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Maths

Maths

Extra-curricular:

The maths department run revision sessions for year 11 before and 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.

 

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, statistics, geometry and measure and multiplicative reasoning. The pupils also study mastery in year 7. We make use of ICT, including mathswatch and mymaths, for which pupils receive their own log-in. In addition to their basic equipment, pupils need to bring a scientific calculator to every maths lesson.

 

The Key Stage 4 maths programme begins in year 9. This then provides time to prepare for the new, more demanding GCSE exams. Pupils study for 5 periods a week, following the Edexcel GCSE syllabus. Assessment is purely exam-based. Pupils will be entered for either Higher or Foundation tier, depending on suitability. Pupils will be regularly assessed in year 10 and 11 and given a personalised revision programme (PLC) to map their progress and identify topics for them to work on. The pupils will then use mathswatch to support their revision. In addition to the basic equipment, every student needs to bring a scientific calculator to every lesson.