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20/04/24

A fantastic Saturday morning for our U10 football team in the sunshine and wind, taking part in the Year 5 6-a-side finals! They battled hard and played with smiles on their faces throughout! Massive thank you to all the parents for your support! pic.twitter.com/cIN5p6muRe

17/04/24

Warwick class have loved looking at rounding this week! They particularly enjoyed the rounding ladder race game 🪜🧮 pic.twitter.com/Z8B4o70tG9

17/04/24

Our U10 boys football team took part in a tournament this afternoon at Garden Fields. Strong performances resulted in us finishing second, only losing one game! We now look forward to the finals on Saturday! pic.twitter.com/MccctBC14l

15/04/24

Year 5 St Andrews had a great PSHE lesson focused on the importance of knowing basic first aid and the recovery position ❤️‍🩹 pic.twitter.com/NYV3FgSkGW

09/04/24

Wishing our Muslim community a happy Eid filled with joy and prosperity 🕌🌙 pic.twitter.com/3FFvs9tDHc

30/03/24

We wish everyone a very Happy Easter and an enjoyable, well deserved break 🐣🍫✝️! We look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 15th April to begin the Summer Term ☀️🌻 pic.twitter.com/di4DfaSahY

29/03/24

* Famous Historical People Dress-Up WOW Day: Year 2 *The children dressed up and shared facts about their famous person. They met Rosa Freedman, a human right lawyer and activist, enjoyed using the VR headsets linked to Rosa Parks and recreated some of Andy Warhol’s pop art. pic.twitter.com/vXMVk6QiTR

28/03/24

* Famous Historical People Dress-Up WOW Day: Year 2 *The children dressed up and shared facts about their famous person. They met Rosa Freedman, a human right lawyer and activist, enjoyed using the VR headsets linked to Rosa Parks and recreated some of Andy Warhol’s pop art. pic.twitter.com/vXMVk6QiTR

28/03/24

Primary started the final day of the term with an assembly to celebrate the achievements and reflect on the successes of the term. We were also fortunate to hear a beautiful performance from two of our 6th Form. pic.twitter.com/jMGqhQcsiT

27/03/24

Year 6 made their own ‘Butterbeer’ this afternoon, after being inspired by their Harry Potter learning! It was a thumbs up for the magical beverage. pic.twitter.com/93AP0n1CGW

27/03/24

Year 6 were fortunate to have a visit from Professor Rosa Freedman, who spoke to them about human rights and the development of law. She shared her experiences working on tackling discrimination and promoting equality. pic.twitter.com/EDJTRFJJpv

27/03/24

Year 1 have had a lovely Easter service at St Luke’s Church ⛪️💐🌷🐣 pic.twitter.com/DYe831nzrX

27/03/24

Our final breakfast and we are all still smiling 😁 pic.twitter.com/aQm1Y2wqKh

26/03/24

Disco Night 🪩💃🕺 pic.twitter.com/AZa92NHafQ

26/03/24

The pieces are really coming together now ☀️🎭🎨🎶 pic.twitter.com/o4oR6AuJNQ

26/03/24

Good morning! We are all up and raring to go, back in our workshops and being creative 🎶🎭🕺🎨 pic.twitter.com/aCB6cYU0IH

25/03/24

Tonight’s activity: a 3D film 🎥 🦁👑 pic.twitter.com/f08xc6nhqv

25/03/24

A brilliant first day at the children have been incredible and have begun to create some amazing pieces of work 🕺🎨🎭🎶 pic.twitter.com/88Ynep9MaD

25/03/24

Mr D showing off his piano and singing talents with the help of Year 5! 🌊⛵️ pic.twitter.com/jcIKkHVrMH

25/03/24

Bed making has been a task in itself! 🛏️😂 pic.twitter.com/8DRuc4sWCB

25/03/24

We have arrived safely at Ingestre Hall! Ready for our morning activities to begin 🎭🕺🎶🎨 pic.twitter.com/oESPZ38BeO

24/03/24

Year 5 loved the VR headsets this week, exploring the Mayan pyramids 🗺️🧐🤩what a great way to end their topic! pic.twitter.com/FWCstJTZ4f

21/03/24

Our academy students held a brilliant morning for our Year 3, 4 and 5 students. A big thank you for arranging such a fantastic opportunity 🏐⚽️🏉 pic.twitter.com/WyXIdLSPto

