Wightwick Hall School

A Business & Enterprise College

Developing Life Skills through Ethical Business Education

Tinacre Hill, Compton,
Wolverhampton, WV6 8DA
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Welcome to the Mathematics Department

Regardless of ability or interest, mathematics is for everyone and has a vital, often unseen, role in many aspects of modern life. From shopping to space travel, mathematics is essential! Whatever your future career choice, maths skills improve job prospects helping you succeed in the workplace and in your personal life.

At Wightwick Hall School, mathematics is taught in a way that meets every student’s needs and is relevant to the world we live in. An appropriate level of challenge and high expectation for every student to achieve their full potential drives our approach. In addition, 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.
• A growth mind-set where pupils believe that talents and abilities can be built over time; where mistakes are viewed as an opportunity to develop and a belief that effort creates success.

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 are encouraged to work together and support each other during mathematics lessons thus building mutual respect for one another.

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 the 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. Pupils learn that mathematics comes from different cultures. For example, they will learn about Pythagoras, Fibonacci and Indian Rangoli patterns all of which originate from different cultures.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

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. A variety of teaching methods including interactive and practical approaches are utilised.

Pupils study the strands of number; algebra; ratio, proportion and rate of change; geometry and measures; probability and statistics. Pupils are allocated three one hour lessons of mathematics per week. Pupils regularly participate in basic numeracy intervention programmes such as Numeracy Ninjas and Times Table Rockstars. These programmes fill gaps in mental calculation and other arithmetic calculation strategies, thus providing the pupils with the skills and fluency required to fully access the numeracy concepts included in the various key stage 4 study routes.

Pupils are assessed throughout the year using topic tests and longer, formal written tests each term. Pupils are continually provided with verbal and written feedback and targets on how to improve work are regularly provided. A mixed approach of on-line and written assessments are undertaken throughout the year.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

In KS4, the option of undertaking the EDEXCEL GCSE (9 to 1) Foundation course is available, and based on the pupils’ abilities can be through the following routes:
• Direct study of the EDEXCEL GCSE (9 to 1) Foundation course (2 and 3 year schemes of work).
• Initial study of components of the Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics with progression to the Access to GCSE (9 to 1) Foundation course. In addition, some pupils may have the opportunity to sit the EDEXCEL Level 1 Award in Number and Measure examination after studying key components included in the Access to GCSE (9 to 1) Foundation course.

For GCSE mathematics, 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.

Pupils not studying any route to GCSE mathematics can follow the Entry Level Functional Skills programme of study.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 - 14)

Pupils continue to study mathematics throughout the sixth form. Pupils are allocated three one hour lessons per week. Courses offered include Functional Mathematics qualifications, the opportunity to build on Entry Level qualifications by commencing GCSE Mathematics or further study of GCSE Mathematics to improve current grades.