Mathematics

The Faculty

Mr L Bennett Maths Teacher
Mr R Britton Deputy Head of Maths
Miss A Brown Maths Teacher
Miss R Daniels Head of Mathematics
Mr S Hadfield Numeracy Intervention Mentor
Miss R Joseph Deputy Head of Mathematics
Miss C Perry Maths Teacher (Mon and Weds only)
Mr R Rakauskas Maths Teacher
Dr M Reason Maths Teacher/ KS5 Coordinator

KS3 Curriculum

All students will follow the White Rose scheme of work, which is based around the principle of mastery in mathematics. Teaching maths for mastery is different because it offers all pupils access to the full maths curriculum. This inclusive approach, and its emphasis on promoting multiple methods of solving a problem, builds self-confidence and resilience in pupils. The units covered will include Number, Statistics, Algebra and Geometry.  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.

   

We use the Hegarty Maths interactive website and TT Rockstars for all maths homework.   Hegarty maths 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. In addition to the Hegarty maths homework each student will be assigned 30 minutes of times tables to practice on TT Rockstars each week.  This will be completed in the garage and the difficulty will increase throughout the year.

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 at the start of year 9.
Students will follow one of two pathways:

HIGHER

  • For students expected to achieve grades 9-5 at Higher level GCSE
  • Three year course, with exams at the end of year 11
  • GCSE Further Maths is available to the top set as enrichment (an after school class)

FOUNDATION

  • For students expected to achieve grades 4-1
  • Three year course, with exams at the end of year 11
  • Option to complete an additional qualification for some pupils, e.g. Entry Level Mathematics

We use the Hegarty Maths interactive website for all Maths homework in year 9 and year 10. 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. 

In year 11 students will use Method Maths as their primary source of homework, this is an online bank of past exam papers. It gives the pupils the chance to practice exam questions and receive instant feedback. In addition to this some classes may be set Hegarty homework to support their exam practice.

More Able Students

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. 

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 Further Maths after school, thus broadening their mathematical experience and giving them a solid grounding for study at Advanced Level.

GCSE Revision

Students may purchase a set of Pearson Maths revision guides and workbooks from school for £5.50. 

We encourage students to make the most of Hegarty Maths and Method Maths as revision tools outside of the classroom. We also offer one lunch club a week as revision support and one session after school for year 11’s. We run multiple morning sessions for pupils identified as needing extra support.

Courses and Qualifications

GCSE Mathematics Edexcel 1MAO GCSE Mathematics
Entry level Mathematics Edexcel certificate
GCSE Statistics Edexcel 
Level 2 Further Mathematics  AQA certificate
A Level Mathematics Edexcel 
A Level Further Mathematics Edexcel 

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

Useful Links

Hegarty Maths Maths homework website. 

Primary Games Fun games to practise number skills at a wide range of ability levels.

UK Mathematics Trust Maths Challenge competitions. Access to past papers and solutions.

Times Tables Rockstars KS3Homework website.

Method Maths Year 11 past exam paper practice.