Maths

Staff

Mr P Redshaw - Subject Leader
Mr C Corcoran            Miss A McCarthy            
                Miss H Cook                 Mrs P Miller
Miss S Hopkin Miss A Ventress

Our aim is to provide each pupil with a mathematical understanding that will allow pupils to access numerical aspects of the curriculum and enhance their future prospects. All areas of Mathematics are covered at all levels, with the intention of building confidence and providing progress and challenge relevant to real life applications. We aim for all pupils to approach problems systematically, choosing appropriate techniques for their solutions, to reason clearly and logically, and to set out a rational argument. In addition, we intend that pupils will acquire the logical abilities characteristic of a mathematician and inspire and encourage the enjoyment of the subject.

We also offer parents/carers the opportunity to attend drop in sessions to keep up to date with methods used by the students to help support homework.  To book a 15 minute slot with a member of the department parents should send an e-mail to maths.st@sacredheartrc.org.uk or telephone 01642 487100.  For more information about Parents and Numeracy click here.

Year 7 and 8

In Year 7, pupils are placed in groups dependant on ability based on their KS2 results from primary school. In Year 8, pupils are placed in groups dependent on ability (based on their performance in year 7). Pupils study topics in the areas of Number, Algebra, Shape and Measure and Handling Data, this includes equations, sequences, area and perimeter, constructions, graphs, ratio, angles and many more.

Pupils are given small topic tests after every two topics; this allows the class teacher to track progress and address any misconceptions. Three times a year pupils will do a larger assessment on all topic areas; questions and papers have been developed to replicate future GCSEs.

Y7 Consolidation Tracker

Y7 Extension Tracker

Y7 Main Tracker

Y8 Consolidation Tracker 

Y8 Extension Tracker

Y8 Main Tracker

Year 9, 10 and 11

Year 9, 10 and 11 students are working towards the new (1-9) GCSE which will be examined for the first time in 2017. They will receive a grade from 1 (lowest) to 9 (highest) instead of an A* to G grade.  

Year 9 are following the course over 3 years, whereas Year 11 are studying the new Maths GCSE (9-1) course over 2 years.

Each topic is assessed through homework and topic tests at the end of each topic; this allows the class teacher to track progress and address any misconceptions. Larger assessments take place throughout the year (covering all topic areas and based on the GCSE syllabus.)

In years 10 and 11, assessments take the form of practice and specimen papers.

New GCSE (9-1) Overview

  • Two tiers available: Higher and Foundation
  • Assessed by three equally weighted papers.
  • Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment .A calculator is allowed for paper 2 and 3.
  • Each paper has 80 marks and is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.
  • Grades 1 to 5 can be achieved on foundation tier and grades 4 to 9 on the higher tier.

Useful Links and Downloads

Corbett Maths - Useful videos, exam questions, text book exercises, 5 day questions and revision tips

MathsWatch

Revision Maths

Maths Website - Create a free student account for videos, exam questions and keeping track of what you have revised

Numeracy Powerpoints

Calculator Guide

National Numeracy Challenge