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Welcome to Mathematics

The Maths department at De La Salle has a long history of success, achieving above the national average results at GCSE for many years, enabling students to make outstanding progress.

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 national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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.

Mathematics is split into five areas which are as follows:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Probability and Statistics

KS3 Mathematics

All students have six Maths lessons a fortnight. In Years 7 & 8 students are taught Maths in the same sets as all their other subjects. At the end of every unit there is a written test which is teacher assessed and at the end of each term students will sit a further test which will assess cumulative knowledge. Homework will be set at least once a week and this will usually be marked in class by students.

There is a Times Table Challenge every half term to encourage fluency in times tables.

Students are given a past GCSE exam question as a starter activity in most lessons. This enables them to become familiar with this style of question and develop problem solving skills.

We use a set of resources called Pi, Theta and Delta which are levelled ensuring we choose the right book for each student’s ability. The resources are designed to develop confident and numerate students able to progress to KS4 and beyond.

KS4 Mathematics

Mathematics is a core subject and all students are required to follow the three year course starting in Year 9 and sitting the final examinations required for a GCSE in Mathematics in Year 11.

We use the linear course from EDEXCEL (specification 1MA1). There are two tiers of entry - Foundation and Higher. The Foundation course consists of 43 units and the Higher of 42 units. The course outline can be found in each student’s book. GCSE Mathematics is examined by three written papers taken at the end of Year 11; the first is a non- calculator paper and the second and third require the use of a scientific calculator. Each paper is 1½ hours long and is worth one third of the total mark. At the Foundation tier students can achieve grades 1 - 5.  At Higher tier students can achieve grades 4 - 9.

Students are set according to ability. Sets 1 – 4 follow the Higher course and Sets 5 and 6 follow the Foundation course, although decisions on the final tier will be made on an individual basis in Year 11. Individuals will be assessed throughout the course and the sets constantly reviewed.

Reviews are completed at the end of every unit to summarise learning. Tests are completed at the end of every few units of work and are marked and graded by the teacher.

Every half term students will complete a ‘mini mock’ which are GCSE practice papers. These are marked and graded by the teacher and give both students and teacher a precise indicator of their current grade. Together with starter questions these are designed to practice GCSE style questions and embed prior learning.

Recommended Resources

The Maths department have purchased a license to this site for all pupils. This site offers tutorials on every topic with worked examples and exam questions. This recommended resource can be used throughout both KS3 and KS4 to help with areas of difficulty, catch up with missed work through absence and to aid revision.

  • Pixl Maths app and Pixl Timestable app
  • The Maths department hosts Maths club every Thursday after school and teachers are available during lunchtime for any student who needs extra support.

Specialist Equipment

The following equipment is essential:

  • A scientific calculator (the Casio fx is recommended)
  • Protractor
  • A pair of compasses

These are available from Student Services at a discounted price.