Maths skills are important to a child’s success – both at school and in everyday life. Understanding maths also builds confidence and opens the door to a range of career options.
In our everyday lives, understanding maths enables us to:
- Manage time and money, and handle everyday situations that involve numbers (for example, calculate how much time we need to get to work, how much food we need in order to feed our families, and how much money that food will cost);
- Understand patterns in the world around us and make predictions based on patterns (for example, predict traffic patterns to decide on the best time to travel);
- Solve problems and make sound decisions;
- Explain how we solved a problem and why we made a particular decision;
- Use of technology (for example, calculators and computers) to help solve problems.
Knowing how to do maths makes our day-to-day lives easier!
Mathematics has links to many other subjects including Science, Geography, Technology, Art and Design and P.E.
How will my child learn mathematics at Tabor?
We believe that children learn math’s best through activities that encourage them to:
- Think about what they are exploring;
- Solve problems using information they have gathered themselves;
- Explain how they reached their solutions.
Children learn easily when they can connect math concepts and procedures to their own experience.
An important part of learning maths is learning how to solve problems. We encourage pupils to use trial and error to develop their ability to reason and to learn how to go about problem solving. They learn that there may be more than one way to solve a problem and more than one answer. They also learn to express themselves clearly as they explain their solutions. This is particularly important within the new maths curriculum.
At Tabor, pupils learn the concepts and skills identified in the mathematics curriculum, this consists of 5 major areas, or strands, of mathematics. The names of the five strands are: 1- Number, 2-Shape and Measure, 3-Algebra, 4-Data and Probability, and 5-Proportionality.
The GCSE has increased in its content, for the 2017 exams, and all years at Tabor are now being taught new concepts that are on the new specification. Some examples include venn diagrams, set notation, iterative methods and growth and decay.
In the lead up to the exams….. Maths intervention is put in place at the start of year 11, with specific math based tutor groups, after school revision, Saturday school and holidays revision sessions all take place so that pupils can feel as confident as they can in the preparation for their final exams.
Where can I get help?
Your child’s teacher can provide advice about helping your child with maths. Here are some topics you could discuss with the teacher:
- Your child’s level of performance in maths.
- The targets your child is working towards in maths, and how you can support your child in achieving them.
- Strategies you can use to assist your child in areas that they find difficult.
- Activities to work on at home with your child. Homework is set once a week for years 7-11. The will be relevant to the work that they have done in class and used as a consolidation exercise. Generally the weeks of homework will alternate between a computer based online homework and a written homework.
- Other resources, such as books, games, and websites. At Tabor we utilise www.mathswatchvle.co.uk and www.mymaths.co.uk. Each pupil will be given their own personal logins for these websites. Other useful websites to use are www.justmaths.co.uk for all year groups, and www.blandin.co.uk and www.corbettmaths.co.uk for Keystage 4.
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Keystage 3 and 4
KS3 – The skills and topics that are taught in years 7-9 are all topics that will either underpin knowledge for KS4 or will be taught again to a more advanced level in KS4. Years 7 and 9 will be taught 4 hours of maths a week, and year 8 will be taught 3 hours of maths a week.
KS4 – Maths is an all exam based subject for the current year 11’s this will consist of 2 GCSE papers. One calculator and one non calculator paper. From 2017 the exams will change, the GCSE now consists of one non calculator and 2 calculators papers. Each paper is an hour and a half in duration. Year 10 will be taught 4 hours of maths a week, and year 11 will have 3 hours of maths a week. In year 11 there is also the opportunity to attend afterschool revision classes.
As of 2017, the grading in mathematics will be from 1-9, (9 being the highest grade given, equating to a level higher than an A*)
The basic equipment that the maths department requires on a daily basis:
Extra equipment that will aid your child in their lessons:
- Pencil sharpener