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17/01/18

Great to see such a good turnout from students and parents/carers at tonight’s Options Evening, we hope you found it useful!

17/01/18

Great new signage at the front of school provided by to reflect our exciting new partnership together. https://t.co/xeKBMtQiFk

17/01/18

We look forward to seeing our Year 8 students and their parents/carers at tonight's Options Information event. Doors open at 5:45pm for a 6pm start in the Main Hall.

11/01/18

Some of our Year 10 students enjoyed a very 'cool' science lesson today making their own ice cream. https://t.co/QahFngeY6c

10/01/18

We look forward to seeing parents/carers of Year 8 students at our Options Information Evening on Wednesday 17th January. Click here for further details:- https://t.co/tnYt4vkZTR https://t.co/hEHtUw5yRb

09/01/18

Tickets selling fast for our school production of Alice in Wonderland. Book yours today via https://t.co/wy2VdV98Sn https://t.co/q4Wm7VIAoZ

05/01/18

Retweeted From Freedom Leisure

Welcome to de Stafford Sports Centre. The centre looks great and so do the staff in their new uniforms! Great start to 2018 with #2018 https://t.co/qp5xt2VB7K

04/01/18

Retweeted From Freedom Leisure

We are delighted to announce that today we started working with to operate de Stafford Sports Centre. Freedom Leisure's Operations Director, Matt Hunt, Head Teacher of de Stafford School, Jeremy Garner and mascot Jim Trainer, braved the weather to mark the occasion. https://t.co/fdbVnqe9Ln

04/01/18

Retweeted From Freedom Leisure

Was a great first day at de Stafford Sports Centre. Very excited to be working with . Thumbs up all round! https://t.co/LavJuaeha8

02/01/18

Happy New Year to all our followers! Looking forward to starting a new term tomorrow - remember it will be Week 1 Wednesday!

15/12/17

Wishing all members of the school community a safe, happy and enjoyable festive period. We look forward to welcoming students back on Wednesday, January 3rd.

15/12/17

Read all about this half-term's news in our latest newsletter https://t.co/5jIvHYmurY

15/12/17

Congratulations to all of our award winners in today's celebration assemblies

15/12/17

Retweeted From de Stafford Reads

Well done to our de Stafford readers. The achievement board is bursting with good news! Who will be our first word millionaire? Watch this space... https://t.co/09wkST8XpV

15/12/17

Retweeted From de Stafford Reads

Books wrapped and ready for our Y7 Book Buzz event! Our thanks to the de Stafford PSA who kindly donated the funds so that every Year Seven will receive their very own reading book this https://t.co/I3QbckmkT4

15/12/17

Retweeted From de Stafford Reads

Final numbers of the year! Books read since September = 1,995. Number of words read = 39,989,703. A huge well done to all of our Y7 and Y8 de Stafford readers! https://t.co/v2IEggb4Ag

15/12/17

The December edition of our school newsletter is available to view now at https://t.co/5jIvHYmurY. We would like to wish all our followers a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

12/12/17

We look forward to welcoming parents/carers/friends to our Christmas Music Showcase this evening at 6:30pm.

12/12/17

The surrounding roads are clear but please exercise extreme caution when walking on the pavements and entering the school site. Students are permitted to wear footwear appropriate for the icy conditions. The car park is particularly icy so try to avoid driving in to school.

12/12/17

We are open today but to give the site team additional time to grit the worst affected areas we will be operating a late start. Students will be expected in to SAM at 9:30am. Any student arriving early may go to the school canteen.

Mathematics

Head of Department: Miss S Rusher
email: sarah.rusher@destafford.org.uk  

The Mathematics Department is a dedicated team working together to put mathematical understanding at the heart of the school.

Key Stage 3 Maths

Students study Maths for 4 hours per week in Year 7 and 8. It is one of the core subjects that follow directly on from the primary school curriculum. The skills, methods and application of skills learnt at Key Stage 3 develop understanding and confidence, to prepare students for the GCSE curriculum.

Students are set from the beginning of Year 7 based on data from primary schools and our own baseline assessments.  Setting is reviewed twice a year, with a focus on placing students where they are confident and secure to enable them to make the optimum progress.

Extra-curricular opportunities include the Junior Maths Challenge in Year 8, and Maths Master classes held at the University of Surrey.

Year 7 and 8​

In year 7 and 8 students follow the ’Mastering Numeracy’ program.  This program of study is used to target and overcome the evident numerical challenges that students face when studying for their GCSE’s.

This approach focuses on students being challenged (at a level appropriate to the student) by considering mathematical representations that depict the underlying structure of mathematics.  This helps children to fully grasp concepts and achieve fluency through carefully structured problem solving tasks, questions and exercises that use theoretical and practical variation.  Progressively, it provides a solid understanding of numeracy and develops conceptual reasoning and procedural fluency.

Key areas in the ’Mastering Numeracy’ program include influences from Number, Algebra, Shape and Data.

Key Stage 4 Maths

Maths is a core subject at GCSE. Employers and further education institutions expect students to hold at least a C grade (Grade 5 from 2017) as an indicator of their numeracy and readiness for further study or work.

In Year 9, 10 and 11 students study Maths for 4 hours per week. They will continue to develop and will move on to applying the skills and knowledge they have developed at Key Stage 3, working to even higher levels of challenge and difficulty.

Assessment is entirely through examination at the end of the three years of study. We follow the Edexcel specification. Students are entered for either Foundation (grades C-G, or 5-1) or Higher tier exams (grades A*-C, or 9-4), according to how well they perform.

Year 9 and 10

Year 9 and 10 are opportunities to consolidate and develop the ideas from KS3.

More advanced topics at GCSE level include:

• Number -limits of accuracy, repeated percentage change

• Algebra- quadratic equations, advanced formulae

• Shape - Pythagoras, combined transformations, loci

• Data - cumulative frequency, box plots and averages of grouped data

Year 11

During Year 11 the students working towards the higher-level GCSE will encounter the most challenging Maths so far. Students working towards the foundation GCSE will continue to embed and develop the skills from Year 9, 10 and KS3.

• Number – Direct and inverse proportion

• Algebra – Simultaneous equations and algebraic fractions

• Shape – Volume and surface area of cones and spheres

• Data - Histograms and stratified sampling