Mathematics

Maths is a subject that builds an essential toolkit of problem solving strategies. 

Students at Uffculme know the importance of Maths: it unlocks college courses and job opportunities, as well as helping them to be numerate and employ a methodical approach to problems.

The modern day world revolves around Maths, with numeracy and logical systems at the heart of most technologies and used in a vast number of professions. Incredibly, an understanding of the make-up of certain mathematical solids is now helping to unlock a cure for some of world’s diseases.

Curriculum and Qualifications

Key Stage 3

In KS3 we use the White Rose Maths scheme of work as the foundation for our course. Links to the curriculum information booklets are below:

Key Stage 4

In KS4 students study for the Edexcel Maths (9-1) GCSE.

There are two tiers of entry:

  • Foundation (grades 1-5)
  • Higher (grades 4-9)

We usually recommend that students with a target of grade 5 sit the Foundation Tier. This is for a variety of reasons; the complexity of the topics on the higher tier, the lack of motivation when scoring extremely low marks on higher tier, the benefits of learning Maths that has more use in life by being on the correct tier.

To view the course specification please click here

Throughout the years we also try to make links to other subjects. For example:

  • PE: times, distances, speeds
  • Geography: pie charts
  • Science: formulae, standard form etc

Home Learning & Additional Resources

The best way to practise and to improve in Maths is to DO Maths!

Homework is set using Hegarty Maths online resources. Students will be set one lesson each week and will be expected to copy down examples from the video. They then attempt the quiz (using the examples to help if needed). Students should use the checklist in their Homework books to make sure that it is done correctly.

When students are looking for extra work or have struggled with a particular topic then Hegarty Maths can be used to support them. Students can search for a particular topic (choose lesson or use the search bar) and then watch the video and complete the quiz. Once several lessons have been done the ‘Fix Up 5’ can be used – this picks out any errors that are made in previous lessons and gives a mix of questions for students to practice.

There are other resources that are available to support students:

Extra Curricular Opportunities

For some students there is the opportunity to take part in the UK Maths Challenge. Here they compete against other students from across the country to earn Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards. We also run a Maths house competition, where students in all years and of all abilities can answer problems to win points towards their house totals.

If you require further information about the Maths curriculum at KS3 or KS4 please contact Miss Culver, Head of Department, at CulverB@uffculmeschool.net