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Southfields Academy

Southfields Academy

Mathematics

 

Key Stage 3 

Contact Teacher

Mr F. Duffy (Head of Mathematics): finbarr.duffy@southfields.wandsworth.sch.uk 

Grouping/organisation/setting/teaching time

During the Autumn term we will be teaching in mixed ability groups, which we believe helps the learning of all students, and ease the transition from Primary to Secondary education. The year groups are split in to the North and South sides, on which there are two and four sets, respectively. The Year 7 & 8 cohorts, have four, one hour lessons per week. There is a Year 7 & 8 Mathematics club that runs every Friday after school, which all students are invited to attend.

Course Content/Skills Learnt

The units covered during Year 7 and 8 are:

Number and Algebra including -

  • Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division
  • Percentages, Decimals and Fractions
  • Coordinates and Graphs
  • Algebra
  • Rounding and Estimation
  • Percentages, Decimals and Fractions
  • Ratio
  • Coordinates and Graphs

Shape and Space including –

  • Symmetry and Transformations
  • 2D and 3D Shape
  • Angles and Construction
  • Perimeter, Area and Volume

Data Handling including –

  • Tally tables and Frequency tables
  • Pictograms, pie charts and Bar charts
  • Probability

We use a variety of teaching strategies, some of which are enquiry and activity based, to enhance the learning of everyone and nurture problem-solving skills that can be transferred to everyday life.

Assessment

In Year 7 the students will complete a rich task each half term which will be linked to the curriculum and used to assess their progress during that time. In Year 8 students will have a formal assessment each term, at this point they will have the opportunity to move sets depending on their achieved levels.  After each assessment they have a ‘target setting’ session so they can assess their own progress. The end of year exam covers all the topics they have learnt that year and will help to set them for the following year.

Books/other materials/useful websites to visit/field trips etc.:

As a department we use the New Mathematics Frameworking books as our main textbooks, however we do have access to many other resources. We use ICT extensively and all Mathematics classrooms have an interactive whiteboard as well as an ordinary one. We recommend several websites to students, which include:-

We are also incorporating enrichment tasks in to our lessons which involve activities that will enhance their learning and feed in to the functional skills aspects that are being introduced in to the curriculum.

Homework:

We set homework at least once a week, and we contact parents to inform them if any homework is missed.
We are also investigating a computer package called MLE (Managed Learning Environment) which will enable all students to be able to access lessons and homework online.

How parents can help

As a parent you are the most important ally we have in terms of supporting and encouraging the students. Working together we can provide the best environment for them achieve their full potential. Our expectations are that homework’s should be completed on time and behaviour should be appropriate for the classroom to ensure a positive working atmosphere for all. As a parent you can help make sure these goals are achieved.

Key Stage 4
 

Year 9, 10 & 11

WHAT AND HOW WILL YOU LEARN?

The content of the GCSE course covers number and algebra, geometry and measures and statistics and probability.  The fundamental skills and knowledge which feature in both the examinations include working with arithmetic, understanding fractions, decimals, percentage and ration and an appreciation of algebraic notation.

This course will help you develop many skills, as well as numeracy, such as problem-solving, communication, functional skills and collaboration.

HOW WILL YOU BE ASSESSED?

  • Paper 1 (50% of the GCSE) – non-calculator
  • Paper 2 (50% of the GCSE) – calculator

This course will be assessed at the end of year 11 by these two examinations.  Students will be assessed at regular intervals throughout the year.

Students follow the OCR GCSE Mathematics course.

WHAT NEXT?

Mathematics is a language.  It is the language without which science, commerce, industry, the internet, and the entire global economy is struck dumb.  It is the only truly universal language, and it is an essential part of our personal and working life.

As such, the GCSE qualification is recognised by both Universities and employers, as a way of checking students have the numeracy skills needed to equip themselves for everyday life and further study.

Those students who achieve a grade B or above on the higher paper have the opportunity to continue the study of mathematics through the AS and A-level courses.

Key Stage 5 

Find out more about our sixth form courses.

Mathematics A Level

Further Mathematics A Level