Welcome to Mathematics

Jessica Henshaw       Head of Mathematics
Scott Bramall  
Michael Gillen  
Sophie Grain  
Lucy Crawford  
Chelsea Graham  
Abigail Emery  
Abigail Harris  

The Mathematics Department at Barnsley Academy is a dynamic, welcoming department which provides our students with the necessary mathematical, logical and problem-solving skills required to succeed in a school context and most importantly in the outside world.

The Curriculum has been carefully designed to continuously interleave content, enabling pupils to revisit prior knowledge without having a spiral Curriculum. The Curriculum focuses on teaching in a sequence that provides building blocks for pupils to access future topics.

This is an example of how area has been interleaved into the KPI assessment for units of measure.

We use carefully constructed resources that exemplify accessible methods for students and teachers. We provide an opportunity for challenge by depth rather than accelerating through the Curriculum. In key stage 4, exam questions focusing on the specification objectives AO1/2/3 are used, when appropriate, to assess understanding of core fluency and application of it in context.

Development of long-term memory is supported by a Curriculum that focuses on interleaving content, regular low stakes quizzing, daily starter grids that review prior learning, and formative assessments that feed into teacher planning to close gaps in knowledge. Consistent review of key content is integral to the structure and order of the Curriculum itself. Teachers use Hegarty Maths to review this content as homework.

What type of homework will be set?

Homework will be set each week, usually on Monday for the following Monday. This will either be in the form of a written homework or using Hegarty Maths. The homework schedule will be set on Show My Homework.

Parents Guide to Hegarty Maths

For Year 7 students we are currently taking part in a trial of new platform called Sparx, in which students are assigned weekly homework which is targeted to their ability. Sparx can be accessed here: https://sparx.co.uk/

How can I support my child at home?

Hegarty Maths is an excellent tool for independent learning and will help to embed the key skills needed in lesson (following examples, taking notes, applying methods to similar questions), as well as providing instant feedback on practice. After each assessment point students should receive a list of topics from their class teacher detailing where they lost marks and which tasks they should complete in order to revise each particular skill.

There are many other excellent online resources students can access for practice and revision, including:

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