The Mathematics Faculty is focused on ensuring that all students, regardless of ability, achieve their full potential. We aim to develop students’ personal and mathematical confidence to enable them to tackle problems confidently, to develop students’ ability to think and reason mathematically and to realise the relevance of mathematical content and skills to their everyday lives.
Key Stage 3
All classes in Key Stage 3 have four one hour lessons of mathematics each week. Pupils are grouped according to their ability in mathematics.
Year 7 and Year 8
The Key Stage 3 curriculum is divided into 12 blocks of work. The blocks that cover key concepts in the understanding of Maths are taught in both years, whereas some blocks of work are taught once during the 2 year course. Content is scaffolded and all groups are taught content to extend their knowledge and understanding as far as possible. We aim to ensure pupils develop their problem solving skills to prepare them for the increased demands of GCSE Mathematics in Key Stage 4.
Block 1 - Place value, bounds and inequalities
Block 2 - Perimeter area and volume
Block 3 - Ratio, proportion and multiplicative methods
Block 4 - Numerical calculations
Block 5 - Basic algebra and solving equations
Block 6 - Fractions, decimals and percentages
Block 7a - Properties of numbers (Y7 only)
Block 7b - Sequences (Y8 only)
Block 8 - Symmetry (Y7 only)
Block 9a - Coordinates in 4 quadrants (Y7 only)
Block 9b - Straight line graphs (Y8 only)
Block 10a - Measuring angles (Y7 only)
Block 10b - Angle properties (Y8 only)
Block 11 - Collecting, representing and analysing data (Y7 only)
Block 12 - Probability (Y8 only)
Key Stage 4
The majority of students in Key Stage 4 have five one hour lessons of mathematics each week. Classes are organised by ability sets in Key Stage 4, although the exact structure varies depending on the year group and needs of the students. All students are entered for GCSE Mathematics and all Mathematics GCSEs are assessed at the end of the course.
Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 develop the skills and knowledge covered in Years 7 and 8 in; Number; Algebra; Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change; Geometry and Measures; Probability and Statistics.
Our intention is to enter all candidates for the AQA GCSE Mathematics course. Further details may be found at: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics-8300
Key Stage 5
Any Sixth form student who has not secured a Grade 4 or higher GCSE Mathematics is given the opportunity to gain this vital qualification, studying an appropriate course for two one hour lessons each week.
Sixth Form students who have achieved grade 4+ but do not wish to study mathematics to A level are able to continue their study of mathematics and support their study of subjects with mathematical content by following a two year course in Quantitative Problem Solving. The course covers; Modelling; Statistics; Finance; Working with exponentials; Working with graphs and gradients; Geometry and measures; Risk; Statistical problem solving and Use of technology.
Further details may be found at: www.ocr.org.uk
We offer the Edexcel A level in Mathematics. Students studying in Key Stage 5 have five one hour lessons of Mathematics each week. In addition some students are supported to study Further Mathematics in their own time.
All students study the areas of Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics. Further details may be found at: www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08//maths/pages/default
Every year students take part in three Challenges organised by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust at Leeds University.
The Faculty holds a number of targeted revision sessions, both after school and during holidays to support the progress and attainment of all students on GCSE and A level Mathematics courses.
All mathematics staff are willing to help students individually with any aspect of their study.
The faculty is housed in fourteen classrooms on the first floor of the main school building. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard and visualiser. One of the classrooms is a dedicated ICT room. In addition the faculty has a set of iPads and two sets of graphical calculators. We use a variety of textbooks and electronically stored resources together with access to interactive websites. The faculty also uses a variety of practical equipment.