Newfield School Secondary Mathematics
“Mathematics will be an exciting and innovative department with a creative programme of implementing a Maths curriculum that is not seen as a self-contained subject, but one in which students can apply Maths learning to all aspects of everyday life.”
Many children come to Newfield after experiencing failure in mathematics; therefore our primary aim is to enable pupils to derive pleasure and enjoyments from mathematics. We would hope to discourage the feeling of dread that the subject holds for some children through a use of practical approaches. For the same reason we would aim to reinforce success and avoid failure by setting achievable goals, and looking for alternative methods, thus building confidence. We would aim to show that maths is not an isolated subject but an integral part of school and life and life around us.
We aim to provide a firm foundation of basic skills alongside encouraging an investigative approach. From this we would hope to develop the skills of: -
The school covers the whole age range from 5 to16 years; therefore all four Key Stages of the National Curriculum are followed. All work is based on National Curriculum programmes of Study and Attainment Targets.
At Key Stage 3 work is through the interactive scheme of work and supported by text books and worksheets which allow for differentiation.
In addition to this pupils will receive lessons incorporating enrichment activities. These lessons involve problem solving and relate to maths in the real world.
At Key Stage 3 pupils use interactive learning through the successmaker package which assesses a pupil’s baseline level and then designs a programme personal to them to follow in order to progress.
At all stages, every opportunity should be taken to encourage pupils to find mathematical links in lessons and activities other than maths.
At Key Stage 4 pupils will follow the AQA GCSE Maths with a 3 paper exam being sat at the end of the 2 year course. Some pupils may follow Functional Skills Level 1 and 2 in Maths.
Through regular monitoring and assessment if pupils are not deemed as achieving a grade at GCSE they will be entered an alternative examination which would take place in Year 11.
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