Maths

Welcome to Maths at St Wilfrid’s Academy

The Maths department at St Wilfrid’s Academy sets high expectations for all its pupils and we strongly believe that every child is able to succeed in Maths. #SWACANDOMATHS

Our main aim as a department is to reengage all students in the learning process and create positive attitudes towards Maths, regardless of their previous experiences and abilities. We aim to build on student’s confidence and create a positive learning environment where every student is able to develop their skills, make progress and fulfill their potential.  

Many different teaching styles can be used in one lesson to support each individual learning need and to ensure every student is able to access and enjoy every Maths lesson they attend. Class sizes are small so teaching can be tailored to suit each individual student and positive relationships are created quickly to help break down barriers.

KS3 Curriculum 

Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 are very carefully assessed on entry using a baseline skills test which aims to give a very clear picture of student’s strengths and areas for development. This information then feeds into teaching, intervention and extra support. 

Students at KS3 follow the Maths Mastery scheme of work where fewer topics are taught in greater depth and problem-solving and conceptual understanding is emphasised. Mastery is a journey and long-term goal, achieved through exploration, clarification, practice and application over time.

The key topic areas taught are:

  • Number

  • Algebra

  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change

  • Geometry and measures

  • Statistics and Probability

Students in KS3 are assessed formally at the end of every half term, assessing the topic areas they have covered. They also complete check in – check out tests at the beginning and end of every topic which shows a very clear picture of progress they have made, strengths and key areas for development. 

KS4 Curriculum  

Students in Year 10 and 11 follow the Edexcel GCSE specification. Mathematics at GCSE level has become much more demanding, the volume of subject content has increased and harder topics have been introduced into both tiers. The grading system has also changed and instead of pupils being awarded a grade A* to G they are now given a grade between 9 and 1. 9 is the highest grade and 1 is the lowest. Grade 4 is a standard pass and Grade 5 is a strong pass. Students will complete 3 exams at the end of Year 11, they are all 1 hour and 30 minutes, Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper and Paper 2 and 3 are calculator papers.

The Maths GCSE specification has 3 assessment objectives:

  • AO1 is about using and applying standard techniques

  • AO2 is about reasoning, interpreting and communicating mathematically

  • AO3 is about solving problems with a much greater focus on solving non-routine problems in mathematical and non-mathematical contexts

The key areas of study are:

  • Number

  • Algebra

  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change

  • Geometry and measures

  • Statistics and Probability

Entry Level Certificate

Students who struggle to access the GCSE Maths specification complete the Entry Level Certificate alongside the GCSE. Maths Entry Level Certificate is another qualification that provides basic and relevant mathematical skills and is suitable for students of all ages. It can help build confidence in Maths, especially with lower ability students who are finding GCSE Maths challenging.

The eight units assessed are:

  • Properties of number
  • The four operations
  • Ratio
  • Money
  • The calendar and time
  • Measures
  • Geometry
  • Statistics

Students have to create a portfolio of work where no exam is required and involves internally and externally set assignments. The assessment is on demand so students can complete assignments when they’re ready, helping to keep them motivated. 

Career Paths

  • Maths leads to some of the most exciting and well paid careers available. From designing games to accountancy, from planning multi-million pound budgets to putting satellites in space, the possibilities are wider than you think.

  • Maths qualifications are the essential gateway to many jobs and courses, lots of which specify Level 2 qualification equivalent to GCSE Grade 4 or above. If students fail to achieve at least a Grade 4 in Maths and English GCSEs they will have to continue studying these subjects until the age of 18.

  • Did you know that people with maths qualifications have some of the lowest unemployment rates and those with A-Level maths can earn on average 10% more than those without?(Around £240, 000 over an average lifetime).

Coordinator of Maths and Numeracy: Miss Alice Llewellyn        

Maths Teacher: Mr Keith Hawker