Mathematics

 

Mathematics equips students with uniquely powerful ways to describe, analyse and change something about predicting the world. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder for all students when they solve a problem for the first time, discover a more elegant solution, or notice hidden connections.

Students who are functional in mathematics and financially capable are able to think independently in applied and abstract ways, and can reason, solve problems and assess risks.

The Mathematics department is housed in its own suite of eight dedicated rooms, each of which is equipped with a computer, projector and interactive whiteboard. 

The Mathematics team are all Mathematics specialists and we aim to create a positive and vibrant learning environment – the access to a range of practical equipment and a large number of software packages means we are able to present the subject in a variety of ways, thus capturing the interest of all our students.

Mathematics Department Staff

  • Mr J A Harrison - Faculty Leader of Mathematics
  • Dr A J Stokes - Director of Curriculum and KS3/KS4 Data / Teacher of Mathematics
  • Mr A T Rodgers - KS5 Maths Co-ordinator
  • Mr J E Turley - KS4 Co-ordinator / Lead Teacher of Mathematics Years 10 and 11
  • Mr J E McMenamin - KS3 Co-ordinator Lead Teacher of Mathematics Years 7 and 8
  • Miss U Semehen - Lead Teacher of Mathematics Year 9
  • Mr G Hadjipavlou - Teacher of Mathematics
  • Mr S D Kalaher - Teacher of Mathematics
  • Miss J F Smith - Deputy Head of Sixth Form / Teacher of Mathematics  
  • Miss A C Spruce - Teacher of Mathematics
  • Miss C Allen - Teacher of Mathematics / Departmental Learning Support Specialist

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What does Maths look like at KS3?

If you would like to know what your child is currently doing in their maths lessons, or would like to know what is coming up, view the Scheme of Work for Year 7 and 8 below. Within this link you can also see what assessments tale place and how we assess how your child is making progress in their lessons.

If you have any questions regarding KS3, please feel free to contact the KS3 Co-ordinator at:
james.mcmenamin@whgs-academy.org.

Key Stage 3 Scheme of Work

Hegarty Maths  Times Tables Rock Stars

Welcome to Key Stage 4 Maths

The Maths Department is extremely proud of its performance at GCSE.

We put this down to the fact that we have a group of dedicated teachers who are highly qualified in the field of Mathematics teaching all our GCSE sets.

William Hulme’s has an excellent record at GCSE being one of the top performing state schools in the North West. 

In 2015 William Hulme’s Grammar School was recognised for excellence in the local "Good Schools Guide". The prestigious annual awards - now in their 11th year - are based on a detailed analysis of the previous year's examination results and are designed to highlight consistently good teaching. 

William Hulme's Grammar School was presented with the prestigious award for out-performing all other English based schools in the category Girls at GCSE.   Read our News Story on the Good Schools Guide Awards.

Teaching at KS4

Being part of the United Learning Academies, we are continually working with central office to develop the most effective scheme of work we can.

We work hard to ensure every student no matter of their ability level has the opportunity to succeed by achieving at least a Level 4 in mathematics.

For our higher achievers, to enable them to excel and give them every opportunity to proceed towards A-Level Mathematics and A-Level Further Mathematics which both give students the opportunity to move forward to the Top Universities, we have an accelerated learning plan.

We also offer our most gifted and dedicated students the opportunity to study an extra GCSE Further Mathematics.

If you would like to know what your child is currently studying in their maths lessons, or would like to know what is coming up, view the Scheme of Work for Years 10 and 11 below. Within this link you can also see what assessments take place and how we assess how your child is making progress in their lessons.

If you have any questions regarding KS4, please feel free to contact the KS4 Co-ordinator at:
mathsdepartment@whgs-academy.org.
 

 

We pride ourselves on the fact that all, bar one, of our team teach Year 12 and 13 students. This means that students choosing to study Maths at WHGS have a huge amount of support and we are able to provide different teachers for different modules to provide interest and variety in their Sixth Form teaching.

