Maths

Course Content

In Years 7 and 8 students continue to build upon the main four areas studied at Key Stage 2 in their primary schools. These are Numbers, Algebra, Geometry and Data Handling. Students begin to apply their mathematical knowledge to a range of contexts.

In Years 9 – 11 students study the GCSE course, further developing their knowledge. The majority of students experience higher tier work which requires them to interpret and analyse problems and generate strategies to solve them.

At ‘A’ Level, students not only further develop their algebraic and geometrical skills, but also study Statistics and Decision Maths. The most able students have the option to study ‘A’ Level Further Maths which allows students to study mathematical principles in considerable depth.

Staff List

NameEmailTelephone
Mr A. Tighea.tighe@stokesleyschool.org01642 710050
Mr R. McGrealr.mcgreal@stokesleyschool.org01642 710050
Mrs R. Leachr.leach@stokesleyschool.org01642 710050
Mr J. Borwellj.borwell@stokesleyschool.org01642 710050
Mrs J.Wilkinsonj.wilkinson@stokesleyschool.org01642 710050
Mrs C. Agarwalc.agarwal@stokesleyschool.org01642 710050

Assessment

Students are assessed in a number of ways. At the start of each unit students  stick the objectives for that unit into their books. Their work is checked regularly and an assessment homework set that is quality marked with appropriate targets for improvement given as relevant. Students are given the opportunity at the end of the unit to say what they thought they did well and the teacher sets a question for them as an “Even Better If..” that the students are required to respond to. After every 4 units the students sit a diagnostic test in class. This covers all work back to the beginning of the year each time so that earlier topics are being regularly reviewed. This is followed up with an intervention lesson where students are able to work on topics they have found difficult on the test. All of this information is used to give a level or grade on the student’s progress reports.

In KS3 students sit an end of year test in the form of a SATs paper. This includes a calculator and non-calculator paper as well as a mental test. The results of this are used to set the students for the following year, alongside any evidence from assessments throughout the year. We expect a minimum of 2 sublevels progress each year in KS3.

In year 10 students sit an end of year test in the form of a GCSE paper. This includes a calculator and non-calculator paper. The results of this informs any necessary intervention throughout year 11. During year 11 the students sit further mock exams to ensure they are fully prepared for their GCSE exam in the summer.

Independent Learning

A written homework is set regularly and is quality marked with targets for improvement given where relevant. In KS3 students are given homework booklets each term containing all the necessary work to be completed. The teacher informs students when each one is set and due in. In KS4 written homework is given once per unit of work. Students are given specific targets following homework and diagnostic tests, they are then set a further homework to use the mymaths website to work towards these. Each student has their own login for mymaths and can save their work so the teacher can check they are working towards any areas identified.

How parents can help

Parents can help support their child’s learning by encouraging them to not be afraid to have a go and make mistakes. They can help their progress by ensuring they prepare thoroughly for any assessments and complete homework to the best of their ability, making sure they seek advice if needed. Parents can also help by encouraging students to work towards the targets they have been set, the mymaths website is very useful for this.