Faculty of Mathematics
The Mathematics Faculty at East Bergholt High School has a successful record of examination achievement with regularly over 70% of students achieving a GCSE grade of A* to C. In the new qualification in 2017 and 2018 over 80% exceeded the Grade 4. The Faculty has a strong philosophy of extending all students attain their best. 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 school gateway.
Key Stage Three
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 and 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 of maths with problem solving at the heart of the syllabus. Weekly homeworks are set and in addition students are expected to make good use of on line resources such as MyMaths.co.uk, Pixl maths App,Pixl numeracy and in key stage 4, JustMaths and DrFrost maths.
The aim is to increase students understanding in the five key areas of maths, number, algebra, shape, space and handling data and ratio.
This Year 9 will start their focus towards their GCSE studies, however still combining that with the principles of the mastery approach following a Linear Mathematics specification for examination at the end of their Year 11 studies. We currently study towards the AQA maths qualification.
Details of the specification can be found on the AQA website.
Key Stage Four
In Key Stage 4 the Faculty has currently adopted the AQA Mathematics Examination, with all assessments in Year 11. The exam consists of 3 one and a half hour papers in May and June.
Those students in the top set in key stage 4 will also study for the AQA Further Maths certificate.
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 are links with feeder primary schools, which recently have involved KS2 students visiting the High School. 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
In each year group there are key concepts that we teach, whilst these are not all new, it is studying of these concepts to greater depth to aid fundamental understanding of the concepts and being able to explain "Why" and to be able to justify, mathematically, the answers.
An overview of the five years of study can be accessed by clicking here whilst the topics show the structure the timings will depend on the class
Maths Assesment Criteria
Maths Mastery 5 Year Curriculum Plan
Staffing and Responsibilities:
- Mr D Faram, Leader of Mathematics
- Miss A Dixon, Leader of KS3 Mathematics
- Mr A Campbell,
- Mr J Clark,
- Mr P Elliot, Numeracy Co-ordinator
- Mr A Don.
- Ms D Owen
- Mrs W Annison (HLTA),
- Mrs I Wooler (Maths tuition)
The Maths teaching rooms are in close proximity to one another, and include a fully equipped computer suite, which is available for use on specified lunchtimes for help with homework. All classrooms have interactive white boards, and ICT is integrated into all schemes of work.