Mathematics

Director of Maths : Mrs R Kirkman

Deputy Leader of Maths: Mrs E Ball

Teacher of Maths – Mrs R Evans

Teacher of Maths – Mr I Hussain

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. Our students use a range of independent learning strategies.

 

KS3 Overview (what is taught in KS3)

At Key Stage 3 all six main areas of mathematics are covered in depth and 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 achieve 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 following areas of mathematics; number, algebra, geometry and measures, statistics, ratio proportion and rates of change, and probability. An emphasis on problem solving and reasoning skills will be paramount throughout the course.

KS5 Overview (what is taught in KS5)

Students will be studying the AQA A-Level course in Mathematics. All examinations for A-Level Mathematics are at the end of year 13. There are three 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. Ideally students should achieve grade 7 or above at GCSE but consideration will be given to students with grade 6.


 

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). Over the past 10 years the department has run several visits to Disneyland Paris, where students have gained insight into how mathematics is used in the real world in the context of an international tourist attraction.

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