We want all our pupils, by embracing the challenge of maths, to become resilient, independent and fearless mathematicians that see maths as the core skill needed to navigate and change the world.
Key Stage 3
Pupils in Years 7 & 8 receive three 60 minute lessons per week, and pupils in Year 9 receive four 60 minute lessons per week. All year groups receive homework each week, as is the policy at Hollingworth. Pupils are taught in set groups and progress is tracked and monitored by an Assistant Head of Mathematics to provide additional support and intervention. All groups are given a pre-test at the beginning of each half term to assess prior knowledge which ensures lessons are delivered at a level that is challenging for the pupils. At the end of each half term pupils are given a post-test on the content they have covered that half term which will shows how much progress they have made. All year groups in Key Stage 3 are given a summative test at the end of the school year to gauge their progress over the whole year.
Key Stage 4
Pupils in Years 10 & 11 receive four 60 minute lessons a week with homework set once or twice a week. Pupils are currently preparing for the new two year GCSE course to be taken with the Edexcel examination board (100% examinations). Pupils are taught in set groups and progress is tracked and monitored by both and Assistant Head of Mathematics and the Head of Mathematics to provide additional support and intervention. As with Key Stage 3, all groups are given a pre-test at the beginning of each half term to assess prior knowledge which ensure lessons are delivered at a level that is challenging for the pupils. At the end of each half term pupils are given a post-test on the content they have covered that half term which shows how much progress they have made. Year 10 will complete two summative assessments per year and Year 11 pupils will complete 3 summative assessments per year in the form of mock examinations in order to identify topics for improvement.
After School Clubs
The Mathematics department runs a STEM Club in coordination with our other STEM subjects. If you are interested in taking part see your maths teacher for details.
Homework and Independent Study
All year groups are set a personalised weekly homework on Hegarty Maths. This enables us to make sure that the topic each pupil is covering is something they personally need to strengthen. The homework also promotes the importance of note taking as this is a skill that is vital when pupils need to prepare for assessments. Developing pupils who both value the importance of independent study and can effectively identify and strengthen areas of their maths knowledge is at the forefront of the department’s values.