In the mathematics department at BBG Academy, we instill critical thinking to solve a multitude of real-life problems and the ability to employ sound reasoning in order to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. We engage students to appreciate the interlinked nature of mathematics and thus draw on prior successes in order to approach new concepts and scenarios with competence and confidence. We strive to make maths enjoyable for all our learners in a bid to develop lifelong independent learners.
We believe it is important for every student to reach their potential. Our goal is for students to engage in and enjoy their mathematics lessons, thus unlocking their potential and reach the highest grades they are capable of. We track the progress of each student extensively from the beginning of Year 7 right up to their GCSE examinations, allowing each member of staff to identify gaps in knowledge and intervene effectively. The department aims to develop confidence, interest and enjoyment in mathematics. We use a variety of up-to-date teaching methods and resources to engage students and relate their mathematical knowledge to everyday life around them and actively research new techniques and methods to support the students to progress as best we can.
We continue to develop an inclusive curriculum raise the achievement of our low attaining students, bolster the progress of middle attaining students and stretch our higher achievers.
Our KS3 curriculum is structured to initially bridge gaps in the transition from KS2. Curriculum is structured to systematically build upon prior learning year on year in order to allow students access to increasingly more complex concepts and content at GCSE level.
Interleaving starters and feed forward lessons are used in conjunction with online homework to reinforce prior learning, mastery and encourage independent advancement. Our assessment calendar is shared with the team at the beginning of the academic year together with the SOW, which explicitly spell out the objectives for students. Fixed half termly summative assessments are constructed and tracked to highlight gaps in prior knowledge so that teachers can promptly effectively intervene.
British values are emerging in the form of functional mathematics in which every good citizen needs to be proficient e.g., budgeting and household economics, personal finance matters, tax returns, interest rates, mortgages.
All students study the Edexcel GCSE course. This is a linear course which means that all the examinations are taken at the end of Year 11. The students will take three exams; one non-calculator and two calculator papers. All three examinations are one hour and 30 minutes long.
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