Maths10

Maths

Maths

About the Department
Staff:

Mr Glennon (Director of learning and standards)

Mrs Williamson (2nd in department)

Mr Barry ( Key stage 3 leader)

Miss Stubbs (Lead teacher)

Mr Wilkinson, Mr Wilson, Miss Owens, Miss Speakman, Ms Naylor

Extra-curricular:

The maths department run revision sessions for year 11 after school at key times before exams. We also offer a series of catch-up sessions to year 10 pupils who are below target.

Events and trips:

Little Lever participates in various maths challenges, both locally and nationally. Some, for example the Bury maths challenge, involve small teams going out of school to compete. Others, such as the UKMT junior maths challenge are completed in school. In 2015, we took part in the mangahigh on-line Boss of the North challenge, finishing 5th.

All pupils study mathematics for 5 periods per week.

Aims of the Department

In the Maths department, we aim to engage pupils by providing a level of challenge appropriate to the ability of the individual. We actively seek to ensure that every child achieves their potential in the subject. We relate Mathematics to real life, in order to try to prepare students for life after school, so that they are ready for the work place, or the challenge of further education. We seek to build resilience by offering problem-solving activities and we encourage independent learning by setting relevant tasks to be completed outside of the classroom.

 

In the maths, pupils study a 2-year Key stage 3 programme covering years 7 and 8. Topics of study include number, algebra, shape, statistics, geometry and measure and multiplicative reasoning. We make use of ICT, including mymaths and mangahigh, for which pupils receive their own log-in. In addition to their basic equipment, pupils need to have a scientific calculator.

At Little Lever, Key Stage 4 begins in year 9. This provides ample time to prepare for the new, more demanding GCSE exams. Pupils study for 5 periods a week, following the AQA GCSE syllabus. Assessment is purely exam-based. Pupils may be entered for either Higher or Foundation tier, depending on suitability. A small number of students may have the opportunity to do additional qualifications, such as Further Maths. In addition to the basic equipment, every student needs to have a scientific calculator for use both in class and in assessments. Our GCSE results have risen significantly since 2010 and we are currently in line with the national average for A*-C grades, with many pupils exceeding expectations.