Working Independently

You never fail until you stop trying   (Albert Einstein)


At St Joseph's we seek to develop independent learners as they progress through the school and move on to GCSE, A-Level and beyond. To assist our students we have linked our programme of study for each teaching group to online resources which support student progress. These resources include video tutorials, exam style questions and textbook style questions, with answers provided. 


Of course, there is no substitute for being in the classroom with the teacher where ideas can be discussed and explained with the students more deeply and clearly, with a range of other resources and teaching methods utilised. Furthermore, in the classroom we seek to develop a students confidence in explaining their work verbally, working with peers and engaging with extension tasks, starter tasks and plenaries. It should also be appreciated that a teacher may explain a topic in a slightly different way to the videos depending on the teacher's specialism and the needs of the class and make valuable links to other topics. Nevertheless, these online resources remain an excellent and comprehensive way to give students a degree of independence with regards to their learning:

  1. If a student is absent they can ensure they keep up to date with the work.

  2. If a student finds a particular topic difficult they can revisit the content.

  3. If a student is working from home for any reason.

  4. If a parent wants to work alongside their child.

  5. If a student wants to work ahead and work through a difficult topic in advance of a lesson.

  6. If a student wants to revise for an assessment or exam


If you click on your child’s Mathematics class below it will take you to a page which shows the objectives with approximate timings for each chapter alongside links to the supporting video tutorials, exam questions and worksheets. The timelines are for general guidance only. Classes may have more than one teacher who will specialise in an area of Mathematics, which may mean the dates mentioned are adjusted so the topics flow more fluently. [Please note that only the Autumn and Spring Terms are shown for Years 7-9 at present]

It is worth highlighting that many of the topics also cover the required prior knowledge and then progresses to the more difficult concepts within a chapter so it might well be appropriate for students to be selective about which tutorials and questions they tackle. 


For example, the Foundation GCSE programme revisits topics covered in Years 7-9 in order to ensure students have a strong foundation upon which to build.