We offer both Maths and Further Maths at A Level, as we know that Further Maths is not just useful for students wanting to study mathematics at Degree Level, but also for those studying Computer Science, Finance, Engineering and the Physical Sciences. We currently follow the MEI specification, which allows some interchange of the applied modules between the Further Maths and Maths course. Many of our A Level teachers are experienced in teaching Further Maths modules, as well as the single Maths modules, which enriches our teaching of the A Level modules.

Our standard routes of study for A Level Maths are that in Year 12 our students would study two Pure Maths modules (Core 1 and Core 2), as well as the Statistics 1 Applied Maths module, and in Year 13 our students study two Core modules (Core 3 and Core 4) and then generally pick between either Statistics 2 or Mechanics 1 as their applied module.

For Further Maths, we suggest in Year 12 students study Further Pure one, Decision one and Mechanics one and then in Year 13 they take Further Pure two, Mechanics two and Mechanics three. However, we have had students elect to take Statistics three, Differential Equations and Decision two in Year 13. 

We are currently waiting to see what the implications of the changes to the KS5 curriculum entail for Maths and Further Maths.

Homework is set every week and no student has the excuse that they do not know what their homework is, or they do not have homework that week.

In Years 7 to 11, students are expected to do a minimum of 60 minutes a week. Please avoid leaving it all until the last minute.

In Years 7 to 10

The majority of the homework is set on Hegarty Maths and students are expected to spend between 60 minutes a week on Hegarty.

Hegarty has two parts

  1. The Hegarty Video and Quiz homework, this should be 1 or 2 pieces of work a week. Students are to take clear notes, the notes and examples are the most important part of this homework, these should be made in their Orange Homework Books.

    Students are to complete the quiz, using the examples and preferably writing notes in the Orange Homework Books.
  2. MemRi the quantity of pieces of work depends on the set:

    •    Sets 1 should be doing 4 pieces of MemRi a week
    •    Sets 2 should be doing 3 pieces of MemRi a week
    •    Sets 3 should be doing 2 pieces of MemRi a week
    •    Sets 4 should be doing 2 pieces of MemRi a week

    Year 7 Students do not start MemRi until After Christmas.

After Tests or Assessments

Homework is set in the form of Pinpoint booklets; these are booklets of questions tailored to each individual students needs. 

In Year 11

Homework is set weekly by teachers and varies according to where in the learning the students have reached. All homework is to be completed in the Orange Homework Books.

After Tests or Assessments (which are numerous in Year 11)

Homework is set in the form of Pinpoint booklets; these are booklets of questions tailored to each individual student’s needs. They need to be answered using all online facilities to help, just not understanding is not an excuse the Hegarty Videos are available.

In Years 12 and 13

Homework is much more extensive, and we expect students to take control of their own work and spend longer on it.

Minimum Expectations are:

  • All “P” & “E” questions from exercises in the textbooks are to be completed and self-marked.
  • All Exercises 1 and 2 under each topic on Integral website are completed and self-marked
  • All Topic Section test is completed online this is marked by the online program.
  • When requested Topic Assessment tests might be set by teachers.

This Section is updated as we near Exams. 

The Maths Department have spent a lot of time and resources sourcing what we feel is the best online offering for students. If the students utilise these resources regularly, they are in strongest position we can offer to progress successfully.

We subscribe to the following – this means that your child will have free access to all of these resources to support their independent learning at home:

HegartyMaths: (Suitable for KS3/KS4/Year 12)

Website: hegartymaths.com

Login: Students have been given individual logins.  If password forgotten, an email can be sent to reset account.

Strengths of this Resource: 
Video Lessons - Homework – Practice.

Description:

  • This site is used with all Year groups 7 - 11 and Years 7 to 10 are expected to use it for at least 1 hour per week.
  • With the videos it is like having a teacher in your home, taking notes ensures retention of information and the quizzes give practice to ensure the topic has been learnt properly.
  • The ‘Memri’ function is essential as students are prone to forgetting and this function will ensure that that we minimise this.
  • The more time a student spends on this site the easier they will find Mathematics.

