Mathematics

Leventhorpe 2017 0452

Mathematics Faculty Staff List
Miss G Nicholson Head of Faculty - Maths
Mr D Price

Maths Teacher - Lead Teacher for Years 9, 10 and 11

Miss V Dixey

Lead Teacher for Year 12           

Mr A Kitson Maths Teacher   
Ms J Baker Maths Teacher (maternity leave)
Mr S Bevan Maths Teacher
Ms N Mitchell Maths Teacher

Mrs B Laniyan

Maths Teacher (maternity cover)
Mrs U Odrich-Damallie Maths Teacher
Miss L Rodriguez Maths Teacher
Mr P White Maths Teacher
Mrs M Tudor Maths Teacher
Miss C Maese Perez SCITT Trainee - Maths Teacher

The Subject of Mathematics

Mathematics is essential for everyday life and understanding our world. It is also essential to science, technology and engineering, and the advances in these fields on which our economic future depends. It is therefore fundamentally important to ensure that all students have the best possible mathematics education. They need to understand the mathematics they learn so that they can be creative in solving problems, as well as being confident and fluent in developing and using the mathematical skills so valued by the world of industry and higher education.

Mathematics is a language.  It is the only truly universal language, and it is an essential part of our personal and working life.  Mathematics is not only a language and a subject in itself, but it is also critical in fostering logical and rigorous thinking: as such its influence is immense.

Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing students’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data. Mathematics is important for students in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Technology. It is also important in everyday living, in many forms of employment, and in public decision-making. As a subject in its own right, Mathematics presents frequent opportunities for creativity, and can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a problem is solved for the first time, or a more elegant solution to a problem is discovered, or when hidden connections suddenly manifest.  It enables students to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence. The power of mathematical reasoning lies in its use of precise and concise forms of language, symbolism and representation to reveal and explore general relationships. These mathematical forms are widely used for modeling situations; a trend accelerated by computational technologies.

Mission Statement

“To equip each individual with the knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills which will enable them to develop as enthusiastic and confident mathematicians and prepare them for the next stage in their life.”

Aims of the Faculty

  • To ensure depth before breadth, allowing students to gain a sound understanding in key  mathematical concepts and develop fundamental mathematical skills that will enable them to  prosper at all levels, up to including at university.
  • To set challenging targets with high expectations for all students.
  • To offer a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate students and demand their active participation.
  • To smooth the transition for students between Key Stages and ensure progression in teaching and learning throughout their time at Leventhorpe.
  • To explore enrichment opportunities outside the curriculum to enhance students’ enjoyment  of mathematics.

Curriculum Overview Linked Documents

The Mathematics Curriculum at Leventhorpe

 
Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students have 7 hours of lessons per fortnight. Our curriculum includes numeracy, algebra, geometry, ratio & proportion, statistics and probability and we ensure that problem solving is imbedded across all of these threads. We cover every aspect of the curriculum, interleaving topics within each year group, to ensure that students see links across these different areas of mathematics. 

Our homework is set each week using Hegarty Maths (www.hegartymaths.com) for which every student has their own personal login. Every fortnight our students sit a low-stake quiz that assesses a mix of recent teaching with previous topics to strengthen retention and understanding. 

In Key Stage 5 we offer A Level Maths, Further Maths, Core Maths and GCSE resit. 

We offer trips across the Key Stages including Stansted Aerozone, Bletchley Park, Maths in Action, and Oxford University STEM conference for girls – It all adds up. 
Here are overview details of our Key Stages and please use the links below to access a more detailed overview of our curriculum from Year 7 to Year 13.

Key Features of KS3 Maths at Leventhorpe

 
In Year 7 students are taught across 4 bands with a higher and lower group in each band. In Years 8 and 9, students are put into sets across two bands.
 
All the content in our Scheme of work is based on the Maths KS3 National Curriculum.
 
Within Year 9 we start to cover some GCSE topics to prepare them for the transition into their GCSE.
 
Students are set weekly homework tasks from Hegarty Maths which is an online platform that students have personal logins for.
 
Every fortnight, students sit a low-stake quiz in class which enables teachers and students to check and reflect on understanding and retention of topics taught across the year. 
 
