At St. Martin’s school we have 6 (full time) Mathematics teachers who are committed to their role as a teacher and are eager to accept and develop any new ideas that arise in the subject area. All Key stage 3 and 4 pupils study Mathematics with an average of 7 timetabled lessons a fortnight. Mathematics A level is available to study at the school;
The department follows the WJEC specifications for GCSE and A level. Following the recent change to the Mathematics curriculum, all of our teachers ensure they incorporate reasoning lessons into the scheme of work in preparation for the Numeracy GCSE. The results of the department have improved significantly over the past 2 years and hopefully will continue to rise. The department is located on the top floor of the new building and has 5 fully functioning rooms; 2 of the rooms are fitted with an interactive whiteboard. The department has a variety of resource for the pupils to use, such as, mini whiteboards, a set of IPADs and the use of interactive games.
Key Stage 3
In Key stage 3 (year 7 and 8), pupils are banded and set by ability within the bands starting from September in Year 7. They are grouped using their end of Primary school level and the National Numeracy Tests. Each class will be assessed termly on their numeracy skills and assessed after every 2 class units in order to regularly review the sets and make changes where necessary. Homework is given to each class after every chapter and assessed fully by the teacher. Year 7 and 8 pupils are taught using the Maths Links books which range from level 3 to 7. This set of books are accompanied with chapter homework’s and tests.
Year 9 have recently started following the GCSE scheme of work from the WJEC Mastering Mathematics books; Foundation (U – D), Intermediate (D – B) and Higher (C – A*). Some of the topics covered during year 9 include Formation and manipulation of linear equations / Solving linear equations and linear inequalities / Nets and isometric drawing / Properties of quadrilaterals / Symmetry / Angles / Coordinates / Solving numerical problems with numbers of any size, using a calculator efficiently and appropriately / Constructing and interpreting frequency diagrams, pie charts and scatter diagrams.
All pupils in Key Stage 3 spend time during their Mathematics lessons focusing on procedural and reasoning papers in preparation for the National numeracy tests that this sit in May from year 7 to year 9.
Key Stage 4
In Key Stage 4, pupils are set based on their end of Key Stage 3 level and are grouped according to the level of GCSE paper they will sit at the end of year 11. Pupils will either sit the Higher, Intermediate or Foundation exam and the decision to which paper will be finalised throughout year 10. All year 10 and 11 pupils are regularly assessed in order to track progress and ensure pupils are receiving the appropriate level of support.
Following on from year 9, the GCSE classes follow the GCSE scheme of work from the WJEC Mastering Mathematics books; Foundation (U – D), Intermediate (D – B) and Higher (C – A*). At the end of each unit of work the pupils given a homework to complete before sitting a test.
Throughout year 10 and 11 pupils practise past papers for their external examinations and these papers will be analysed question-by-questions in order to identify areas of weakness. These areas will then be re-taught.
Currently at the end of year 10, the top set will be given the opportunity to sit their GCSE a year early whereas all other pupils will sit the exam in November of year 11. Each pupil will sit 4 examinations; 2 Mathematics and 2 Maths-Numeracy, from this all pupils will achieve 2 GCSE grades.
Key Stage 5
Year 12 - Pupils will sit 2 units.
- Unit 1 – Pure mathematics A (25% of the qualification – 120 marks)
- Unit 2 – Applied mathematics A (15% of the qualification – 75 marks)
- Section A - Statistics
- Section B Mechanics
Year 13 - Pupils will sit 2 units.
- Unit 1 – Pure mathematics B (35% of the qualification – 120 marks)
- Unit 2 – Applied mathematics B (25% of the qualification – 80 marks)
- Section A Statistics
- Section B Differential equations and Mechanics
Extra Curricular – Clubs & Visits
Revision sessions every Monday after school 3pm – 4pm.
- Congratulations to our GCSE classes of 2015 - 2016. We achieved the best results the school have ever seen with a pass rate of 72% of A*-C grades.
- Congratulations to our GCSE classes of 2016 - 2017. We achieved a pass rate of 68% of A*-C grades for the early November entries.