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Maths

Maths is a wonderful subject as it helps describe the World.  It is in it and around it and helps to explain how it all works.  It is like an endless game whilst giving you helpful boundaries in the way you go about solving problems.  It is absolute and pure mathematics is unarguable!  You can do maths anywhere and don’t even need a piece of paper – Archimedes wrote theorems in the sand (where the Romans killed him as he was on the verge of a breakthrough and wouldn’t stop) and he solved a key problem about water displacement in the bath! 

Some people think that the maths they face is hard; so is any game you play for the first time.  That’s why you should practise it all the time, so you don’t forget the skills you have acquired.  As Einstein once said, “do not worry about your difficulties in maths, I assure you that mine are greater.”  If life presents no challenge to us then we will never enjoy it and gain that sense of achievement.  Good luck in your endeavours! (Mr Starr - Subject Lead)

 

 Subject Overview

When you arrive at the Mosslands School you will be put into a group according to your ability using information from your primary school.  As you develop over the first year you may find that this group changes as we get to know your strengths and weaknesses better. 

At Mosslands we follow a five-year scheme of learning in years 7 to 11.  Through years 7 to 9 we follow the Mathematics Mastery programmes of study.

“Mastering maths means pupils acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.

The phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ describes the elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering maths.

Achieving mastery means acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught to enable pupils to move on to more advanced material.”  NCETM

Currently, in years 10 to 11 you will follow the Edexcel 9-1 GCSE course.

Pupils in all years will have 8 x 50 minute lessons a fortnight over the two week cycle, with those students needing most support getting 5 lessons per week in year 7.

Independent study tasks are set half termly and available on the school website. In addition to these you will get homework from your class teacher on a regular basis. These tasks can take a variety of forms.

All of you are assessed regularly to ensure that you are making good progress.

Each year we enter students for the United Kingdom Mathematical Challenges (UKMC) . Progress can be made from the regional to the national finals and students are awarded gold, silver and bronze certificates for their performances. 

Facilities

Maths is taught in a dedicated set of rooms. All maths rooms are equipped with interactive TV’s or Smart whiteboards, with up to date mathematical software.