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•     Mathematics Teachers

•     Our Aims and Ethos

•     Latest News and Exam Dates

•     Outside the classroom – Revision classes

•     How can I boost my child’s GCSE Mathematics Grade?

•     Extra support at home – Fronter, MathsWatch, CGP Mathematics video tutorials, MyMaths






Mathematics Teachers

The Mathematics Department at Loxford School of Science and Technology comprises of 13 specialist teachers. 

Mr Y. Sahardid - CTL of Mathematics
Mr S. Mohammed - Second in Charge of Mathematics
Ms T. Ansari - Teacher of Mathematics/KS5
Mrs A. Hallan - Teacher of Mathematics/Year 7 Co-Ordinator
Mr K. Madhani - Teacher of Mathematics/Assistant Head Teacher
Mr D. Bajwa - Teacher of Mathematics
Mr R. Islam - Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs I. Kaur - Teacher of Mathematics
Ms A. Mulla - Teacher of Mathematics
Mr D. Mohindra - Teacher of Mathematics/Leading Teaching & Learning in the Training School
Ms S. Rawat - Teacher of Maths/RE/Responsible for PSCHE/SMSC
Mr W. Tariq - Teacher of Mathematics
Ms F. Tohin - Teacher of Mathematics
Miss C. Meek - Teacher of Mathematics
Miss F. Begum - Teacher of Mathematics


 

We, the teachers in our department, always aim to be innovative and creative with the way we deliver the curriculum to our students. Students work within a supportive and stimulating environment enabling virtually all to progress and achieve real success. We share a keen interest in the subject, a positive approach to our work and a commitment to bring out the full potential of each and every one of our pupils.  We aim to involve pupils in a variety of approaches and experiences.  We encourage independence of thought yet also provide opportunity for our pupils to work in a co-operative manner, sharing ideas and developing communication skills.  There is a real emphasis on making the learning of Mathematics fun, interactive and visual. Every teaching room in our department is equipped with an interactive whiteboard. The department has got an ICT suit of its own. Students are taught how to use software like Geometer’s Sketchpad, Autograph and Qwizdom and students are given every opportunity to explore maths. Flash Movies and PowerPoint are regular features of a typical Maths lesson in our department. Staffs are supported by well designed, and heavily resourced, schemes of work. Higher Tier students at KS3 and KS4 uses advanced features of Excel like random number generator, filtering, pivot tables to analyse data for their Handling Data Project KS3 and Statistics coursework KS4 and are taught how to represent their data using Autograph as well as Excel.


The demand for mathematics courses at Loxford has continued at a high level.
The following courses are offered currently:

AS Mathematics - 4 groups
A2 Mathematics - 4 groups
Further AS Mathematics - 1 group
Further A2 Mathematics - 1 group
GCSE Resit - 5 groups
GCSE Mathematics - 10 groups


 

Aims and Ethos

Our Vision
The Mathematics Department at Loxford School of Science and Technology will promote and support a comprehensive, interactive, innovative and dynamic learning environment that will empower our pupils for the future in this ever changing world.

Mission Statement
The Mathematics Department at Loxford School of Science and Technology will provide an exemplary mathematics program that prepares our students to be life-long learners and responsible, numerate citizen. We endeavour to provide a learning centred environment in which the student is the performer and the teacher is the coach. The Department also hope that students will come to appreciate that whilst being an important tool in other subjects, Mathematics is a subject in its own right, and that there is a sense of awe and wonder to behold within its boundaries.

The aims of teaching and learning in Mathematics The Department seeks to develop in each student the following:

1. A positive attitude towards mathematics by: - seeing it as an interesting and attractive subject
- helping them to appreciate the creative and aesthetic aspects of the subject
- ensuring that persistence through sustained work is rewarded
- giving credit and praise to improve confidence
- encouraging students to themselves challenging targets

2. Sound numerical skills by: - ensuring that calculators are used sensibly and efficiently
- the use of starters and plenaries to promote the use of mental skills
- insisting that they learn relevant concepts and facts

3. A willingness to use algebraic skills by: - exploring mathematical patterns and sequences
- identifying functional relationships
- using correct and appropriate mathematical notation and language
- using mathematics to model real-life situations

4. Raising spatial awareness by: - fostering an appreciation of the nature of space
- encouraging them to use different representations
- exploring properties of shape and space through the drawing and practical work
- using appropriate Software packages to investigate transformations

5. An understanding of statistical enquiry by: - encouraging them to formulate their own hypotheses
- collecting data from a range of sources by an appropriate sampling technique
- communicating their findings through an appropriate and relevant charts and diagrams
- using IT to facilitate the efficient data analysis and simulations
- engaging in practical and experimental work
- looking critically at the presentation of information
- evaluating their work and recognising the limitations or bias within their work

6. An ability to use and apply Mathematics by: - raising an awareness of Mathematics across the curriculum
- relating appropriate mathematical problems to life itself
- developing an understanding through enquiry and experience
- expressing problems in mathematical terms as an aid to their solution
- fostering an ability to think clearly and logically with independence of thought and flexibility of mind.

