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Welcome to the Maths Department web page!

Here at NLS we are committed to ensuring your child makes the best possible progress in Maths, and understands the importance of Maths in supporting whatever choices they make beyond school. We aim to achieve this by ensuring all students are challenged and supported appropriately in their learning, and experience a wide range of mathematical activities.

We have a strong team within the department consisting of 10 highly qualified Maths teacher and a dedicated Maths Higher Level Teaching Assistant. The information below gives an overview of what your child will experience within each Key Stage of their NLS Mathematical journey:

Years 7 and 8

Years 7 and 8 are taught in ability groups with teaching assistant support where necessary. The scheme of learning allows for pupils to master the skills in each topic, whilst also recapping prior learning and developing their understanding of the next steps. This is taught with an emphasis on student participation and applying maths to real-life contexts, with problem solving being a key part of every lesson. Students regularly learn through activities where they encounter the Learning Pit -  have an opportunity to develop academic resilience and use the problem solving strategies – DINKS.

The scheme has seven tiers, with pupils starting on the tier appropriate to their Progress Band, determined by their achievement at Key stage 2 and the progress they make throughout the year.

Assessments occur on Doddle at the end of each topic. Pupils receive feedback from these, and are able to continue working on Doddle to ensure continued improvement based on this information.

Homelearning is set on a weekly basis. At the start of a topic it will be online work on Doddle to allow us to assess prior knowledge and provide intervention if needed. Throughout the rest of the topic pupils will be set written work consisting of questions linked to the skills that week, a literacy task, some research and some stretch work to challenge themselves.

Years 9-11

Students will study the new linear GCSE 1-9 course by AQA. This GCSE meets the new Government requirements for increased content and problem solving

Students will be examined at either higher or foundation level in year 11. The appropriate tier of entry will be decided as the course progresses by the classroom teacher in consultation with the head of department. The qualification consists of three examinations, two calculator based and one non-calculator based, each lasting 90 minutes.

In order to assist your child with preparing for the final exam, and interim assessments throughout the course, GCSE Revision materials consisting of a DVD and revision guide, can also be purchased via ParentPay, and a large supply of past papers and answers can be accessed via the school portal

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