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The De La Salle Academy

The De La Salle Academy

The De La Salle Academy

Inspiring People;
Breaking Boundaries

Maths and Science Faculty

Introduction

The Faculty encourages students to achieve the highest possible standards and develop their ability to work independently. Our aims are:

  • To encourage an appreciation of the subjects and enable students to become independent learners.
  • To increase motivation by providing authentic, meaningful and relevant learning experiences through STEM and Financial elements of learning.
  • To ensure deeper understanding of concepts for greater success.
  • To create a 'buzz' and love of all three subjects.
Faculty Staff
Mr N. Davies (HoF)
Mr M. Wallace
Mr M. Cotterill
Miss E. Cantrill
Miss G. Cornally
Mrs M. Threlkeld
Mrs L. Smith

Maths Overview

Mathematics is at the heart of every day decision making and it is the aim of The De La Salle Academy to support every student to achieve their best and develop a deep understanding of Mathematics. The department offers a supportive environment focussed on developing a culture of success. The experienced team of teachers strive to ensure that every student achieves their potential and develops a life-long love of learning.

Students will focus on concepts and topics grouped into six key areas;

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Ratio and Proportion

 

Mathematics at Key Stage 3

The department is committed to ensuring that every student develops their understanding at a pace that is appropriate for them. To achieve this, students are placed in ability groups to allow them to further their skills and become increasingly confident over time. We use prior assessment information as well as teacher assessments to help guide every student to achieve their potential.

The curriculum at Key Stage 3 is tailored to ensure that every student has the opportunity to reach their potential and provides them with a solid foundation to start their GCSE qualification. Student performance is reviewed regularly and used to support each student to reach the next step in their journey. Students are supported in identifying areas for development and in developing their understanding.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Students start their GCSE at the beginning of Year 9 and are taught in ability groups working towards the reformed GCSE qualification that will award a numerical grade of 1 to 9.

With the increased level of challenge, the Mathematics department at The De La Salle Academy aim to ensure that every student is thoroughly prepared for the end of Key Stage examination. As such, a strong emphasis is placed on problem solving skills and applying Mathematics to everyday situations. We aim to develop student resilience and offer a comprehensive programme of support from the beginning of the school term available to all students.

Science Overview

A high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Science is vital to the world’s future prosperity. We believe that all students should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods and uses of science. Through building up a body of key knowledge and concepts, students are encouraged to recognise the power of rational thought and develop a sense of curiosity about science in the world around them.

Core skills developed in all science lessons across all year groups within the academy:

  • Observation as a stimulus to investigation
  • Designing an investigation
  • Making measurements
  • Societal aspects of scientific evidence
  • Presenting data
  • Using data to draw a conclusion
  • Evaluation
  • Limitations of scientific evidence
  • How science works
  • The thinking behind the doing
  • Fundamental ideas

Computer Science Overview

ICT and Computing has one dedicated computer suite to accommodate all timetabled lessons. The room is equipped with 30 PCs, interactive whiteboard and projector, Internet and email access and a range of software suites including Microsoft Office and Macromedia.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum has been written by the Subject Leader to satisfy the new National Curriculum for Computing and to also allow the development of core ICT skills through the Key Stage. This includes the use of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access. In Years 7 and 8 students are taught in ability groups . There is an option for Year 9 to choose Computer Science where they learn the fundamental skills if they decide to pursue the subject at KS4.  This comprises of four lessons a fortnight. Our aim is that students become independent learners and confident users of ICT and Computing within a range of software programs where skills can be transferred and used in a variety of other subject disciplines. Students are encouraged to progress and develop their knowledge and understanding in a variety of units including e-safety, hardware and software, ethics, algorithms, data representation, programming, graphics, animation, web design, databases and app development.  Students are assessed in their work via a range of different methods.

GCSE ICT

For Key Stage 4 ICT we follow the Edexcel syllabus of work.

In Year 11 students complete the remaining theory including ‘Smart working’, ‘Shopping experience!’ and ‘Let’s revise! Health and well-being’ whilst completing the remaining Controlled Assessment with designs, digital products and evaluation of the project.

Classes are mixed ability based on option block choices and all assessment is finalised at the end of the two year course.

Business Studies Overview

Business Studies provides an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of business. This is probably the most relevant subject students will ever experience. Not everyone is going to be an entrepreneur and not everyone will set up their own business. However, wherever students go and whatever students do, they will either be surrounded by people that work in a business and / or work in a business themselves.

Our aim is to actively engage our students in the study of Business to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

Core Skills

  • Practical skills – Time management, personal organisation and action planning.
  • Presentation skills – Addressing audiences using a variety of media and forms
  • Personal skills – Showing evidence of progression
  • Interpersonal skills – Communication and group work
  • Cognitive skills – Reflection and review of own and others’ performance

Examination Information
 

Mathematics
Contact: Mr N Davies
Applies to: Years 7 - 11
Course Type: GCSE
Exam Board: EdExcel
Specification Code: 1MA1
Board Website: Edexcel Maths Website

 

Science
Contact: Mr N Davies
Applies to: Year 10 & 11
Course Type: GCSE
Exam Board: Edexcel
Specification Code: 1SC0
Board Website: EdExcel Science website