Why study maths?

 

Mathematics has many applications in many walks of life including business, science, construction, design and statistics. It has enabled us to organise, communicate and manipulate information in efficient way, and gives us the chance to explain and predict things in real life. The mathematics department at Tabor, therefore, strives hard to help pupils learn how to solve problems which require the use of mathematical knowledge and techniques.

Aims

  • To create a positive attitude towards mathematics.
  • To develop sound numerical skills.
  • To develop a willingness to use algebraic skills to solve problems.
  • To develop an understanding of statistical enquiry.
  • To use and apply mathematics to solve problems.
  • To use workings to clearly communicate solutions to problems.
  • To be able to use a calculator accurately to carry out calculations.

Course Outline

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 pupils cover a range of topics following the five strands in mathematics. Number, algebra, shape, data and ratio topics will be covered to prepare students for the GCSE course. Throughout Key Stage 3, students are broadly set according to ability.

Key Stage 4

Pupils follow the EdExcel GCSE Mathematics course which is 100% exam assessed in the form of three 1½ hour exams. Paper one is non calculator and papers two and three are calculator. All questions are compulsory. There are two possible tiers of entry and students will be entered for the most suitable entry for their ability. During Key Stage 4, Students continue to be set according to ability.

Key Stage 5

Pupils follow the EdExcel A level Mathematics course which is 100% exam assessment in the form of two Pure 2 hour papers each worth 33% of the final exam and one Statistics and Mechanics 2 hour paper equally split between Statistics and Mechanics and worth 33% of the marks. A papers require a calculator and all questions are compulsory.

Support for your learning

We aim to give all pupils the chance to play an active role in every maths lesson through the use of active learning techniques, such as:

  • • collaborative tasks, where pupils work in small groups to discuss and solve maths problems
    • class discussions using higher-order questioning techniques
    • the use of mini-whiteboards to collect and discuss answers from every pupil in the class
    • use of ICT to enhance learning through use of Interactive Whiteboards in every lesson.

Mathswatch

Supporting students outside the classroom.

  • All students will be set homework weekly to support the work in class as one of the keys to learning Mathematics is practice. It also provides the chance to identify concepts you do not understand.
  • mathswatchvle.co.uk. Each pupil will be given their own personal login and can use this website for ongoing revision of topics as well as watching the video’s for additional support in understanding concepts you are struggling with.

Equipment

The basic equipment that the maths department requires on a daily basis:

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  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Calculator

Extra equipment that will aid your child in their lessons:

  • Protractor
  • Compass
  • Rubber
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Highlighter

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