Mathematics

Mathematics is essential in every walk of life: whether you are wallpapering, applying for a mortgage or deciding whether the pair of jeans that are in the sale are actually the bargain of the year or not!

The department aims to develop confidence, interest and enjoyment in mathematics. We use a variety of up-to-date teaching methods and resources to engage pupils and relate their mathematical knowledge to everyday life around them. The school subscribes to the mathematics website MyMaths which allows pupils to access topic-based interactive lessons at home as well as school, and is used a weekly homework tool for consolidating work completed in lessons. Our other homework tool focuses on recall, and is a standard weekly exercise consolidating the same topics over a half term. Completion and assessment of these homeworks are recorded on School Synergy for parents and pupils to see.

All of our pupils follow the AQA 5-year programme of study in conjunction with the Collins Connect series of textbooks. The route maps provided at either higher or foundation level are used as guides only, as learning and progress is dictated by teacher’s assessment of learning. These schemes of learning are written to reflect the Mathematics programmes of study for pupils in key stage three, and the reformed 9-1 GCSE in key stage four.

Pupils in all years and of all abilities receive two consistently set pieces of homework each week. One is completed online on MyMaths for consolidating what they are currently learning in lessons. The other is a written piece based mostly on recall of prior learning with some elements of discovery of potentially unseen topics for additional challenge.

Level 2 Further Mathematics

Pupils in our top set GCSE class will be given the opportunity to study for an extra qualification in after-school tuition sessions. This course provides an excellent preparation for A-Level study of Mathematics. It is designed for those students who will to achieve grades 7 or above in GCSE Mathematics. The content covers the areas of algebra and geometry, and also gives an introduction to calculus and matrices and develops further skills in trigonometry, functions and graphs.

Enrichment

Within the Mathematics department, we are keen to promote enjoyment and excitement in Mathematics. Individual and Team challenges are coordinated by the UKMT and Further Maths Support Programme and extend and enrich Gifted and Talented pupils.

The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are lively, intriguing multiple-choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in maths in large numbers of pupils. The three levels cover the secondary school range 11-18 and together they attract over 600,000 entries from over 4000 schools and colleges.

The UKMT Team Challenges promote mathematical dexterity, team working, and communication skills. They also give pupils the opportunity to compete against pupils from other schools in their region. The team challenges are currently available for Years 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13 pupils.

Staff

Mr R Cheshire (Director of Mathematics, Assistant Headteacher)

Mr M Dickinson (KS4 Co-ordinator) 

Miss R Kelly (KS3 Co-ordinator)

Mrs S Martin (Senior Sixth Form Tutor) 

Miss H Morgan

Mrs C Whistlecroft

Mr G Stratton

Mr D Whittaker

Mr J English