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Mathematics

The mathematics curriculum at Fairfield High School for Girls equips young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical processes that allows them to compete in the global community. It is underpinned by a drive to create confident mathematicians who speak positively about their experiences of mathematics.

The curriculum is enriched by opportunities for mastery, along with high challenge and high expectations for all pupils, whatever their background or whatever challenges they face. There are some opportunities for explicit personal development related activities within the mathematics curriculum but it is through the general ethos of mathematics lessons where development of character is mainly seen: highly respectful, inclusive, the highest standards, developing resilient, inquisitive learners and full of ‘light-bulb moments’. The curriculum is designed so that all pupils:

  • develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  • acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions
  • comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

 

Pupils in Years 7 and 8 have six hours of Maths every fortnight. In Years 9 and 10, this increases to eight hours a fortnight and Year 11 pupils currently have nine hours a fortnight. Each year group is divided into 2 halves, pupils are placed into ability groups with 4 parallel sets in Years 7, 8 and 9 and 5 pairs of parallel sets in Years 10 and 11.

Throughout Years 7-11, our curriculum is deeply differentiated to ensure that every pupil in every class has the appropriate level of support and challenge. Setting is fluid so that as pupils’ progress varies, we can respond appropriately to support or challenge them as needed.

With each formal assessment we provide each pupil with detailed feedback, lesson and Home Learning time to reflect and complete next steps. This very easily allows teachers, pupils and parents/carers to accurately identify strengths and areas to focus on for future progress to be made.

In Years 7 and 8, pupils complete independent Home Learning using MathsWatch where they make revision notes from instructional videos and complete interactive questions. This is to model and embed effective independent revision techniques and is linked to the topics being covered in lessons. In Year 9 to 11, Home Learning is consists of a variety of resources linked to the curriculum, including Mathswatch and Maths Kitchen. Year 10 and 11 also past exam papers as revision and exam technique practice once a term for Home Learning. Year 11 use PinPoint Learning as part of their Home Learning and reflection on mock assessments to work on their individual areas for development.

The Faculty give pupils the opportunity to compete in the UKMT Junior and Intermediate Individual Challenges. Maths Drop-In takes place on Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes for KS3 and KS4, this a place for pupils to get help with Home Learning or complete additional study or revision. We also offer a comprehensive programme of revision support through our Period 6 sessions for Year 11.

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Long Term Plans Years 7-11

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GCSE Mathematics

Study of the GCSE Maths curriculum formally begins at the start of Year 10 when all pupils begin their Edexcel Linear GCSE at either the Foundation or Higher tier as appropriate for their current ability and potential progress. Pupils in Years 10 and 11 are given regular exam paper home learning in order to familiarise themselves with exam style practice and demonstrate progress throughout Key Stage 4. They also have access to Mathskitchen.com and Pinpoint learning as mentioned above which are both revision websites that provide exam questions that are tailored to each individual pupil’s current and target grade.

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