Mathematics

 

Aims & Ethos

Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing pupils’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data. Mathematics is important for pupils in many other areas of study particularly Science and Technology. It is also important in everyday living, in many forms of employment, and in public decision-making.

In the mathematics department we aim to set challenging targets with high expectations for all pupils and offer a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate pupils and demand their active participation.

Key Stage 3

In year 7 and 8 pupils are set according to ability with 8 classes in each year group. Pupils are assessed every half term and Homework is set half termly.

Pupils are encouraged to access the 'MyMaths' website to aid independent learning.

It is essential that pupils come to school equipped with a range of suitable mathematical instruments. Equipment is available for purchase in the School Resources Centre.

Key Stage 4

The Programme of study at Key Stage 4 builds on the progress of students during KS3. Students are assessed on their mathematical skills, their ability to apply these to real-life situations and their problem solving skills.

Pupils start their GCSE course at the beginning of year 9. They follow the AQA Mathematics GCSE Linear Course. The GCSE has two levels of entry, Higher and Foundation, examined through two papers at the end of Year 11. We offer the AQA Level 2 Further Mathematics qualification for our more able students.

Homework is set every half term with a suggested timetable as to the completion of the work. Students are encouraged to use the ‘Mathswatch’ website to aid independent learning.

Year 11 complete weekly skill based homework to encourage regular revision for their final exam.