Mathematics

Teachers of Maths

Clare Frodsham Head of Faculty Maths
Lesley Gee Deputy Head of Faculty Maths
Gemma Bandeira Classroom Teacher Maths
Gary Frodsham Teacher of Maths/Maths KS3 Coordinator
Gareth Jackson Classroom Teacher Maths/CIAG Coordinator
Amy Mather Teacher of Maths/Numeracy Coordinator
Laura Morrin Teacher of Maths/Head of Year
John Wallace Teacher Primary Transition/A Level bridging work

Vision of Subject

‘Our aim is to not only give students the opportunity to practice the skills to learn, but to help them understand where, why and how they apply to real life.’

KS3

Throughout their time at Kirkby High School students are taught Mathematics in ability groups. Teaching focuses developing the key skills of numeracy in a variety of contexts.

In Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9) students have 4 hours per week and home learning tasks are set on a weekly basis. Home learning tasks will consist of either paper homework or mathswatch homework set electronically.

Assessments are completed during each half term to track and monitor the progress of students. Feedback is provided to students in terms of the skills they are working towards or have mastered. Targets for further improvement are then shared with students.

KS4

Students in Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) Mathematics are working towards one GCSE qualification. They follow the Edexcel exam board with specification code 1MA1. They will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. In Key Stage 4 students have 4 lessons per week and home learning tasks are set on a weekly basis. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. With feedback being related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.

Throughout their time at Kirkby Hall, student are taught the following key skills:

Use and apply standard techniques

Students should be able to:

  • accurately recall facts, terminology and definitions
  • use and interpret notation correctly
  • accurately carry out routine procedures or set tasks requiring multi-step solutions

Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically

Students should be able to:

  • make deductions, inferences and draw conclusions from mathematical information
  • construct chains of reasoning to achieve a given result
  • interpret and communicate information accurately
  • present arguments and proofs
  • assess the validity of an argument and critically evaluate a given way of presenting information

Solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts

Students should be able to:

  • translate problems in mathematical or non-mathematical contexts into a process or a series of mathematical processes
  • make and use connections between different parts of mathematics
  • interpret results in the context of the given problem
  • evaluate methods used and results obtained
  • evaluate solutions to identify how they may have been affected by assumptions made

Overview of the Mathematics Curriculum

The general topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the link below. However please be aware that topics may change in accordance with pupil ability:

Curriculum Overview Maths

Links to GCSE Exam Board Specifications

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015-9-1-post-16-resits.html The specification code for GCSE Mathematics is 1AMA1

Additional Information

Maths revision sessions are held every Tuesday for year 11 pupils from 2:55pm to 3:55pm.

Mathematically gifted pupils are entered for the UK Maths Trust national completion.