At Scalby we teach mathematics as a continuum of learning from the beginning of year 7 through to the end of year 11 in a Stage Model scheme of learning. This allows students to progress at an appropriate pace to achieve their highest possible potential across the five years with us.
The emphasis in Years 7 to 8 is on establishing the routines and confidence in all students to see that 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 for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
The mathematics curriculum at Scalby thus aims to ensure that all students:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Starting September 2016 all students started to work through the scheme of learning at Scalby that has at its heart the belief in a mastery of the topics being learned. This scheme is a series of Stages that students work through at a pace that suits their level of ability. If students do not show a mastery of the content of each of the Stages at the time of the end of unit test then they will be offered extra intervention work to complete either at home or in school to improve the key skills not mastered from the Stage they are working on.
In Year 7 students are placed into one of four sets and they have 4 one hour lessons per week. Topics in Year 7 include number work, statistics, shape, space and measures and the introduction of algebra. At key points across Year 7 students are also challenged to develop their thinking and creative skills through tackling a series of problem solving activities where the students are asked to answer questions in unfamiliar contexts.
In Year 8 students are still set on ability and they have 3 one hour lessons per week. Topics in Year 8 include problem solving, geometry, statistics and further development of algebra. Again at key points in year 8 students continue to develop their ability to tackle open ended investigational tasks; increasing their levels of confidence in communicating mathematically both in written form and verbally through discussion and presentations.
Year’s 9, 10 and 11
Across years 9, 10 and 11 students complete a Linear GCSE course with the assessment being taken at the end of Year 11. Students in these years have 4 one hour lessons per week and are set on ability. Sets 1 and 2 are typically following the Pearson Higher GCSE scheme of learning leading to potential GCSE grades of between Grade 5 and Grade 9. Sets 3 and 4 are typically following the Pearson Foundation GCSE scheme of learning leading to potential GCSE grades of between Grade 1 and Grade 5. Students are continually assessed and supported throughout years 9 – 11 and final Tier of entry is not decided until March of year 11; thus students in sets 3 and 4 could, and have in the past, be entered for the Higher Tier exams dependent on final progress during year 11.
All students have started a GCSE course working towards the new GCSE specification that was first examined in June 2017. This course is being completed through the students following a Scheme of Learning based on the principles of a Mastery Curriculum. This requires students to master each unit at the time of each assessment. Students will work through this scheme at varying paces dependent on the set they are in. Those students who have not mastered the content of a unit of work will be offered extra intervention to improve.
In year 11 students are working on either the Pearson GCSE Mathematics Specification (Higher Tier students) or the Pearson GCSE Mathematics Specification (Foundation Tier students). Final exams to be taken in June 2018 for the present Year 11, June 2019 for the present year 10 and June 2020 for the present year 9.
In all GCSE courses students are continuing to develop their fluency, reasoning and ability to solve mathematical problems that they can face across the school in either mathematics lessons but also across other subject areas.
The table below gives the relevant links for each year group to the exam boards support materials for students to use.
GCSE Courses Offered
Level 2 Qualification
Link to Website and specification
Students in every year group are set homework each week. This should take typically from 30-35 minutes per week in Year 7 up and will increase year up to about 1 hour 30 minutes per week in Year 11. Occasionally homework may be set to last a fortnight for longer project work or a test revision paper. In year 11 it will be expected that students will have developed an independent approach to homework and will also be revising across the year by completing between 1 and 2 hours of revision practise beyond the class homework being set to assess weekly topics being taught.
All students are issued with a homework textbook to keep at home to use. In year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 these are the MyMaths Homework books and in Years 10 to 11 these are the Collins GCSE Framework Homework books. In all cases there is an accompanying support materials to be found online (or in the case of Year 10 and Year 11 the homework books have an accompanying CD of support questions and answers)
Extra Curricular Activities
Each year more able students across all years are encouraged and supported to take part in the National Mathematical Challenge Competitions run by the UKMT.
The faculty also enters the UKMT team challenge for Year 8 and Year 9 students.
All teaching staff in the faculty also offer regular catch up / support / intervention sessions for those students who have found homework or tests a challenge to complete to a high rate of accuracy or just want to revise in preparations for tests or exams.
The faculty subscribe to several websites to support the teaching and learning of mathematics. For secure login details students are given these in their mathematics lessons or they are available on the secure school VLE at www.scalbylearning.co.uk to which all student have a login and password to get onto it (the VLE also contains our Faculty Resource area which contains loads of helpful resources e.g. past exam papers, access to electronic versions of the class text books used in Year 7 and Year 8 and many other supportive links).
- Method Maths – https://www.methodmaths.com/login.html
- Maths Watch – https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/
- Just Maths – http://justmaths.co.uk/online/
- Maths Chase – https://www.mathschase.com/
Useful videos to help students either practise past GCSE exam questions or get help in understanding topics can be found at the following YouTube channels, just type a topic in the search box to find suitable help videos