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.

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. At the moment we are entering students for AQA Mathematics (8300) however there is no content difference between the exam boards so any GCSE revision resource is applicable for maths revision.

At present, the top group also takes AQA Certificate Level 2 Further Mathematics (8360) alongside their Mathematics GCSE in Year 11.

There are many revision resources available to students; they have access to a free Maths App from PiXL, that they can use on laptops, mobiles and tablets. 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.

Year 12 and 13 are studying for the new specification at A Level and have been following the AQA Mathematics (7357) specification.

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 OCR Quantitative Problem Solving (MEI) Level 3 Certificate which develops GCSE mathematical content to apply to a range of work and life situations. This is also known as Core Maths and many universities will count this qualification as an AS equivalent and attribute UCAS points for achievement.

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 Oxford entrance exams and STEP papers.

Year 7-9

Using the curriculum information map from YGLs

Year 10-11

As above

Years 12-13

As above

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, 10-11 and 12-13 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 lecture.

 

 

 
 
 

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