Mathematics is a core subject studied by all pupils to GCSE level. The Mathematics department will encourage the pupils to develop and:
– Consolidate their understanding of Mathematics;
– Be confident in their use of Mathematics;
– Extend their use of mathematical vocabulary, definitions and formal reasoning;
– Develop the confidence to use Mathematics to tackle and solve problems in the work place and everyday life;
– Take increasing responsibility for the planning and execution of their work;
– Develop an ability to think and reason mathematically;
– Learn the importance of precision and rigour in mathematics;
– Make connections between different areas of Mathematics;
– Realise the application of Mathematics in the world around them;
– Use ICT appropriately;
– Develop a firm foundation for appropriate further study.
Initially, Year 7 students are taught in tutor groups and will follow a numeracy programme and complete mathematical tasks during the first half term. Pupils are allocated sets commensurate with their ability in the second half of the Autumn Term. Sets are reviewed regularly and parents are informed of any changes.
The Key Stage 3 programme of study follows the requirements of the National Curriculum programme of study including the following areas:-
– Developing fluency
– Reasoning mathematically
– Solving problems
– Ratio, proportion and rates of change
– Geometry and measures
At GCSE, students continue to be taught in sets and follow the Edexcel Linear GCSE, specification 1MA1. All examinations are taken in June.
Activities to support the curriculum take place where possible. In the past, pupils have visited The British Museum, Bletchley Park and The Bank of England. Pupils also enter the UKMT Maths Challenges and Team Challenges, and can take part in Maths Challenge Club and visit Maths Clinic for support at lunchtime.