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    Mathematics

    Our mission:

    We aim to provide well planned and organised Mathematics lessons, using a range of resources that engage and challenge all students within a safe, pleasant and stimulating physical and emotional learning environment.

    Students are set by ability throughout their time at Upton. Interactive whole class teaching engages and challenges students of all abilities. Lessons are enhanced by the use of group work, relevant practical activities and contexts, investigational and rich tasks and Interactive Whiteboards.

    Teachers

    • Mr J. Biard , Subject Leader
    • Mrs S. Christianson, Second in department responsible for KS4
    • Miss E. Baker, responsible for KS3
    • Mathematics Teachers:
      • Mr L. Billingsley
      • Mr G. Cadman
      • Mr S. Hill
      • Mrs S. Isbell
      • Mr B. Jones
      • Mr M. Jones
      • Mrs S. Risi
      • Miss K. Spencer
      • Mrs E. Thompson
      • Miss J. Toland
      • Miss K. Wilson

    Email the department: MathsDepartment@uptonhigh.co.uk

    Curriculum

    Key Stage 3

    Students follow the National Curriculum studying aspects of number, algebra, shape and space and data handling as well as the use and application of Mathematics.

    Key Stage 4

    Students at Key Stage 4 study in greater depth the same aspects of Mathematics that are taught at Key Stage 3. All students are assessed against the Edexcel GSCE specification. Assessment is by examination at the end of Year 11.

    Students taking the examination from Summer 2017 onwards will take three papers, each 1 hour 30 minutes. The first paper is a non-calculator paper, the second and third allow the use of a calculator. Students will be awarded a final grade from 9 - 1.

    6th Form

    Students study AS and A level in Mathematics and are assessed against the Edexcel specification. All students study the Core (or Pure) Mathematics topics, such as higher algebra, trigonometry and calculus. They also study one of the applications: Mechanics or Statistics. Some students study a second A level in Mathematics, called Further Mathematics. These students study both applications and further Pure Mathematics topics such as matrix algebra, hyperbolic functions and complex numbers.

    Equipment: Students require the following equipment for their Mathematics lessons: pen, pencil, ruler, eraser, compasses, protractor, calculator and planner (for writing down homework).  Students who attend lessons without being fully equipped cause disruption to the learning of others and will be dealt with under disciplinary procedures.

    Homework Policy
    All students are set homework on a regular basis within the two week timetable cycle. Homework can take a number of forms: exercise questions to consolidate understanding, revision questions, investigational work, research or planning tasks for subsequent lessons, on-line “My Maths” homework. The amount of homework set depends on the age and ability of the students. Parents can monitor the homework that is being set by looking in their child’s planner.

    Marking Policy
    Classwork may be marked for accuracy by the students themselves, this gives immediate feedback and allows the teacher to assess progress and focus subsequent learning efficiently. Homework may be marked for accuracy in a similar way. On-line homework is electronically marked. In line with school “Assessment for Learning” policy homework is not graded, teacher comments on student work identify successes and indicate how further progress can be made.

    Other information
    The Department has excellent links with Chester University where students are regularly invited to take part in enrichment activities.

    Students also take part in local and National Mathematics competitions.

    The department subscribes to “My Maths” an Internet resource which contains interactive lessons on topics from Key Stage 3 to A level. Students can access these when they wish to undertake independent learning, revision or just catch up during and after absences. All students are given the school’s password and can login as uptonbc at www.mymaths.co.uk from home.

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