Maths is a key area of the curriculum and the Maths Department aims to provide all students with opportunities that not only increase their knowledge of the subject, but challenge their ability to reason logically and solve problems.
Maths lessons at Castle Rock include a variety of activities, and numeracy is promoted and embedded across the whole curriculum.
Year 7 – All groups are mixed ability with the aim to extend learnt skills from KS2 and continue the grappling of key ideas, communication and thinking. This will enable an early start to GCSE style learning.
Year 8 – Each half of the year has a top set, all other classes are mixed ability with the aim to extend skill based mathematical thinking and be fluent in communicating mathematical concepts and understanding in preparation of GCSE style questions.
Year 9 – Each half of the year has a top set, all other classes are mixed ability with the aim to promote conceptual fluency of mathematics and communicate simple and complex ideas and thinking. Mixed ability groups will follow more GCSE Foundation based ideas with the two top sets moving towards the GCSE Higher based learning.
How learning is assessed
Learning and progress is continually assessed by a variety of methods within lessons by the teacher. Exercise books will record this learning and the Yearly progress sheet in the front of students' books will show how they are progressing after each review period.
Homework will be set as a weekly cycle of progressive learning relevant to what is being taught in lessons during that review period. It will start with researching key words, being competent with the skills required, applying these skills and the new ‘Takeaway’ homework sheets that will use these in a problem solving context.
Students will be formally assessed at the end of every second review period throughout the year as a GCSE-like exam format. There will also be short tests throughout the review checking reasoning, application, fluency and problem solving within the different concepts being learnt (these can be found within the ‘Curriculum map’).
Extra Curricular Support
- Students are always encouraged to seek support from teachers at any point during the week, during lunch times and after school where appropriate.
- There will be a master class targeting a variety of groups of students at different points of the year which will be held on a Monday afternoon.
- Personal Challenge Project – there will be a maths based project running during all three terms.
- UKMT – There will be clubs available in the lead up to these events during February and April.
- Maths Gremlins Club – this club has a weekly focus on supporting students with common skills-based problems in their maths.
- Numeracy Week – In October there will be clubs and competitions available to support all the activities planned for Numeracy Week.
- Parent Support Sessions – Two sessions run throughout the year to help parents support their children and bring them up to speed with new ideas and concepts. This will be a time for parents to resolve any queries and reassure them about their own mathematical abilities.
Schemes of Learning: