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Mathematics is a creative and inter-connected discipline that has developed over the course of history.

It is essential to everyday life as well most forms of employment.

At Notre Dame we aim to provide high quality mathematics education that provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

We work with various subjects enhancing the use of Mathematics across the curriculum. We also run various after school classes to both push our students to achieve the best they can in GCSE but also to increase the enjoyment of the subject across the Key Stages.

The best four mathematicians in each year group will be entered for the national UKMT maths challenge held annually with previous students achieving Bronze Silver and Gold awards at Junior or Intermediate level.

All year groups from year 8 up are put in to maths sets according to their ability and are able to move up or down between sets if needed. Pupils will be regularly tested on the topics they have been taught in class and are annually set a wide ranging exam covering all topics in the form of a calculator and non calculator GCSE style exam designed to test not only what they have been taught but other areas of the curriculum they may have learnt through independent study as all students are encouraged to do their own studies outside of the classroom.

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Key Stage 3

Students follow the new GCSE Curriculum the programmes of study which covers number, ratio and proportion, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics and probability.

They are expected to make connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving problems.

All new students will be taught using a new Singapore maths style where students are taught core principals and develop from that point onwards and are set challenging questions that test their understanding of the topic not just their skills in answering basic questions.

Key Stage 4

Students follow the EDEXCEL linear GCSE exam course.

Students follow the new GCSE Curriculum the programmes of study which covers number, ratio and proportion, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics and probability.

This qualification has two tiers Foundation and Higher.

A student who is studying Foundation will be able to get a grade 1 to 5 and a student who is studying Higher will be able to get a grade 3 to 9.

For a student to be selected for Higher they must be able to achieve a grade 3M or better at the end of KS3 to be able to access the work from the Higher tier as it starts at Grade 4 upwards.

Students who are unable to access the curriculum for GCSE will be entered for EDEXCEL entry level awards Level 1 2 3.

This qualification requires students to:

  • Use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts.
  • Apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations.
  • Students will be taught grade appropriate topics dependent upon their maths set, which is decided by their previous assessed grades and their target grade. The scheme of work will ensure only pupils who are capable of top end work in either the Foundation or Higher strands.

Expectations

In the Maths department we encourage pupils to reflect on their own progress, they can take more responsibility for their achievements, gaining a greater grasp of their own strengths while identifying areas for improvement. 

The student will:

  • Mark their books in green pen at the end of every lesson.
  • Analyse their tests and write down their areas for improvement
  • Respond to teachers’ written or verbal feedback (in green pen)
  • Peer mark work and give feedback in green pen

The Teacher will:

  • Mark all written homework and chapter tests in red pen
  • Regularly review the pupil books to help the student make progress noting areas to improve the student’s grade in red pen.

How to support your daughter in making progress:

  • Encourage your daughter to review her end of chapter tests. Revise on areas in need of improvement.
  • Encourage the use of the Mymaths, Kerboodle, PIXL and Mathswatch, online websites for further practice.
  • Ensure homework tasks are completed regularly to a high standard.

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