Mathematics

Key Stage 3

One of our primary aims is for students to enjoy their Maths and for each and every student to achieve their potential. We believe this is accomplished best through students learning alongside other students of similar ability. Consequently, students are set according to ability across each year group. 

Throughout KS3 students study a range of Maths topics including number work, algebra, handling data, space and shape, with the greatest emphasis being placed on number and algebra. Students learn to apply skills in real life situations such as percentage change, best buys, bills and they learn essential skills such as creating surveys, where and why they are used, analysing and interpreting data. Students learn about algebra, how it is used in real life situations, how to solve linear and simultaneous equations and manipulation of equations and substitution into formulae.

Students have three Maths lessons each week and have homework set twice a week. For Year 7 students who have not yet achieved their age-related expectations at Key Stage 2 there are Intervention Classes that support and consolidate learning.

Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning. Individual and peer marking strategies are used regularly to aid assessment for learning, with teachers assessing work and giving feedback on a weekly basis. In the classroom students are encouraged to discuss and reflect on their learning. Students’ feedback is valued and their responses in their “My Progress” sheets, which are completed by all students each half term, are analysed and acted upon as appropriate by their teachers.

Students are tested every half term to enable progress to be monitored carefully and the setting to be refined during each year as necessary. Students are rewarded by a Credit system and with letters of commendation and postcards home during the year.

To extend the more able students we take part in the UK Junior and Intermediate Mathematics Challenge, with Gold certificate achievers moving on to follow-up rounds and Olympiads. We also organise an annual Mathematics House Challenge, which runs in the summer term.

Key Stage 4

The new GCSE has an increase in subject volume and demand, with more challenging topics being introduced at KS4. The grading system is 1 to 9 (9 being high). There is greater emphasis on problem solving and mathematical reasoning. The new GCSE curriculum is designed to help students emerge from GCSE Maths with a level of confidence and fluency that will provide a genuine foundation for the rest of their learning and working lives.

Throughout KS4, students are required to produce robust solutions and to show all working both clearly and logically. We continue to strive for each and every student to build these skills and to achieve their potential. Students continue to be set according to ability across Year 10 and Year 11. 

At KS4 we follow the Edexcel Mathematics linear GCSE. Students are assessed by three terminal exams, with no coursework. All students take the GCSE at the end of Year 11. Students have four Maths lessons a week and are regularly set homework twice a week. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning. Individual and peer marking strategies are used regularly to aid assessment for learning, with teachers assessing work and giving feedback on a weekly basis. In the classroom students are encouraged to discuss and reflect on their learning. Students’ feedback is valued and their responses on their “My Progress” sheets, which are completed by all students each half term, are analysed and acted upon as appropriate by their teachers.

Throughout KS4, students are tested every half term to enable progress to be monitored carefully and the setting to be refined during each year as necessary. Students are rewarded by a Merit system with Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards and with letters of commendation at the end of the year.

To extend the more able students we take part in the UK Intermediate Mathematics Challenge, with Gold certificate achievers moving on to follow-up rounds and Olympiads. We also organise an annual Mathematics House Challenge, which runs in the summer term.

Key Stage 5

At KS5, we continue to strive to make the study of Mathematics enjoyable and for every student to reach their potential. 

A level Maths is a popular choice at Davenant with approximately 150 students studying the OCR AS and A2 specification. We have several A level sets plus a distinct Further Maths group of about ten to twenty students. We teach students to be strongly numerate, logical in their approach to decision making and prepared to be able to study Maths beyond secondary school level. Many of our A level students go on to study Maths and Maths – related degree courses (e.g. Physics, Statistics, Engineering, Economics, Finance, Computer Studies etc.) at university.

As in KS3 and KS4, students are set according to ability. Students are regularly set homework four or five times a week at AS and A level and nine times a week for the Further Mathematicians. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning. Individual and peer marking strategies are used regularly to aid assessment for learning, with teachers assessing work and giving feedback on a weekly basis. In the classroom students are encouraged to discuss and reflect on their learning. Students’ feedback is valued and their responses on their “My Progress” sheets, which are completed by all students after each assessment, are analysed and acted upon as appropriate by their teachers.

Students are tested every half term to enable progress to be monitored carefully and the setting to be refined during each year as necessary.

USEFUL LINKS

www.mymaths.co.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

www.nrich.maths.org

www.mrbartonmaths.com

www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com

www.counton.org

www.khanacademy.org/

www.mathsgenie.co.uk

www.bowlandmaths.org.uk/

www.meikleriggs.org.uk

How-to Videos

These videos show some common Mathematical techniques used. They were all produced by Year 7 students.