20/03/24

* Primary Teacher vacancy *Full TimeSalary – MPS / UPS TLR 2a - Lead of ScienceStart date – September 2024https://t.co/Y5U107tZel#stalbansjobs pic.twitter.com/Ihd8anKcP0

20/03/24

* Primary Teacher vacancy *Full TimeSalary – MPS / UPS TLR 2a - Lead of ScienceStart date – September 2024https://t.co/Y5U107tZel#stalbansjobs pic.twitter.com/Ihd8anKcP0

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Mathematics

Mathematics at Samuel Ryder Academy, inspires young people to see the true beauty of mathematics as a study of patterns. We want students to develop a passion for mathematics; in collaboration with teachers; that results in high quality teaching and learning experiences, co-curricular activities and sustained academic success well above the National average. Our curriculum aims to develop students’ logic and multiplicative reasoning in order to solve increasingly complex problems, alongside embedding fluency utilising mathematical procedures. As a result, students will see mathematics as interesting, relevant and accessible. We are determined students will continue to positively engage their mathematics knowledge and skills in their everyday life with the expectation that many students will pursue mathematical fields of study and careers once their formal education has concluded.

Mathematics equips students with uniquely powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world. Everything from smartphones to space rockets, from food deliveries to constructing skyscrapers, depends on mathematics to make it work. The language of mathematics is international; transcending cultural boundaries with a universal recognition of its importance. Mathematics has developed over time as a means of solving real life problems and also as a source of pleasure.

Mathematics is fundamental to planning and carrying out your daily life:

  • How much interest will I realise on my savings in that account?
  • Which is the best mobile phone tariff?
  • Have they over-charged me at the restaurant?
  • Can I budget for my outgoings each month?
  • Can I manage my time effectively and complete all my work in the allotted time frame?

Additionally, we study the beauty of mathematics:

  • Look at the work of M. C. Escher, the famous Dutch artist who drew intricate tessellations and mind-bending optical illusions.
  • Look at the glorious art and architecture of the Islamic world.
  • Look at the mathematical patterns in nature from sea shells to sunflowers.

Students are fully supported throughout their time at Samuel Ryder Academy with excellent resources, targeted teaching, and opportunities to attend after school sessions as well as additional support from teachers in the department on an individual and small group basis.

KS1

At Samuel Ryder Academy the principal focus of mathematics at Key Stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This should involve working with numerals, words and the 4 operations: including with practical resources for example, concrete objects and measuring tools. Children are also guided to learn their multiplication and division facts.

We support children in their learning by providing them with opportunities to use concrete objects and/or act out an idea or skill. They also use visual, pictorial representations such as bar models to represent problems as well as using abstract representation – the symbolic stage where there is an understanding of formal methods.

We look to start showing the children that maths is in the world all around them and help them appreciate the importance of mathematical knowledge. Here are just some of the ideas we explore:

  • Money: What do different coins and notes look like? How much money do I have in total?
  • Measurements: How long is the table? How long is the classroom? Can this fit in here? How much does this orange weigh? Can I measure out 200g of flour for a recipe? Can I measure out 250ml of milk for a recipe? What is the temperature outside? Is that hot or cold?
  • Time: How long is my lesson? How long is half an hour? If it takes me 20 minutes to get to school, what time will I get there? What time is it? What is the difference between AM and PM?
  • Shape: What shape is the window? What shape is my pencil case? What does a pyramid look like? Can I draw different triangles?

We encourage our students to use their oracy skills in mathematics to discuss their reasoning and show their understanding of numbers and the maths all around us. The mathematics learnt in KS1 and the number skills learnt are the basis for all knowledge taught in KS2 onwards.

Ongoing teacher assessment is carried out in all areas of mathematics across years 1 and 2 to measure progress, fluency, and attainment.

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 1

Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, 2D Shapes, Money Position and Direction, Measuring Angles

Place Value, Number Facts, Addition and Subtraction, Fractions, 3D Shapes, Time, Money, Counting,

Place Value, Fractions, Multiplication and Division, Mensuration, Addition and Subtraction

Year 2

Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, 2D Shapes, Length, Money, Multiplication

3D Shape, Fraction, Division Multiplication, Addition and Subtraction

Time, Temperature, Weight, Capacity, Data, reviewing content

KS2

At Key Stage 2, children become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and can recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems. Children will gain knowledge on how to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language. The curriculum enables our children to gain confidence with solving problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in years 3 and 4 is to ensure that children become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that children develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers. Students use digital technologies to develop their proficiency and quick recall of their time tables with the regular use of Times Table Rockstars.

