Mathematics is the abstract science of number, quantity, and space.
Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing pupils’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data. It enables pupils to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence in the real world. Mathematics is important for pupils in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Technology. It is a major part of everyday life, in many forms of employment, and in public decision-making.
To ensure that all students make excellent progression in the use and application of mathematical processes in order to achieve their full potential.
At the end of his/her mathematical education in this school, each pupil will be able:
- To perform basic numeracy skills
- To perform the basic mathematical skills needed in their chosen career or for entry to higher or further mathematical education
- To understand the mathematics likely to be encountered in daily adult life
- To reason clearly and logically, and to set out a rational argument
- To approach problems systematically, choosing appropriate techniques for their solution
- To follow logical instructions clearly expressed
- To experience satisfaction in and enjoyment of his/her mathematical achievements
- To obtain the highest possible formal mathematical qualifications they can
The Mathematics Curriculum
Every student at The Prescot School studies Mathematics, as it is a core subject in the National Curriculum. All of our students are set on ability. In Year 7 we analyse a variety of assessments such as CAT scores, numeracy test scores and KS2 assessments. From this data each student is put into the correct set for their ability. We are confident that the setting is accurate, but if, throughout the year, a student is flourishing or indeed found not be in the correct set we will adapt this to meet the needs of the students. In Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 students are set on their assessments and progress they have achieved in their previous year. Students are assessed half termly and any set changes that are required are acted upon promptly to ensure that every child is set correctly in order to reach their full potential.
Students in all year groups 8 study Mathematics for 8 hours each fortnight.
Key Stage 3
In key stage 3 students are split into higher, intermediate and foundation according to ability. Problem Solving is incorporated into scheme.
Key Stage 4
Year 10 & 11- students study the Edexcel GCSE course.
GCSE mathematics has recently changed and the content has more of a problem solving emphasis. Students either study the higher course which covers grades 4 to 9, or foundation which covers grades 1 to 5. For comparison a grade 4 is equivalent to a C- and a grade 5 is equivalent to a C/B-. The government has set grade 5 as the minimum expected grade for students (previously a grade C) and at The Prescot School we strive to ensure that students gain this grade in order to progress to their next stage of education or career path.
The course is a circular course in which students will develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical skills and concepts. This course allows students to apply the functional element of Mathematics in everyday and real life situations.
The content of the course has been grouped into topic areas:
- Number – number, fractions, decimals and ratios, factors, powers and roots
- Algebra – Formulae and equations, inequalities, graphs, quadratic equations, sequences
- Geometry & Measures – shapes, coordinates, transformations and vectors, calculating lengths, areas and angles, measurements
- Statistics & Probability – Collecting data, averages, representing data and probability
Extra Curricular Activities
Additional support is provided for students who are struggling or not achieving and they are offered work in small groups or after school.
The department offers revision sessions for all year 11 students every Wednesday after school and regularly runs extra sessions during the holidays and during the weekends before exams.
All students in Years 7 and 8 are given homework once a fortnight and are asked to complete numeracy work on a nightly basis. Students in these year groups are provided with numeracy mats which highlight key areas to focus on in order to improve both their numeracy and maths skills.
Year 9 and 10 students are given homework weekly by their class teacher. These maybe numeracy skills, basic GCSE skills or consolidation tasks for recent work completed in class. Year 9 and 10 students may also be given past GCSE exam papers when their class teacher feels that this is appropriate. Completing past papers is a very good way of preparing students for the final exam in year 11 as it gives them the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the style of questions along with providing students the opportunity to do some independent revision.
Year 11 students are given booklets with past examination questions or full GCSE papers, they are encouraged to complete these in 20 minute blocks throughout the week alongside MathsWatch.
(all students have an individual login that allows them to watch short video clips on how to do topics alongside extra practise sheets and online questions that are marked instantly) THIS IS AVAILABLE AS AN APP!