Mathematics

The Mathematics Department at Saint Bede's Cathoilic High School is made up of eight specialist Mathematics teachers who all aim to give pupils the chance to realise their potential in the subject. The teachers encourage pupils to attend various extra revision sessions and workshops in the run up to all examinations to ensure that they can revise effectively.

KEY STAGE 3

All pupils currently work towards the new Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics specification, with the exception of Year 11 who are finishing their Edexcel GCSE Mathematics Course (1MA0) for examination in June. The subject content is roughly split into six sub topics: number; algebra; ratio; proportion and rates of change; geometry and measure; probability and statistics, which are all covered throughout each year in school. Progress in Mathematics is closely monitored by the Progress Leader for Mathematics who provides strategies to encourage and promote further development within the subject.

From the outset pupils are set according to ability using Key Stage 2 levels from Primary School and CAT test results together with       in-house initial testing. The class groupings are reviewed regularly through continuous assessment and formal testing. Pupils in Years 7 and 8 have four one hour Mathematics lessons per week. This enables pupils to make the best possible start to Mathematics at Saint Bede’s. The pupils follow the National Numeracy Framework which is supported by various exciting interactive computer programs as well as our own resources and an array of textbooks. The diversity in approach enables all pupils to have the opportunities to excel within Mathematics and encourages them to achieve their potential.

The department subscribes to a variety of online resources which can be accessed in school as well as at home.

  • MyMaths: a collection of thousands of online lessons and revision resources which can be used inside and outside the classroom to support learning. Pupils are encouraged to access these lessons themselves to reinforce topics covered in class and to aid in the completion of homework. The MyMaths package incorporates an extensive homework facility which enables students to complete homework tasks online with instant marking and feedback. The package also allows pupils to attempt their homework more than once in order to improve their results, which encourages a progressive attitude to their independent learning. Please follow this link to My Maths
  • MathsWatch: a collection of hundreds of online video clips and worksheets that are focused on the individual topics within Mathematics. The video clips work through examples with audio tips and the worksheets give pupils the chance to consolidate the learning of that individual topic. The website also includes revision lists and essential questions at varying levels to ensure that pupils can make the most out of their revision. Please follow this link to MathsWatch
  • Method Maths: a bank of GCSE past exam papers that give instant feedback and marks consistent with the marking policies. Pupils can complete past exam papers online and be given a grade at any point throughout a paper. There are also hundreds of exam style questions that are categorised by topic for pupils to work on specifics before their exams. Please follow this link to Method Maths