A huge investment has been made in ICT for the Mathematics department at Mount Carmel.
Each of the 7 dedicated classrooms has interactive white boards and specialist software to enrich learning.
In year 7 students are placed in ability groups based upon Key Stage 2 results. Each half term all our students are tested to assess their progress, which is constantly monitored and set changes may be made throughout the school year where it is deemed appropriate for the student. Pupils with special needs are catered for by differentiated work in lessons and by the provision of specialist support staff and 2 Mathematics specialist teaching assistant attached to the faculty.
Students are fully supported throughout their time at Mount Carmel with excellent resources, targeted teaching, and opportunities to attend before and after school sessions as well as extra support from teachers in the department on an individual and small group basis.
Home Learning is set regularly to reinforce and extend skills in line with Mount Carmel’s home learning policy.
All pupils are given individual logins to access Mathswatch and the opportunity to download the APP for free.Mathematics is a wonderful subject but it is often difficult for parents to help their children. It is also very tricky for a pupil to help themselves.Each video gives a clear explanation of every topic followed by some questions for the pupils to do.
Key Stage 3
Students study the Mathematics National Curriculum and through this we aim to develop in our students:
- A positive attitude towards Mathematics as well as competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills
- An ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and logically
- The skills to use their own initiative and an ability to work both independently and in co-operation with others
- An ability to communicate through mathematics, and to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life.
Regular testing coupled with target setting and review is inbuilt into the KS3 scheme of work. Differentiation of work across the Key Stage ensures that all students are challenged and able to enjoy success.
We assess students’ every few weeks to enable us to identify anyone not reaching their full potential, and set interventions in place to correct this.
Key Stage 4
Students are prepared to sit their GCSE examination using the Edexcel Linear course which contains two examinations (calculator and non-calculator) with grades determined by performance across both papers. They are set according to ability based on their results at the end of year 9. We continue to make use of all those resources available at Key Stage 3 and maintain a variety of teaching and learning styles.
Partner Primary Schools
We work closely with our Partner Primary schools which includes an outreach programme where one of our mathematics teachers delivers quality maths lessons to year 6 two mornings a week.
Also in the Autumn term Year 5 & 6 pupils compete against other primaries in the annual Mad for Maths competition.
Gifted and Able Students
A programme of able, gifted and talented activities is being developed across the age range as part of our aim to inspire and extend all abilities including the UKMT Mathematics Challenges at Junior and Intermediate Level.