Mathematics at Kingsway Park is delivered by an enthusiastic, dedicated and experienced team, who are committed to raising standards across the two Key Stages and motivating students’, inspiring them to aim higher and develop high expectations of themselves. As well as during school hours the team are available before and after school to support your child’s learning. The faculty want every child to be successful in mathematics and are determined to improve the attainment of all, regardless of prior attainment and knowledge. As a team we believe strongly in challenging our students and promoting independence and extended learning. We also have a rigid department behaviour policy in place and extremely high expectations which ensures that behaviour for learning supports and does not hinder our students.
We aim for all our students to make four levels of progress during their time at Kingsway Park and have successful strategies in place to support this. We are a data rich department, who implement a rigorous tracking system, where every child is monitored individually every half term. Thorough analysis of data is used to ensure every individual student makes the best progress possible. We have calendared time into our long term plans intervention weeks where staff ensure that all areas of difficulty are addressed. For our high achieving students, we offer other alternative qualifications in year 11, such as Statistics’ G.C.S.E, regarded by many further education establishments as a useful qualification to support sixth form courses related to Business, Finance and Accountancy. If a student demonstrates a mathematical ability at grade A or A* then they are also entered in year 11 for a further mathematics qualification, which bridges the gap between G.C.S.E and A Level. Many revision sessions and booster classes are held throughout the year including during the holidays and prior to examinations. Every member of the department has committed to offer necessary additional support at Key Stage 4. As well as ten full time, highly qualified mathematics teachers, the department also employs a mentor who works within our department targeting small groups of students for intense intervention and support. Our H.L.T.A specialist offers homework support three nights per week.
Our students are set initially in year 7 based on Key Stage 2 results. We then allow regular movements between the groups if necessary. Year 7 will complete a baseline assessment early in term one to check that we have set them in the appropriate group; and after every assessment period the groups in year 7 and 8 will be reviewed and if necessary changed. Students are taught units of work to cover the National Curriculum and staff use a variety of rich tasks, probing questions, individual, paired and group activities to allow them to explore and investigate. We are also involved in planning and delivering learning through talk activities, such as Kagan, which is fully incorporated into our schemes of work. Emphasis in this Key Stage is placed heavily on skill building. We believe that a strong foundation of skills will ensure success in Key Stage Four. Homework is set weekly and monitored closely, using an innovative assessment programme.
We strongly believe in challenging our students and offering them the chance to begin their G.C.S.E. course a year early, we feel this benefits their progress. Our Year Nine follow either Foundation or Higher G.C.S.E course to expose them to all the techniques required for success at G.C.S.E level, applying the knowledge and skills they have developed in year 7 and 8. This builds the students’ confidence and gives them motivation to focus and strive for success. We continually monitor the Year 9 classes to ensure that they are entered for the appropriate G.C.S.E examination.
In the light of recent curriculum changes, the long term plans for GCSE courses are in the process of being edited and refined to ensure seamless continuation from the GCSE- ready phase. Final publication of our finalised planning will be available during the summer term of 2017. Each subject is following a GCSE specification which can be found by clicking on the link below. The GCSE specification(s) outlines the coverage followed by our students. Should further explanation be required, please do not hesitate to contact our Subject Leaders by telephone 01706 716761 and they will respond as soon as possible. In the meantime, we appreciate your continued interest and support and hope that by studying the specifications alongside your child’s work that you can gain insight into the coverage undertaken.
At G.C.S.E we follow a Linear Edexcel Course at Foundation Tier Grade G to C and Higher Tier Grade D to A *. For our high achieving students, we offer other alternative qualifications in year 11, such as Statistics G.C.S.E, regarded by many further education establishments as a useful qualification to support sixth form courses related to Business, Finance and Accountancy. If a student demonstrates mathematical ability at grade A or A* then they are also entered in year 11 for a further Mathematics qualification, which bridges the gap between G.C.S.E and A Level.
For our students who need extra support we have our full time mentor available every lunchtime and after school in the Achievement Centre. Most of the Mathematics team are also available during lunch breaks. An abundance of revision materials and resources are available for our students and we also have access to many computer programmes and websites to support learning.