The Mathematics Faculty at South Shore Academy strive to ensure that all our pupils are taught Mathematical concepts that ensure their understanding. Lessons are planned carefully to stretch pupils and engage them in a positive learning environment.
Key Stage 3
At key stage 3 Pupils follow the National Curriculum which covers the four main attainment areas; Number, Algebra; Shape and Space and Handling Data. The scheme has been carefully planned to teach all pupils the core curriculum learning that they are entitled to, running alongside a support and extension scheme. Conceptual learning is a priority and there is also an emphasis and linking the skills taught to real life. Students are given aspirational targets for the progress they should make in their learning.
Key Stage 4
At key stage 4 students follow the Edexcel Specification for a GCSE award in Mathematics. This taught throughout Years 10 and 11 and though pupils will be taught at a higher or foundation level; this can be changed throughout the two years to match the pupils needs. The final tier of entry will be decided prior to the examination in Year 11.
The Edexcel specification has a focus on students being able to adapt Mathematic skills and knowledge to real life situations and we encourage this through their everyday learning. Pupils are encouraged to work in a variety of ways and learn to use different strategies to develop their understanding.
The Mathematics department consists of seven full time Mathematics specialist teachers and lessons are taught in 6 specialist Mathematics classrooms within the school building. We also have a full time Mathematics HLTA which enables us to give extra support to students where necessary.