Mr. B. Matthews - Director of Mathematics and Numeracy
- Mr. S. Hodgson - Lead Practitioner
- Mr T. Shave
- Mr T. Allcroft
Pixl Maths - Year 11
RVHS are re-launching the the Pixl Maths app.
The link can be found at
Students will need the following log in details:
Username: SURNAMEFIRSTNAME eg BLOGGSJOE
Reddish Vale Pupils sum up the Manchester Maths Challenge
Reece Drury, Kubilay Guc, Sarah Maudsley and Megan Shandley all did an absolutely fantastic job representing our school at the Regional Final Maths Challenge held at the University of Manchester. The team, consisting of two Year 8 pupils and two Year 9 pupils competed against other local schools in four very challenging rounds.
Miss Lenzi quoted “The pupils had a great day out, and all four students were a credit to our school. The Maths department are extremely proud of their efforts and achievement.
The Mathematics Department at Reddish Vale aims to provide pupils with a sound mathematical education in which academic standards are emphasised but which also introduces functional mathematic skills. We aim not only to prepare pupils for the outside world by giving them skills to use in everyday situations but also to provide a sound numeracy awareness which links across the curriculum in to other subjects.
The faculty aims to:
- To deliver outstanding standards in teaching and learning throughout the curriculum.
- To develop strong reasoning and problem solving skills that are transferrable across the curriculum
- To develop and utilise quality resources in a safe, positive and modern learning environment.
- Develop a high level of mathematical skill and knowledge.
- Provide a broad, balanced and differentiated mathematics curriculum to meet the needs of all pupils and the challenges of life after school.
- Make students aware of the applications of mathematics in the world.
- Develop vocabulary and literacy skills.
- Offer guidance in relation to further education and career aspirations.
- Prepare students thoroughly for external exams.
The curriculumPupils are set in accordance of ability throughout Key Stages 3 and 4; we follow the 3 year EdExcel GCSE course which provides a broad range of topics across number, ratio and proportional reasoning, algebra, geometry and data handling.
Key Stage Three:
For years 7 and 8 we follow 2 bespoke Schemes of Work to meet the challenges of the new Mathematics Curriculum introduced this year. Year 7 focuses on fluency and proficiency in mathematical process, key skills and techniques with some application to real world contexts. While year 8 involves more using and applying these processes to problem solving and mathematical reasoning. Pupils in years 7 and 8 have 7 maths lessons per fortnight with summative testing each half-term so that pupils are able gauge their own progress.
Time is built into each half-term to work on areas for improvement shown up in the assessments. Pupils are invited to think big in Key Stage 3 and question their knowledge of the universe and their surroundings by using maths. Three pieces of homework are set per fortnight at Key Stage 3.
Key Stage Four:
The above builds a fine foundation for new GCSE curriculum with its heavy emphasis on problem solving, application and reasoning. For this extended amount of content, we start GCSE in year 9. Pupils in years 9, 10 and 11 have 8 maths lessons per fortnight with, again, summative testing each half-term so pupils can see if they are on track to meet their GCSE target. We are now building towards the GCSE; pupils are expected to study independently to consolidate their learning and revise for exams. Although the lessons become more academic we are still focussed on the functional skills pupils require in everyday life and prepare them for using mathematics in the real world. Six pieces of homework are set per fortnight at Key Stage 4.
In addition to classes, a drop in session is provided during tutor time for Key Stage 3 and intervention lessons also take place both before and after school for Key Stage 4. Pupils are encouraged to seek help where needed but are also encouraged to think and work independently, using the internet and other resources available. All pupils have access to www.mymaths.co.uk 24/7 to help consolidate their learning in class.
The Mathematics department is proud to take part in the UK Mathematics Challenge, both junior for years 7 and 8 and senior for years 9, 10 and 11, each year and has a good track record in results in this area.