Maths – Success stories!

Our students have been working incredibly hard this year: completing lots of enrichment tasks and activities and taking responsibility for their learning. Our students do the right thing and make the right choices every day in order to progress and reach their potential in Maths. This page has been set up, as we want to recognise the successes of our students.

 

There are lots of reasons that could be given to appear on the page: making improvements, excellent test scores, continued effort or always meeting deadlines to name a few.

 

This page will be updated every half term. Students who have appeared on the website will get a praise postcard and will be entered into a prize draw.


External competitions

UKMT Team challenge
Four pupils from year 8 and year 9 took part in the UKMT Team Challenge at Caldew School. The Team Challenge promotes mathematical dexterity, teamwork and communication skills. Pupils competed against 14 other schools in the region. St Josephs team came eighth, which is a fantastic achievement

UKMT Intermediate Individual Challenge
Students from Set 1 in Year 9 and 10 competed in the Intermediate Maths Challenge. This is an international maths competition organised by the University of Leeds. Students competed against students across the world and up to the age of 16. Students are tested on their mathematical reasoning skills and applying their knowledge to unfamiliar situations.

Daniel Cooper, Adam Laird, Scott Faulkner, Tyson McGuirk, Casey Sowerby and Kyle McNicol each achieved a Bronze award.

Charlie Smith achieved a Silver award and the Best in School award.

Each student should be incredibly proud of and congratulated upon their achievement.

Mathematical Education on Merseyside 2014
Emily Connell achieved a Bronze award in the MEM Challenge 14 competition – and was invited to Liverpool University for the presentation.


PPD Days

Year 7: PPD Day – Maths and Enterprise

Year 7 had a very successful and enjoyable day solving the old Chinese puzzle “Tangrams”.

The tangram puzzle consists of 7 geometric pieces which are normally boxed in the shape of a square. The pieces are used to create different patterns including people, animals and geometric shapes.

The session started by watching “A Sage’s Journey: The Story of Tangrams”. The story showed how the pieces of the puzzle could create many different silhouettes of the Sage on his journey. Pupils then worked on a number of challenging puzzles, increasing spatial awareness and improving their problem solving skills. The year 7 pupils were congratulated on their committed approach to the work, showing enthusiasm and determination. Prizes were awarded for the most successful solutions to the puzzles.

Year 8: PPD Days – Maths and Enterprise

Year 8 had a successful day, participating in the maths-puzzle carousel.

Students worked in small groups to solve up to ten different puzzles. The students had to use logic, perseverance and team work in order to solve the puzzles. Students acted with maturity and showed enthusiasm throughout the day; they should be proud of their achievements.

Year 7: PPD Days – Culture in maths

In January, Year 7 participated in their PPD day based on where culture is found in different subjects. The students studied culture in maths and looked in particular at the maths involved in the Hindu festival of light, Diwali and the importance of rangoli patterns during this celebration.

During Diwali, people draw rangoli patterns on the floor or near to the entrance of their home to welcome guests; this is to also welcome the Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth into their home. Rangoli is the art of drawing images and motifs using different colours of powders and paints which is designed with a beautiful combination of various colours. Rangoli patterns have reflective or rotational symmetry (or both!).

Students created their own Rangoli patterns, ensuring they had either reflective or rotational symmetry. Each and every student worked incredibly hard and produced some fantastic work. These can be viewed in the Maths department.


Success in Financial Capability

All year groups have successfully completed their first day of Financial Education.

In November, Year 10 investigated saving and banking; Year 9 practised their budgeting skills; and Year 11 analysed their financial habits and looked at ‘wants and needs’.

In January, Year 7 studied the monetary system; and Year 8 delved into the harsh underworld of Loan Sharks.

Stage one of our master plan to create a generation of financially capable young people has been judged a success – on to phase two!


