Mathematics is a web of ideas and our ambition at Westbourne is for students to build confidence and fluency in mathematical skills and then to make connections between those skills, engaging them in a journey towards the fluent, independent use of mathematical skills to solve problems. Through skilled teaching, assessment and intervention we give all students tailored opportunities, ensuring progress and a fulfilling of individual potential. Mathematics at Westbourne doesn’t begin and end in lessons - we believe that opportunities outside of lessons are just as important and homework, revision clubs and competitions encourage a greater understanding and enjoyment of the subject and mean that around 40% of our students go on to study Mathematics at A Level.
What will I learn?
In Year 7 we look to assess the different mathematical skills and methods and integrate students into Senior School Maths. We move on to develop good learning habits and to develop a deep understanding of the key number, shape and algebra topics. Students should concentrate on settling in to the step up in standards and aim to be flexible.
Understanding Captain Scott’s 1911 mission to the South Pole is so much more interesting when you understand the Maths.
We complete our preparation for GCSE which begins in Year 9. Our ongoing structure of setting ensures that students will be in the correct set to maximise their potential.
"GCSE 2016 - out of a class of 15 our children achieved 11A*, 3A and 1B"
Overall we achieved 12 A*s from our cohort – 32%
Students begin the new specification GCSE Mathematics course. Higher Tier Grades 9-4 (8 = A*, 4 = -C)
Foundation Tier Grades 5-1 ( 5 = -B, 1=G)
This is a much more challenging course than previous versions so students need to be determined and resilient. They will have to develop deep thinking skills to be able to thrive at this level and to this end we integrate as many multi topic extended questions into lessons as we reasonably can. It is important to recognise that at Higher level (but also at Foundation) that there will be concepts and problems that stronger students will find difficult, but that constant engagement will improve their skills.
We have a strong track record of achieving top grades at GCSE with the vast majority of our students studying Higher. More gifted students are offered to study Further Maths FSQM which is a qualification designed to introduce elements of A’ Level a year early.
The value in learning Maths stretches far beyond getting a grade at GCSE. In the Maths department, pupils will learn to appreciate precision and detail; to enjoy the great game and puzzle of shapes and numbers; carefully to order and interpret information; to explain what they observe around them, and make predictions about the unseen. Maths is fun and brings skills for life!