By years 5 and 6, children extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that children make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages, and ratio. Oracy is used extensively in mathematics in KS2 particularly when problem solving to allow our students the discuss the different ways that we can solve problems and that different methods can lead to the same solutions and like our students to be creative in the way they apply the mathematics they have learnt.  We encourage all of our students to aspire the achieve the best they can and are given regular opportunities to reflect on their learning and identify areas of strength and areas for further development. The goal thorough out KS2 is to develop the children’s ability to apply their mathematical knowledge to more advanced problem-solving questions, preparing them for their Key Stage 3 mathematical journey.

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 3

Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions, Place Value, Time, Length, 2D Shape, Capacity, Times Tables

Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Time, Multiplication and Division, 3D Shape, Times Tables, Angles

Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, 2D and 3D Shape, Statistics and Data, Fractions, Time, Weight

Year 4

Arithmetic, Measures, Fractions and Decimals, Time Length, Data

Place Value, Arithmetic, Fractions, 2D Shape, Mental Strategies, Measures

Arithmetic, Decimals, Area and Perimeter, 2D and 3D shape, Fractions and Decimals, Co-ordinates and Geometry, Statistics and Data, Fractions

Year 5

Arithmetic, Decimals and Fractions, Measures, Angles

Place Value, Arithmetic, 2D Shapes, Measures, Angles, 2D Shape, Angles

Arithmetic, Fractions, Co-ordinates, Geometry, 2D and 3D shape, Multiplication and division of fractions, Area and Perimeter, Volume, Fraction, decimals and Percentages

Year 6

Place Value, Algebra, Subtraction, Addition, Division, Directed Numbers, Fractions, Shape and Measure, Fractions and Percentages

Place Value, Multiplication of decimals and fractions, 2D shape, Angles, Arithmetic, Statistics and Data, Co-ordinate geometry, angles, Algebra, Ratio

Mental calculation strategies, arithmetic with decimals and fractions, written methods, ratio, properties of 2D shape, topics identified in practice SATs papers, solving problems, puzzles and reasoning.

 

KS3

We follow the National Curriculum (2014) at Key Stage 3 and our aim is not only to meet the needs of each student but also to stretch every individual beyond their perceived limits through an exciting, creative, and stimulating learning environment.

In year 7, students are taught in attainment groups based upon both Key Stage 2 SATs results, information provided by the primary school and internal baseline assessments undertaken during the first few weeks.

Through a knowledge-rich Key Stage 3 curriculum, all students learn to reason, communicate and think critically, preparing them to be life-long problem solvers. By demonstrating fluent use of accurate mathematical terminology, teachers exemplify the values and traditions of mathematics while incorporating digital technologies such as the extensive use of OneNote as a note taking resource and creative teaching approaches using visual tools such as GeoGebra to secure understanding. We also understand that oracy is a vital skill in developing our students’ ability to communicate mathematically and so students have regular opportunities to engage with discussion in mathematics lessons. The course content incorporates the six strands of mathematics:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Probability

Students are regularly assessed (approximately each fortnight) to monitor their progress. Following each assessment, students will undertake a reflection activity to identify areas of mastery and areas requiring further development. With fluidity built into the curriculum, group changes may be made throughout the academic year where it is deemed appropriate, and this flexibility to adjust groups, in order to best support each individual, continues throughout years 8 and 9. Students with special educational needs are catered for by adapted work in lessons, home-learning tasks and the provision of specialist support staff in some cases.

Teachers and students make full use of the MathsWatch virtual learning environment as an excellent source of supplementary mathematics content. Each student is provided with individual login details with video tutorials available to help as required. In line with the Academy’s policy, to reinforce and extend skills, home-learning is set regularly by class teachers. The home-learning tasks vary within each teaching group to ensure students are given the opportunity to express their mathematical understanding through a range of media.

All mathematical equipment is required for all lessons, assessments, and examinations.

