Ofsted Outstanding

Mathematics & ICT (Computing)

 

Mathematics

 

Mathematics is critical in helping us to understand and change the World. It plays a vital role in many aspects of life. Mathematics provides a broad range of skills in problem solving, logical reasoning and flexible thinking.

At Babington Academy, we have recently redesigned our Key Stage 3 schemes of learning to reflect the new National Curriculum for Mathematics. Our schemes of learning are intended to develop the skills set out in the National Curriculum as well as to nurture a sense of curiosity about mathematics.

 

Aims and Objectives

 

Aims:

  • To set challenging targets with high expectations of all students.
  • To offer a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate students and demand their active participation.
  • To smooth the transition for students between Key Stages and ensure progression in teaching and learning throughout their time at BCC.
  • To explore enrichment opportunities outside the curriculum to enhance students’ enjoyment of mathematics.
  • To ensure all students leave numerate and with a qualification in mathematics

 

In addition to these aims, we have built in opportunities for students to:

  • Develop fluency -  Through mathematics lessons and specifically designed activities, students are given the opportunity to develop fluency in performing key mathematical skills so they become second nature.
  • Reason Mathematically - Students are given opportunities to think logically and flexibly to develop sound mathematical arguments.
  • Solve problems - Students’ ability to solve problems is nurtured during lessons through exposure to a variety of strategies and modelling of good practice.

 

At the end of their mathematical education in this school, we expect students to:

  • Perform basic numeracy skills fluently
  • Perform basic mathematical skills needed in his/her chosen career or for entry to higher or further mathematical education
  • Understand the mathematics likely to be encountered in daily life
  • Reason clearly and logically, and to set out rational arguments
  • Identify patterns encountered in diverse situations and to make inferences from these
  • Approach problems systematically and choose appropriate techniques for their solution
  • Experience satisfaction in and enjoyment of mathematical experiences and achievements

 


Topics studied at KS3

 

Number and algebra

1. Place value 6. Powers and roots
2. Negative numbers 7. Equivalence of Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
3. Vocabulary 8. Work with percentages
4. BODMAS / BIDMAS 9. Round numbers
5. Written methods for calculations 10. Estimation and approximation

 

Algebra

1. Understand algebraic notation 5. Solve equations
2. Substitute values into formulae 6. Sketch linear and quadratic graphs
3. Simplify and manipulate algebraic expressions 7. Understand properties of graphs
4. Change the subject of formulae 8. Work with sequences

 

Ratio, proportion and rates of change

1. Change between units 4. Work with ratio
2. Use scale factors in a variety of situations 5. Work with percentages
3. Work with fractions 6. Solve problems involving direct and inverse proportion

 

Geometry and measures

1. Find area, perimeter and volume of shapes and solve associated problems 5. Understand congruence and similarity
2. Understand and use angle properties 6. Perform and describe transformations
3. Derive and use standard constructions 7. Understand and use Pythagoras Theorem
4. Recognise and use properties of polygons 8. Understand and use trigonometry

 

Probability

1. Understand experimental and theoretical probabilities 4. Understand that the probability of outcomes sum to 1
2. Understand the probability scale 5. Organise sets of data systematically using tables and Venn diagrams
3. Understand the language associated with probability 6. Understand and use sample space diagrams

 

Statistics

1. Construct and interpret appropriate graphs 3. Construct and interpret scatter diagrams
2. Find and use averages  

 


Assessment & Personalised Learning

 

We regularly assess students against the assessment criteria relevant to their ability and schemes of learning are planned to ensure progression for all individuals. We use Assessing Pupils Progress (APP) to enable us to build a clear profile of the individual strengths and weaknesses of each student. Feedback to students on how to progress is therefore personalised to meet their individual needs.

Although students are organised in ability sets, there can still be a wide range of ability in the class. We aim to:

  • Establish a classroom climate where all students feel that they can contribute, and which secures their motivation and concentration
  • Adopt teaching strategies to keep all students suitably challenged
  • Provide appropriate support, aids or interventions to give particular students access to the planned programme and to keep any who might fall behind in step with the rest of their class.

