Maths

Welcome to Maths

The Mathematics Department at The Elland Academy offers both practical and traditional Mathematics teaching to provide a worthwhile educational experience for all students.

We aim to ensure that:

  • All students in our care, whatever their ability, enjoy mathematical success.
  • Students are given the opportunity to grasp mathematical ideas by relating them to everyday life.
  • Mathematics is an integral and useful part of a student’s whole experience.
  • All students should experience a variety of teaching and learning styles.

Students at all levels are involved in whole-class, group work and individual study, through investigational and problem-solving activities as well as practical and mental work. We share best practice and deliver teaching and learning in ways which help and support all learners.

Each classroom has an interactive board and access to the internet. We have a bank of resources and many practical activities to stimulate kinaesthetic learners.

Key Stage 3

Mathematics at Key Stage 3 aims to build on the Key Stage 2 curriculum by developing mathematical fluency, the ability to reason mathematically and the ability to solve problems.

The curriculum is broken down into six key areas:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

Small class sizes and classroom support mean that lessons can be tailored to meet individual student’s needs.

Key Stage 4

There are a variety of courses offered at this Key Stage. 

Course level:  GCSE – Levels 1 & 2

Course Overview: 

This a two year course which covers the Programme of Study for KS4 Mathematics and offers all students the opportunity to gain a GCSE. The course is taught for four and a half hours per week in Years 10 and 11

What will I learn?

The course completes and expands on the Key Stage 3 curriculum:

Number

Algebra

Probability

Statistics

These are all interrelated and are developed in real situations where possible.  Most work is revisited and applied in a variety of contexts.  Investigational work and Functional Mathematics will be covered in all the above subject areas and will be assessed internally and externally as part of GCSE examinations.

How will I be assessed?

Students are assessed in lessons and tested regularly. Assessments are ongoing using student’s end of topic tests.  Formal examinations are sat at the end of Year 11 with three papers taken. Students will be entered for either the Higher or Foundation levels of the examination, depending on ability.  The Higher course allows achievement up to Grade 9; the Foundation up to Grade 5. Edexcel is our preferred exam board for GCSE Mathematics.

Course level:  Entry Level

Course Overview: 

For students working towards GCSE but who need extra support, AQA Entry Level Certificate can be taken.  This course focuses on foundation skills and is assessed through a portfolio of work completed by the student in class.  It can be taught alongside GCSE and gives useful reinforcement for students working towards the Foundation grades.

What will I learn?

The course is divided into eight components:

  • Properties of number
  • The four operations
  • Ratio
  • Money
  • The calendar and time
  • Measures
  • Geometry
  • Statistics

The eight components can be studied independently though it is important to emphasise the links between them.

How will I be assessed?

Pupils are assessed entirely in lessons through a mixture of worksheets and externally set assessments. There is opportunity to retake the assessments up to three times during the course. This portfolio of work can be submitted for certification in January or June each year.  Students gain a grade at Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2 or Entry Level 3 depending upon the completeness and accuracy of their work.

Functional Skills

Alongside GCSE students can take a qualification in Functional Skills.  This course aims to explore the practical and problem solving aspects of mathematics with an emphasis on explaining and recording solutions to problems; skills which employer’s value and which promote lifelong learning.

Course level:  Functional Skills Level 1 and 2

Course Overview: 

Functional Mathematics Level 1 and Level 2 aims to promote mathematical thinking and transferable skills.

Students will also cover:

  • Mathematics that is useful in everyday situations and the world of work.
  • Contextual material which emphasises the benefits of Maths to people who have been 'turned off' by the subject.

What will I learn?

The course allows learners to develop and refine their problem solving strategies and build the confidence and skills required to tackle unfamiliar challenges. It allows learners to apply their knowledge, reason mathematically and communicate clearly.  There are three skill areas:

  • Representing – understanding contexts and choosing mathematics to use
  • Analysing – using mathematics to find solutions and checking them
  • Interpreting – communicating solutions and drawing conclusions

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by a single written examination.  Students are presented with a data sheet some weeks before the exam which allows them, with their teacher, to explore the nature of the questions which may be asked.  Working with students on the pre-release materials allows any literacy issues to be addressed, ensuring they can access the context and helping them to think functionally before the exam.

Future Opportunities

Mathematics is a subject in its own right as well as supporting many areas of the curriculum, especially the Sciences.  It develops logical reasoning required in most areas of study. We also emphasize the importance of Mathematics within the vocational subjects.

Mathematics website links

www.mymaths.co.uk

www.CoolMaths.co.uk

www.MathsWhiz.co.uk

www.BBCBitesize.co.uk

www.aqa.org.uk

www.qualifications.pearson.com