A good grasp of Maths is a vital life skill and our busy and enthusiastic team help our students to become confident and comfortable with the use of numbers by making classes interesting, stimulating and rewarding.
Key Stage Three
Year 7 and 8 students are taught in mixed attainment groups that focus on key topics each half term. Assessment is regular with written weekly homework and topic/full termly summative assessments. Students have access to the full range of challenge in each topic, with lessons differentiated appropriately in order to support and challenge students as required.
In year 9 students are placed into either the higher stream or a smaller foundation stream. Both streams follow a similar mathematical route, covering topics at different depth. Students in the foundation route will spend time consolidating the basics of number, algebra, geometry and data before moving on to the more challenging material, however this will not preclude them from accessing the higher level topics.
Students in the higher stream have access to all higher and foundation level material and will be given the opportunity to challenge themselves fully. Lessons are differentiated to ensure that students who require extra challenge can access the top level material (grades 7-9 and beyond) during the course of the year, with support material available for those who require a more supportive approach. Rather than completing an accelerated programme of study, we ensure that students develop a deeper understanding of key areas within the maths curriculum using problem solving and investigative tasks.
Key Stage Four
In years 10 and 11 students are in three streams (Higher+, Higher and Foundation). All students will cover topics in algebra, geometry, data and number. Students are expected to complete tasks at home, a combination of Hegartymaths revision tasks and examination practice. Assessment is via examinations only; there is no coursework in this subject.
At Oathall we are offering the 2 and a half year AQA GCSE, spec code 8300. Maths still offer a higher route or foundation. The highest grade achievable in foundation is 5. All assessments are undertaken via examination in May/June of year 11. Both the Foundation and Higher examinations are formed of three 1.5 hour examinations, with one non-calculator paper and two calculator papers.
For students who have a target grade of 7+, there is the opportunity to join a weekly extra-curricular Further Maths club, which will enable them to sit the Level 2 AQA Further Maths qualification at the end of Year 11 if they choose to do so.
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