Mathematics is a key subject in the Academy and throughout a person's life. The development of mathematical skills, concepts and thinking are essential aspects of everyday life. Development of the practical application of mathematical skills, knowledge and concepts are a key to progression into further education and into the employment sector.
Pupils are not just developed to think independently within mathematics, they develop the techniques required to make their mathematics functional and applicable. They develop skills which are essential for when they move into the next stage of their lives. Mathematics is an international subject which is consistent across all countries of the world.
Please take the time to explore these pages, to learn more about what our Mathematics department has to offer.
Ethos & Values
The aim of the Mathematics Curriculum Area is that students will develop:
- their confidence, self-esteem and enthusiasm within a subject that is regarded as challenging;
- a secure and broad knowledge base that will promote the subject across the school and enthuse students to continue in their mathematical education beyond the compulsory age;
- the ability to think mathematically. This will involve the development and understanding of precision, logic and mathematical creativity and an appreciation of the ways in which mathematics is used;
- their understanding and appreciation of how mathematics contributes to society. This involves the development of knowledge, skills and an understanding of how to prioritise and apply a range of mathematical concepts to situations which may arise in their own lives;
- the drive and enthusiasm to work independently and co-operatively in a variety of forms;
- their awareness of how mathematical knowledge, skills and techniques can contribute to other subjects that they are leaning;
- their abilities to communicate mathematical ideas in an efficient and appropriate manner to a variety of audiences;
You can expect that the department will:
- set and uphold high expectations of all of their students and deliver high quality lessons;
- every student will be provided with the opportunity to maximise their development within the subject of mathematics regardless of their age, ability or needs;
- enhance the enjoyment and enthusiasm of the subject and raise student attainment through regular and effective monitoring of student performance.
Knowledge & Skills
For students to be able to progress into the next stage of their life or further education they need to develop the functionality of their mathematical knowledge and skills.
Students need to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding by developing efficient use of mathematical skills, techniques, competence, creativity, applications and implications, critical understanding, representation and analysis.
- They will develop mathematical communication by solving problems using mathematical methods including ICT.
- They will have the opportunity to undertake mathematical investigations. This aids in developing creative thinking by solving unfamiliar problems, posing questions and producing reasoned arguments.
- They will learn about the historical and cultural development of mathematics.
- They will represent problems using appropriate variables, symbols, diagrams and models.
- They will also learn how to make and justify conjectures and generalisations.
- They will experience a wide range of learning styles from enthusiastic specialist teachers that incorporate a variety of appropriate activities.
Resources & Facilities
Every classroom in the mathematics department is fully equipped with the resources required to deliver excellent lessons. Each room is designed to provide a quality learning environment in which learners can make the level of progress expected of them. Each of the rooms contain state of the art interactive whiteboards and an appropriate selection of educational resources to accommodate the students. The department has a purposefully built ICT suite to allow pupils to enrich their mathematical education. All pupils benefit from use of interactive resources, which can be delivered through the interactive whiteboards or using the ICT suite.
Within the Mathematics area of the VLE, there is a link to MathsWatch, which is a video resource that describes how to complete and tackle questions across the whole curriculum for Key Stages 3 and 4. Staff members also encourage our pupils to use www.mymaths.co.uk, as a means of setting electronic homework tasks and providing easy access to revision topics that are appropriate to the work being covered within lessons. All students have individual logins to both of these resources. All compulsory homeworks can also be accessed electronically through the VLE.
Courses & Qualifications
All students will gain a knowledge base in the following four topic areas: Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measures, and Probability and Statistics. They will also develop problem solving skills in order to deal with the use of mathematics in real life situations.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 and 8 students follow a broad and extensive curriculum based on key mathematical concepts in order to develop a secure knowledge base to allow for high levels of progression into Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 4
In Years 9, 10 and 11, students continue to develop their understanding. Students follow the Edexcel GCSE course and take a tier of entry appropriate to their ability. They will sit their Mathematics exams in the summer of Year 11.
Learning Outside The Classroom
Students take part in both local and national competitions.
- Teams from years 7 and 8 take part in the Cleethorpes Academy inter-house mathematics challenge. This is a team competition between students in the different Academy houses.
- The Maths in Motion Jaguar Cars Competition is an international competition whereby students use their mathematical skills to design virtual racing cars. The first heat is against other schools locally and the winners go head to head to win through for a place in the final.
- Teams from Year 7 and 8 compete in the LOR Maths Challenge every year against schools in the local area.
- The Cipher Challenge is an international, online code breaking competition where students attempt to decipher hidden messages that increase in difficulty as the challenge goes on.
- Higher ability students in all year groups are entered into the UKMT. The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are lively, intriguing multiple choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in maths in large numbers of pupils
Support and intervention
- All students' progression is carefully monitored. Support and intervention strategies are used when required and most appropriate to the individual student.
- Students are offered consistent support to develop their mathematical skills and confidence through a variety of means: after school revision classes; weekend revision classes and also revision courses provided during school holidays.
- Students that experience difficulties in mathematics are provided with 1-1, or small group, tuition to further support their progression with the subject.
Where Does This Take Me In The Future?
- It prepares students to move into the workplace. The skills developed within the study of Mathematics are amongst some of the most highly rated by employers.
- Mathematics provides skills for life, which is important for all members of a modern society.
- It provides the tools for students to develop skills in a variety of fields including science, engineering, technology, and economics.
- The study of Mathematics enhances students' skills required to undertake a wide range of qualifications and careers.
- Mathematics helps students to think and function independently and to become financially capable.
- It also provides progression into Higher and Further Education. The core status of Mathematics within the education system means that students are better equipped to face their academic or professional career with continuous progression from GCSE. This offers them a wider range of options for their chosen educational and vocational future.