Welcome to the Mathematics department. As a department we want to foster a positive attitude towards maths and its applications and aim to show the relevance and importance of maths in the real world and the impact it has. We aim to promote problem solving skills and encourage our students to work independently or as part of a team.
The Mathematics department has a proven track record of helping pupils achieve high levels of success at GCSE. The vast majority achieve a grade 4 or higher and a high proportion achieve the top grades of 7, 8 and 9. In 2017, 80% of pupils achieved a grade 4 or higher, 60% achieved a grade 5 or higher and 27% achieved a grade 7 or higher. The tables below show results from 2017 and from previous years.
|MATHS GCSE RESULTS 2017|
|YEAR||GRADE 8+||GRADE 7+||GRADE 5+||GRADE 4+||GRADE 1+|
|2017 BURSCOUGH PRIORY||20%||27%||60%||80%||100%|
|2017 NATIONAL AVERAGES||10%||19%||48%||69%||98%|
|PREVIOUS MATHS GCSE RESULTS|
Course Content Overview KS3
Pupils in Years seven, eight and nine are taught three lessons of mathematics each week. In years ten and eleven this rises to four lessons each week. Pupils are taught skills in Number, Ratio Proportion and Rates of Change, Algebra, Geometry and Measures, Probability and Statistics. There is also a considerable emphasis placed on applying mathematics to solve problems. See scheme of work link below.
Course Content Overview KS4
Pupils sitting GCSE mathematics exams from 2017 onwards will be sitting the OCR J560 GCSE mathematics papers. There are two tiers Higher and Foundation. Pupils entered for the higher tier can achieve grades 9 to 4. Pupils entered for the Foundation tier can achieve grades 5 to 1. There are three papers in both tiers and calculators can be used on two of the papers. Specimen papers can be down loaded from the OCR website.
How we Stretch and Challenge our students in Mathematics
In Years 7 and 8 pupils follow a scheme of work which is designed to push pupils forward so they very quickly learn new skills in algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, ratio and proportion. Pupils are also given the opportunity to solve problems using these new skills. Pupils in years 7 and 8 are tested at the end of each term and are taught how to prepare for these exams using revision sheets written especially for each exam.
In year 9 pupils start work on the GCSE scheme of work with the aim of having studied all topics by the end of year 10. Pupils in these years are tested in November, March and July on the work they have covered. Year 11 is then used to prepare and revise for the new demanding Mathematics GCSE.
In lessons pupils are routinely given challenge starters and other questions to extend their learning. Problems solving booklets are used in years nine, ten and eleven to practise solving the type of problems they will encounter on the GCSE exam.
How we support our students
The pupils at Burscough Priory have access to a wide variety of resources to support independent learning. Pupils in years seven and eight are always given revision sheets before their termly assessments. These revision sheets contain questions similar to the examinations with answers so they can independently assess their own progress. Pupils studying for GCSE examinations are provided with past paper booklets and other revision guides. Computer based packages such as Mathswatch and Methodmaths are also available for pupils to use on computers at school and at home.
All pupils are able to use Mathswatch on their computers, tablets or smart phones and have personal details for logging on to this resource.
Username: <school email address> (<username>@bpsc.co.uk)
|Year 7||Exam at the end of each term|
|Year 8||Exam at the end of each term|
|Year 9||Exam in November, March and July|
|Year 10||Exam in November, March and July|
|Year 11||Mock exam in January
GCSE exam in June (OCR J560)
Marking Pupil Work
It is important pupils know how much progress they have made during each lesson. Therefore, pupils are expected to mark their own classwork and some homework tasks. Maths teachers will support this by checking pupils are setting work out properly showing the expected amount of working out. Each pupil will then receive feedback in their book about the progress they are making and the improvements they need to make.
Year seven and eight end of term assessments, year nine and ten exams and year 11 mock papers will all be thoroughly marked by each pupils’ maths teacher. Each pupil will then be directed to the appropriate Mathswatch clips in order improve the topics where they performed less well.
How parents and carers can support their children in Mathematics
Parents have a huge part to play in maximising the progress made by pupils in maths. Every pupil is expected to have a pen, pencil, ruler and a scientific calculator (Casio fx-85GT PLUS). Parents can use the exam schedule shown in the previous section to make sure their son/daughter is revising for their next assessment. Parents can regularly check that pupils are producing their best work in their exercise books and ensure homework tasks are completed. All pupils have access to Mathswatch and parents should encourage pupils to use this for independent learning. Parents can help maintain basic mathematical skills by asking pupils to recite times tables and other mathematical facts.
How we deliver Literacy in Mathematics
Pupils in Years 7 and 8 are encouraged to use the appropriate mathematical language when answering questions verbally and in their exercise books. Mathematical language is displayed on classroom walls and pupils are expected to spell these words correctly in their books. Pupils are taught to write clear precise sentences using the correct mathematical terminology when answering maths questions which require explanation. In Years 9 to 11 the emphasis is on reading and understanding written problems and creating a solution that explains their line of reasoning. When books are marked, misspelt words are identified and corrected. Explanations are checked for grammatical errors.
How we deliver Numeracy in Mathematics
In Years Eight, Nine and Ten more able mathematicians can become Maths Champions. These pupils support other curriculum areas with the cross-curricular teaching of mathematics to ensure a consistent approach throughout the school. Maths Champions are also expected to offer support to their peers who may require help with their studies.
Pupils have the opportunity to take part in the UK Maths Challenge. Pupils in Year 11 take part in the Runshaw Maths Challenge. There are after school revision sessions available in the build up to important examinations. There is also a group of pupils who are Money Mentors who visit local primary schools and deliver mentoring sessions to increase knowledge of money and finance.
Mr M Collier (Director of Mathematics)
Mr S Twist (Assistant Director of Mathematics)
Mrs Swindlehurst (Assistant Head)
Mr Edgar (Deputy Head)
Miss Alsop (Teacher of Mathematics)
Miss Lowe (Teacher of Mathematics)
Mrs L Connolly (Teaching Assistant)
- Year 7 Scheme of Work
- Year 8 Scheme of Work
- Year 7 Term 1 Revision Sheet
- Year 7 Term 2 Revision Sheet
- Year 7 Term 3 Revision Sheet 1
- Year 7 Term 3 Revision Sheet 2
- Year 7 Term 3 Revision Sheet 3
- Year 8 Term 1 Revision Sheet
- Year 8 Term 2 Revision Sheet
- Year 8 Term 3 Revision Sheet 1
- Year 8 Term 3 Revision Sheet 2
- Year 8 Term 3 Revision Sheet 3
- Year 8 Term 3 Revision Sheet 4
- Year 8 Term 3 Revision Sheet 5
- MathsWatch VLE