At St Luke’s Church of England School, the Mathematics department’s vision is to teach a knowledge rich Mathematics curriculum through which students develop a deep and lasting conceptual understanding of Mathematics.
In Key Stage 3 students follow a mastery approach to Mathematics, similar to the approach to teaching that students have experienced at primary school. Throughout Years 7 and 8 we follow the White Rose Maths scheme of learning, ensuring that all students are given the opportunity to access all of the content in Mathematics lessons, through support and scaffolding to allow success for all. Students who grasp concepts quickly are given opportunities to deepen their understanding of Mathematics, irrespective of their prior attainment.
In KS4 we follow the Pearson Edexcel specification at both higher and foundation tiers. For those who are interested and have shown good academic potential throughout KS3, we offer Further Mathematics and Statistics combined as a GCSE option. This is an excellent platform from which students can go on and be highly successful at A Level Mathematics and beyond. Indeed, Further Mathematics includes some of the key concepts from the first year of A Level, such as differentiation and matrices.
For students who are less confident with Mathematics, we endeavour to use smaller sized classes and intervention groups as well as having additional teaching assistants on hand to offer support and guidance.
Throughout students’ time with us we want to maintain the enthusiasm that they have for Mathematics as well as to further develop their conceptual understanding of mathematical principles. All students will be encouraged to develop their fluency, problem solving, reasoning and application skills. This is to ensure that students understand what they are doing, rather than simply repeating given examples.
For students in all year groups their homework is set through an online adaptive learning platform called Sparx. Sparx is able to personalise homework to individual students, pushing them just the right amount to make progress. Students are rewarded through ‘XP’ which they earn through completing work and extra optional and targeted tasks on Sparx – once they reach a certain level of points students are presented with Sparx badges, which they can wear on their school blazers with pride.
Mathematics at St Luke’s Church of England School is incredibly exciting – the connections and links that you can make between concepts are limitless!