Maths

Mathematics is all around us; it underpins much of our daily lives and our future, both as individuals and collectively. Mathematical understanding is critical to our children’s future. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology, and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.  Our Department Believes that a  high-quality education comes from pupils enjoying mathematics. Sharing a passion and excitement to discover more and learn more about each lesson through a variety of different teaching styles.

The maths department's vision is to motivate, inspire and guide pupils to build and discover mathematical knowledge. In doing so, embedding that knowledge in order to ensure it may be applied fluently to all aspects of learning for life. We strive to encourage pupils to become independent and ambitious towards their learning and employment. The journey we take together, pupil and staff alike, o that we may learn through faith, grow through hope, and achieve through love, allowing all to live life in its fullness.

Maths Team:

Mr S Tunstall– Maths Faculty Leader

Mrs R Aggett – Second in Department

Miss K Ashcroft

Mr. M Massey

Miss L Newport

Miss C Farr

Miss K Evans

Mr. C Burrows

Mr. L Braxton

Mrs D Haydon (Vice Principal)

Organisation of Classes

All pupils are set on ability for mathematics across the Key stages. However, each pupil in every group is supported and challenged to improve their mathematics at every opportunity. We regularly review our groups and make any changes we believe are essential to a pupil learning for life.

Intervention

As a maths department, we believe intervention starts in the classroom, and through regular assessment during lessons and outside of lessons we adapt our teaching towards supporting every pupil.  Pupils requiring extra support in mathematics are identified through a range of techniques such as regular assessments, teacher discussions, Sandwell assessments, and Ready to Progress tests. During Year 6, we offer booster classes to give extra support to pupils in preparation for the National Key Stage 2 tests.

Our Key Stones:

In the Maths Faculty we have a set of Key Stones that are the basis of what will be covered in our curriculum each year.

These can be found below

Year 5 Key Stones

Year 6 Key Stones

Year 7 Key Stones

Year 8 Key Stones

Curriculum Overview for Key Stage 2

Key Stage 2:

The pupils in Key Stage 2 have adopted a mastery curriculum, children will study each topic in-depth, using a range of manipulatives and techniques to push for a conceptual understanding over a procedural understanding. Pupils are encouraged to correct terminology at all stages and develop links between different strands of mathematics.

Year 5:

Pupils in Year 5 consolidate and extend the knowledge and skills gained in Year 3 and Year 4.

Year 5 Units include:

Further details can be found here at the Department for Education, Mathematics programmes of study:key stages 1 and 2

This link also contains information on the curriculum in Year 3 and 4 for those pupils who are behind their age related expectation.

Assessment for mathematics takes place throughout the year.

Pupils are set homework each week, they alternate between a written homework and completing a task on a computer program called MyMaths. In addition to this, daily practice of the maths weekly learning target is expected.

Year 6:

Throughout the year, pupils develop their mathematics towards the National SATs examinations that take place in May.

Year 6 Units include:

Curriculum Overview for Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3:

St Edwards Academy has worked closely with Westwood College to ensure that our mastery scheme is adapted to ensure that pupils share a smooth journey throughout key stage 3. We encourage pupils to continue to use a wide range of manipulative and discover different approaches towards their understanding of new mathematical topics.

Year 7:

Pupils are set homework each week, they alternate between a written homework and online homework.

Further details can be found at KS 3 Curriculum link here Maths Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Pupils who did not meet the Expected Standard at the end of Key Stage 2 will be given support in Year 7 to ensure that they reach the Expected Standard.

Assessment for mathematics takes place throughout the year, with end of year progress tests in the summer term.

Pupils are set a written homework each week and they are expected to continue to use a computer program called MyMaths. In addition to this, daily practice of the maths weekly learning target is expected.

Year 8:

Pupils in Year 7 build on the firm foundation laid in key stage 2 developing their skills in the areas of:

Extra-Curricular Activities and Opportunities: