Mathematics at Key Stage 3
Mathematics is an essential skill in life and is at the heart of every day decision making. It is the aim of Smithills School to support every student to achieve their potential and develop a deep understanding of Mathematics. The department offers a supportive, nurturing environment focused on developing a culture of success. The experienced team of teachers strive to ensure that every student achieves their potential and develops a life-long love of learning.
In Year 7 and Year 8 students study 4 hours of mathematics per week. Students in Year 9 receive 9 lessons over a two week period. Students are placed in groups based upon ability and are taught the Key Stage Three Programme of Study in preparation for GCSE. There are frequent assessments throughout the year that identify areas of development for each student. At frequent points throughout the year, students are provided with feedback and given the opportunity to securely embed a deep understanding of the topics covered.
The curriculum at Key Stage 3 is tailored to ensure that every student has the opportunity to reach their potential and provides them with a solid foundation to start their GCSE qualification. Student performance is reviewed regularly and used to support each student to reach the next step in their journey.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
Students in Years 10 and 11 study 4 lessons per week. Students start their GCSE at the beginning of Year 10 and are taught in ability groups working towards the reformed GCSE qualification that will award a numerical grade of 1 – 9.
At Smithills School, there is a strong focus of embedding problem solving and reasoning skills to support students with the increased level of challenge. Opportunity to develop a firm understanding of the course content and the development of mathematical reasoning forms the basis of each lesson. We aim to support every student to become resilient learners. As such, there is a comprehensive programme of support that from the beginning of the school term. Specifically, students in Year 11 benefit from 2 hours per week of dedicated revision in addition to after school revision sessions.
The team at Smithills School are committed to providing every student with the support they need to be the best that they can be. Students are provided with guidance on how to improve and develop their skills. In each year, students are provided with a Raising Achievement Booklet that offers information on how to consolidate learning and develop a deep rooted understanding of mathematics. The booklets makes good use of www.mathswatchvle.com where every student has a unique log in. The booklet also offers guidance on how to revise for mathematics. Additionally, students are provided with step descriptors that help them to understand the progress they are making.