The aim of the Mathematics Department at Honywood is to realise the full mathematical potential of each learner and we are determined to improve the progress of all, regardless of prior attainment and knowledge. Our professional and dedicated staff believes that fostering an enjoyment of the subject is paramount to enable real learning to take place and as a team, we believe strongly in challenging our learners, promoting independence and encouraging them to extend their learning. The varied professional backgrounds of our teachers help us to make real connections with everyday life and to appreciate the role that mathematics plays in their other subjects.
Alongside our maths sessions we offer learners additional support via our highly skilled support team this can be by taking advantage of one to one sessions on a topic of their choosing or by attending our extra-curricular programme, our most able mathematicians are given the opportunity to work through the iGCSE Further Mathematics program with Clare Pullen. For those needing a little more help we have outstanding one to one tutors who specialise in building confidence and can be used at all levels including Further Maths!
All learners in cohort’s 7 to 11 follow the National Curriculum for Mathematics with some additional material. At GCSE, learners currently follow the Edexcel Linear A specification. The GCSE examinations have tiered Foundation and Higher entry levels to cater for pupils of all abilities. Learners begin the course in cohort 9.
Cohorts 9 & 10
The curriculum is covered over a 2 year period with opportunities for learners to engage with ALL areas included in the specification. All learners are encouraged to make excellent progress and resources have been specifically designed that will engage the learners, to consolidate and make progress in their existing skills, knowledge and understanding.
In cohort 11 we will create more specific individual learning plans to help each learner prepare fully for the Maths GCSE exam. Our approach to teaching Mathematics ensures that our pupils benefit from sound understanding of the fundamental principles underpinning the subject.
Progress is monitored in a variety of ways.
Session by session the learner’s progress will be monitored by either having one-to-one conversations with the teacher to whom they are attached or by handing their book in at the end of the session to have their understanding checked. Guidance will be given as to how to progress forward in their maths knowledge and understanding.
In cohort 7 and 8, progress will be monitored by the teacher more formally during the showcase opportunity with the focus of this being on developing the required skills to later become a qualified mathematician.
Formal performance opportunities are built into the programme and come in the form of questions from actual GCSE papers. These performance opportunities require the youngsters to apply knowledge and understanding they have gained in sessions and through independent study. A fine grade will be achieved in each of these assessments. This grade demonstrates the performance for this individual assessment and can fluctuate based on the content of each paper.
Approach to Independent Study
Independent study is fundamental to help the learners consolidate their understanding and the expectation is that learners in cohorts 7 and 8 will complete 30-35 minutes and in cohorts 9-11, 40-50 minutes after each learning session.
Resources to support learning
Resources to support learning in the curriculum can be found on the ilah platform
We expect all of the learners at Honywood to attend their learning sessions with the correct equipment so that their learning is not negatively affected. All learners should have a pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor, pair of compasses and a calculator (preferably scientific). All of this equipment can be bought from the school shop.
The Maths Team