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Why study maths?

Maths skills are important to success both in school and everyday life. Maths skills are required to:

– Manage money and time.
– Explaining how to solve problems.
– In the use of technology.
– To solve problems and make informed decisions.

Maths has links with many subjects including Science, Geography, Technology, Physical Education, Economics and computing.

Aims

  • To be able to use a calculator accurately to carry out calculations.
  • To use workings to clearly communicate solutions to problems.
  • 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.

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In April 20 of our year 8 students took part in the UK Mathematics Trust Junior Maths Challenge. Tabor students were awarded one gold, one silver and five bronze certificates.

Course Outline

Key Stage 3

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

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. Students continue to be set according to ability during Key Stage 4.

How will my child learn mathematics at Tabor?

We believe that children learn math’s best through activities that encourage them to:

  • Explore;
  • 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.

Support for your learning

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, www.corbettmaths.co.uk, and www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/maths for Keystage 4.

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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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