We have assessments every term to track pupil progress and following this, we make any necessary set changes and arrange any necessary intervention. 
 
We have fortnightly intervention for a select group of Year 7 students which covers lots of basic numeracy and written mathematical methods to support their learning in class.
 
We offer our keen KS3 mathematicians Parallel, which is a challenging weekly problem-solving competition set up by Mathematician Simon Singh. We also offer the Junior UKMT Individual Maths Challenge where students compete for certificates with thousands of other talented mathematicians across the country.
 
Each half-term, every member of the Maths Faculty nominates a ‘Mathematician of the moment’ who get a certificate and their picture up on the wall celebrating their hard work and progress.

Key Features of KS4 Maths at Leventhorpe


Students will be taking Higher tier or Foundation tier in their GCSE. Higher allows grades from 3-9, while Foundation allows grades from 1-5. Grade 4 being a ‘standard pass’ and Grade 5 being a ‘good pass’.
 
We teach to the Edexcel 9-1 GCSE specifications.
 
Our curriculum covers a range of numeracy, algebra, geometry, ratio & proportion, statistics and probability and we ensure that problem solving is imbedded across all of these threads.
 
Students are set weekly homework tasks from Hegarty Maths which is an online platform that students have personal logins for.
 
Every fortnight, students sit a low-stake quiz in class which enables teachers and students to check and reflect on understanding and retention of topics taught across the year. We have assessments every term to track pupil progress and following this, we make any necessary set changes and arrange any necessary intervention. 
 
In Year 11 we offer our talented KS4 mathematicians the FSMQ (free standing maths qualification). This is a challenging qualification that allows students to study A Level topics which will support students who wish to continue studying mathematics. Our keen KS4 students also have the opportunity to enter the Intermediate UKMT Individual Maths Challenge where students compete for certificates with thousands of other talented mathematicians across the country.
 
Each half-term, every member of the Maths Faculty nominates a ‘Mathematician of the moment’ who get a certificate and their picture up on the wall celebrating their hard work and progress.

Key Features of KS5 Maths at Leventhorpe


A Level & Further Maths students have 9 hours of lessons per fortnight split between 2 teachers. One teacher focuses on Pure Maths while the other teacher focuses on a mix of Applied and Pure. Core Maths students have 4 hours of lessons per fortnight with one teacher. 
 
We teach to the Edexcel A-Level specifications. A Level students study Pure and Applied (Statistics & Mechanics) while Further Maths students also study Further Pure Maths, Decision and Further Mechanics.
 
Assessments at the end of each topic are based on past paper questions and interleave material from previous topic with new material.
 
Our A Level & Further Maths students have the opportunity to enter the Senior UKMT Individual Maths Challenge where students compete for certificates with thousands of other talented mathematicians across the country. We also offer STEP preparation for students applying to Oxford or Cambridge to study Mathematics.

Primary Maths Masterclass Sessions

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At Leventhorpe, we are committed to making strong links with our local feeder primary schools.  We run weekly master class sessions one morning a week, during which a group of Year 6 primary school children attend and participate in mathematical activities.

The main aims of the sessions are:

  • To develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the level 6 content;
  • To develop the children’s problem solving and logic skills;
  • To provide a forum for children to work collaboratively and discuss mathematics with similar-aged individuals in the local area;
  • To provide students with the opportunity to experience Maths lessons at secondary school level;
  • To smooth the transition between primary and secondary school.

The children have opportunities to experience the following during the master classes:

  • Independent learning activities
  • Paired discussions
  • Group work activities
  • Competition based-learning, earning points for their table group
  • Mini whiteboard activities

Children are also set a piece of homework each week which they are expected to bring back to the following session to be marked by the teacher.  Feedback is given and the children are expected to make corrections to their work.

We have devised a programme of study in liaison with our primary colleagues, which you can find here.  Here are some quotes about what the children think about the sessions:

  • I enjoyed talking to and meeting new people who are coming to Leventhorpe next year.  I have made a few friends here.
  • It helped and challenged me and improved my maths skills
  • I enjoyed learning new things and trying new challenges
  • Meeting new people who are either as good as me at maths or better

The children were asked to pick one word that described the master class sessions and the diagram below shows what they said:

maths primary 

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