Key Stage 3 Curriculum Outline
Our stimulating Key Stage 3 curriculum covers the mathematical topics: Number, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics and Probability. Pupils have four Mathematics lessons a week that:
- Develop their problem-solving skills and require them to combine methods together in multi-step questions, practicing their accuracy of essential basic skills (including Arithmetic and Numeracy) at a level that is challenging to them.
- Develop their Literacy skills, by attempting real-life worded problems, from which the pupils have to select the mathematical elements and decide how to use them.
Pupils’ progress is tracked lesson-by-lesson on their ability to ‘Use’ a skill, on their ability to then ‘Apply’ the skill to real-life contexts and, finally, on their ability to ‘Extend’ their understanding to a level where they can cope with all variations of questions on a topic.
Homework is Internet-based, using the ActiveTeach resource that is also available in lessons – a Maths homework club is run daily for pupils who wish to complete their homework before they go home!
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Outline
The GCSE Mathematics course (along with GCSE English) has now changed, nationally, to a 9 (highest) to 1 (lowest) grading system. Where pupils in the past were expected to achieve a grade C or higher, pupils will now be expected to achieve a grade 5 or higher. The amount of content has increased and schools are having to give more curriculum time to Mathematics to respond to this. The final examinations have changed too – where pupils used to be assessed on two examination papers (one non-calculator and one calculator), they will now have to do three (one non-calculator and two calculator).
Our pupils have five Mathematics lessons a week. As with Years 7-9, one lesson a week is devoted to the practice of accurate, essential basic skills. Another lesson is used for developing familiarity with the final examinations: practising questions from past-papers and new-specification specimen papers of topics already covered. The other three lessons are used for learning the remaining Number, Algebra, Geometry and Data Handling topics that pupils have not covered in previous years.
Pupils in the top 2 sets (out of 5) in each learning band (W or H) will have the opportunity to also do GCSE Statistics as an after-school qualification, resulting in an extra GCSE. Pupils in the top set in each learning band will do GCSE Further Maths as another additional qualification, potentially giving pupils 3 qualifications in Maths.
Future Opportunities and Pathways Post 16
It is well-known that that problem-solving skills learnt in Mathematics are highly-valued by employers. From GCSE Mathematics, pupils can progress to A Level Mathematics. Most Sixth Form Colleges will expect a grade 5 pass to progress to A Level courses. There is also an A Level in Further Mathematics, which pupils could do as well as (not instead of) A Level Mathematics. These courses mainly focus on extending the Algebra and Trigonometry skills learnt at GCSE Mathematics and also introduce new concepts such as Calculus.
Extra Curricular Opportunities
Winifred Holtby Academy is an ever-present participant in the Junior UK Maths Challenge and Intermediate UK Maths Challenge, always performing well and also hosting the competition for the Hull and East Riding area.
Pupils can also attend the after-school Mathematics Homework Club, with teacher supervision and support where necessary. The Mathematics faculty also puts on a wide range of Year 11 revision events in the two terms leading up to the final examinations, which pupils have found extremely valuable in achieving their goals.