The Mathematics Department is made up of an enthusiastic team of staff who are highly dedicated to their subject area. There are four teachers Mrs. Buckley, Mrs. Cook, Miss Livesey, Mr Hall.
At St. Cecilia’s we aim to provide a quality maths education preparing our pupils for the numerical world that lies before them. Maths is essential to everyday life. It provides solutions to problems; it is vital in science and technology and necessary for understanding finances. It is a crucial element within most jobs these days.
At St Cecilia’s we want pupils to be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. The department aims that pupils will have access to the National Curriculum core content with additional extension and enhancement where appropriate.We will build on the good work done through Key Stage 2 and extend their skills through Key Stage 3 and beyond into GCSE. Pupils will be able to apply their knowledge to other subject areas.
Pupils are expected to select and use the appropriate mental and written calculation strategies for the situation. Calculators can be used but only when it is necessary and should focus on written methods first. It is expected that all pupils will have, and bring to every lesson, the relevant mathematical equipment which includes pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, compass, protractor and a calculator.
Key Stage 3
In years 7 to 9 pupils have four 50 minute lessons weekly. They are given two homework tasks per week, one written and one MyMaths. In year 7 there are two sets, Ma1 and Ma2. In year 8 there are 4 sets Ma1 to Ma4 and in year 9 there are 4 sets Ma1 to Ma4.
The Key Stage 3 programme of study is broken down into the following areas: number, algebra, ratio, proportion and rates of change, geometry and measures, probability and statistics. Developing fluency, reasoning mathematically and solving problems will be taught through the context of the above topics. There are various target levels set according to the new GCSE grades from 1 to 9.
Students are put into ability groups at the beginning of Year 7 and after a baseline assessment taken in the first half term may be re-set if appropriate. Assessment is completed in the year groups assessment week. After every assessment the pupils and teachers will complete an assessment feedback sheet highlighting ‘what went well’ and areas for improvement, parents are encouraged to check these regularly and they have opportunity to comment on their child’s progress. The end of year assessment is part of a new GCSE paper.
During the first two years, there are opportunities for students to change sets so that they can all achieve their maximum potential.
Year 9 and 10
In year 9 and 10, pupils have four 50 minute lessons weekly. There are currently four sets Ma1 to Ma4. They are given one written homework per week, and pupils can use ‘my maths’ alongside this to aid their learning.
Students study the AQA 3 year GCSE course (8300)
The Mathematics syllabus is broken down into the following areas: number and algebra, shape and measures and handling data. Using and applying Mathematics will be assessed in the context of the above subject areas.
There are two tiers, Higher (Grades 1-5) and Foundation (Grades 5-9), Ma1 and Ma2 follow the Higher Scheme of Learning and Ma3 and Ma4 follow the Foundation Scheme of Learning. After each set of mock exams, the department will assess whether the pupils are in the correct set and/or if they need intervention.
The Mathematics Department subscribes to the website MyMaths which is a valuable way of practicing topics and revising for tests.
Students are prepared to sit their GCSE examination using the Edexcel Linear course which contains two examinations (calculator and non-calculator) with grades determined by performance across both papers.
What can Parents do to help their child?
There are several ways to check the progress of your child in Mathematics. Homework will have a feedback sheet attached in their homework book, where the pupil and teacher will have an input into what went well and areas for improvement. Parents also have the opportunity to comment on their child’s homework. This will also happen after individual assessments.
MyMaths is an excellent source of lessons and practice questions on all topics of mathematics. To access you will need to:
Go to the MyMaths website
The login details are as follows:
Username = cecilia
Password = square
In cases where pupils require additional support to help them meet their targets, the department will provide intervention. This may take any of the following forms and will generally be negotiated with the pupil and/or parent.
- Guidance on areas to be developed
- Guidance on how to improve or develop these areas
- Additional consolidation work to be carried out at home
- Attendance at afterschool maths classes
- Attendance at ‘Morning Maths’ sessions
- Withdrawal (for a fixed period) from mathematics lessons for small group or 1-1 support
- Withdrawal (for a fixed period) from another lesson for small group or 1-1 support
Able and Gifted Mathematicians
In cases where a pupil is identified as being particularly able or gifted in Mathematics, the department will provide enrichment opportunities and acceleration to higher mathematical skills or concepts where appropriate. Enrichment and the development of a deeper understanding of mathematics will always be the first choice as it will develop the pupil’s mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills.
Foundation course overview
|4||Angles, lines and triangles|
|5||Reading scales and converting units|
|7||Charts and graphs|
|8||Symmetry, Similarity and Congruence|
|9||Types of number|
|10||Introduction to algebra|
|12||Patterns and sequences|
|13||Properties of quadrilaterals and parallel lines|
|16||Fractions, decimals and percentages|
|17||Applications of percentages|
|18||Algebra using powers and brackets|
|19||Ratio and proportion|
|20||Linear equations and inequalities|
|21||Perimeter and area|
|24||Straight line graphs|
|26||Timetables and distance-time graphs|
|30||Angles properties of polygons|
|32||Scatter graphs and correlation|
|33||Averages and range|
|35||Trial and Improvement|
Higher course overview
|1||Integers and decimals|
|5||Shape and angles|
|8||Construction and loci|
|9||Types of number|
|10||Patterns and sequences|
|11||2-D and 3-D shapes|
|12||Perimeter and area|
|13||Fractions, decimals and percentages|
|14||Formulae and linear equations|
|18||Ratio and scale|
|19||Averages and range|
|20||Pythagoras and trigonometry|
|21||Trial and Improvement|
|22||Surface area and volume|
|25||Similarity and Congruence|
|26||Quadratic functions, equations and graphs|
|27||Index notation and surds|
|29||Sine and cosine rules|
|31||Further graphs and functions|
|32||Transformations of functions|