Maths

KS3 – New to the Scheme of Work

The biggest change to the KS3 scheme of work is that we are teaching to understand across all units of work. Ensuring that students understand the mathematics that they are learning rather than just being able to do it will help prepare them for the skills needed to tackle GCSE exam questions.

Learning journeys are used throughout the scheme of work, one for each unit of work completed which gives the pupils a complete guide to what they will be learning throughout the unit. This also helps guide any revision work they would like to start to do in preparation for the Unit Tracker Tests. Revision based homeworks will be set for each unit of work so that students begin to see the importance of revising right from the very beginning of their time at Clifton. All students are given access to MathsWatch and are expected to use this to help them practice and revise any areas they need to target to make improvements.

Progress Assessments are spread throughout the year to check on their understanding as these assess everything taught up to the point of them being set.

KS4 – New to the Scheme of Work

As several topics have moved tiers within Maths, for example Iteration has joined the higher tier from A-level and Trigonometry has joined the foundation tier from higher, we encourage revision from the very beginning. Revision weeks are now embedded into the scheme of work and during these weeks we focus on methods of revision / ways to revise to try and help students see that it is important to mix it up when revising. These are in Y9, Y10 and Y11 to also help students see the importance of starting their revision sooner rather than later. All students are given access to MathsWatch and are expected to use this to help them practice and revise any areas they need to target to make improvements.

Progress Assessments are spread throughout the year to check on their understanding as these assess everything taught up to the point of them being set.

In Y10 there is a Mock GCSE Exam paper at the end of the year to assess their understanding to date and prepare them for Y11. In Y11 there are 3 sets of Mock Exams which are there to help students prepare for the real thing as they will have a good understanding of what it is like to take the exams, under exams conditions, as well as highlighting the topics within Maths that they are strong at and those that they need to focus on in order to achieve their targets.