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At Clare Mount, mathematics provides a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems.
We provide a learning environment where the learning process is a priority for teachers and pupils to:
Help develop an appreciation and enjoyment of mathematics itself and an understanding of its role in our society,
Be aware that mathematics provides him/her with a useful tool with which to communicate,
Experience aspects of cross curricular dimensions, skills and themes which will enhance the quality of the pupils education.

Learn to formulate problem solving strategies.

Apply maths in a functional way.

Our subject tag-line is:      m@ths=life!

 

The Department gathers evidence of each pupil's knowledge, skills and understanding of numeracy to form a basis for a Numeracy Target which is written on the pupil's individual education plan (IEP). This is revisited twice a year.
Departmental policies and schemes of work are annually reviewed to provide a quality service to all pupils.
We value the contribution of every pupil and encourage their moral, social and cultural development.

 

Key Stage 3
Year 7 & 8 have 5 maths sets and Year 9 has 4.

Set sizes range from 5 to 10 pupils.
Each pupil has 4 lessons per week, following schemes of work underpinned by the national curriculum.

The Department utilises Oxford framework maths, a nationally recognised resource, as well as incorporating functional numeracy and problem solving opportunities wherever possible. It also employs a range of tailored mathematics software; including numeracy warm up, numeracy workout, maths work out, Mathletics and Mymaths.

 

For our programmes of study in Key Stage 3, please click on the following buttons to see a more detailed outline of work to be completed this year.

There are homework clubs and intervention clubs available on every day of the week to suit our students' requirements. Pupils are also encouraged to drop in for staff support, whenever they need extra help, at lunchtimes during the week.

73% pupils at the end of KS3 in 2013 achieved Levels 3,4 or 5, rising to 89% in 2015.

The mean tracked progress by our students in 2015 was 6 sub-levels of improvement in Key Stage 3. A very pleasing outcome!

In 2016, an impressive 89% of our students were making expected progress, or working above.

Under our new tracking system of GCSE ready or Entry Level ready, our top 2 sets in Year 8 and our top 3 sets out of 4 in Year 9 all took end of year summative assessments in June 2017. Their performances were very promising!

Key Stage 4
Years 10 & 11 have 4 maths sets.
Set sizes range from 6 to 10 pupils.
Each pupil has 4 lessons per week in Year 10 and also in Year 11.
Pupils follow externally accredited work at Entry levels E1 to E3 within the AQA award body specifications.
Year 10 &11 pupils follow the EDEXCEL Foundation level GCSE (Grades 1-9), which leads to 3 written examinations in May /June 2018 (2 calculator, 1 non-calculator) for Year 11.

There are homework clubs and GCSE intervention clubs available on every day of the week to suit our students' requirements. Pupils are also encouraged to drop in for staff support, whenever they need extra help, at lunchtimes during the week.

Year 10 underwent a GCSE practice examination in June 2017 and Year 11 did their mock GCSE examinations in January 2017.

See below for the extra intervention support also provided.

In summer 2011 Clare Mount had our first grade C in Maths and a 100% pass rate in 2011, 2012 and 2013!

We achieved a grade C in the 2015 examination series and another grade C in 2016.

94% of students entered for GCSE passed at least one examination, 82 % achieved an overall pass and 71% achieved or exceeded their aspirational target grade.

All our non-GCSE entrants achieved Entry level 2 and 61% secured level 3. 100% achieved or exceeded their aspirational academic target.

Summer 2017 provided Clare Mount with it's greatest challenge yet as the new GCSE specification was sat by our Year 11.

All our cohort who were entered (49%) passed including one student from set 3! Two candidates achieved grade 4 (GCSE C) and 2 achieved grade 3 (GCSE D). In Post 16 two candidates secured grade C in the legacy GCSE examinations and one student passed his GCSE for the first time!

85% of our Entry Level cohort achieved the highest level 3 grade.

Amazing results from our students. Well done to all!

 

Click here for GCSE/ ELC specifications for your student

Key Stage 5
Each pupil has 2 lessons per week.
Pupils can follow a GCSE Foundation level pathway or a level 1 alternative once they have secured entry level 3 in their AQA examinations, where possible.

Work focuses primarily on the application of maths skills/numeracy previously learnt, with a particular focus on number, measures and statistics.

2012/13 was the first academic year that we had GCSE Foundation level for 32% of our pupils. This group contained pupils taking GCSE for the first time or resitting to improve their grade.  Pass grades were achieved ranging from D to G containing many improvements.

In 2106 we ambitiously entered 3 sets in post 16 for the GCSE foundation level examinations. Some students did a condensed one year programme of study. 100% of entrants passed one of the three exams. 91% achieved a pass grade including one grade C and 4 grade D's. 74 % achieved or exceeded their aspirational academic targets set for the end of KS4.

The two students who failed to secure an overall pass did so by 1% and 0.5% respectively.

In 2017 they had one more opportunity to resit the "Legacy" GCSE maths examinations and two of our students achieved grade C GCSE

and one passed for the first time!

All set 3 achieved Functional skills ELC 2, with 2 achieving ELC 3.

In set 4, 2 candidates achieved ELC 1 for the first time!

The Mathematics Department are very proud of our Post 16 students' efforts and performances. Well done to all!

Homework Help

If you are looking for additional homework help that you can do with your child, you may find what you are looking for in the folder below. We are trialling a set of times tables worksheets this term that you can print off and do at home. Please feel free to let us know whether you have found this useful and whether there is any other content you would like to be included.

Intervention

Clare Mount has again subscribed to www.mathletics.co.uk .This was initially intended for KS3 pupils but proved to be very useful for KS4 too! Mathletics is a worldwide website with pupils accessing it across the world! Pupils have their own username and password and hence their own profile. Not only can they access the National Curriculum through games and quizzes but they can play LIVE Mathletics against other pupils across the world! ( e.g. Australia, USA, Belgium, Bahrain, Mexico, Canada etc...). Students are rewarded with credits and certificates for their achievements.

July 2015 saw our second transition Summer School, where new and old faces enjoyed numeracy activities led by our new Head of Maths, Mr Blessing. Literacy , craft, food technology and physical activities also featured.

The school successfully ran a Numeracy Week in the Spring Term of 2015, with students utilising money skills and solving real-life problems, as well as looking at maths and numeracy across the whole school curriculum. We have subsequently repeated this experience using "Road to Rio" theme in 2016 and "Problem Solving" in 2017.

See power points below or in the numeracy area for more information on recent numeracy opportunities at Clare Mount, including the visit of Sale Sharks!

 For 2016 and onwards: In light of the changes in Level 1 and Level 2 examinations, Clare Mount intends to offer Maths support and intervention in two new ways:

Mymaths is a highly respected and widely utilised revision package for pupils of all ages, but will be especially valuable for our examination classes in Key stage 4 & 5.

Click the icon below to access the MyMaths website

A maths drop in on Wednesdays after school ran this year. Well done to those who attended from January to June 2017, it definitely had a positive impact on their performances.

A numeracy awareness afternoon was also provided for parents/carers in the bungalow.

Sale Sharks numeracy day!

We are employing an academic progression model template in Key Stage 3, as Clare Mount utilises a generic spectrum progression approach to life without levels. Please view our information poster and student workbook sheet below. for our spectrum steps in mathematics.

 

We are adopting and modifying Pearson education's 12 steps philosophy to the new GCSE learning and progress measures.

Here you can see our Clare Mount spectrum adapted programme of study for our GCSE studies and an information guide to the transition from GCSE grades to the new levels.

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