Pinpoint Learning: (Suitable for KS3/KS4)

Website: pinpointlearning.co.uk

Login: Students have been given individual logins. The password is PPL

Strengths of this Resource:
Identifies problem areas – Assesses exam results and creates personal learning profiles.

Description:

  • This site is used with all Year groups 7 -11 it allows students to identify specific problem areas.
  • This site retains all information from Years 7 to 11 and through the Matrix demonstrates progress.
  • We use this site after every exam to analyse specific areas students need to work on.
  • A personalised work sheet is created after every exam.

Corbetts Maths (Suitable for KS4/KS5)

Website: corbettmaths.com

No username or password required

Strengths of this Resource:
Revision - A large number of questions on each individual topic.  Access to Flash Cards and many other resources.

Description:
This site provides a bank of GCSE past paper maths questions sorted by topic including their answers, for revision and practice.

Tanner Maths (Suitable for KS4)

Website: www.tannermaths.co.uk

No username or password required

Strengths of this Resource:
Revision – Flash Cards

Description:
This site provides downloadable Flash Cards for

Maths Workout (Suitable for KS3 and KS4)

Website: www.mathsworkout.co.uk

Login:
Students have been given the login details.

Strengths of this Resource:
This is a differentiated website – Topics can be easily found and there are numerous practice questions.

Description:
This is an excellent site for practicing different topics in a differentiated way, students can practice the easy questions all the way to the more difficult problems.

MathsBot (Suitable for KS4)

Website: mathsbot.com

No username or password required

Strengths of this Resource:
Revision - A large number of questions on each individual topic.

Description:
This site provides a bank of GCSE style maths questions for revision and practice. Each question is randomly generated with a full worked solution.

MEI Integral: (Suitable for KS5)

Website: www.integralmaths.org

Login: Students given individual logins by their teacher and set their own Passwords.

Strengths of this Resource:
This site is for KS5 and covers the entire syllabus. It includes online homework.

Description:
This site covers the entire A-Level course and offers notes, questions and interactive exercises. It should be used constantly to aid with learning.

Dr Frost Maths: (Suitable for KS5)

Website: www.drfrostmaths.com

Login: Students use their email address and a password set by them.

Strengths of this Resource:
This site is for KS5 and covers the entire syllabus.

Description:
This site covers the entire A-Level course and offers notes, questions and interactive exercises.

Old Hulmeian Sixth Form Programme for Year 11 Students

We concentrate on helping our students as much as possible at GCSE. One of the key interventions is the use of Sixth Form Mentors, which is sponsored by the Old Hulmeians Association.

Every Thursday, those students lucky enough to have been accepted onto the Intervention sessions spend 1 hour with their Sixth Form Mentors who, in effect, are giving an hour of private tuition after school.

For more information contact Mr Turley.

Maths Support:

We run various Maths Support sessions:

Key Stage 3

Contact Mr J E McMenamin.

Key Stage 4

Contact Mr J E Turley.

Key Stage 5

Thursday: 3.10pm to 4.10pm
We offer support for our Sixth Form students; this is voluntary, and advantage of this opportunity should be taken.

Certain identified students have been allocated compulsory attendance to this session.

For more Information contact Mr A T Rodgers or Miss J F Smith.

Friday: 3.10pm to 4.10pm
We offer support for our Sixth Form students; this is voluntary, and advantage of this opportunity should be taken.

Certain identified student have been allocated compulsory attendance to this session.

For more Information contact Mr A T Rodgers or Mr J A Harrison.

Maths Challenges:

Every student in the top sets, and also our Sixth Form students, get the chance to sit either the Junior, Intermediate or Senior Maths Challenge, organised by Leeds University. The highest scorers in these multiple-choice Challenges are awarded a Gold, Silver or Bronze certificate, which are highly valued by higher education institutions. The scores from these Challenges also help us to identify our Gifted and Talented students.

Recently one of our students achieved entry into the Olympiad rounds and achieved a mark that put them in the top 600 mathematicians in the country.

Maths Competitions:

Last academic year, our Year 7 and Year 9 students took part in maths competitions competing against students from other schools. These competitions provide a great opportunity to develop teamwork and collaborative skills and will look great on their CV!

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