Wightwick Hall School

A Business & Enterprise College

Developing Life Skills through Ethical Business Education

Tinacre Hill, Compton,
Wolverhampton, WV6 8DA
Tel: 01902 761889 or 761658
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Welcome to the Mathematics Department

At Wightwick Hall, students study the Mathematics National Curriculum and through this we aim to develop in our students:
• A positive attitude towards mathematics as well as competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills.
• The skills to use their own initiative and an ability to work both independently and in co-operation with others.
• An ability to communicate through mathematics, and to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life.

British values are fundamental to our teaching and all students are encouraged to achieve their maximum potential through mathematics lessons. We endeavour to embed self-belief in everyone, enabling pupils to gain confidence and independence whilst investigating, exploring and applying the mathematics learnt to a range of situations. Students of all abilities are encouraged to maintain a growth mind-set and to believe they are able to achieve and not be afraid to take part in all aspects of mathematics lessons. We want to ensure pupils’ perception of mathematics is positive and one in which they take pride and enjoyment. Students are encouraged to appreciate the importance of mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs and they will learn that mathematics comes from different cultures. They will learn about Pythagoras, Fibonacci and Indian Rangoli patterns all of which originate from different cultures.

Students are taught within mixed ability year groups. The range of abilities are fully catered for by targeted support, differentiated resources and, where appropriate, small group withdrawal. The teaching methods used include extensive use of the interactive whiteboards and practical sessions reinforcing topics such as money, time and weight.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

All schemes of work are based on the new National Curriculum, effective from September 2014. Lessons are modified through effective planning and reference to MAPs (My Aspirational Plans) to suit individuals' specific needs. Pupils study the strands of number; algebra; ratio, proportion and rate of change; geometry and measures; probability and statistics. Classes are allocated three-and-a-half hours of mathematics sessions per week. Students regularly participate in a basic numeracy intervention programme called Numeracy Ninjas. This programme has the sole purpose of filling gaps in mental calculation and other arithmetic calculation strategies, thus providing the pupils with the skills and fluency required to fully access GCSE concepts when they move to Key Stage 4 study.

Progress is reported three times a year to parents.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

In KS4, the majority of pupils are studying for the EDEXCEL foundation level GCSE course. Pupils not studying GCSE Mathematics will follow the Entry Level Functional Skills programme of study.

The current year 11 will be the first group to take the new GCSE examination in May 2017. The qualification grades are now from 9 to 1 with 9 being the top grade. The pupils will sit three papers comprising one non-calculator paper and two calculator papers each worth approximately 33.3%. Pupils are allocated four one hour lessons per week.

Sixth Form

A resit opportunity for the legacy EDEXCEL GCSE foundation level qualification will be offered in June 2017. After this date, all resits will be for the 9 -1 GCSE qualification. Study of Functional Skills is also offered at post-16.