Mathematics

Our aim is for all students to discover a life-long enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning Mathematics and that we fully support each individual in making the progress required to reach their full potential. We believe that a positive, engaging and supportive learning environment is paramount to ensuring our students succeed and we strive to achieve this through delivering inspirational lessons that challenge students at all levels of ability.

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary in most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Year 7 Maths

Students arriving at Penrice are streamed into ability sets based upon information from their primary schools and baseline assessments sat in September. The three higher groups are mixed ability and the two foundation groups receive additional support from specialist staff in order for students to be able to fill gaps in knowledge.  Year 7 is rich in investigative tasks and has a strong focus on Number and Geometry work, deepening mathematical understanding and developing skills in independent learning. Students are assessed after each topic so we are able to gain a clear picture of areas of strength and weakness and the data collected is shared with students during coaching sessions to help them improve. High attaining students are given the opportunity extend their learning through participation in the annual UKMT Junior Maths Challenge.

Year 8 Maths

Year 8 is rich in investigative tasks and has a strong focus on deepening mathematical understanding and developing skills in independent learning. Students are assessed after each topic so we are able to gain a clear picture of areas of strength and weakness and the data collected is shared with students during coaching sessions to help them improve. High attaining students are given the opportunity extend their learning through participation in the annual UKMT Junior Maths Challenge. Those in Year 8 who demonstrate exceptional mathematical ability are also invited to join a small group of Year 9 students to form a team, which compete in the UKMT Team Maths Challenge.

Year 9 Maths

To support our students with their revision we have developed a large range of key-notes, topic assessments, homework tasks and revision schedules which are available in school and online.  We strongly encourage students to be independent and proactive in their revision and recommend the use of Mathswatch and Corbett maths alongside our Revision Guides (available from Mrs Frise) in order to prepare for their examinations effectively. Students sitting the Foundation Paper will be able to gain new GCSE grades 1 – 5. Students sitting the Higher Paper will be able to gain new GCSE grades 4 – 9.

Year 10 Maths

To support our students with their revision we have developed a large range of key-notes, topic assessments, homework tasks and revision schedules which are available in school and online.  We strongly encourage students to be independent and proactive in their revision and recommend the use of Mathswatch and Corbett maths alongside our Revision Guides (available from Mrs Frise) in order to prepare for their examinations effectively. Students sitting the Foundation Paper will be able to gain new GCSE grades 1 – 5. Students sitting the Higher Paper will be able to gain new GCSE grades 4 – 9.

Year 11 Maths

To support our students with their revision we have developed a large range of key-notes, topic assessments, homework tasks and revision schedules which are available in school and online.  We strongly encourage students to be independent and proactive in their revision and recommend the use of Mathswatch and Corbett maths alongside our Revision Guides (available from Mrs Frise) in order to prepare for their examinations effectively. All topics are covered in Years 7-10.  Year 11 is about consolidating and extending the knowledge that students already have, and developing strategies to access the new style exam paper to the best of their ability. In addition to revisiting key topics identified from the PPEs, we also develop revision and exam skills through activities such as Walking Talking Mocks.