Mathematics is essential in every walk of life: whether you are wallpapering, applying for a mortgage or deciding whether the pair of jeans that are in the sale are actually the bargain of the year or not!
The department aims to develop confidence, interest and enjoyment in mathematics. We use a variety of up-to-date teaching methods and resources to engage pupils and relate their mathematical knowledge to everyday life around them. The school subscribes to the mathematics website Mathswatch VLE which allows pupils to access topic-based worksheets and interactive lessons at home as well as school. These can be used to reinforce their understanding and are an excellent revision tool. They each have a personal login and can track their progress throughout the year.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8 in maths)
At Key Stage 3, pupils will follow the new mathematics programmes of study introduced in September 2018 to prepare for the rigours of the new GCSE. The aims of this curriculum are to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamental of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and preserving in seeking solutions.
Key Stage 4 (Year 9-11 in maths)
At Key Stage 4, pupils follow the EDEXCEL GCSE scheme of work, which is assessed at the end of Year 11. Pupils will follow the foundation or higher scheme of work. To allow pupils the best overall result, they will be able, if necessary, to choose between the higher and foundation tiers. Support is provided for GCSE pupils through focused intervention groups, revision sessions, drop in sessions and thorough monitoring.
To see the EDEXCEL specification please click HERE
There is a regular drop in session for both KS3 and KS4, this is advertised on the maths corridor. Also, top performing Key Stage 3 pupils will be entered for the prestigious UKMT Junior Mathematics competition. This allows our most able pupils to compete in a national competition with over 300,000 entrants. The competition is designed to be a stimulating, challenging and rewarding experience for all entrants and will hopefully encourage these pupils to continue with maths at A Level.
Head of Department