Aims of the Mathematics Department
The aims of the Mathematics Department reflect the whole school vision:
To develop, maintain and stimulate students’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in mathematics.
To develop students’ familiarity with appropriate mathematical concepts, principles, methods, language and vocabulary.
To develop students’ understanding of mathematics in its’ widest context and to see how it relates to themselves outside school.
To encourage students to develop personal qualities such as politeness, initiative, empathy, self -confidence and independence.
To enable independent and group work for all students.
To enable all students to have equal access to mathematics and to experience success in their work.
To allow students to develop transferable skills and informed mathematics and to be able to support them by reasonable arguments.
Each teacher in our team endeavours to provide a variety of experiences and activities within each module of study. Students are encouraged to work to their full potential and experience a sense of achievement. We firmly believe that Mathematics can be enjoyed, rather than just tolerated!
All KS3 students follow the same curriculum with lessons appropriately differentiated. Students are tested at the end of each topic and will complete in-school exams at Christmas and in the summer.
Students will complete ‘Using Maths’ assessments throughout the year and at the end of Year 10 this will result in an overall level of attainment at KS3.
In Years 11 and 12 all pupils are set. There is an extra class to allow for smaller groups for G.C.S.E. Students are currently following the EDEXCEL linear GCSE course.
There are 2 tiers of entry for these exams:
Students follow the EDECEL modular course at A-Level. In all, 6 modules are covered over the course of 2 years, 4 of which must be in Pure Mathematics.
At the end of Year 13, students sit exams in the following:
- Core Maths 1
- Core Maths 2
- Statistics 1
At the end of Year 14, student sit exams in the following:
- Core Maths 3
- Core Maths 4
- Mechanics 1
Mathematics at A Level, although enjoyable, can be challenging and it is suggested that a student should have achieved at least a grade B at GCSE level before committing herself to this particular subject.