Here at Newbridge, maths and numeracy is an integral part of the school curriculum.
We plan to encourage and promote problem solving skills and techniques at all levels and across the range of mathematical topics, as well as encouraging students to recognise mathematical experiences in other curricular areas.
We endeavour to develop, maintain and stimulate pupils’ curiosity and interest in maths, through well planned lessons, high quality teaching and good quality teaching resources.
With an aim to develop vital skills including knowledge and recall, Newbridge Maths are following a knowledge based curriculum. For homework, all students are given a knowledge organiser full of key information that will be vital for their GCSEs. Students are asked to learn what is on them and are regularly tested in class using mini quizzes. In order to ensure basic skills are developed, most students take part in the Numeracy Ninja challenge regularly. Year 7 and 8 students also do a skills builder weekly, which allows the teacher to give feedback on questions that they are not yet confident with. These regular activities allow us to support students with their retention of key facts and processes.
As a department, we want to develop a positive attitude towards maths and its applications. We aim to provide students with the knowledge of how to use and apply maths, and its potential to enrich wider aspects of their education. We aim to prepare students for the rigours of GCSE by working closely with our feeder schools and using GCSE style questions in our lessons and assessments; Year 9 are currently following a GCSE programme that will ensure a smooth transition to their Upper School.
But most of all, we want all students to enjoy maths!
Pupils are taught in sets, according to ability, however there is fluidity between sets throughout the year.
Below in a list of equipment needed by the pupils during their mathematics lessons:
- Pencil(s) For every lesson
- Ruler (30cm)
- Calculator (Sharp EL500)
- Pair of Compasses
Scheme of work
Our scheme of work is divided into stages according to the standard students have reached on entry to the school. This is summarised in the table below: