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“We will always have STEM with us. Some things will drop out of the public eye and go away, but there will always be science, engineering, and technology. And there will always, always be mathematics.”

— Katherine Johnson, mathematician

 

Mathematics is all around us; we see it in everything, from the blossoming flower to violent thunderstorms, from nuclear reactors to the cosmos. Mathematics underlies all areas of life and it provides a common language that allows us to interpret the world through work with numbers, patterns, processes and the rules that govern the universe. It provides a way for us to understand our surroundings, and both model and predict phenomena.

Throughout history, Mathematics has been a fundamental part of the creation of society, with the earliest civilisations using mathematics to aid them in tracking the movements of the Sun, moon and planets, or to aid them in constructing buildings, to count flocks and to develop a trade system. All over the world from ancient China, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and India, mathematical thought flowered with no regard of colour or creed as people discovered the beauty and wonder of the patterns that numbers make. 

Mathematics establishes links from the physical world to the abstract, and underpins the advancements in, amongst others, science, medicine and sport. Mathematics can be used to address many of the “why” questions that humans encounter, answering these with the use of logical reasoning and critical thinking. Through the common language of mathematics, we can communicate across boundaries, nationalities, belief systems and possibly different life forms


The Maths Long Term Plan is available here

The Autumn Maths Medium Term Plans for KS 3 are available here.


Staff

Mr D. Faram - Leader of Maths

Ms A. Dixon - KS3 coordinator of Maths

Mr J. Clark - Teacher of Maths and Year Leader

Mr A. Don - Teacher of Maths

Mr P. Elliott - Teacher of Maths

Mr S. Harding - Teacher of Maths

Mrs D. Owen -Teacher of Maths and Year Leader

Mrs I.Wooler - Teacher of Maths (Intervention)

Mrs J. Woolley - Teachers of Maths and Assistant Headteacher

 

Further Information on KS4:

In Key Stage 4 the Faculty has currently adopted the AQA Mathematics Examination (8300), with all assessments in Year 11. The exam consists of 3 one and a half hour papers in May and June. Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper, with paper 2 and 3 calculator.

Details of the specification can be found on the AQA website.

The Mathematics Faculty at East Bergholt High School has a successful record of examination achievement with regularly over 75% of students achieving a GCSE grade equal to or exceeding the Grade 4. The Faculty has a strong philosophy of extending all students attain their best outcomes. The Faculty has a policy of entering all students for examination. All students are expected to be fully equipped for every lesson, including a calculator. The calculator we recommend is the Casio fx-83GTX, however we would recommend the fx-991EX for those studying the higher paper at GCSE. Both are available at competitive prices through the Arbor system

Homework in Maths:

Key stage 3: Homework is set weekly and should take approximately 30 minutes; although a variety of tasks may be set many will be on line, the primary systems used are:

https://www.drfrostmaths.com/index.php

https://completemaths.com/classroom

https://eedi.com/

For those used, students have been provided with their own login details. 

Key Stage 4: Homework set is a mixture of online and paper based tasks, with students expected to spend approximately 60 minutes per week completing. The primary systems used are: 

https://www.drfrostmaths.com/index.php

https://completemaths.com/classroom

https://eedi.com/

https://mathsapp.pixl.org.uk/

For those used, students have been provided with their own login details. 

Students are also expected to keep up practice of their times tables; this can be helped via:

https://completemaths.com/classroom

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://timestable.pixl.org.uk/Timestables.html

Further Information on Maths:

Within the mathematics department, the aim is to increase students’ understanding in the five key areas of maths: number, algebra, shape, space and handling data and ratio.

In Key Stage 3, students follow a structured scheme of work which includes extended investigative and problem-solving activities. Assessment for learning is an important part of all lessons, and students' performance in the subject is closely monitored with teaching programmes amended where required.

Students follow a programme based on Maths Mastery which embodies the principles of helping to understand why as well as how.

In Year 7, students are placed in groups based on their attainment in the autumn term; these groups are regularly reviewed to give each student the opportunity to maximise their potential.

In Year 8, students continue to follow the Maths Mastery programme that they have started in Year 7. The aim of this is to further deepen their understanding of the principles and structures of maths. 

This programme continues into year 9.

Support and help can be be found online:

https://corbettmaths.com/

https://www.dawsonmaths.co.uk/

https://justmaths.co.uk/

The Faculty enters large numbers of students for both the Junior and Intermediate Mathematics Challenges, with approximately 100 students taking part in each event. We also enter various national and local team challenges, which involve opportunities for all year groups. There is also liaison with other mathematics faculties in the local area: Colchester Sixth form College and Suffolk One, the main providers of post-16 education to the majority of our Mathematicians at the end of Key Stage 4, and the University of Essex.