Mathematics

Subject Leader:  Miss J Barton

Maths at Manor Croft Academy is taught with the aim of enabling all students to develop a thorough understanding of the subject and ensure they have the required knowledge to solve problems and show accurate reasoning.

Throughout their time spent at Manor Croft Academy pupils are taught Maths in Learning Units that are carefully structured to teach concepts in micro-steps. Previous topics are re-visited every lesson in the form of Numeracy Ninjas or key skill quizzes. This is a series of daily quick fire questions which enables pupils to increase fluency in topics that will later enable them to problem solve.

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 all have 4 hours of Maths per week. Students in Years 10 and 11 have a minimum of 5 hours with intervention also in place to ensure students are well prepared for the new, more challenging Maths curriculum.

Scheme of Work
Students follow different Schemes of Work during their time in Maths and the Scheme of Work is being continually developed to ensure that it meets the demand of the new GCSE specifications.

  •   Students in Year 7 and 8 are taught a mastery scheme of work that combines both fluency, reasoning and an inquisitive approach to learning. 
  •   Students in Year 9 and 10 follow a series of Learning Units that break topics down into micro-steps that ensure deep understanding.  Students also participate in termly GCSE assessments to track whether they are on course to achieve their targeted GCSE grade in Year 11. 
  •   Students in Year 11 are taught on a closing the gap basis.  Students have regular mock examinations which highlight key areas that need to be taught.  Their results are tracked so that intervention can be put into place immediately.  Students participate in regular quick questioning in the form of Numeracy Ninjas and key skill quizzes.


Homework: Key Stage 3

Every student will be issued with a Knowledge Organiser each half term.  This contains all of the information students need in order to be successful within the Learning Unit being taught in school at that time.  Each week students are expected to complete a minimum of two pages of their practice books using their knowledge journal.  This is a 30 minute exercise which should be done twice weekly.

The knowledge organiser should be used for homework.  Students should take a small section of the knowledge organiser, read it, say it out loud, cover it and write the question and what they remember into their practise books.  They should then check if they have answered it correctly.  This process is repeated until students have memorised the facts.

Students will also be given a TimesTable Rockstar and HegartyMaths login.  They will be given a 30 minute task to complete on a rotating basis once each week.

Key Stage 4

Every student will be issued with a Knowledge Organiser each half term.  This contains important Maths knowledge students need to learn.  They will also be issued with a quiz booklet.  Each week students are expected to complete a minimum of one page in their practice books using their knowledge journal and one page of their quiz booklet.  Each of these tasks should take approx. 30 minutes.

The knowledge organiser should be used for homework.  Students should take a small section of the knowledge organiser, read it, say it out loud, cover it and write the question and what they remember into their practise books.  They should then check if they have answered it correctly.  This process is repeated until students have memorised the facts.

Students will also be given a HegartyMaths login.  They will be given a 30 minute task to complete each week.

In Year 11 as students near their exams this homework schedule may alter to allow for additional exam practise.

ICT Facilities

The school uses the following ICT programmes to provide students an alternative approach to working hard.  They are used for homework and in lesson.  Students should have access to these anywhere there is internet access.