Robertsbridge Community College

Mathematics

Our curriculum intent

Mathematics is the language of logic and problem solving, it teaches us to look for patterns and make predictions. Here at Robertsbridge we believe that Maths is all about the way that we break problems down and the processes that we use to solve them.

We want to build strong resilient Mathematicians, and to this we have developed a curriculum that will encourage logic and reasoning skills as well as communication skills and taking careful attention to detail. We want students to question how Maths is used in the world around them.

We all need Maths skills to solve problems around us outside of school. These can be looking after our finances and finding best value options to being able to question statistics and numbers that they are presented with in the news or social media. Over their time at Robertsbridge, students will cover a vast range of Maths, looking at the history of Maths and the awe of numbers in nature and the arts. Students will follow a spiral curriculum where topics will be seen and built upon year on year, we interleave topics where possible to allow students to keep all their skills relevant.

What this looks like in practice

The Maths department prides itself on the way that it challenges students. Our curriculum provides a solid grounding for students with opportunities for all to be stretched. Our more able Key Stage 4 are able take the GCSE a year early, completing a Further Maths GCSE in Year 11 leading in to AS Level Maths.

In Key Stage 3, students are taught in ability groups as soon as they enter Year 7. The accelerated curriculum covers a wide breadth of topics and allows for a range of activities and challenges.

Students are assessed at the end of each topic and collate their work in their assessment books, keeping records of their Mathematical achievements. There are two formal assessments each year which allow for movement between groups.

Problem solving is encouraged as soon as students start in Year 7 to help them to prepare for their future years. Homework is set every lesson with one key piece of homework set each term.

In Key Stage 4, students cover the EdExcel Mathematics GCSE syllabus through a varied and challenging scheme of work. The programme also includes a range of engaging functional projects and activities. Students are assessed at the end of each topic and collate their work in their assessment books, keeping records of their Mathematical achievements. There are two formal assessments each year which allow for movement between groups. Homework is set every lesson with one key piece of homework set each term.

For the final GCSE qualification, there are two tiers of entry, Foundation (Grades 1 to 5) and Higher (Grades 4 to 9). The qualification is graded on a scale from 1 to 9, with 9 being the highest grade. Students sit three, equally weighted, written examination papers:

  • Paper 1 Non Calculator
  • Paper 2 Calculator
  • Paper 3 Calculator

Some students will have the opportunity to be entered for the GCSE early, and then study for a qualification in Further Mathematics.

Useful links

Here you can find resources and guidance to reinforce learning carried out in class and to complete successful revision.

Useful Websites

(NB: Links below open in a new browser window).

https://www.hegartymaths.com

Each student has an individual login and password (If you need a reminder see your class teacher).  HegartyMaths provides lessons on all topics and tasks to complete.  This is useful, not only for revision, but to help you understand something you may have struggled with in class.

http://www.mathedup.co.uk/gcse-maths-takeaway/http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/maths/http://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/gcse.htmlhttp://studymaths.co.uk/https://www.examsolutions.net/gcse-maths/https://corbettmaths.com/https://diagnosticquestions.com/

Revision Apps

https://www.pearson.co.uk/revision.html

http://collinsrevisionapps.co.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zgd682p

Revision Tips

  • Practice! Practice! Practice!  The key to revising maths is to practice as many questions as possible.  To revise maths, you need to do maths!
  • Use all resources available to you - revision guides, maths websites, morning intervention, after school revision, your maths teacher.
  • Make sure you revise topics you struggle with first.  Do what you can't do, not what you can.
  • Revise for short periods of time.  Make sure you eat, drink and take regular rest breaks.