Welcome to Oakbank’s Mathematics Department
Head of Department
Miss M Calder
Teachers of Mathematics
Miss L Marshall
Mr D Prediville
Ms R Edge
As a department we aim to provide a personalised approach to learning that helps all students to gain confidence and skills that enables them to progress and be successful in Maths. Maths classrooms have a supportive, learn focused atmosphere where all students are challenged and extended to the best of their ability.
Students are set in ability groups from year 7 all the way up through the school. The setting is closely monitored and reviewed every half term after every assessment point to ensure that students are set based on their personal needs and ability.
Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and 8)
Programme of Study
In year 7 and 8 students follow a programme of study covering the 6 areas of Maths: Number, Algebra, Ratio, proportion and rates of change, Geometry and measure, Probability and Statistics. The programme of study that students cover is differentiated to meet the needs of the ability of the set. This programme of study is based on the Kangaroo Maths scheme of work where the different sets will each be stretched and challenged by starting off on a different stage.
In all aspects of Maths students will be given the opportunity to apply skills to problem solving and functional situation.
Students are informally assessed every lesson to enable the class teacher to personalise the learning to individual’s needs. Students are also formally assessed on resent topics after every topic and on a variety of topics every term. The termly assessments comprise of an hour non-calculator and an hour calculator exam that is in the same format as the GCSE they will be taking. MADtime will take place after each assessment point to allow pupils to improve on the identified areas for focus from their exam.
Oakbank subscribes to the mathematics website MyMaths which allows pupils to access topic-based worksheets and interactive lessons at home as well as school. These can be used to reinforce their understanding and is an excellent revision tool. They each have a personal login and can track their progress throughout the year. If you would like any more information about MyMaths or how you can support your child’s learning please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher or Miss Calder directly.
All students at Oakbank are expected to come fully prepared for every lesson. Below is a list of equipment your child should have with them every day.
· Black or Blue Biro
· Sharp Pencil
· Scientific Calculator (These can be purchased via parent pay)
Key Stage 4 (Year 9, 10 and 11)
At Oakbank we start preparing our students for their GCSEs from year 7 giving them the basic knowledge they will need to access the GCSE course along with preparing them through assessments in the style of GCSE papers. In year 9 students start the full GCSE course and work on this throughout years 9, 10 and 11.
Exam Board: AQA
Exam Structure: 3 papers
Paper 1: Non Calculator, 80 marks, worth a third of the GCSE
Paper 2: Calculator, 80 marks, worth a third of the GCSE
Paper 3: Calculator, 80 marks, worth a third of the GCSE
Content from any part of the specification may be assessed in any of these three papers
Overview of Course:
In Maths, students will sit either a set of higher or foundation papers that exam the following topic areas; Number, Algebra, Ratio, Geometry and Probability and Statistics.
These topics carry the following weighting in the two tiered papers
Below is a link to the AQA Syllabus for more detail of what students will be learning in their GCSE
Below is an outline of the new grading system and how it relates to Key Stage 3 levels and the current GCSE grading system that you will probably be more familiar with. A new grade 5 will be the benchmark which is equivalent to a high grade C. For students that do not attain this grade 5 Maths will be compulsory in their post 16 education.
Mathematics after GCSE
For students that have developed a passion for Mathematics the following options at A level may be of interest to them.
A level Mathematics with Statistics/Mechanics/Discrete
A level Futher Mathematics
A level or diploma in Engineering
A level or diploma in Economics/Finance
A good knowledge and application of Maths is also important when studying any of the three areas of Science.
Provisions for More Able Students
At Oakbank all high ability students are encouraged to sit the UK Maths Challenge that is a national competition that challenges students to think logically.
Last May year 7 and 8 did very well and attained 9 silver and 8 bronze awards in the Junior competition.
Extra Curricula Provisions
In January Oakbank will be offering the GCSE Statistics course during activity sessions to pupils who would like to attain an additional GCSE. GCSE statistics is not only an additional GCSE, the knowledge that pupils gain through it will help support their main Maths GCSE.
If you would like any further information or have any questions regarding Maths at Oakbank please feel free to email Miss Calder (Head of Maths).