Mathematics

Head of Faculty: Mrs A Edwards

Faculty Introduction


The Mathematics Faculty comprises a team of specialist teachers and a Professional Assistant. The aims of the faculty are:

  • To engender an enthusiasm and a passion for Mathematics in all students and provide them with the expertise to utilise their skills in a range of situations
  • To provide a structure for students to develop independence, powers of analysis and logical thinking
  • To foster a curiosity about Mathematics and its applications and an ability to make links between different strands
  • To allow students the opportunity to learn from mistakes
  • To ensure that all students fulfil their mathematical potential in terms of both formal examination results and more informal learning outcomes

At present, all students in Years 7- 9 and 11 have three hours of Mathematics each week, students in Year 10 have four hours. Homework is set at least once a week.

Years 7-9

At Years 7-9, students are taught in two parallel ability bands. Students are then placed in one of four sets based on their ability. Regular summative assessments are used to review setting arrangements as necessary. The Year 7 and 8 Scheme of Work is based on National Curriculum programmes of study. Lessons will also contain the opportunity to solve more open-ended problems in line with the more unstructured questions introduced at GCSE. In Year 9 the formal teaching of GCSE Mathematics begins for all students.  

Years 10-11

At Years 10-11, students are taught in one of eight ability sets and work towards the AQA or OCR GCSE Mathematics examination. There is very little content difference between the two exam boards so any GCSE revision resource is applicable for maths revision. The specifications are OCR Mathematics B - J567 and AQA Mathematics (Linear) B (4365). These exams only apply to GCSE taken in summer 2015 and 2016, from 2017 the Mathematics GCSE is changing and details can be found on the OCR and AQA websites.

At present, two groups also take GCSE Statistics at the end of Year 10.
There are many revision resources available to purchase. We recommend MathsWatch CD’s which are available to purchase from the maths office. These are great tutorials and cost £3 for a CD that either has either foundation level topic or higher level topics and £4 that covers all foundation and higher topics (this £4 one is advisable for years that will take the new GCSE).We also subscribe to an excellent Maths website, www.mymaths.co.uk , that has lessons and practise questions. At times we also offer revision books and practise question books for purchase.

Years 12-13

We follow the MEI Structured AS Level in year 12 Maths, taking modules in Core Mathematics and Statistics.  Those choosing to continue to study Mathematics in Year 13 take A2 modules in Core Mathematics and Mechanics.

We also have well established groups of AS and A2 Further Mathematics taking Further Pure Mathematics and a range of other modules including Mechanics, Decision Maths, Numerical Methods, Differential Equations and Statistics.

An alternative course to study at Years 12-13 is Financial Studies offered by the Institute of Financial Services. Information can be found for the year 12 Certificate and the year 13 Diploma by following the links.

The Faculty has had a good track record in supporting students with applications to study Mathematics or Mathematics based degree courses at University and each year helps prepare students, where appropriate, for STEP papers.

Extra-curricular

Every year our most able mathematicians take part in the Maths Challenge and we often have students who are successful at the challenge being entered for the follow up events.

We offer after school support to Years 7-9, 4 and 5 in a maths classroom, students can come, get help on a specific topic or help with homework.

Every year a cohort of students from Years 12-13 attends the Open University Christmas.

 

 

 
 
 

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