The recommended calculator is available from the Samuel Ryder Academy school shop (Casio fx-83GT CW Scientific Calculator)

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 7

Arithmetic, Algebra, Rounding, 2-D Shape, Coordinate Geometry, Graphs and Charts

Angles, Directed Numbers, Sequences, Multiples, Factors and Primes, Averages, Fractions

Pie Charts, Percentages, Probability, 3-D shape, Proportion, Transformations

Year 8

Decimal Arithmetic, Expressions, Standard Index Form, Angles, Mixed Numbers, Time and Money

Equations, Set Theory, Pythagoras' Theorem, Coordinate Geometry, Area and Perimeter, Fractions, Decimals and Percentages, Sequences

Inequalities, Compound Units, Similarity, Bearings and Scale, Constructions and Loci, Quadratic and Cubic Graphs, Transformations

Year 9

Arithmetic, Number, Rounding and Estimation, Expressions, Averages and Range, Area and Perimeter, Geometry

Volume and Surface Area, Right-Angled Triangles, Equations, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion

Sequences, Statistical Diagrams, Bearings and Scale, Coordinate Geometry, Standard Index Form

KS4

In years 10 and 11, students are taught largely in attainment groups based upon performance in the Key Stage 3 assessments undertaken during the Summer Term of year 9. Through a helical-wheel approach, with topics revisited and developed regularly, students continue their exploration of mathematics in Key Stage 4 with the GCSE goal in sight. While the curriculum content is designed to secure mastery of concepts through rigorous, intelligent practise, the context of the mathematics is designed to secure motivation and engagement of students at all levels. As the students progress through Key Stage 4, teaching methods gradually develop examination skills and confidence whilst also aiming to foster our students’ curiosity. By demonstrating fluent use of accurate mathematical terminology, teachers exemplify the values and traditions of mathematics while incorporating digital technologies, such as interactive simulations, online collaborative tools, and data visualization software, to enhance students' understanding, engagement, and proficiency in mathematical concepts and skills.

Year 10 students follow a structured curriculum with end-of-topic assessments scheduled fortnightly. The results of the assessments are used to feedback student progress and inform future lesson planning. We also allow students to reflect on errors made in mathematical calculations or reasoning and identifying the underlying misconceptions and to support them in setting goals for improvement. We have built a rigorous curriculum to allow our students to apply higher order thinking skills in numerous ways. Students need to critically evaluate different problem-solving strategies and determining which one is the most efficient or appropriate for a given situation. They also need to be able to transfer mathematical concepts and techniques learned in one context to solve problems in a different context.

Our objective is to prepare our students for life in modern Britain by ensuring they are able to:

  • Consolidate their numerical and mathematical knowledge from Key Stage 3 and further extend their understanding of the number system, along with other mathematical concepts.
  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, developing conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of inquiry, developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Solve problems by applying mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, using higher order thinking skills to break down problems into a series of simpler steps.

As such, students will further their understanding with the six curriculum areas from Key Stage 3 (Number; Algebra; Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change; Geometry; Statistics; Probability). There is no coursework element within GCSE mathematics. Students are assessed through three equally-weighted public examinations, following the Edexcel mathematics specification, at the end of year 11. The first paper is non-calculator while calculators are permitted during the second and third papers.

In working towards a successful outcome for all students, class teachers recognise each student’s individual starting point and circumstances. Where a year 11 student is identified to be at risk of not passing a GCSE in mathematics, the Department Leadership Team, in collaboration with the class teacher and the Inclusion Team will identify an alternative pathway. This pathway can take the form of an Entry Level Certificate in mathematics at Level 1, 2 or 3. In this way, we, ensure all students are provided with an equitable opportunity to achieve success and access their next step.

Teachers and students make full use of the MathsWatch virtual learning environment as an excellent source of supplementary mathematics content. Each student is provided with individual login details with video tutorials available to help as required. In line with the Academy’s policy, to reinforce and extend skills, home-learning is set regularly by class teachers. The home-learning tasks vary within each teaching group to ensure students are given the opportunity to express their mathematical understanding through a range of media.

All mathematical equipment is required for all lessons, assessments and examinations.

The recommended calculator is available from the Samuel Ryder Academy school shop (Casio fx-83GT CW Scientific Calculator).

