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Mathematics

'The highest form of pure thought is in mathematics' 

Plato

We believe that Mathematics equips students with uniquely powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world and as such is a critical part of the core curriculum.

All of our Maths staff are passionate about their subject and actively encourage every student to aspire to achieve their best. 

 

Head of Department: Miss E. Wife

Assistant Head of Department: Miss J Plummer

Assistant Head of Department: Mr A Dixon

Assistant Head of Department: Mr A Parkinson

Maths Teacher & Vice Principal: Mr L Wilkinson

Maths Teacher: Mr A Rooke

Associate Maths Teacher: Mr G Bagnall

Maths Teaching Assistant: Mrs G Bayliss

 

In Year 7 and 8 students are placed in ability groups based upon both English and Maths Key Stage 2 results and information provided by the primary school. Students are regularly assessed to monitor their progress and set changes may be made throughout the school year where it is deemed appropriate for the student. Pupils with special needs are catered for by differentiated work in lessons and by the provision of specialist support staff and a Mathematics specialist teaching assistant attached to the faculty.

Students are fully supported throughout their time at All Saints Academy with excellent resources, targeted teaching, opportunities to attend after school sessions as well as extra support from teachers in the department on an individual and small group basis. In line with the Academy’s policy, to reinforce and extend skills, homework is set regularly once per week in Year 7 to 11 and twice per week in Sixth Form.

Our objective is to prepare all of our students for life in modern Britain by ensuring they are able to:

• consolidate their numerical and mathematical capability from Key Stage 2 and further extend their understanding of the number system, along with other mathematical concepts.

• become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, developing conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

• reason mathematically by following a line of inquiry, developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

• solve problems by applying mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps.

 

Curriculum

From the moment that students start at All Saints' Academy their Maths lessons provide them with the skills and knowledge required to achieve the highest grades at GCSE. In Years 7 -10 students follow a structured curriculum with topic assessments scheduled every 2-3 weeks.  The results of the assessments are used to feedback student progress and inform future lesson planning. 

In Year 11 students follow a programme designed to boost their attainment to reach the highest grades.  Each group covers topics that are best suited to consolidate and extend their current understanding and prepare all students for their GCSE examinations.

 

GCSE

Year 11 students are entered for the Edexcel Mathematics (9-1) GCSE which is assessed with three 1 hour 30 minute papers, one non-calculator and two calculator.

Students are encouraged to attend Friday after school revision sessions and to complete extra work outside of lessons. Intervention is provided for those students who need support to reach their potential.

We also make full use of the Pixl Maths App to monitor pupils progress against key objectives and to target intervention as needed. Each pupil has their own login and video tutorials are available to help as required.

 

A-Level

Students studying A Level Maths follow the Edexcel Mathematics specification.  In Year 12 they have started the new specification and will be fully assessed at the end of Year 13.  In Year 13 they still study the old specification and will sit units C3, C4 and S2 at the end of the year.

Students are given extra work to complete outside of lessons and there is an expectation of completing an hour of independent work for each hour of lesson time.  Support sessions are run on a Monday and Wednesday after school.

 

Extending and Enriching

We enter many students in the UK Maths Challenge each year and have had many prize winners at Bronze and Silver level (quite an achievement – it’s extremely tough).

Additionally, we enter students into competitions against local schools in order to increase the opportunities to extend their enjoyment of maths and challenge themselves against the best.

Every fortnight maths teachers identify their 'Student of the Fortnight' in every class and award that recognition to the student in class, while also making contact with home to notify families of this achievement.

 

Future Careers

A good GCSE in Maths is vital to ensure that you can access any future career that you decide upon.  It is a requirement of most jobs and is necessary to be accepted onto manyFurther Education courses.  The higher the grade achieved, the more doors will open for you.

An A Level in Mathematics is highly regarded by the majority of employers and universities, precisely because of the demands it makes and the skills it develops. Surveys have found that an A Level in mathematics in itself led to salaries 8% higher than those of young people with otherwise similar backgrounds, by the mid-twenties. Some go straight into employment, with fields such as accountancy offering very viable careers straight from a Maths A Level, with prospects comparable with those of graduates. The A Level is comparatively demanding, increasing numbers progress to degree courses, the skills learned are highly transferable.

There are thousands of jobs that require the use of mathematics, here are just a few:

Physicist, engineer, doctor, actuary, statistician, research scientist, maths teacher, software engineer, cryptanalyst, pharmacist, and many more……