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Mathematics

The Power of Maths

Mathematics is a wonderful, creative and exciting subject that equips pupils with problem solving skills.  Involvement in problem solving enables students to exercise and acquire confidence in their intellectual power.

Mathematics provides a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world such as logical reasoning and the ability to think in abstract ways.  It is a critical skill for many professions and it opens a world of opportunity for students.

At Addeys we recognise that everybody uses maths whether they realise it or not.  As such, we strive to equip all our students with mathematical skills that will help them overcome the challenges of a modern society.

Our Approach

Maths can stimulate moments of happiness and wonder: when a student solves a problem for the first time, discovers a more efficient solution to a problem, or suddenly sees hidden connections (National curriculum, June, 2008).

We aim to ensure that all students enjoy the subject and develop confidence in their ability to use mathematics and gain a sense of achievement.  We want all students to achieve their maximum potential in acquiring mathematical skills and to apply these skills with confidence in real life situations.

AGES AND NOT STAGES

Mathematics at Addey and Stanhope school

Year 7-11

Year 7 - 11 are currently following the Kangaroo Maths scheme of work.  The scheme of work is based on different stages numbered from 0 -7 which cover the entire Secondary national curriculum. Stages are selected for pupils based on their prior attainment and starting point in secondary school, which allows pupils to follow a curriculum building on their prior attainment rather than based around their age.  They will follow a particular stage for a whole year, aiming to develop mastery of the topics covered. Stretch and challenge will be provided to high attaining students through a deeper exploration of the topics covered, to allow for more in-depth problem solving to take place and further develop students’ mastery of the course. Below is a quote from the National Curriculum which is linked to the stages of Kangaroo Maths Mastery.

"The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on."

Assessment

Pupils will be assessed throughout the year to test knowledge and check understanding and mastery of topics. Pupils in all year groups will have a formal assessment once per term, which will be used to identify student specific areas for improvement. Students will also complete smaller unit assessments twice a half term based on what they have been studying in their lessons. These assessments have been developed by our lead practitioner to assess fluency, reasoning, problem solving and a student's ability to apply their understanding. Further questions will also focus on misconceptions.

Pupils will no longer be assessed using levels.  They will now follow a particular flight path.  Please see further information on flight paths.

Which class follows which stage?

Year 7 – A mixture of stages 1-3 in a mixed attainment setting

Year/sets

Set 1

Set 2

Set 3

Set 4

Set 5

8

Stage 4

Stage 4

Stage 3

Stage 2

Stage 1

9

Stage 5

Stage 5

Stage 4

Stage 3

Stage 2

10

Stage 6

Stage 6

Stage 5

Stage 4

Stage 3

11

Stage 7

Stage  6

Stage 5

Stage 4

Stage  4

 

Secondary Schemes of Work by Stage:

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

Stage 5

Stage 6
 

 

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