Mathematics is taught in ability groups in all years. The subject is popular with students at all levels of ability and has produced some very impressive results. Work is varied, fun and encourages students to work both individually and collaboratively. All pupils are encouraged to take an active role in all lessons and given the opportunity to solve problems using mathematical knowledge and skills. ICT is used to enhance the learning experience; all Mathematics rooms are equipped with Interactive White Boards.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)
All year groups are taught in ability sets. Pupils arriving in Year 7 are grouped in the first half term, according to a combination of their Key Stage 2 information and base-line testing.
Pupils enjoy 7 lessons per fortnight, whilst homework (which should take students 30 minutes) is set 5 lessons per cycle. Exercise books are marked regularly to ensure pupils receive in-depth feedback.
We follow the National Curriculum for Mathematics and delivery includes the use of Collins textbooks. We also subscribe to Mymaths andMathswatch.
Teachers also use other resources that the department have produced to engage and challenge all students.
Assessment is carried out regularly, with results shared with students as quickly as possible. Self review sheets are completed so that students can identify areas of strength and weakness.
Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)
The department follows the AQA Specification 8300 over the 3 years. The new GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (grades 1 – 5) and a Higher tier (grades 4 -9). Students must take three question papers at the same tier and all question papers must be taken in the same series. The content of the new GCSE Mathematics specification is grouped into the topic areas of Number, Algebra, Ratio, proportion and rates of change, Geometry and measures, Probability and Statistics. Each exam paper is worth 33⅓% and lasts for 90 minutes. No calculator is allowed for paper 1. Content from any part of the specification can be assessed on any of the papers. Exam papers include a mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems and the mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper. Students in Year 9, 10 and 11 are taught four one-hour lessons a week and are placed into two bands, according to their option choices and then into sets, according to their ability within a band. There is also an opportunity for selected students to do extra maths in an intervention group as one of their option choices. Homework is set 5 lessons over the fortnight and each homework should take pupils approximately 30 minutes. End of unit tests are carried out regularly and assessments are given on a termly basis to track and monitor progress. We also currently offer Entry Level to students who need some extra support before starting their GCSE.
Students in Year 10 take part in a Maths Industry and Enterprise Day in the Autumn term. Companies are invited into school and meet with three groups of between fifteen and twenty pupils, each for a 90 minute session. They typically spend a short time introducing themselves and summarising what their job involves, before engaging the group in a ‘workshop’ activity involving some Mathematics. Some tasks are more practical than others, most involve logic skills, calculation and problem solving.
Selected pupils are entered in the United Kingdom Maths Trust Junior and Intermediate Challenges during the year. The Junior Challenge is open to students in Years 7 and 8 and the Intermediate to students in Years 9, 10 and 11. Students sit a one hour problem solving multiple choice exam paper and over the years students at Greenbank have been highly successful in achieving Bronze, Silver and Gold Certificates. High scoring students will then also have the opportunity to go further in the challenge and to compete in a European round.
We annually enter a team in the UKMT Team Challenge. This is a competition, which starts out regionally, and involves a team of four students from Years 8 and 9 working together as a team to problem solve and complete numerous mathematical challenges throughout the day. The winning school and possibly the runners up are then invited to take part in the National final.
We give opportunities to students in Years 7-10 to enter the Liverpool Maths Challenge, which is a competition that is usually run over February half-term and the Edge Hill Challenge which is a team competition open to Year 9.
Four Year 10 or 11 students will be selected to represent the school in the Runshaw College Maths Challenge. The students will complete numerous mathematical challenges during the day, competing against a number of other schools within the area.
Edge Hill College also offer Master classes to selected students in Year 9 who show a real passion and gift for Mathematics. These are run over a number of Saturday mornings and students who attend always come back to school full of enthusiasm.
Revision classes are run after school for Year 11 in the build up to their Mock and Summer examinations.
Mrs C Bentzen – Director of Learning Mathematics
Mr M Hunter – Assistant Director of Learning Mathematics
Mrs M Billingsley – Maths Teacher
Mr F Campbell – Maths Teacher and Pupil Premium co-ordinator for Maths
Ms D Hughes – Maths Teacher
Mr S Latham – Maths Teacher
Miss K Mc Donald – Maths Teacher
Miss R Wilson – Maths Teacher