Mathematics

As a department we aim to show that Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over thousands of years, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality Mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of Mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

The Mathematics curriculum at St Augustine Academy is divided into two stages:


KS 3 – (Years 7 and 8)

The syllabus has been created to meet the new National Curriculum strategy at KS3. The aim is to encompassing a skills based program of lessons to embed the key mathematical concepts in preparation for KS 4.

The National Curriculum strategy at KS3 now requires the use of new level descriptors for progress: Emerging, Developing, Securing and Mastery. In addition we have added a further level of Mastery Plus for our most able students comprising of extension tasks, investigations and projects.


KS 4 – (Years 9, 10 and 11)

This stage is the run up to the final GSCE exams; the school uses the Edxecel Examination board for both Foundation and Higher Tiers.

We have developed our curriculum to encompass level descriptors of 9 – 1 which have replaced the A* to G grading. The requirement for a GCSE passes are now levels 4 (lower pass) and level 5 (upper pass) rather than the previous grade C.

The Key Stage 4 course follows the new, more challenging, GCSE syllabus with a greater emphasis on:

  • Understanding mathematical methods and concepts.
  • Application of Mathematical techniques to solve problems.
  • Proof of concepts in abstract and practical contexts.


Support

In both Key stages we monitor student progress by carrying out continual topic assessments and cumulative testing. From this collated data there may be the offer of additional support or interventions to students that are finding difficulties accessing the subject.

We also regularly run additional Mathematics’ support sessions for KS4 Year 11 to assist with revision for the Summer GCSE examinations.

Every student is assigned a login to MathsWatch; an excellent online Mathematics’ Resource comprising of tutorials, questions and worksheets on every topic covered by the curriculum. We encourage students to use this resource to assist with homework, cover missed work through absence and to recap or revise topics.


Homework

This is set every week for each student and we encourage parents to use the SIMS Parent App to monitor homework progression and completeness.


Maths Challenge

This is an optional enrichment choice for students to further explore Mathematics the program of events is as follows:

Term 1 – Optical illusions Use geometric skills to make optical illusions.

Term 2 – Maths and music    Use mathematical methods to produce a piece of music

Term 3 & 4 – UKMT Junior Maths Challenge/ World Maths day    Year 7 & 8 students prepare for Junior maths challenge on 26th April 2018. Other students – Prepare resources for World maths day March 12th 2018 and help students prepare for the Junior maths challenge

Term 5 – Secret codes & ciphers Pupils complete code breaking activities then attend a trip to Dover castle (they organise special cross-curricular code breaking educational activities)

Term 6 – World cup maths Students to complete World cup themed maths activities and organise activities for mentor time.


Contact

At St Augustine Academy we are committed to every student reaching their full potential in Mathematics. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the relevant member of the Mathematics’ team.


Maths staff:
Mr Brown - Vice Principal - (pbrown@saa.woodard.co.uk)
Mr Morrish - Head of Mathematics Department - (kmorrish@saa.woodard.co.uk)
Mrs Thompson - Second in Mathematics Department - (jthompson@saa.woodard.co.uk)
Mrs Wyatt - Teacher of Mathematics - (twyatt@saa.woodard.co.uk)
Mr Eaglestone - Teacher of Mathematics - (meaglestone@saa.woodard.co.uk)
Mr Hewett - Teacher of Mathematics - (rhewett@saa.woodard.co.uk)
Ms S Robinston - Trainee Teacher of Mathematics - (srobinson@saa.woodard.co.uk)
Mr Harmer - Mathematics Intervention Teacher - (jharmer@saa.woodard.co.uk)