Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Maths


Half Term Overview

Year 7               Year 8                Year 9

1st Half Term                      1st Half Term                   1st Half Term

2nd Half Term                    2nd Half Term                  2nd Half Term

3rd Half Term                     3rd Half Term                   3rd Half Term

4th Half Term                     4th Half Term                   4th Half Term

5th Half Term                     5th Half Term                    5th Half Term

6th Half Term                     6th Half Term                    6th Half Term

Our Staff

Mrs. E. Williams Head of Department
Mr. N. Ecob Second in Department
Mrs. R. Quayle Second in Department
Mrs J. Peters Deputy Head of School
Miss C. Mitchell
Miss K Griffiths
 Miss C Buckeridge
Mrs. E. Brown
Miss R. Lukotkova Teaching Assistant

 

About the Department

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

~ Albert Einstein

The aim of the Maths Department is that pupils enjoy the subject and are continually encouraged and challenged to never settle for less than their very best.

Pupils are asked to think about Maths in a creative way working in groups, pairs and independently. We strive to make our teaching clear, positive and inspiring in order to highlight the relevance of mathematics in everyday life.

We also endeavor to provide teaching that is committed to the pupils and their individual needs whilst focusing on understanding and helping our pupils become secure and confident with their knowledge of Maths. The most rewarding experience for any Maths teacher is the ‘Eureka!’ moment when a pupil “gets it” and understands something they did not understand before.

“Tell me and I’ll forget;  show me and I may remember;  involve me and I’ll understand.” ~ Benjamin Franklin (Chinese proverb)

We aim to give all of our pupils the chance to take an active role in every lesson by giving them opportunities to learn how to solve problems, which require the use of mathematical knowledge and techniques. We do this through the use of high-quality active teaching and learning techniques, such as:

  • a well planned curriculum, which builds pupils’ understanding
  • collaborative tasks, where pupils work in small groups to discuss and solve maths problems
  • class discussions using higher-order questioning techniques
  • the use of mini-whiteboards to collect and discuss answers from every pupil in the class
  • practical activities
  • use of ICT to enhance learning through use of Interactive Whiteboards in every lesson

Universities and employers value Maths and it is rightly recognised as a Core subject that is vital for all pupils in order for them to be able to access the range of careers that require numeracy and the ability to think through a logical argument.

We encourage our pupils to continue their study of Maths at AS/A Level after leaving RHS, particularly if they are considering careers in the fields of Computing, Science, Engineering and Economics.

Curriculum Structure

All pupils at both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 have 6 lessons of Maths per fortnight.

Year 7 Maths is taught to pupils in their form classes which are grouped according to reading ages. From Yr 8 onwards the pupils are placed in sets based upon their mathematical ability. This usually consists of two half year sets of three/four classes and the setting is reviewed regularly (once per term) following an assessment of progress.

Key Stage 3 classes follow the National Curriculum and Key Stage 4 classes follow the WJEC Mathematics Linear GCSE syllabus. The schemes of work have been developed to follow units focusing on Number, Algebra, Shape/Space/Measures and Handling Data. (Please see the school Virtual Learning Environment – Moodle for further details.) 

Curriculum Support

The Department runs a lunchtime club every Thursday in the Technology computer room to enable pupils to have support with their Maths homework on www.MyMaths.co.uk and also to provide catch-up sessions for pupils who have missed work or want to get help on a topic if they are having any problems.

GCSE revision sessions are also arranged for Yr 11 pupils throughout the year after school. (Please ask the class teacher for further details of these sessions.)

The school Virtual Learning Environment – Moodle also provides pupils with access to banks of past papers and support materials in the form of Mathwatch revision clips with worksheets for practice.

Challenges

Pupils are given usernames/passwords and encouraged to take part in Mathematics challenges and games on a variety of websites throughout the year:

www.mangahigh.com

www.supermathsworld.com

www.labyrinth.thinkport.org

www.worldmathsday.com

Other recommended websites for games/enrichment/revision are:

http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/eng/vtc-home/vtc-ks4-home/vtc-ks4-maths(2)

http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/eng/vtc-home/vtc-ks3-home/vtc-ks3-maths(2)

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/maths

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/maths/

www.nrich.maths.org

www.subtangent.com

www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/dictionary.html

www.plus.maths.org

www.mathsisfun.com

www.coolmath.com

www.counton.org/ 

Examinations

All pupils are entered for the WJEC Linear Mathematics GCSE at the appropriate level of either Foundation (C-G grade) or Higher (A*-D grade). This is assessed by 2 exam papers of equal weighting: Paper 1 – No calculator, Paper 2 – Calculator, there is no coursework/controlled assessment component to the course.

Early entry is encouraged at Foundation level during the November exam session for C/D borderline pupils, which has proven to be very successful.

Year 9 and Year 11 pupils also complete the WJEC Essential Skills Wales: Application of Number qualification at the appropriate level.

Useful Exam Board Links

www.wjec.co.uk

http://www.wjec.co.uk/uploads/publications/16234.pdf (GCSE Specification for Mathematics – Linear)

http://www.wjec.co.uk/uploads/publications/10486.pdf (GCSE Specimen Assessment Materials for Mathematics – Linear)

http://www.wjec.co.uk/uploads/publications/11494.pdf (Essential Skills Wales: Application of Number Document)

Recent News

GCSE Maths Results 2015

The class of 2015 achieved good results! 59.2% of pupils gained a C grade or better which was above the National average.

 

GCSE Maths Results 2014

The class of 2014 achieved pleasing results. 59.3% of pupils gained a C grade or better, which was above school target.

Click on the following Links for more of our achievements:

Maths Factor Goes From Strength to Strength

Sapphire Awards for Rhyl High Pupils on World Maths Day

Year 7, 8 & 9 Mathletes Pave The Way in the Four Nations

 

 

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