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 10 Extension

Number, Probability, Compound Units, Inequalities, Angles, 3D Pythagoras and Trigonometry, Surds

Coordinate Geometry, Transformations, Set Theory, Advanced Trigonometry, Simultaneous Equations

Algebraic Fractions, Similarity and Congruence, Sampling, Circle Theorems, Algebraic Proof

Year 10 Core

Number, Probability, Compound Units, Inequalities, Angles, Frequency, Standard Index Form

Straight Line Graphs, Transformations, Right-Angled Triangles, Simultaneous Equations

Fractions, Similarity, Bearings and Scale, Sampling, Loci and Constructions, Ratio and Proportion

Year 11 Higher

Expressions, Circle Theorems, Graphs, Functions, Iteration, Vectors, Algebraic Proof

Algebraic Fractions, Congruence, Exponentials, Trigonometry, Transformations of Graphs

Exam preparation, revision of topics identified in March mock series

Year 11 Foundation

Fractions, Expressions, Number, Equations, Area and Perimeter, Volume and Surface Area, Angles, Averages, Right-Angled triangles

Probability, Inequalities, Ratio and Proportion

Exam preparation, revision of topics identified in March mock series

 

Beyond GCSE

Mathematics is a popular A-Level choice at Samuel Ryder Academy and is currently being studied by a quarter of our year 12 Cohort. Our Key Stage 4 curriculum develops the knowledge and skills needed to study A-Level mathematics.

We follow the A-Level Edexcel mathematics specification, divided into two sections: Pure and Applied. There is a continued and increased focus on problem solving, mathematical argument, reasoning, and modelling.

In addition, students will become familiar with using large data sets to support their learning and assessment of statistics. We also offer qualifications in Further Mathematics and Core Mathematics. Further Mathematics is taken in conjunction with A-Level mathematics and develops and deepens mathematical knowledge. This course is vital for students who aspire to study mathematics beyond VI Form and can also support other studies in related subjects such as physics. Core mathematics is designed to allow students who wish to continue engaging with mathematics beyond GCSE despite not studying the full A-Level. The aim of the course is to strengthen their mathematical skills, critical thinking skills and look at applications of maths to a number of real-life situations.

Wider Curriculum Opportunities and Careers

We have a range of events and trips incorporated into the mathematics curriculum to help students develop enquiry, creative thinking, reasoning and evaluation skills. These include educational visits which in the past have included Bletchley Park, The Science Museum and the British Museum and our renowned mathematics week of enrichment activities where all students across the academy engage with an element of mathematics beyond the curriculum including being offered a number of leadership opportunities. We have also had guest speakers to discuss both mathematics beyond the scope of the curriculum as an enrichment opportunity as well as career and industry experts to discuss where mathematics can lead. Additionally, the mathematics department works collaboratively with staff across the Academy to ensure students appreciate how mathematics is applicable to all aspects of learning and life and is a vital skill to function in society.

Throughout the academic year, students have the opportunity to engage in a number of local and national competitions including: House mathematics relay competition, Puzzle of the Week, UKMT Individual and Team Mathematics Challenges and the Maths Week England competitions. Many of these challenges have seen our students win prestigious, nationally recognised awards.

As such, mathematics continues to be an incredibly popular subject at Samuel Ryder Academy. All students undertake mathematics from Reception through Year 11. A great proportion then choose to continue their mathematical studies in the VI Form by undertaking an A-Level in Mathematics or Core Maths, and many of those also supplement their study with the A-Level Further Mathematics course. Mathematics, and the skills gained from studying mathematics, can lead to a vast number of career opportunities. This includes careers in accountancy, education, economics, banking, actuarial science and engineering.

The mathematics department have an extensive library of mathematical books available for all students to borrow. We encourage our students to take the opportunity to use this resource as there is limited availability beyond our school to be able to read these books.

There are a number of excellent podcasts and YouTube channels that will allow students particularly interested in mathematics to see beyond the curriculum including: 3Blue1Brown, blackpenredpen, The infinite monkey cage (mostly science but has some mathematics episodes), Breaking Math podcast to name but a few. Numberphile also has a plethora of interesting videos by many inspiring mathematicians suitable for KS3 all the way to KS5.

Useful Links

KS3/4

MathsWatch:

https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/

Each student has a personalised account, enabling them to access a wealth of videos and interactive questions which are self-assessed, providing immediate feedback. Student homework will also be set via MathsWatch

KS4

https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/gcse.html

https://corbettmaths.com/ 

https://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/maths-revision/gcse-questions-edexcel/ 

to access past papers and topic-based practice questions

KS5

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyyRmnmtgVy5Sm7_UiCLFgQ/playlists

https://www.jethwamaths.com/as-practice-papers.html

https://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/maths-revision/a-level-edexcel/ 

https://www.madasmaths.com/ 

 

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