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Faculty of Mathematics

The Mathematics Faculty at East Bergholt High School has a successful record of examination achievement with regularly over 70% of students achieving a GCSE grade of A* to C.  In the 2016 GCSE this figure was 75%. The Faculty has a strong philosophy of extending all students to their full ability. The Faculty has a policy of entering all students for examination.

KS3

In Key Stage 3 students follow a structured scheme of work which includes extended investigative and problem solving activities.  Assessment for learning is an important part of all lessons and students' performance in the subject is closely monitored and teaching programmes amended where required. Students follow a programme based on Maths Mastery which embodies the principles of helping to understand why as well as how.

In Year 7 students are placed in ability groups in the autumn term, these groups are regularly reviewed to give each student the opportunity to maximise their potential.

In Year 8 students continue to follow the Maths Mastery programme that they have started in Year 7. The aim of this is to further deepen their understanding of the principles of maths with problem solving at the heart of the syllabus. Weekly homeworks are set and in addition students are expected to make good use of on line resources such as MyMaths.co.uk, Pixl maths App, and in key stage 4, JustMaths.

The aim is to increase students understanding in the four key areas of maths, number, algebra, shape and space and handling data.

This Year 9 will start their focus towards their GCSE studies, however still combining that with the principles of the mastery approach following a Linear Mathematics specification for examination at the end of their Year 11 studies. It is anticipated currently that we will continue to follow an AQA qualification. The year group will follow the new specification which includes number, shape and space, algebra and data and will be examined at either foundation or higher levels depending which best suits the student at the time of the exam.

Details of the new specification can be found on the AQA website.

KS4

In Key Stage 4 the Faculty has currently adopted the AQA Mathematics Examination, with all assessments in Year 11. The current year 11 will be the first to taking the new style exam which consists of 3 one and a half hour papers in June.

The Faculty enters large numbers of students for both the Junior and Intermediate Mathematics Challenges, with approximately 100 students taking part in each event. We also enter various national and local team challenges, which involve opportunities for all year groups. There are links with feeder primary schools, which recently have involved KS2 students visiting the High School. There is also liaison with other Mathematics faculties in the local area: Colchester Sixth form College and Suffolk One the main providers of post-16 education to the majority of our Mathematicians at the end of Key Stage 4, and the University of Essex

Key concepts

In each year group there are key concepts that we teach, whilst these are not all new, it is studying of these concepts to greater depth to aid fundamental understanding of the concepts and being able to explain "Why" and to be able to justify, mathematically, the answers. Please find these concepts below.

Conscepts for Year 7 to 9 can be downloaded here. The KS4 Overview can be downloaded here.

 

 

Staffing and Responsibilities:

  • Mr D.Faram, Leader of Mathematics

  • Miss A Dixon, Leader of KS3 Mathematics

  • Mr A Campbell, Lead Practitioner for Mathematics

  • Mr C Turner, Headteacher

  • Mr J Clark,

  • Mr P Elliot,

  • Mr G Phelps,

  • Mr A Don.

  • Mrs W Annison (HLTA), Mrs I Wooler (Maths tuition)

The Maths teaching rooms are in close proximity to one another, and include a fully equipped computer suite, which is available for use on specified lunchtimes for help with homework. All classrooms have interactive white boards, and ICT is integrated into all schemes of work.