Mathematics
Head of Faculty: Mr Jon Burgess
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, each year group has the following number of lessons of Mathematics each week:
 Years 7 and 8: Three lessons
 Year 9 and 10: Four lessons
 Year 11: Five lessons
Homework is set at least once a week for all year groups.
Curriculum:
Year 7
Term  Topic  Remarks 
Autumn 1st half term 

In class topic test and CAT tests 
Autumn 2nd half term 

In class topic test and CAT tests 
Winter 1st half term 

In class topic test and CAT tests 
Winter 2nd half term 

In class topic test and CAT tests 
Summer 1st half term 

In class topic test and CAT tests 
Summer 2nd half term 

In class topic test and end of year exam 
Year 8
Term  Topic  Remarks 
Autumn 1st half term 


Autumn 2nd half term 


Winter 1st half term 


Winter 2nd half term 


Summer 1st half term 


Summer 2nd half term 

Year 9
Term  Topic 
Autumn 1st half term 

Autumn 2nd half term 

Winter 1st half term 

Winter 2nd half term 

Summer 1st half term 

Summer 2nd half term 

Year 10/11
Term  Topic 
Autumn 1st half term 

Autumn 2nd half term 

Winter 1st half term 

Winter 2nd half term 

Summer 1st half term 

Summer 2nd half term 

Year 12
Term  Topic  
Autumn 1st half term 

Argument and proof. Index laws. Surds. Quadratic functions. Simultaneous equations. Lines and circles. Inequalities. Definition and properties of vectors. Components of a vector. Standard units and basic dimensions. Motion in a straight line – definitions and graphs. Equations of motion for constant acceleration. 
Autumn 2nd half term 

Differentiation from first principles. Differentiating polynomials and Leibniz notation. Rates of change. Tangents and normals. Turning points. Integration Area under a curve. 
Winter 1st half term 

Expanding and factorising. The binomial theorem. Algebraic division. Curve sketching. Motion with variable acceleration. Forces. 
Winter 2nd half term 

The laws of logarithms. Probability. Binomial distribution. Dynamics. Motion under gravity. Systems of forces. 
Summer 1st half term 

Exponential functions. Exponential processes. Curve fitting. Sine, cosine and tangent. The sine and cosine rules. Formulating a hypothesis test. The critical region 
Summer 2nd half term 
Year 13
Term  Topic 
Autumn 1st half term 

Autumn 2nd half term 

Winter 1st half term 

Winter 2nd half term 

Summer 1st half term 

Summer 2nd half term 
Extracurricular
Every year our most able mathematicians take part in the National Maths Challenge and we often have students who are successful at the Challenge being entered for the follow up national events. We offer after school support to all year groups. The sessions are held in Maths classrooms and students can come and get help on a specific topic or help with homework. Every year a cohort of students from Years 12 and 13 is offered the opportunity to attend the Open University Christmas Mathematic Lectures.