In our department we always aim to be innovative and creative with the way we deliver the curriculum to our students. Students work within a supportive and stimulating environment enabling virtually all to progress and achieve real success. We share a keen interest in the subject, a positive approach to our work and a commitment to bring out the full potential of each and every one of our pupils. We aim to involve pupils in a variety of approaches and experiences. We encourage independence of thought, yet also provide opportunity for our pupils to work in a co-operative manner, sharing ideas and developing communication skills. There is a real emphasis on making the learning of Mathematics fun, interactive and visual.
The Mathematics Department at Gaynes School will provide opportunities for understanding and development. We wish to support every student so that they leave Gaynes School equipped with the skills to flourish and meet the challenges of our ever-changing 21st century.
The Mathematics Department at Gaynes School will provide an interactive mathematics program that prepares our students to be life-long learners and responsible, numerate citizen. 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 an important tool in other subjects, Mathematics is a subject in its own right, and that there is a sense of awe and wonder to behold within its boundaries.
The aims of teaching and learning in Mathematics: – The Department seeks to develop in each student 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
– using appropriate Software packages to investigate transformations
- An understanding of statistical enquiry by:– encouraging them to formulate their own hypotheses
– collecting data from a range of sources by an appropriate sampling technique
– communicating their findings through an appropriate and relevant charts and diagrams
– using IT to facilitate the efficient data analysis and simulations
– engaging in practical and experimental work
– looking critically at the presentation of information
– evaluating their work and recognising the limitations or bias within their work
- 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 many walks of life including business, science, construction, design and statistics. It has enabled us to organise, communicate and manipulate information in efficient way, and gives us the chance to explain and predict things in real life. The mathematics department at Gaynes, therefore, strives hard to help pupils learn how to solve problems which require the use of mathematical knowledge and techniques.
We believe that children learn math’s best through activities that encourage them to:
- Think about what they are exploring;
- Solve problems using information they have gathered themselves;
- Explain how they reached their solutions.
Children learn easily when they can connect math concepts and procedures to their own experience.
An important part of learning maths is learning how to solve problems. We encourage pupils to use trial and error to develop their ability to reason and to learn how to go about problem solving. They learn that there may be more than one way to solve a problem and more than one answer. They also learn to express themselves clearly as they explain their solutions. This is particularly important within the new maths curriculum.
How can I boost my child’s GCSE Mathematics Grade?
The Mathematics department at Gaynes School have a number of initiatives to help our pupils boost their GCSE grade. Parents’ support and pupils’ participation can make a real difference in ensuring our pupils realise their full potential.
If you encourage your child to do the following then it will help them achieve a better grade in Mathematics:
1) Attendance and Punctuality. Attendance and punctuality to Mathematics lessons is essential as Mathematics is like a ladder. If a rung is missing, or if you don’t get a good grip on it, you’ll struggle to reach the next rung. If enough rungs are missing, it will be difficult to climb higher. If you do miss a lesson for a good reason, please see your teacher and catch up with the work missed.
2) Maximum effort in lesson. Come to lesson with the correct equipment and be mentally prepared to learn. Follow your teacher’s instructions, listen attentively to explanations, and put in maximum effort in the classwork. Ask your teacher for help if you do not understand. At the end of the lesson you should have learnt something, ask yourself what you have learnt.
3) Do your homework. Homework may seem like torture, but it is really designed to help you learn. The key to learning Mathematics is practice: do enough problems on solving linear equations, and you will eventually be able to do it in your sleep. Plus, as you do your homework, you will be able to identify concepts you do not understand and then you can ask your teacher for help or use resources on Fronter.
4) Use MathsWatch Video tutorials to continuously revise topics that you have covered in class. Continuous revision of topics that you have covered in class using your MathsWatch clips will help you retain what you have learnt in lesson and solidify your understanding. MathsWatch clips cover everything you need to know.
Do not just watch the clips, do the associated worksheet and exam questions which come with each clip.
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 must see their maths teacher.
Variety of interactive lessons and games covering a number of topics – for example, Who wants to be a Millionaire, The Weakest Link, Blockbusters. All students will be given individual usernames and passwords. If a student has lost or forgotten their password they must see their maths teacher.
Various exam revision booklets organised by topic and target level.
For each topic there are video links, textbook exercises and revision material. There is also Corbett maths ‘5-a-day’ which is a good way to revise several topics by completing five questions per day at either higher plus, higher, foundation plus or foundation. There is an explanation of the target levels on the relevant page of the website.
A selection of videos, worksheets and solutions aimed at the ‘crossover’ topics for GCSE higher and Foundation students. Please see your teacher for the generic login details.
BBC GCSE Bitesize
– Interactive revision and tests – with instant feedback
– Student revision checklist
– SOS teacher – helpdesk
– Contains teacher section which includes a teachers’ guide, lesson plans and worksheets