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Subject Focus on Mathematics

posted 13 Mar 2015, 07:08 by H Slim   [ updated 13 Mar 2015, 07:09 ]

There has been so much going on within the mathematics department here at Clacton Coastal Academy that we would love to share with you. This year has seen the first of our STEM conferences which combined maths and science in a competition for year 8 students. Teams competed throughout the day to build the best bridges with limited materials and the winners were then able to work with our new LEGO software. Students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the attitude and behaviour shown by all students was absolutely fantastic. Watch this space for the next STEM conference aimed at another year group! 

We have also had 9X1 working on a combined project for English and Maths that involved Essex County Cricket Club. This involved students being taken away from the standard curriculum for a whole half term in both subjects while they developed higher level skills and put together a pitch which had to be presented to members of ECCC on the 10th February. In maths lessons students were taught A-Level Decision maths skills which enabled them to plan an event and discuss the critical activities after drawing activity networks. Each group managed to produce this for their pitch and furthermore explain this to the judges which is an incredible feat. I was fortunate enough to work with the students myself and attend the presentation day and each group worked brilliantly showing the sort of professionalism that you would expect from adults. 

Our year 10 students have begun studying for a Level 1 or Level 2 qualification in Number and Measure. Students are entered for this exam to give them experience of an external exam and the preparation that is involved, making sure they are ready for the pressure of year 11. Over the next few months students will sit mock exams and attend revision sessions so please keep an eye out for information that will be sent to you. It is vital that this is taken on with the positive attitude that year 10 are capable of, as succeeding in these exams will provide you with the basic skills needed for the GCSE exam. 

As always year 11 students are working incredibly hard towards their final exams. We have had multiple after school revision sessions running for a few months now with an

extremely good attendance, even on a Friday afternoon! We have just finished our mock exam week so I am looking forward to seeing the results of this and supporting students with their progress. I would like to take this opportunity to remind students that if they want extra revision materials they should collect an orange exam paper booklet from the maths office, use or and access the 5 a day materials. Both of these websites provide tutorial videos and practice questions so there is no excuse for not studying at home! 

Miss L Holby 

Curriculum Leader, Maths