exceptional.
In 2016 more than 78% of students achieved A*-C in Maths 78% achieved 3 levels of progress (70% National in 2015) and 42% achieved 4 levels of progress (31% National in 2015).
26 students achieved an A* grade in Maths and 32 students sat the AQA Certificate in Further Maths with 27 of these achieving an A grade or above. 6 of these pupils obtained A** grades, which is a grade above A*.
Students at Penair have the opportunity to study Statistics at GCSE and may also complete the Further Mathematics qualification. There are additional opportunities to put Maths into practice with the school’s hugely successful Engineering Club, or to take part in the maths challenges we run regularly.
At Key Stage 3 pupils are put into sets for Mathematics but they all study the same topics at the same time. This allows us the greatest degree of flexibility in moving students between sets which ensures we are teaching them at the pace most suitable to their ability.
The material covered within each set varies, depending on the ages and ability of the group. Pupils are tested at the end of each half term, usually in the last or next to the last week. This helps us monitor the progress students are making in lessons as well as ensuring they are in the correct set.
Students are each provided with a set of objectives they will be covering each term.
This is also the topic list for their end of term test. The objective sheets are linked to this page so should your child wish to undertake any extra work at home we recommend they use the lists as a starting point.
An excellent website to use at home is www.mathswatch.co.uk. Pupils have been given their own personal logins so they do some of their homework online. Should you wish to contact a class teacher, we recommend you do so by email.
At Key Stage 4 our aim is to develop student’s interest in mathematics, enabling them to communicate using mathematical language and logical thinking. Skills in solving ‘real life’ problems are developed and there is an emerging emphasis on functionality in GCSE examinations.
The GCSE course is a continuation from KS3. We aim to develop the four strands of mathematics:
- Problem solving
- Number & Algebra
- Geometry (Shape & Space)
- Handling Data
There are 2 tiers of entry: Foundation and Higher. Each tier has 3 papers which will be sat together at the end of year 11.
AQA Higher Tier (grades 9 – 4)
AQA Foundation Tier (grades 5 – 1)
The GCSE is split into 3 papers. Paper 1 in non-calculator; papers 2 and 3 are calculator papers. Each paper is worth one third of the total GCSE marks and can include questions from any part of the syllabus. The papers are a mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper.
How Do I Support My Child With Their Mathematics?
We will set Maths homework once a week. Ask your child to explain a topic or show you how to tackle the task set. This support is crucial in developing your child’s confidence in Mathematics. You and your child can also:
- Use vle.mathswatch.com for extra practice and consolidation.
- Consider buying an AQA revision guide (available from the maths office).
- Ensure your child has the correct equipment for their exams including a ruler, protractor and Casio scientific calculator. These can be purchased from the maths office for £5.00
- If you have any concerns about your child’s progress feel free to contact his/her teacher. A 3 way cycle of communication between the student, parent or carer and teacher is vital in ensuring your child achieves their best.
- Attend maths revision classes in year 11. These are held after school on Thursdays in C53.
- Attend homework club in years 7 to 10. This is held in T31 on Wednesday lunchtimes.
- Practice past exam papers
Year 11 Revision Topics
We have compiled a list of GCSE revision topics that are based around Maths Watch. Each topic is linked to a Maths Watch Clip.
Centre ID: penair (lower case)
Username: Your first name (lower case)
Password: Your surname (capitals)
Find the topic list here;
Centre ID: Penair
Username: Your first name
Password: Your surname in capitals
A link to GCSE past papers.
How Will Maths Help My Child Beyond 16?
The use of mathematics is fundamental to the society in which we live and whatever job we do. Mathematics is about problem solving and some careers such as Research Scientists or Actuaries require it to be studied at degree level. There are many jobs where a good level of numeracy is required and an interest in mathematics can be an advantage.
For those who have an interest in mathematics and wish to pursue the subject further there are:
- Careers needing an advanced knowledge of mathematics and therefore a great deal of academic ability .e.g. research in many fields including electronics, pharmacology, meteorology, statistical and actuarial work.
- Careers needing an above average competence with figures, where figures form a considerable part of the job and which need an interest in maths, rather than outstanding ability .e.g. accountancy, estimating, land surveying and quantity surveying.
Additional Support – Mathematics Interventions
Individual pupils may be invited to attend 1:1 sessions with a member of the Mathematics staff to support their progress and development. These sessions typically take place during tutorials or after school on Wednesdays.
Head of Faculty- Mrs S Stephens (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deptuty HoF - Mrs E Cook
Ms M Anderson – Teacher
Miss E Smith – Teacher
Mrs S Trevena – Teacher
Mrs M Duffy – Teacher
Mrs M Eastburn-Cutts – Teacher
Mr M Carnell – Teacher
Miss P Wright- Teacher
Mr M Frost – Teacher
Mr J Kelly- Teacher