Maths is for everyone; it's woven into the fabric of everyday life. Mathematics is diverse, engaging and essential in equipping students with the right skills to reach their full potential, whatever that may be. Through our style of teaching we aim to build pupil motivation as a means of enabling pupils to reach their full potential whatever their level of ability. We adopt a variety of teaching strategies that are specifically suited to the needs of individual pupils. Significant efforts are made to relate mathematics to real-life situations, improving basic numeracy while incorporating audio visual aids as effective tools to increase interest and confidence in the subject. Paramount to the ethos of Mathematics teaching at Spring Hill High School is the demonstration to pupils that maths is fun and that it can be taught and learned in an interesting and stimulating manner.
Pupils have access to the Corbettmaths website which needs no login details to access. This enables our learners to have full access both at home, at school or on the go to a range of videos, textbooks questions and also examination style questions for revision or simply for fun.
Departmental aims include:
- Fostering a positive attitude towards, and enjoyment of the subject.
- Developing understanding of the basic concepts and deep structures of numbers that can be applied not just to school work but in society as well.
- Enhancing an understanding and recognition of best practice in answering exam questions.
- Imparting the skills necessary to produce a logical and clearly reasoned response to using appropriate mathematical notation accurately.
- Encouraging creative thinking and confidence building so that pupils can solve standard as well as unusual problems.
- Establishing skills in the analysis of and interpretation of given numerical information using it to draw conclusions, make reasonable evaluations and informed decisions.
- Maximising the mathematical understanding and achievement of every pupil.
The Mathematics curriculum is organised around the statutory requirements and is personalised for each student in the school. The Department follows the AQA syllabus for pupils aiming to gain a GCSE qualification and offers Entry Level qualifications as well as Functional Skills mathematics up to a level two.
Years 7 and 8 students are following the New National Curriculum for Mathematics. (Introduced in 2013, fully in place from September 2016). The new National Curriculum places more emphasis on mathematical reasoning and problem solving. Students should be able to apply mathematical knowledge in other subjects such as science, geography and computing. The aim is to help learners to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society.
Years 9 ,10 and 11 students are following the new AQA GCSE programme of study.