Having a clear ethos and culture is important for a department.
What does maths look like here?

We are an improving department. Everyone can learn maths given the right amount of time, support and effort. Our new five year scheme of work, the 5 year White Rose scheme of work, starting with year 7 and building on the skills learned in primary school, allows pupils to spend more time on less topics earlier in their journey to better master the content. This ensures that students are taught the objectives outlined in the National Curriculum in year 7 to 9. Students are taught for four 1 hour lessons per week in all year groups. We have employed an extra member of staff this year to provide intervention to students in year 7, 10 and 11 who benefit due to lost learning time as a result of the pandemic. Students are shared into 2 populations, with 4 to 5 groups, set by attainment in each population. We are aiming to develop students’ mathematical fluency with facts, concepts and procedures as well as support them to understand tier 2 and 3 vocabulary. This will enable them to make links between ideas within maths and across subjects. We know that spaced practice is important so every lesson begins with an “entry task” on prior learning to support memory recall and each unit is punctuated with 2 weekly home learning practise tasks via our online platforms, Hegarty maths or Timestable Rockstars, depending on the year group. Our aim is to support students by modelling and explaining, in a variety of ways, the mathematics they need to learn, as well as challenge them to meet our expectations through “challenge questions” in each unit to develop reasoning and problem solving. Each unit will develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving to make students think hard and become resilient mathematicians. Through our motto “Maths Opens Doors” we promote and deliver a variety of information on futures, enrichment and educational pathways that a qualification in maths can lead to, including the realistic option of University. We also aim to educate the children of Blackpool to become financially aware and inform them about important concepts such as debt, credit, tax, safety and wellbeing. More information can be found at www.montgomerymaths.co.uk/maths-opens-doors. At Montgomery Academy, we want to develop a “can-do culture” in mathematics! Maths opens doors!

There are different ways by which and reasons why students are assessed in maths

There are regular low stakes quizzes to gain insights into strengths and weaknesses. Blocks of work are punctuated by end of block assessments. This is followed up by a Learning Improvement Feedback Time or “LIFT” lesson—a lesson dedicated to giving feedback to the students as a class, making improvements, talking about misconceptions and providing extra practice where needed. This goes some way to our efforts to leave no child behind.
Students will also complete 2 GL Assessments in year 7, one in Autumn and one in Summer. Students in year 11 are assessed in Autumn Term 2 for finals 1 before completing their GCSE in May and June with Edexcel—three 90 minute papers covering a large sample of the curriculum. Paper 1 is non-calculator and paper 2 and 3 are calculator papers.

Students and parents often need support along the school journey with maths. What do we offer?

Through our website www.montgomerymaths.co.uk, students and parents can gain access to support with learning maths, including resources and curriculum links for remote learning. There is information around how to revise maths and how you can check students’ homework has been completed. Every student is given a Hegarty maths login, a website dedicated to teaching every skill in maths via videos, linked to quizzes for students to get that extra practice at home, with that important support. This is how we are delivering our curriculum remotely Students in key stage 3 also have a login for www.ttrockstars.com —a website that allows them to become fluent in their multiplication and division facts. Key stage 4 students are provided with a Hegarty maths passport and revision guide. Students in key stage 3 are provided with a knowledge organiser booklet. There is a homework club for year 10 on Wednesday in M16 on Wednesdays, intervention offered after school for year 11.

Curriculum Journey

Curriculum Overviews - Click to view (updated July 2021)