Mathematics

The Faculty

Mr S Birtle Head of Mathematics
Mr R Walter Assistant Headteacher/Maths Teacher
Mr T Astill Maths Teacher
Miss R Hosey Maths Teacher
Miss C Perry Maths Teacher
Mr S Mullins Numeracy Intervention Mentor

KS3 Curriculum

All students complete three units of work during each term, focussing on Number, Algebra, Geometry or Statistics. Each unit typically lasts for two weeks. In addition a week of each term is devoted to a Functional Maths Project. Formal assessment takes place every term in order to monitor progress. Setting is reviewed regularly and changes made to ensure each student is suitably challenged and supported. At the end of the year students take the KS3 end of year optional assessments. A wide variety of resources are used, including Collins “Maths Frameworking” texts. There are opportunities for investigation, problem solving and computer based activities each term.

We use the Hegarty Maths interactive website for all maths homework.   The website features thousands of practice questions and carefully planned tutorial videos designed to support students as they work towards mastering maths at St Katherine’s. Each week every student will be assigned one task requiring them to recall a skill they have previously seen in class. They will have a homework exercise book which they need to present to their maths teacher at the start of each week to demonstrate the method they have used.  This student guide explains how to access the site and any work set.

KS4 Curriculum

GCSE mathematics is a natural progression from the skills developed during Key Stage 3. Setting arrangements continue across the whole year group. The GCSE course commences during terms 5 and 6 of Year 9.
Students will follow one of three pathways:

HIGHER

  • For students expected to achieve grades A*/A/B at Higher level GCSE
  • Two year course, with exams at the end of year 11
  • GCSE Statistics is available to the top set as enrichment (an after school class)

INTERMEDIATE

  • For students expected to achieve grades B / C / D
  • Tier of entry (Higher or Foundation) is based on performance in regular trial papers
  • Exam can be taken June of Y10, November of Y11, June of Y11

FOUNDATION

  • For students expected to achieve E / F / G grades, with C grade available to those who make outstanding progress.
  • GCSE Foundation level exam at the end of Year 10.
  • Option to improve GCSE grade during Y11 or complete an additional qualification, e.g. Money Management or Statistics

We use the Hegarty Maths interactive website for all maths homework.   The website features thousands of practice questions and carefully planned tutorial videos designed to support students as they work towards mastering maths at St Katherine’s.

Each week every student will be assigned one task requiring them to recall a skill they have previously seen in class. They will have a homework exercise book which they need to present to their maths teacher at the start of each week to demonstrate the method they have used.  This student guide explains how to access the site and any work set.  

Able, Gifted and Talented

Within the Maths faculty we are committed to making sure every child achieves their potential. Information from primary schools including KS2 test results is used to identify each child’s learning needs. On joining St Katherine’s, students are set for maths according to their ability which enables us to support every child individually.

During lessons, we differentiate work to provide challenge for all learners. Able, gifted and talented students access more challenging material both within and beyond their lessons. Each year we offer up to 30 students the opportunity to participate in the UKMT Maths Challenge competition. We participate in Team Challenges at Junior, Intermediate and Senior level, and our commitment to excellence is once again demonstrated by the fact we are a host venue for the Junior event. Each year we send up to eight Year 8 students to Maths Master Classes hosted at UWE.

To ensure students achieve their fullest potential, we enrich the KS4 curriculum rather than fast tracking our students and settling for lower grades. From the beginning of Year 10 our most able students are offered the opportunity to take GCSE Statistics after school, thus broadening their mathematical experience and giving them a solid grounding for study at Advanced Level.

GCSE Revision

Students may purchase a Maths Watch DVD from the Maths office for £4.  A Nelson Thornes AQA GCSE Revision Guide is also available for £3.

An excellent resource which we subscribe to is the “MY MATHS” website, it contains ‘Booster’ sections for GCSE revision: www.mymaths.co.uk

Courses and Qualifications

GCSE Mathematics Edexcel 1MAO GCSE Mathematics
GCSE Mathematics Modular (until Summer 2013) AQA 4360  GCSE Mathematics
Entry level Mathematics AQA 4930 Entry Level Mathematics
GCSE Statistics Edexcel 2ST01 GCSE Statistics
AS Level Mathematics Edexcel 8371 AS Mathematics
AS Level Further Mathematics Edexcel 8372 AS Further Mathematics
A Level Mathematics Edexcel 9371 A Level Mathematics
A Level Further Mathematics Edexcel 9372 A level Further Mathematics

Details of our Mathematics AS and A2 courses are in the Sixth Form Prospectus

Useful Links

https://hegartymaths.com/ Maths homework website 

www.mangahigh.com  Game based learning, adapts to students’ ability and progress. Gain points for your school and medals for yourself.

www.primarygames.co.uk Fun games to practise number skills at a wide range of ability levels.

www.ukmt.co.uk  Maths Challenge competitions. Access to past papers and solutions.