Mathematics is fundamental to many aspects of our everyday lives at home, work and even in our leisure activities.
The department aims to enable students to become familiar with mathematical concepts, methods, vocabulary and develop their understanding of mathematics in its widest context to see how it relates to themselves and others outside school. Students are encouraged to be successful and also to develop personal qualities such as perseverance, initiative and independence.
Our purpose built classrooms are well equipped with interactive whiteboards which enables the department to utilise a wide range of software to make lessons more dynamic and encourage student participation and interest.
To enable parents in their role to help students structure their mathematics and keep track of their progress, all students at both key stages are registered with the my maths website and have been provided with the school login and password as well as their own personal login and password. You may find the link to this website useful www.mymaths.co.uk.
As a core subject mathematics is studied at both key stages by all students.
At Key Stage 3 we follow the National Curriculum, aiming to continue from where students are when they leave the primary school and develop their interest and enjoyment of the subject. Students are currently timetabled for mathematics four hours a week and students are set broadly into classes according to the level they achieved at the end of KS2. The programme of study covers 5 strands
Mathematical processes and applications – Representing, Analysing, Interpreting and evaluating, Communicating and reflecting
Number – Place value, ordering and rounding, Integers powers and roots, fractions decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion, Number operations, Mental calculation methods, Written calculation methods, Calculator methods and Checking results
Algebra – Equations, formulae, expressions and identities, and Sequences, functions and graphs
Geometry and measures – Geometrical reasoning, Transformations and coordinates, Construction and loci, Measures and mensuration
Statistics – Specifying a problem, planning and collecting data, Processing and representing data, Interpreting and discussing results, Probability
Targets are set and progress regularly monitored which involves students being continually assessed against the APP criteria using teacher assessment. At the end of the Key Stage this level is used to determine the tier of entry and setting arrangements for KS4.
At KS4 all students study GCSE in Mathematics. We aim to enable students to achieve their full potential in external examinations so that they can continue to study mathematics further should they wish. All students follow a linear course, either with AQA, Edexcel or OCR. Students complete two exam papers – Paper 1 (non calculator) and Paper 2 (calculator). Students will be entered at either Higher or Foundation level at the end of year 11.