Mathematics

What will my child be taught?

At JFS we follow the Key Stage 3 National Strategy Framework. This document can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-secondary-curriculum. An overview of the programme of study is issued to each student at the beginning of each school year.

How will the work be assessed?

As well as continuous assessment through tests and lesson activities, there will be examinations at the end of each term.

In Year 7, the students will mostly be taught in Tutor Groups. Some students requiring extra support will be taught in smaller groups using the ‘Springboard’ materials designed for the Framework.

• At the end of Year 7 we will assess the performance of all students and place them in one of six sets for the following year according to the level of their classwork and their end of term examinations. Reviews of students’ settings are carried out termly.

•Maths homework will be set approximately twice a week. The students will usually need to spend between 40 and 60 minutes on each homework per week.

How many Mathematics lessons will my child have each week?

Every Key Stage 3 student has six lessons per fortnight. Each lesson lasts roughly one hour. At Key Stage 4, each student has seven lessons per fortnight.

Extra - Curricular opportunities

At JFS we run a Maths extraction programme for suitable students. This takes place once a week at Key Stage 3. We also run Maths challenges which all students are invited to participate in and encourage keen students to attempt questions from the Nrich website.

What can I do to help my child?

• Revision for examinations should not be a last minute event. Work should be reviewed regularly. If your child finishes homework early encourage him/her to use the remainder of time reviewing some previous work. You could ask him/her to explain the work to you. A true measure of whether a student has understood his/her work is not just getting the correct answers but being able to explain it to someone else.
• Encourage your child to practice his/her numeracy skills regularly. GCSE and A Level examinations all include a non-calculator paper as do most internal examinations.
•Encourage your child to communicate with their teacher if they encounter difficulties, and make use of the Maths Support club.

Are there any useful websites?

Plenty! Below is a list of some that we recommend. Some of these assist with revision and some provide mathematical puzzles and games.
www.MyMaths.co.uk (password and username provided in lessons).
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/11_16/site/maths.shtml
http://www.cut-the-knot.org/ http://www.rfbarrow.btinternet.co.uk/mathmain.htm
www.school.discovery.com/brainboosters
www.coolmath.com
www.nrich.maths.org
www.4learning.co.uk
Mathematics at JFS