March 16, 2011

Mathematics Faculty

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.

As a core subject mathematics is studied from Year 7 to Year 11. Students study various topics throughout each year, developing their skills and extending to higher topics as they progress through the school. We study the following topics each year:

* Number Skills

* Algebraic Manipulation

* Angles

* Handling Data

* Fractions, Decimals, Percentages and Ratio

* Equations and Inequalities

* Perimeter, Area, Volume and Measures

* Probability

* Graphs

* Transformations

Students complete unit tests at the end of each topic to assess their strengths and identify which areas they need to further develop.

Targets are set and progress regularly monitored over three formal assessments per year (four in year 11) where students are graded using actual GCSE papers. These results will be used to inform any set changes and decide on a tier of entry for their final GCSE examinations. Students follow the AQA linear course and will sit their exams at the end of Year 11. The exam consists of three papers Paper 1 (non-calculator), Paper 2 (calculator) and Paper 3 (calculator) at either Higher (grades 4-9) or Foundation (grades 1-5) level.

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 three exam papers – Paper 1 (non-calculator), Paper 2 (calculator) and Paper 3 (calculator). Students will be entered at either Higher or Foundation level at the end of year 11.

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