Every student must study Maths to the end of year 11. The most successful students are those who approach the subject with enthusiasm and confidence, who are convinced that making mistakes and grappling with problems is the key to learning and understanding. The key to enjoying this demanding subject is to make the most of the help and provision on offer both in and out of the classroom. We expect students to find the subject difficult and stretching and as a result we are determined to offer strong support every step of the journey towards success.
Students will study the entire scheme of learning from year 7 to year 11. As students progress towards year 11, many of the foundations will be re-visited as part of more complex topics or through problem-solving activities. Homework will be set regularly and students will sit end of topic assessments as well as termly tests. Students will move classes based on their performance in assessments so attention in class, care when doing homework, regular revision and the seeking of help when required are all vital for success in the subject. We will send out a revision sheet for students to work through with their parents/carers before each end of term assessment.
There is no coursework for Maths. The final GCSE exam will count for 100% of the result. The exam will consist of three 1 ½ hour papers at the end of the course, of which two papers will require the use of a calculator. All three papers can cover anything on the course and they all carry equal weighting towards the final award.
Maths is vital for all progression routes from college and further study will normally be required for students who achieve less than a grade C, whether they go on to further education or apprenticeships. For careers involving Engineering or Science, a good result in Maths will be vital.
Students will study Maths for an average of four hours per week from year 7 to year 11. Coming to lessons fully prepared, with the right equipment and up to date homework, is vital for sustained progress to be made.
A Scientific Calculator is compulsory for the study of Maths. We recommend the Casio Fx85GT (or Fx85GT-Plus) which will cost between £5 and £10 on amazon (often these calculators are for sale for less in ASDA).
In year 11 some of the highest ability students are given the chance to self-study a course called the “Certificate in Further Mathematics”. This is a course that prepares students well for the first year of A-level Maths and is highly recommended for students who are on course to achieve a high grade in GCSE Maths.
Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.
GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.
Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.
Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!
The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (www.saatchionline.com/shtc)