We believe that the world is ever changing and we are equipping students with the skills they will need for a job that probably hasn’t even been invented yet.
Mathematics equips students with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world.
We therefore aim to develop successful learners who are numerate, creative and enquiring and able to solve problems, as we believe that this is at the heart of mathematics.
All members of the team aim to inspire a love of mathematics encouraging students to see the subject in a positive light.
We hope we stimulate moments of Eureka when students solve problems, suddenly see connections or have flashes of insight and inspiration.
At KS3 all students study mathematics for 4 lessons a week. The curriculum is designed to fulfil the requirements of both the National Curriculum and the Mathematics Framework. Mathematical skills and knowledge are delivered in short units and all students study elements of Number, Algebra, Geometry and measure and Data handling.
Students take an active role in assessing their own learning and use this as an aid to further inform and plan learning. Students are set by ability and taught in parallel sets.
There is an increased focus in maths now on STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Which is why we have introduced some exiting projects based around this
As a faculty we aim to nurture and encourage all our budding mathematicians. Last year we had a number of business days where local companies such as Intel and Nationwide came into Churchfields Academy and ran workshops with our students. It was a chance for all our students to apply the skills they have learnt in class to real life situations.
We also have strong links with the local primary schools and work closely with these schools to get students more engaged and excited about maths. Each year Churchfields Academy Maths faculty enter our students in the national Maths Challenge and have had some great achievements by students.
We aim to provide a rich breadth of curriculum which is tailored to the needs of the individual and maximises their learning experience. This is evident in our learning pathways in KS4 particularly.
During KS4 many students works towards a GCSE in Statistics. The Statistics course is made up of 25% controlled assessment which is done in lesson time – this involves the students collecting, displaying, interpreting and analysing data – and 75% exam.
All students start the GCSE Maths course in year 9 and complete this in year 11. The teachers in the Mathematics faculty assess the students on a regular basis and identify gaps in knowledge that they will address in the planning of their lessons. Regular exam practise in the KS4 lesson gives the students an appreciation of what the questions will look like in their final exam.
Students are set in parallel groupings with 4 groups in each. This allows us to have smaller class sizes in order for students to have every opportunity of gaining a band 5 or better. We provide interventions throughout the year where we identify groups of students struggling with the same topic and then address this topic. We also offer catch up sessions after school once a week which is open to all students. In addition to this Saturday sessions and half term interventions are held nearer to the exams.
The Maths faculty is well resourced and we aim to used varied and stimulating materials to engage all our learners. We have a suite of specialist rooms all of which have interactive whiteboards, enabling us to use active approaches to learning and teaching. We use a range of resources to encourage and develop all types of learners. We have an ICT suite which we use with all of our students.