Maths

Welcome

Our primary goal is to deliver maths in the most enjoyable and effective way possible in order to ensure that students gain a positive mathematical experience and fulfil their potential.

We believe that mathematical learning is life long and so as well as preparing students for success in exams, we develop problem solving skills as well as those of team work and organisation. 

We aim to offer students a variety of activities and experiences in prompting understanding and enjoyment of Mathematics. Mathematics is a vital life skill and we have high expectations of all our students, ensuring they are fully equipped with those essential skills.


Staff

The maths faculty at The Vale Academy is made up of enthusiastic, specialist teachers. We are an approachable team and we welcome students who seek help during breaks or after school. We often have groups of students working with members of staff at these times both by invitation and voluntarily.

There are 5 full time teachers, 3 part time teachers and a learning mentor.

Mrs C Zietsman: Curriculum Leader

Mr JP Teanby: Assistant Curriculum Leader

Mrs R Carlile : Teacher of Maths

Miss F Sicard-Askey: Teacher of Maths

Miss A Matthews: Teacher of Maths

Mr A Collins: Teacher of Maths and Vice Principal

Mr A Williams: Leading Practitioner for Maths and Science

Mrs T Cartwright: Teacher of Maths

Mrs J Zhang: Maths Learning Mentor

 

Resources

We are based in a suite of seven dedicated classrooms, all equipped with interactive whiteboards. We have a range of maths software and website applications which students can access from home as well as during maths lessons in the college ICT suites. The faculty has invested in purchasing up to date textbooks and software across the entire age and ability range.

Students enjoy learning maths through a range of teaching and learning.  Students tell us they enjoy the challenges of working in pairs and groups as well as using maths websites and ICT applications.

In KS3 and KS4 students are taught in ability groups which are reviewed on a regular basis. They follow schemes of work which allow teaching and learning to be tailored to the abilities and potential of each group.

What students enjoy about learning maths at The Vale Academy:

“Maths lessons are fun, we learn a lot and the teachers help us” (Y7 student)

“There is a positive learning atmosphere in lessons. I like having extension challenges and enjoy working independently” (Y11 student)

“Lessons are well planned and staff set regular homework. I feel challenged and get a lot of feedback from my teachers” (Y12 student)

 

Key Stage 3

All year 7 and year 8 students are currently following a mastery programme of study which will prepare them for the demands of the new GCSE 9-1 specification.


Key Stage 4

All students follow the Edexcel GCSE 9-1 course which consists of two tiers; foundation and higher and have 3 papers each.

Key Stage 5

Many students choose to continue their studies with us by doing mathematics at AS and A2 level.  Year 13 students f ollow the OCR syllabus whilst Year 12 follow the AQA syllabus. Students follow the OCR syllabus. Groups are small, with around 15 students om Year 13 and six in Year 12.  This allows for the excellent teacher- student relationships which are essential for students to reach their potential at this level.


Intervention

The faculty has a range of intervention strategies to support students who would benefit from  small group or one-to-one tuition to enable them to make steady progress towards their target grades. These include targeted in-class support and the use of the specialist learning mentor to engage with students outside of maths lessons to address specific mathematical knowledge and skills. In addition to lesson withdrawal  and tutor intervention, our Maths learning mentor offers sessions to students every day between 3:30pm-4:30pm

Intervention is also offered to sixth form students, usually by the class teacher during students’ study periods.

 

Numeracy across the curriculum

Students in year 7 are taking part in a Numeracy project where basic numeracy is covered in other curriculum areas and whereby students can earn badges after completing each of 6 levels.  This is not only enhancing the basic skills needed within maths, but also ensures that students can apply numeracy to other curriculum areas.

 

Forthcoming Events

Junior and Intermediate Maths Challenges – Autumn term 2017 and Spring term 2018

 Puzzle club

This is run during Tuesday lunchtimes and includes a very popular chess club.