Mrs Kurzyk – Year 7 set 2

Each half term holiday I set my year 7 and 8 classes a challenge task. Sometimes the answers can seem quite easy to get but often there is a twist! It’s not always about the answer too – a really good explanation can win. Each task also has the chance to extend the problem and take it as far as you want. Plus the prizes are always worth winning!!

YEAR 7

October half term “1,2,3,4”
Alfie McDonald
Christmas “Christmas Tree”
Sophie Renney, James Norman, Carys Miller
Feb Half term “Savings Challenge”
Imogen Long
Easter “Calculator words”
Jennifer Lee


Mrs Kurzyk – 8 set 4

Each half term holiday I set my year 7 and 8 classes a challenge task. Sometimes the answers can seem quite easy to get but often there is a twist! It’s not always about the answer too – a really good explanation can win. Each task also has the chance to extend the problem and take it as far as you want. Plus the prizes are always worth winning!!

YEAR 8
October half term “Balloon bursting”
Leah Weaver, Nikita Williams and Hannah Gregson
Christmas “Loose change”
Lewis Kelly
Feb Half term “12 to 15”
Jade Walby and Nikita Williams
Easter “Funky 15”
Bethanie Curwen, Leah Weaver, Nikita Williams, Jade Walby.


UKMT Intermediate Individual Challenge

Students from Set 1 in Year 9 competed in the Intermediate Maths Challenge. This is an international maths competition organised by the University of Leeds. Students competed against students across the world and up to the age of 16. Students are tested on their mathematical reasoning skills and applying their knowledge to unfamiliar situations.

Kyle McNicol each achieved a Bronze award.

Charlie Smith achieved a Silver award and the Best in School award.

Each student should be incredibly proud of and congratulated upon their achievement.

Miss Basso – Year 9 Set 3

Congratulations to Owen Crellin, Brandon Birks, James Clifton, Stephen Fitzsimons, Hannah Mullen, Lauren Pollock and Josh Varty for their fantastic work on fractions and percentages.

I am delighted with the quality of the maths homework produced by Logan Semple and Josh Varty


Year 10 Set 1

There were some fantastic assessment results in Maths recently, showing an improvement in effort and attainment. Congratulations to all students who achieved an A or A*.

UKMT Intermediate Individual Challenge

Students from Set 1 in Year 9 and 10 competed in the Intermediate Maths Challenge. This is an international maths competition organised by the University of Leeds. Students competed against students across the world and up to the age of 16. Students are tested on their mathematical reasoning skills and applying their knowledge to unfamiliar situations.

Daniel Cooper, Adam Laird, Scott Faulkner, Tyson McGuirk and Casey Sowerby each achieved a Bronze award.

Each student should be incredibly proud of and congratulated upon their achievement.


Miss Basso – 11 Set 1

Year 11 students have continued to work hard in preparation for their forthcoming GCSE exam. A special mention to Stuart McCracken, James Connell, Libby Howard, Cameron Glaister, Mateusz Karbownik, Owen Jackson, Ellie McMinn and Holly McNicholas who have been consistently working at an A* standard.

Mock exam success!

The following five students have achieved excellent mock GCSE results during practice test papers. A huge congratulations to Ashleigh Bell, Billy Hunter, Sophia Pinnock, Tyler Mitchell and Aaron Jennings.

Year 11 Lunchtime Support

The following have worked exceptionally hard, using Accelerated Maths, and made significant progress in their Maths. They attended twice a week at lunchtime for 20 minutes rarely missing a session and giving 100% commitment at all times.

Billy Hunter, Jamie Kenyon, Jack Hilland, Hanna Swinburne.

A/A* Monday Revision

Katy Mossop, Laura Bennett, Robyn Carter attended every week and worked with interest and enthusiasm on A/A* topics to support the classwork for the Higher Level Maths examination.

Kieran Martin is an able Mathematician and has shown outstanding interest, enthusiasm and commitment in his work. He is achieving real success at Higher level in set 5 and has shown he is capable of independent learning.