Mathematics

Miss Becca Boulter

Mr Nigel Bennett

Miss Ashlie Boydell

Mrs Anne Dutoy

Mr Dan Robinson

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“It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not the possession of but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment.” ― Carl Friedrich Gauss

Mastery of numbers and problem solving is at the heart of what we do in the Maths department. We are devoted to developing our students’ confidence and fluency with core mathematical concepts. We hope to instill a deep understanding and love of mathematics and its applications.

Our department aims are to help students to:

  • Develop to the limit of their capability, the mathematical skills and understanding required for their present needs, both in and out of school, and to prepare for the demands of adult life
  • Have a positive attitude towards mathematics and an awareness of its fascination
  • Have an understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment
  • Be competent and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills
  • Be able to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and logically
  • Work both independently and in co-operation with others
  • Develop their ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life.

KEY STAGE 3

Our Year 7 students are grouped into sets on entry, based on KS2 data. Students are assessed by their class teacher every half term and a current grade is sent home. Years 7 and 8 are challenged to improve on their times tables using TT Rockstars (www.ttrockstars.com).

Throughout Key Stage 3 students visit the same topics time and time again. However, on each occasion they will be required to push themselves a bit further in their understanding.

Areas of study include: basic number manipulation, data handling, area and perimeter, algebra, probability, 2D and 3D shapes, problem solving and the application of mathematics to real life scenarios.

KEY STAGE 4

All students follow the Edexcel linear course and sit their exams at the end of Year 11. They are assessed by their class teacher each half term and a predicted grade is sent home. Our current Year 10 and below will be assessed using the GCSE 2015 system, which means that they will be graded from 9-1, with 9 being the highest.

Areas of study include: area, percentages, fractions, decimals, ratio, graphs, statistics and averages, algebra, probability, constructions, similarity, transformations, vectors and trigonometry.

ENRICHMENT

Revision sessions are available before and after school for Year 11 in preparation for their GCSE exams. We also recommend the use of Mathswatch (www.mathswatchvle.com), Corbett Maths (www.corbettmaths.com) and Mymaths (www.mymaths.co.uk) as revision aids.

There are often maths-based activities to get involved in during enrichment, including maths puzzles, the cipher challenge and primary maths workshops.

Our Maths Hub creates a comfortable environment for pupils to do numeracy work, get help on their homework or to learn more about the world of maths!

Other opportunities for maths enrichment include the UKMT Maths Challenges, breakfast club Maths and the Catch-Up Numeracy programme. (www.catchup.org)