Mathematics

Leader: Miss C Ward

Deputy Leaders: Miss H Forrest & Mr P Hassall

Teacher of Maths – Mrs R Evans

Teacher of Maths – Mr J Wozniak

Teacher of Maths – Miss N Perry

Departmental Vision

The Maths department aim to develop the application of mathematical concepts to promote independent enquiry and the enjoyment of learning mathematics through a variety of learning strategies and activities. The use of active teaching approaches and time to reflect on learning is at the heart of our teaching and learning ethos. Rich questioning and discussion so that students can use and apply skills in order to extend mathematical knowledge is important in supporting progress. Identifying misconceptions as starting places for concept building allows us to be responsive to the needs of each student and allow additional time before moving on when required. Ensuring that children enjoy challenging maths is valued and our students use a range of independent learning strategies.

KS3 Overview (what is taught in KS3)

At Key Stage 3 all four main areas of Maths (Number, Algebra, Shape & Data) are covered in depth and is personalised to reflect the ability of the students. Students are given every opportunity to apply the skills taught. Students are set from entry on KS2 data and this is reviewed regularly through the year.

 KS4 Overview (what is taught in KS4)

At KS4 students follow the AQA linear course that is examined by 3 papers at the end of year 11; one non-calculator and two calculator. Students will get a qualification based on the new 1-9 grading structure. Students have 8 lessons a fortnight and will continue work started in KS3 in the 4 main areas of maths (Number, Algebra, Shape and Data) as well as studying Ratio and Proportion as a key element of the course. An emphasis on problem solving skills will be paramount as will exam skills throughout the course.

KS5 Overview (what is taught in KS5)

Students will start to study the new A Level course in Mathematics from September 2017, we will be following the AQA linear course. Students following AS or A Level mathematics will broadly follow the same curriculum in year 12 however the assessments for both the AS level and A Level are different.

Students studying the AS Level will take their examinations at the end of year 12 and take 2 written papers of 90 minutes each. Paper 1 is made up of a combination of pure mathematics (previously called core) and statistics. Paper 2 is made up of pure mathematics and has mechanics elements.

Students studying for the full A Level will take all their examinations at the end of year 13 and will sit 3 written papers, each lasting 2 hours. Paper 1 is rooted in pure mathematics, paper 2 can include any elements of the pure mathematics from paper 1 and also includes mechanics questions, paper 3 also has any elements of pure mathematics from paper 1 and has statistics questions. To be considered for the course students must achieve a grade 7 or above at GCSE.

Further Mathematics is also offered at the college and will be examined similar to the set up of the AS / A Level courses. Examinations at the end will consist of papers split into Pure Mathematics and a separate examination which examines the applied content. To be accepted onto the Further Mathematics course students must achieve a grade 8 or 9 at GCSE.

Career Opportunities

Very few careers do not require the use of maths in some form or another! For a few ideas:-

www.mathscareers.org.uk

Useful websites

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize

www.mangahigh.

www.mei.org.

www.mymaths.co.uk

Extra Curricular Activities

The department aims to offer students the opportunity to study outside of the classroom (where possible). For the past 7 years the department has run a visit to Disneyland Paris, where students have gained insight into how maths is used in the real world in the context of an international tourist attraction.

We also have Maths classrooms open most lunchtimes where students can drop in for help with homework. There will also be computers available for students to access maths based learning.