Maths

Our Rationale:

'To stimulate, develop and maintain curiosity, interest and fluency in maths'.

Our Intent:

Through the teaching of mathematics at St Matthew's we aim to stimulate, develop and maintain students' curiosity, interest and enjoyment in mathematics. In doing this we are able to maximise each student's mathematical potential and to develop each student's ability to communicate mathematically in the key themes of – Number and Algebra, Shape, Space and Measure and Handling Data. We also intend to promote a variety of mathematical teaching and learning methods (including ICT, investigative and practical work) to raise achievement of students working individually, in pairs or in groups, thus allowing students to develop transferable mathematical skills. This will aid their progression in other areas of the school curriculum and provide mathematical continuity and progression from Key Stage 2, through Key Stages 3 and 4, preparing the students for Mathematics at Key Stage 5 or for life and work outside of education.

At the end of his/her Maths education at St Matthew's, we hope to inspire each student to:

Be able to experience satisfaction in and pleasure from their mathematical achievements and obtain the highest Mathematics GCSE grade of which they are capable. They will have the confidence to solve mathematical problems, communicating their answers through clear and logical reasoning both verbally and on paper. They will approach a variety of problems and tasks systematically, choosing the appropriate techniques or strategies independently or through collaboration. As a result, they will be able to approach numerical or mathematical problems occurring elsewhere in the curriculum confidently and competently and to perform the basic mathematical skills required for entry into higher or further education or needed in their chosen career.

Homework/Assessment:

Independent learning is vital for the recall of key facts and knowledge.  With this in mind, all pupils have a Hegarty Maths log in so they can access the website: www.hegartymaths.com

Teachers can set both homework on a weekly basis or identify any gaps in knowledge and set appropriate work accordingly.  The website is interactive and allows the pupils to view worked examples to support their learning.

At St. Matthew’s we use a variety of assessment techniques to identify the areas of strength and areas to develop for each pupil. As a result, we can offer appropriate and accurate intervention using the Hegarty maths website. Pupils will also complete standardised assessments each term which test all aspects of maths covered during the year.

Rewards and recognition:

Students are encouraged to earn achievement points through the school reward system and are recognised for excellence on the recognition and rewards boards.