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 Maths

Mathematics is essential in every walk of life: whether you are wallpapering, applying for a mortgage or deciding whether the pair of jeans that are in the sale are actually the bargain of the year or not!

The department aims to develop confidence, interest and enjoyment in mathematics. We use a variety of up-to-date teaching methods and resources to engage students and relate their mathematical knowledge to everyday life around them. The school subscribes to the mathematics website MyMaths, MathsWatch and Hegarty maths which allows pupils to access topic-based worksheets and interactive lessons at home as well as school. These can be used to reinforce their understanding and are excellent teaching and revision tools. Each student has a personal login and their progress can be tracked throughout the year.

Staff

  • Mrs  Bell – Curriculum Leader
  • Mrs Orme – Second in Department
  • Mr Griffin
  • Miss Grinnell – Year 9 Achievement Manager
  • Mr Ledwards – Year 7 Achievement Manager
  • Miss Pownall – Year 10 Achievement Manager
  • Miss Szymura – Deputy Headteacher

Support Staff

  • Mrs Keele – Intervention

Key Stage 3

Students will follow the new Mathematics programmes of study. The aims of this curriculum are to ensure that all students:

Become fluent in the fundamental of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice of problems with increasingly complex problems over time, so that students develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and preserving in seeking solutions.

Key Stage 4

Students follow the 1-9  AQA GCSE scheme of work from Year 9, which is assessed at the end of Year 11. Students will follow the Foundation or Higher scheme of work. To allow students the best overall result, they will be able, if necessary, to choose between the Higher and Foundation tiers. Support is provided for GCSE students through focused morning groups, Booster nights and thorough monitoring.  To see the AQA GCSE specification – please follow this link.

AQA GCSE Maths Revision Checklist – Higher Tier

AQA GCSE Maths Revision Checklist – Foundation Tier

Y11 Revision Assembly Presentation

Level 2 Further Mathematics

Students in our top set GCSE class will be given the opportunity to study for an extra qualification in after-school tuition sessions. This course provides is an excellent way to prepare for A-Level study of Mathematics. It is designed for those students who will to achieve Grade 7- 9 in their GCSE examination a Further Mathematics qualification. The content covers the areas of algebra and geometry, and also gives an introduction to calculus and matrices and develops further skills in trigonometry, functions and graphs.

Enrichment

Within the Mathematics department, we are keen to promote enjoyment and excitement in Mathematics. Individual and Team challenges are coordinated by the UKMT and Further Maths Support Programme and extend and enrich Gifted and Talented students.

The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are lively, intriguing multiple-choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in maths in large numbers of students. The three levels cover the secondary school range 11-16 and together they attract over 600,000 entries from over 4000 schools and colleges.

The UKMT Team Challenges promote mathematical dexterity, team working, and communication skills. They also give students the opportunity to compete against students from other schools in their region. The team challenges are currently available for Years 8, 9, 10, students.

At Ruskin we also host our own Maths Challenge for all years at Christmas and at the end of the year so every student has the Maths Challenge opportunity.

Accommodation

All lessons are taught in a suite of five specialist Mathematics classrooms.

Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard and its own storage for text books and equipment. There is also access to ICT suites.