Mathematics

Mathematics

Teachers in the Mathematics Department at Bower Park Academy aim to be innovative and creative in the way they deliver the curriculum to students. Students work within a supportive environment, enabling them to progress and achieve success. We share a keen interest in the subject, a positive approach to our work and a commitment to bring out the full potential of each and every one of our students. We aim to involve students in a variety of approaches and experiences. We provide opportunities for our students to work in a co-operative manner, sharing ideas and developing communication skills. Every teaching room in our department is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and visualiser. Our students are given every opportunity to explore mathematics.

The Mathematics Department at Bower Park Academy will provide a mathematics programme that prepares our students to be life-long learners and responsible, numerate citizens. The department also hopes that students will come to appreciate that whilst being a subject in its own right, mathematics is an important tool in other subjects and has no boundaries.

The Aims of Teaching and Learning in Mathematics

The department seeks to develop in students the following:

  1. A positive attitude towards mathematics by: – seeing it as an interesting and attractive subject
    – helping them to appreciate the creative and aesthetic aspects of the subject
    – ensuring that persistence through sustained work is rewarded
    – giving credit and praise to improve confidence
    – encouraging students to set themselves challenging targets
  2. Sound numerical skills by: – ensuring that calculators are used sensibly and efficiently
    – the use of starters and plenaries to promote the use of mental skills
    – insisting that they learn relevant concepts and facts
  3. A willingness to use algebraic skills by: – exploring mathematical patterns and sequences
    – identifying functional relationships
    – using correct and appropriate mathematical notation and language
    – using mathematics to model real-life situations
  4. Raising spatial awareness by: – fostering an appreciation of the nature of space
    – encouraging them to use different representations
    – exploring properties of shape and space through drawing and practical work
  5. An understanding of statistical enquiry by: – encouraging them to collect, interrogate and interpret data
    – collecting data from a range of sources by an appropriate sampling technique
    – communicating findings through appropriate and relevant charts and diagrams
    – engaging in practical and experimental work
    – looking critically at the presentation of information
  6. An ability to use and apply mathematics by: – raising an awareness of mathematics across the curriculum
    – relating appropriate mathematical problems to life itself
    – developing an understanding through enquiry and experience
    – expressing problems in mathematical terms as an aid to their solution
    – fostering an ability to think clearly and logically, with independence of thought and flexibility of mind.

Support for your Learning

Mathematics has many applications in everyday life. It enables us to organise, manipulate and communicate information efficiently. It can be used to solve problems and to predict events in real life.

We aim to give all students the opportunity to take an active role in every maths lesson through the use of active learning techniques, such as:
• collaborative tasks, where students work in pairs or small groups to discuss and solve maths problems;
• class discussions;
• the use of mini-whiteboards to collect and discuss answers from every student in the class;
• use of ICT to enhance learning, through use of Interactive Whiteboards and, shortly, with the use of tablets

How can I boost my child’s progress in mathematics at KS3 and KS4?

The Mathematics Department has a number of initiatives to help our students boost their progress. Parental support and students’ participation make a real difference in ensuring students realise their full potential.
If you encourage your child to do the following, it will help them achieve a better grade in mathematics:

1) Attendance and Punctuality. Attendance and punctuality in mathematics lessons is essential. If you do miss a lesson, please see your teacher and catch up with the work missed.

2) Maximum effort in lesson. Arrive at lessons prepared for learning. Ensure you have the correct equipment and are prepared mentally to learn. Follow your teacher’s instructions, listen attentively to explanations and ask for help if unsure. Maximum effort is essential.

3) Do your homework. The key to learning mathematics is practice. As you complete your homework, you will be able to identify concepts you do not understand, and then you can ask your teacher for help, or use a MyMaths lesson or MathsWatch tutorial to revisit the topic.

4) Use MathsWatch Video tutorials to continuously revise topics that you have covered in class. Continuous revision of topics using MathsWatch clips will help you retain what you have learnt in lessons and solidify your understanding.

Mr J.Maher, Executive Head of Mathematics

If you wish to contact me, my email address is [email protected]