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Mathematics

Mathematics is the means of looking at the patterns that make up our world and the intricate and beautiful ways in which they are constructed and realised. Numeracy is the means of making that knowledge useful.

Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing pupils’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data. Mathematics is important for pupils in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Technology. It is also important in everyday living, in many forms of employment, and in public decision-making.
 
As a subject in its own right, Mathematics presents frequent opportunities for creativity, and can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a problem is solved for the first time, or a more elegant solution to a problem is discovered, or when hidden connections suddenly manifest.
 
It enables pupils to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence. The power of mathematical reasoning lies in its use of precise and concise forms of language, symbolism and representation to reveal and explore general relationships. These mathematical forms are widely used for modelling situations; a trend accelerated by computational technologies.
 
The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics helps us to understand and change the World.
 
 

Aims of the department

 
·                    To implement the whole school vision/ policies.
·                    To set challenging targets with high expectations for all students.
·                    To offer a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to
    engage and motivate students and demand their active participation.
·                    To smooth the transition for students between Key Stages and ensure progression in teaching and learning throughout their time at Handsworth Wood Girls’ School.
·                    To ensure all students, regardless of ability, make two level progress between key stages.
·                    To explore enrichment opportunities outside the curriculum to enhance students’ enjoyment of mathematics.
 
These aims will be achieved through a distinctive departmental
ethos which may be summarised as:
  
“Working together will ensure success for ALL”
 
This ethos entails treating all students as partners in learning and faculty teachers working together as a team to develop/ support each other to give all students the best possible experience at Handsworth Wood Girls’ School. The leadership role of students will be developed and peer teaching and learning will be encouraged. Students will become better independent learners and will become reflective of their own needs by our development of a culture of self- assessment. The quality of learning and teaching will continue to be improved by further developing individuals and remembering that we are all learners and that we should strive to continuously improve our own mathematical learning and teaching knowledge.
 

Staffing

 
Miss S Cheema            Head of Mathematics Faculty
Mr A Beaver                Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs S Begum               Teacher of Mathematics
Mr J Chohan                Teacher of Mathematics
Mr S Cooner                Teacher of Mathematics & Assistant Headteacher
Mr J Hussain                Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs M Jheeta               Teacher of Mathematics
Dr J McGing                 Teacher of Mathematics
Mr S Rehman              Teacher of Mathematics
 
 

How parents can help

 
Helping your child with work at home.
 
Homework is key for a child’s learning. It reinforces what is learnt in lessons so the child can remember it. However, parental support is also necessary. There are many ways a parent can help their child with their homework. A few of these are mentioned below.
 
·         Encourage your child to meet all deadlines for the homework which should be set two times a week. This also means that you must check their planner on a regular basis.
·         Ensure she follows a revision programme, set by herself or made by the parent.
·         Set a regular time for work. Giving the child a structure which they are happy to follow will encourage them to do their homework and not leave it all to the last night. They will also feel as though they are not being forced to do their homework as the time set should be in mutual agreement between the child and parent.
·         Remove distractions so that the child can remain completely focused on their work and nothing else. There should also be a place where the child can do their work where it is quiet.
·         Make sure all resources are provided so the child does not lose their concentration by going to find the equipment they need.
·         Showing an interest in your child’s learning will be helpful to them because then they feel they can ask you questions about it.
·         Parents could also view their children’s classwork and communicate with teachers through the use of planners. By doing this, a parent is ensuring that what the child is doing at school is to a reasonable standard. (Though a teacher will also be doing this, a parent will have more regular access to their child’s books.)