Mathematics is the abstract study of topics such as quantity, numbers, structure, space and change. One of the fundamental characteristics Mathematics is that, as a discipline, Maths is indefinable.
Maths is an effective way to describe the world. It has been called “language of the universe”.
The department is designed to develop strengths in maths and to enhance skills in both reasoning and problem solving, enabling students to logically, rationally and analytically approach questions in other academic areas, as well as in life situations.
We give the students the opportunity to explore Maths and learn through fun activities. At Aylesbury Vale Academy we believe in rigour, imagination and insight. We support young people to traverse levels of logic and abstraction, giving the tools to confidently measure, calculate and test, to see that Maths is the one truly universal language.
Curriculum Leader/Assistant Principal: Mr K Ahmed
Teacher: Mrs A Lutchi
“Maths and progress add up! Maths is an effective way to describe the world. Maths is fun, challenging and competitive! Taking a real world problem and creating and applying mathematical models to aid understanding is often hugely satisfying and rewarding.”
|Teacher: Miss N Wignall|
|Teacher: Mr C Cross|
|Teacher: Miss E Smith|
|Teacher: Mrs E Price|
|Teacher: Mrs M De Alwis|
|Teacher: Miss S Hussain|
|Teacher: Mrs S White-Vassell|
|Teacher: Mr A Brown|
We are currently following a five year scheme of work, Key Stage 3 taking two years and Key Stage 4 for the final three years of the curriculum.
Key Stage 3
Key stage 3 students follow a differentiated scheme of work based on assessments at the beginning of the year. Students will either follow:
We focus on developing personal learning and thinking skills to provide a solid foundation and embed functional aspects of mathematics in our work. Students will cover 10 units over the course of the year and will be assessed by their class teacher at the end of each unit, as well as end of term examinations. All assessments are used to track their progress and decide on intervention strategies if and when needed.
In order to support numeracy skills for all students, students in years 7, 8 and 9 all start lessons with 30 questions covering mental strategies, time tables and key skills that will support students progress in Maths. Students have 5 minutes to answer as many questions as possible; these tasks are completed for every lesson and students are able to see their progression throughout the various belts. Each session is recorded on a spreadsheet which also states student’s average belt throughout the year. Students are able to work through from white belt to black belt in numeracy skills.
Key stage 4 Curriculum
GCSE Mathematics is a compulsory subject which starts in year 9 covering 19-20 units throughout the three years. We currently follow the Edexcel examination board.
Students will then sit 3 examination papers in either Foundation or Higher tier at the end of the course.
- Paper 1: Non calculator (1F/1H)
- Paper 2: Calculator (2F/2H)
- Paper 3: Calculator (Problem Solving) (3F/3H)
Homework is set for all students on a weekly basis and should take no longer than an hour each week.
Key stage 3 homework will contain 20 questions on topics which students will cover over the course of the year. Each tier will be structured to support student’s progress. Each tier of homework is a 10 week programme after which class teachers will evaluate the student’s progress.
Key Stage 4 homework will consist of exam practise. Each week students will receive questions from previous exam papers for students to attempt. Some questions may be new for students as they will not have covered all aspects of the course, this will support students independent learning and enable them to research methods prior to teaching.
Each week a lesson will be dedicated to going through homework answers emphasising on method work for both key stages in order to support the progress of students understanding.
Homework will be provided to students as a paper copy each week, it will also be uploaded on to the Show my Homework platform; should students lose their paper copy then they will be able to download it from show my homework in order to hand it in on time.
Schemes of work
Maths revision classes are regularly organised for our students preparing for GCSE during term time. In addition to this year 11 students receive a comprehensive range of Maths revision aids such as tutorial videos which covers all areas of GCSE, revision guides, revision work books, apps to support progress as well as sets of past exam papers.
We breathe fresh air into our lessons and inspire a new enthusiasm for the subject by organising trips which allows our students to discover how Maths is applied around the world. They are able to make links between maths, nature and other area enabling them to appreciate how the subject is crucial to all aspects of everyday life.
- Maths challenges (Junior, Intermediate and Senior)
- “Why Further Maths?” day
- SuperTmatik competition
PIXL Maths APP
Parentpay (links to revision textbooks)