Strategies are quickly put into place after careful analysis of assessment data to aid progression. Examples of strategies include:

  • Questioning – targeting individuals or groups, open questions, encouraging students to explain strategies and methods to each other
  • Teaching focused at times on individuals/groups while others work independently.
  • Targeting teacher’s own support or the support of additional adults in the classroom.
  • Providing resources to support particular students especially those who need more support or who need more of a challenge
  • Open-ended tasks – investigations and problem solving activities which aim to mirror real life situations
  • Individual or small group withdrawal with a qualified mathematics teaching assistant or mathematics tutor for students who require more personalised support
  • After school sessions, especially those who are close to exams

Topics studied at KS4

 

Number and algebra

Working with numbers and the number system The language of algebra
Fractions, decimals and percentages Expressions and equations
Ratio and proportion Sequences, functions and graphs

 

Geometry and measures

Properties of angles and shapes Area, perimeter and volume
Geometrical reasoning and calculation Vectors
Measures and construction  

 

Statistics and probability

The data handling cycle Data interpretation
Data collection Probability
Data presentation and analysis  

 


AQA GCSE Mathematics

 

  • Students will be entered for either Foundation tier or Higher tier
  • Students will sit 3 papers:

 

 

Foundation

Higher

Paper 1

Thursday 25 May 2017 am (1h 30min) Thursday 25 May 2017 am (1h 30min)

Paper 2

Thursday 8 June 2017 am (1h 30min) Thursday 8 June 2017 am (1h 30min)

Paper 3

Tuesday 13 June 2017 am (1h 30min) Tuesday 13 June 2017 am (1h 30min)

 

Further information can be found by following this link:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/gcse/mathematics-8300

 


AQA GCSE Statistics (For some students)

 

  • Students in KS4 all study for the GCSE Mathematics qualification with the AQA exam board.
  • All students are entered for their GCSE exam at the end of year 11.
  • As the GCSE Mathematics syllabus is changing with a greater emphasis on problem solving we have adapted our schemes of learning to reflect this.

Trips, Visits & Opportunities

 

Maths trips have included visits to:

  • Puzzle days
  • UK Maths Challenge
  • Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre
  • Revision conference at Leicester University
  • Enrichment workshops
  • Catch-up numeracy at Leicester City Football Club

Supporting your Child in Maths

 

  • Encourage them to use any revision guides or CD-ROMs they may have been issued with
  • Encourage them to use www.mymaths.co.uk website
  • Check through their homework with them after they have completed it
  • Encourage them to talk through how they go about solving problems
  • Highlight the relevance of maths in the real world e.g. measurements in cooking, money calculations, distances, estimations
  • Practice times tables with them and addition and subtraction skills

 

How you can help your child with homework in Mathematics

 

All students have access at school and at home to the subscribed website:

www.mymaths.co.uk

(Login: Babington, Password: multiply)

 

The website contains tutorials and worksheets on all mathematics topics.

Students are also encouraged to use the games based website www.Sumdog.com, which is aimed at improving the number skills of young people. Students have been issued with an individual login for this website (if your child has forgotten this, please ask them to see their mathematics teacher)


ICT (Computing)

 

  • OCR GCSE Computing

     

    This is a two year course with an externally assessed exam in the summer of the second year.  There are two controlled assessments that total 60% of the overall grade with the exam making up the other 40%. 

    Extra information on the qualification can be found here:

    http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computing-j275-from-2012/

     

    Topic Sample Activities
    Fundamentals of computer systems
    • A look at how computer systems work
    • Investigations into reliability and testing of computer systems
    • Learning about the ethical, legal and environmental concerns regarding computer systems
    Computing hardware
    • Learning about the central processing unit (CPU) and how it works
    • Understanding binary logic
    • Learning about a variety of input and output devices
    Software
    • Investigating different types of software
    Representation of data in computer systems
    • Investigating how different types of data; images, sound, text, numbers are represented in computer systems
    • Understand how instructions are interpreted by a computer
    Databases
    • Investigating the database concept and how to design databases
    • Understanding database management systems (DBMS)
    Computer communications and networking
    • A look into networks and their advantages and disadvantages
    • Learning about how networks are structured and how they are used in modern life


    EDEXCEL GCSE ICT

    This is a two year course culminating in a 1 hour 30 minute exam in the summer of the second year.  The exam represents 40% of the overall grade.  60% of the grade is through a 40 hour controlled assessment that runs all the way through the course and is to be completed by the end of the first term in the second year.

    More information on the course can be found here:

    http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse10/ict/Pages/About_GCSE_ICT.aspx

     

    Topic Sample Activities
    My phone
    • Learning about personal digital devices with a focus on mobile phones
    • Investigating the digital divide
    Shop and drop
    • A look into online shopping and the advantages and disadvantages compared to traditional shopping
    • Learning about online security risks
    My time
    • Investigating the benefits of home networks
    • Learning about multimedia in the home
    My space
    • Learning about online services such as social networks and online communities
    • Understanding how to stay safe online
    Any time anywhere
    • Discussion work around the possible drawbacks of technology in society
    • Investigating issues relating to the use of ICT
    Using digital tools
    • This is a controlled assessment task where students produce a variety of different digital products such as spreadsheets, videos, podcasts, print designs, web sites etc.

    To find out more information regarding the curriculum at Babington, please contact:

    Fiona Addison - Assistant Principal

    faddison@babington.leicester.sch.uk

    Tel: 0116 2221616

     

 

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