At Abbs Cross Academy and Arts College the Mathematics Department will promote and support a comprehensive, interactive and innovative learning environment that will empower our students for the future in this ever changing world.
The Mathematics Department at Abbs cross Academy and Arts College will provide a mathematics program that prepares our students to be life-long learners and responsible, numerate citizens. We endeavour to provide a learning centred environment in which the student is the performer and the teacher is the coach. The Department also hope that students will come to appreciate that whilst being a subject in its own right mathematics is an important tool in other subjects and has no boundaries.
The aims of teaching and learning in Mathematics. The Department seeks to develop in students the following:
- A positive attitude towards mathematics by: – seeing it as an interesting and attractive subject
– helping them to appreciate the creative and aesthetic aspects of the subject
– ensuring that persistence through sustained work is rewarded
– giving credit and praise to improve confidence
– encouraging students to themselves challenging targets
- Sound numerical skills by: – ensuring that calculators are used sensibly and efficiently
– the use of starters and plenaries to promote the use of mental skills
– insisting that they learn relevant concepts and facts
- A willingness to use algebraic skills by: – exploring mathematical patterns and sequences
– identifying functional relationships
– using correct and appropriate mathematical notation and language
– using mathematics to model real-life situations
- Raising spatial awareness by: – fostering an appreciation of the nature of space
– encouraging them to use different representations
– exploring properties of shape and space through the drawing and practical work
- An understanding of statistical enquiry by: – encouraging them to collect, interrogate and interpret data
– collecting data from a range of sources by an appropriate sampling technique
– communicating findings through an appropriate and relevant charts and diagrams
– engaging in practical and experimental work
– looking critically at the presentation of information
- An ability to use and apply Mathematics by: – raising an awareness of Mathematics across the curriculum
– relating appropriate mathematical problems to life itself
– developing an understanding through enquiry and experience
– expressing problems in mathematical terms as an aid to their solution
– fostering an ability to think clearly and logically with independence of thought and flexibility of mind.
Support for your Learning
Mathematics has many applications in everyday life. It enables us to organise, manipulate and communicate information efficiently. It can be used to solve problems and to predict events in real life. At Abbs Cross the Mathematics department strive to ensure students learn how to apply mathematical techniques learnt to solve problems.
We aim to give all students the opportunity to take an active role in every maths lesson through the use of active learning techniques, such as:
• collaborative tasks, where students work in pairs or small groups to discuss and solve maths problems;
• class discussions;
• the use of mini-whiteboards to collect and discuss answers from every students in the class;
• use of ICT to enhance learning through use of Interactive Whiteboards in every lesson.
How can I boost my child’s GCSE Mathematics Grade?
The Mathematics department at Abbs Cross Academy and Arts College have a number of initiatives to help our students boost their GCSE grade. Parental support and students’ participation makes a real difference in ensuring students realise their full potential.
If you encourage your child to do the following it will help them achieve a better grade in Mathematics:
1) Attendance and Punctuality. Attendance and punctuality to Mathematics lessons is essential. If you do miss a lesson, please see your teacher and catch up with the work missed.
2) Maximum effort in lesson. Arrive at lessons prepared for learning. Ensure you have the correct equipment and are prepared mentally to learn. Follow your teacher’s instructions, listen attentively to explanations, and ask for help if unsure. Maximum effort is essential.
3) Do your homework. The key to learning Mathematics is practice. As you complete your homework, you will be able to identify concepts you do not understand and then you can ask your teacher for help or use a MathsWatch tutorial to revisit the topic.
4) Use MathsWatch Video tutorials to continuously revise topics that you have covered in class. Continuous revision of topics using MathsWatch clips will help you retain what you have learnt in lesson and solidify your understanding.
Recommended GCSE Maths Websites
A website containing tutorials on all the topics required for GCSE Maths. All students will be given individual usernames and passwords. If a student has lost or forgotten their password they should see their maths teacher.
BBC GCSE Bitesize
– Interactive revision and tests – with instant feedback
– Student revision checklist
– SOS teacher – helpdesk