Mathematics at the Polygon School
At the Polygon School, our aim is for all pupils to be numerate, confident mathematicians to support their future economic well-being. We want our pupils to be flexible problem solvers and for them to understand the relevance of their maths in real contexts throughout the curriculum and a vast number of careers.
We want pupils to enjoy and appreciate the beauty and value of mathematics both man-made and in the natural world as well as the important history of maths. Similarly, we want them to be able to reflect on real-life data and its implication for society. Ultimately our aim is for our pupils to be fluent in communicating their ideas as well as exploring and questioning others.
Key Stage 3 (years 7-9)
In Key Stage 3, pupils follow our in-house scheme of work. The work is organised so that pupils can work on a level suited to their ability. Pupils have regular numeracy and problem-solving opportunities building upon the work done in junior schools.
Pupils complete termly tests to see if they have understood the work and to help us to set targets. Doddle learn is frequently used and pupils can access this from home with the appropriate username and password. Pupils will also investigate mathematically, usually as a class, or as an individual exercise, they will also use investigative skills learnt in mathematics to help complete some PIXL Edge tasks. This work is designed to encourage pupils to use logic; observe patterns; discover relationships or rules; describe clearly what they have done and seen, so developing a deeper understanding of mathematics.
All pupils will use a calculator for their work, although pencil and paper methods and mental arithmetic skills are also used. In Years 7 and 8 a basic calculator will suffice, they use a scientific calculator later in their school career.
We regularly review our pupils' progress. This is done each term and pupils may require intervention if gaps in learning are identified. All pupils complete an Entry Level maths qualification during key stage 3.
Key Stage 4 (years 10-11)
The specific content of the course of mathematics the pupils follow is dependent on ability, but all students cover the same core concepts. Students can expect to work in a variety of ways including investigations, practical work, group discussions and consolidation exercises. There is a variety of learning resources and materials used. We follow the Edexcel iGCSE. The final grade awarded at the end of Year 11 is determined by the marks from exams taken. Pupils also take an AQA Functional Skill Level 1 qualification.
• For candidates entered for GCSE Foundation units, grades 1-5 are available.
• For candidates entered for higher units, grades 5-9 are available (9 being the best).
All pupils will cover a mixture of topics throughout the two-year course with Handling Data (Statistics and Probability), Number, Algebra, and Geometry all given roughly equal weighting. There is an increased focus on proportional thinking and problem-solving in all mathematics courses, and lessons will be geared towards improving student’s confidence in this area.
All papers last 1 hour 30 minutes.
Maths Entry Level qualification
Functional Skills Maths
• Enjoyment and experience success in mathematics.
• Learn in a safe and secure environment.
• Planned, structured and sequenced lessons.
• A broad range of equipment and experiences.
• Qualified and experienced staff.
• Consistent marking and feedback using PIXL marking policy.
• A range of assessment techniques including the use of ICT.
• Extracurricular revision clubs.
• Consistency in approach to behaviour management in line with school policy.
As a department, we expect positive outcomes for pupils and expect to see progress and engagement across the school. Positive progress can be monitored through emotional literacy data, progress in class books, the achievement of Entry Level, Functional Skills, and GCSE mathematics.