Latest News and Exam Dates



On Fronter we have uploaded CGP MathsTutor Video tutorials. It contains hundreds of step-by-step video tutorials for the whole GCSE Mathematics course. It has tons of exam practice questions with fully-worked examples. Together with MathsWatch, CGP MathsTutor will help our pupils achieve their potential in Mathematics.

To access CGP MathsTutor Video tutorials pupils need to log in to Fronter and then go to the Mathematics page.




GCSE Exam Dates



GCSE (All Higher tier)

 

Date (all am exams)

Modular Unit 1

Mon 4th November ‘13

Modular Unit 2

Fri 8th November ‘13

Modular Unit 3

Mon 11th November ‘13

 

 

Linear Non-Calculator

Wed 6th November ‘13

Linear Calculator

Fri 8th November ‘13


Outside the classroom

Support for your Learning

Mathematics has many applications in many walks of life including business, science, construction, design and statistics. It has enabled us to organise, communicate and manipulate information in efficient way, and gives us the chance to explain and predict things in real life. The mathematics department at Loxford, therefore, strives hard to help pupils learn how to solve problems which require the use of mathematical knowledge and techniques.

We aim to give all pupils the chance to play an active role in every maths lesson through the use of active learning techniques, such as:
• collaborative tasks, where pupils work in small groups to discuss and solve maths problems;
• class discussions using higher-order questioning techniques;
• the use of mini-whiteboards to collect and discuss answers from every pupil in the class;
• enrichment tasks;
• use of ICT to enhance learning through use of Interactive Whiteboards in every lesson.


How can I boost my child’s GCSE Mathematics Grade?

The Mathematics department at Loxford School of Science and Technology have a number of initiatives to help our pupils boost their GCSE grade. Parents’ support and pupils’ participation can make a real difference in ensuring our pupils realise their full potential.

If you encourage your child to do the following then it will help them achieve a better grade in Mathematics:
 
1)  Attendance and Punctuality. Attendance and punctuality to Mathematics lessons is essential as Mathematics is like a ladder. If a rung is missing, or if you don't get a good grip on it, you'll struggle to reach the next rung. If enough rungs are missing, it will be difficult to climb higher. If you do miss a lesson for a good reason, please see your teacher and catch up with the work missed.

2)  Maximum effort in lesson. Come to lesson with the correct equipment and be mentally prepared to learn. Follow your teacher’s instructions, listen attentively to explanations, and put in maximum effort in the classwork. Ask your teacher for help if you do not understand. At the end of the lesson you should have learnt something, ask yourself what you have learnt.

3) Do your homework.   Homework may seem like torture, but it is really designed to help you learn. The key to learning Mathematics is practice: do enough problems on solving linear equations, and you will eventually be able to do it in your sleep. Plus, as you do your homework, you will be able to identify concepts you do not understand and then you can ask your teacher for help or use resources on Fronter.

4) Use MathsWatch and CGP MathsTutor Video tutorials to continuously revise topics that you have covered in class.  Continuous revision of topics that you have covered in class using your MathsWatch clips and CGP MathsTutor videos will help you retain what you have learnt in lesson and solidify your understanding.  MathsWatch and CGP MathsTutor videos cover everything you need to know.
Do not just watch the clips, do the associated worksheet and exam questions which come with each clip.
To access MathsWatch and CGP MathsTutor, go to Fronter by clicking the Fronter logo below; then go to the Mathematics page.
On Fronter you will also find an overview of the scheme of work and the MathsWatch clip number for each topic.

As a general guide your child should be doing the following revision every week:
          i.     Higher + Tier:                           3 hours a week.
          ii.    Higher Tier:                              3 hours a week.           
          iii.   Foundation + Tier:                     2 hours a week.
          iv.   Foundation Tier:                        2 hours a week





ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY IS ESSENTIAL.
 
NO AMOUNT OF REVISION CAN REPLACE TIME LOST IN THE CLASSROOM!
 

Recommended GCSE Maths Websites

My Maths
www.mymaths.co.uk

Variety of interactive games covering a number of topics – for example, Who wants to be a Millionaire, The Weakest Link, Blockbusters.


BBC GCSE Bitesize         
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/maths

-   Interactive revision and tests – with instant feedback
-   Student revision checklist
-   SOS teacher – helpdesk
-   Contains teacher section which includes a teachers’ guide, lesson plans and worksheets

 
SAMlearning                       
www.samlearning.com

- Excellent revision site containing past exam questions and mini topic tests.
- Schools need to register. Pupils have their own passwords.
- Keeps track of test results which class teachers can access.

Maths Guru                        

- Excellent resources containing many worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, starter activities, revision notes and schemes of work, broken down into topics and/or levels.
 
Emaths                                 
www.emaths.co.uk

- Excellent resource containing department policies, schemes of work
- Starter activities, interactive worksheets, games and puzzles
- Pupil friendly level descriptors
- ICT teaching ideas