At the Skegness Academy we believe that the mathematics department plays an essential role in the progress of our pupils and provides valuable life opportunities. We work to ensure all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, are able to reason mathematically and can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of situations, thus enabling them to succeed in further education or employment. Additionally, mathematics lessons provide a platform to enhance pupils' thinking skills, opportunities to solve problems within a real life context, including using ICT and enable them to work as part of a team to develop a holistic approach to learning.
At Key Stage 3, pupils are taught mathematics at the Skegness Academy in broad ability groups following a thematic curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to improve their problem solving skills and have regular opportunities to practice this essential skill in preparation for their GCSE.
At Key Stage 4, pupils follow the AQA linear GCSE mathematics course which is examined at the end of year 11; the examination comprises three papers. Paper 1 is non-calculator and Papers 2 and 3 allow a calculator to be used. Each paper is 1 hour and 30minutes and is worth 80 marks. On each paper there will be a mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as your progress through the year.
The subject content is split into six areas:
- Ratio, proporation and rates of change
- Geometry and measure
Students will achieve a grade 1 to 9 for this new course (9 being the highest grade). Pupils have the opportunity of taking foundation tier (grades 1 to 5) or higher tier (grades 4 to 9). The GCSE course builds on, and extends pupils' prior learning at Key Stage three and is more challenging than the old style GCSE mathematics course. A grade 4/5 is approximately a C grade.
At Key Stage 5, students can continue with their mathematical studies by opting to take A Level Mathematics or A Level Statistics. Our most able learners also have the opportunity to study AS/A2 Further Mathematics.
The department uses a wide range of teaching and learning strategies which are matched to the learning needs of the individual pupil, thus enabling them to become fully engaged in the subject and lifelong learners
There is also the opportunity for some students to resit their GCSE mathematics.
The mathematics department currently offers a variety of extra-curricular activities including:
- Our most able pupils across all key stages are entered into the UKMT; this is a national mathematics competition.