We constantly seek to obtain the very best from each and every pupil. We do this in an environment which is dedicated to establishing confidence. Our teaching looks at the conceptual ideas behind topics before moving the students onto the abstract mathematical versions of the questions. In the classroom students need to learn how to think for themselves through investigations and problem solving activities. Mastery tasks happen throughout lessons to help teachers assess progress and push the pupils to extend their learning. Our calculation policy has been written to support the learning from the primary schools so that our staff are aware and able to use the different methods used by different students to help aid a smooth transition.
At Northgate, pupils are motivated to achieve their utmost and, as is often the case, they surprise themselves by finding out just how much they really can do!
At your disposal
We firmly believe that our staff are our greatest asset. The team work together to create resources and plan lessons but also go above and beyond in supporting our students, whether it be on a day to day basis with intervention or spending time at lunchtimes or after school helping them prepare for exams. The Computer Suite is adjacent to the Department and ICT lessons form an integral part of the scheme of work. In Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11, pupils have the opportunity to take part in the UK Maths Challenge, which is run by Leeds University.
Pupils and parents have access to ‘MyMaths’ and ‘Mathswatch’ via the internet.
The National Curriculum
In line with the new curriculum our schemes of work aims to develop reasoning, fluency and mathematical problem solving. The core areas studied are numbers, algebra, ratio, proportion, rates of change, geometry and measure.
A Pupil’s Route through Northgate
In Mathematics pupils follow a progressive scheme of work which runs through from Year 7 to Year 11. This means that every student can be extended or supported in each individual topic. Pupils will develop a sense of number allowing them to become conceptually fluent in problem solving. Pupils look at the “why” of a topic and not just the “how” of doing it. Running through this the pupils will work on the key skills of mathematics set to the current level of the pupil. Over time this repetition of the key skills allows the pupils to become more confident and competent in what they are doing helping to allow them to master many other topics which use these skills.
A scientific calculator is essential for use in the examination courses.
We believe that the friendly and helpful atmosphere we establish with our pupils is extended beyond the school and you are most welcome to discuss your child’s progress at Northgate at any time.