Unity City Academy

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Mathematics

Introduction

At the end of their Mathematical education in Unity City Academy, each student will be able:

  • To perform basic numeracy skills
  • To perform the basic mathematical skills needed in his/her chosen career or
  • for entry to higher or further mathematical education
  • To understand the mathematics likely to be encountered in daily adult life
  • To reason clearly and logically, and to set out a rational argument
  • To identify patterns encountered in diverse situations and to extrapolate from these
  • To approach problems systematically, choosing appropriate techniques for their solution
  • To follow logical instructions clearly expressed
  • To experience satisfaction in and enjoyment of his/her mathematical achievements
  • To obtain any formal mathematical qualifications needed for his/her chosen career
  • To obtain his/her best possible results at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

In addition, we hope that students will acquire the logical abilities characteristic of a mathematician.

Key Stage 3

In year 7, 8 and 9 every student will follow a programme developed in line with the national curriculum that highlights their individual areas for improvement within mathematics.  The programme allows the teachers to then plan lessons that will ensure outstanding progress is made.

Key Stage 4

Every student will follow a programme similar to the Key Stage 3 programme that seamlessly prepares them to take a GCSE qualification in mathematics.  The tier of entry that they undertake is dependent upon their previous attainment (Foundation level allows students to achieve up to a grade 5 and Higher level up to a grade 9). Currently all year 11s are working with the Edexcel exam board.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Within the Mathematics department there are a number of opportunities for students to further their mathematical problem solving skills and logical ability.  In Year 7 & 8 and again in Year 10 they take part in the UK Mathematics Challenge.  Unity City will be involved with Newcastle University in an annual Maths challenge and the school has ties with the Further Maths Support Programme.  They hold an annual Maths Feast competition at Teesside |University and come into the school to run problem solving sessions with Year 10 students.  Last year our gifted and talented pupils in Year 7 were given the opportunity to attend Maths Masterclass workshops at Teesside University.