At North Star 240, we aim to ensure that all pupils develop an enjoyment of maths and gains fluency in the basic areas with mathematical skills that will allow them to succeed in day-to-day life.
At North Star 240, we aim to ensure that all pupils develop an enjoyment of maths and gains fluency in the basic areas with mathematical skills that will allow them to succeed in day-to-day life. At the same time, more able pupils are stretched and challenged as they work towards GCSE. All pupils are encouraged to recognise the importance of maths and work towards a suitable qualification.
Pupils in KS4 (including able year 9s) follow a 2- or 3-year scheme of learning that leads to a GCSE qualification (Edexcel exam board) which they sit at either Foundation or Higher tier. Pupils are taught subject content which is regularly tested through PiXL papers; these are GCSE style questions that allow practice and application of skills learned. As in KS3, learning is tracked by staff so that teaching is differentiated to ensure that gaps in knowledge can be targeted and filled.
Pupils who need support in working towards this firstly work towards a Functional Skills Qualification in order to develop their confidence and basic skills. These pupils are enrolled on the BKSB website which allows pupils to work through content at their own level.
In year 11, pupils are encouraged to use past papers and online resources and receive regular homework in preparation for their exams. There are also weekly extra-curricular revision sessions on offer for pupils to receive extra support before sitting their GCSE.
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