Maths

Curriculum Area for Mathematics

Staff

Mr J Cariou BEng (Hons) MSc- Leader of Maths
Mrs V Smith BA – Assistant Leader of Maths
Mr E Simpson BSc (Hons) – Assistant Leader of Maths
Mrs E Meagher MSc – Teacher of Maths
Mr J Scott BA (Hons)– Teacher of Maths
Mr Adrian Campbell BEng (Hons) – Schools Direct Teacher of Maths

The Maths department wants every pupil to fulfil their mathematical potential during their journey through Bourne Community College. Our aim is for our students to become confident learners who enjoy their mathematics and feel like mathematicians.

Key Stage 3 Topics Studied (Years 7 – 8)

The maths curriculum is divided into four broad areas of study which are:

  • Algebra (patterns, sequences and equations…)
  • Number (arithmetic, fractions and percentages…)
  • Shape and Space (angles, polygons and constructions…)
  • Data handling (averages, charts and probability…)

Our students are however encouraged to make connections between all areas and to see mathematics as a tool to describe, then find solutions to problems.

A scheme of work designed for pace and rigour is used to ensure that the pupils at Bourne receive the most balanced and challenging curriculum. We aim for lessons incorporating mental Maths and opportunities for using and applying Maths, with a frequent focus on problem solving. Regular assessment points allow our students the opportunity to revise, a skill which is explicitly taught.

Key Stage 4 Topics Studied

The KS4 programme covers the same broad areas as KS3, taking understanding to a deeper and often more functional level. All students are entered for maths GCSE at either foundation or higher level. Foundation allows grades 1 to 5, and higher 4 to 9. Students are taught to develop their knowledge until it is secure and then pushed on to master those topics enabling to reach for the highest grade they are capable of. We subscribe to an online textbook, which enables students and parents to view the books that the students use in class and includes links to worked examples and on-line tutorials. This can be accessed through Kerboodle for which students have a password. In addition to Maths GCSE, our more able mathematicians will be given an opportunity to sit an additional GCSE in statistics. Some students in year 11 commit to extra-curricular lessons to follow the OCR additional maths programme, a great stepping-stone to post 16 A’level maths.

Home Support

We believe that students learn better when homework is used effectively. This is why we expect all students to engage in homework. Homework is set as a matter of routine on the online site Mymaths, which is an interactive package designed to tutor and assess student understanding. Homework is also set to encourage revision for internal and external assessments. Although students are always welcome to pop in after school to ask for support with homework, there is a dedicated Friday afterschool support session for that purpose. There are also homework clubs in an ICT suite at lunchtime, staffed by mathematicians, to support any difficulty with homework. We also encourage parents to ask for guidance in how they can best support their children.

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