The students have different background and have different levels in their mathematics. Some are strong in mathematics and some are weak. As math teachers, we also have different plans based on their different level to meet their requirements.
For Y10 students, at the same time when we give them regular lessons, we may spend some time to improve their vocabulary, and their skills in understanding mathematics. We prepared vocabulary cards, posters, we let them play games and use other forms to achieve such goal. For different students, we have different requirement and may assign different homework to them.
For Y11 students and Y12 students, since their time is very limited this semester, they have finished their lesson and are reviewing what they have learned. We use related AQA syllabus to find their weak points and let them do more practice on the topic where they are weak, we also give them test every week to push them. For those who are strong, we may assign more past papers and for those who are weak, we may give them extra lessons.
Y13 students have not finished their lesson, their time is extremely tight this semester, they have to spend enough time to learn new topics and at the same time, they have to leave some time to review what they have learned. We put a lot of posters in the math classrooms, most of which are used for revision.
We have revision lessons and CCA lesson for mathematics after school, any student in Lucton can make appointment with teachers for extra lessons to improve their mathematics. So that the students in Lucton can have teachers help them even after school.
This term we are very happy to have our new year 9 students joining us. These nine students with different characters and variant academic abilities made the class challenging. However, I am glad to see them help each other in the class and believe it will be a good teaching-learning environment eventually.
My year 10 students are growing day by day. The students benefit from the small-sized class, so most of them could be engaged and take an active part in the class. In my Additional Math class, even though the content of trigonometry is difficult, the students have shown they were willing to learn and tried really hard. In addition, it is always happy to see the majority of the students have been working hard and developing a good habit of learning.
Year 11 and year 12 students are in a busy and stressful period. As Oxford AQA will provide the qualification based on teachers assessed grades, the exam-preparation situation will last till the end of May, which is longer than that in the past few years. The students have done the first mock exam in March. The results were not bad and I believe it must have encouraged some students who lack of confidence or are worried. There will be another two mock exams take place in April and May respectively. Let’s hope the students can be prepared and perform well.
We are in the busiest term of the year as the final exams approaching in a different style this year. Year 13 Mechanics group is working on centre of mass chapter recently and to understand the practicalities of centre of mass we went to the football field to do an experiment of balancing a meter ruler on fingertip. We also saw how vertical line behaves when Lamina is suspended freely by removing the 3 pins of poster on the notice board.
Year 13 Further Maths group saw various approaches to solve and understand the core concept for the same question. For example, we did practical experiment in the poolroom to see vividly the process of collision under elastic and non-elastic situation along with head on and oblique collision. A collision of snooker balls on the pool table allowed students to see how the line of centre acts in an oblique collision to transfer the momentum.
On the other hand, exams preparation is the utmost importance right now, students are practicing all exam style questions from the past papers and exam material that is available. A challenging homework of last 2 questions from each exercise of each chapter is taken hands on by students that required lot of serious efforts. There are regular revision classes going on every Tuesday and Thursday in the prep time from 7:30pm to 8:30pm to reinforce the conceptual knowledge of harder topics and exam style questions.
Y11 Additional Maths group is working really hard and revision is extensive with a weekly full-length test using an actual past paper on every Sunday as the final exams are approaching within a month. We have revised harder topics again in the classes recently such as logarithms and differentiation. Students also read the mark schemes and marked their own work to understand how to maximize the overall scores. There are regular revision classes going on every Sunday 10:50 am to 11:40 am and Monday 4:40 pm to 6:20 pm to reinforce the conceptual knowledge of harder topics and exam style questions.
A significant effort is put on problem solving under timed conditions and gaining marks by specific tasks such as providing answers in 3 s.f. or 3 d.p. to gain the final A1 marks for the answer, within classes to prepare the students of both Y13 and Y11 groups in order to prepare them for adjusting their response timings for best result outcomes.