We are an enthusiastic and dedicated department, determined to present Mathematics as an interesting, exciting and creative subject that is relevant to the lives of our students. There are 4 specialist Mathematics teachers within the department and also a specialist numeracy teaching assistant. We have a firm belief in the individual and are strongly committed to developing personalised learning for all students. We set high expectations of our pupils and believe that our ‘can do’ ethos ensures that everyone has the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential. As a department we aim to inspire, motivate and enthuse all pupils to develop enquiring minds capable of independent mathematical thinking. All mathematics classrooms are well equipped with Interactive whiteboards, which enable ICT to be a key feature of our lessons.
We provide a programme of study which is?centred around the National Curriculum and is matched to individual ability. Students are set at the beginning of Year 7 based on their KS2 results and are taught through a wide variety of teaching methods which are complemented by the use of text books. This we believe enables them to make the greatest progression. The curriculum covered helps students to reach their optimum KS3 level.
In Key Stage 4 all students follow the Edexcel Linear GCSE Mathematics course, at either Higher or Foundation tier. Both Year 10 and 11 use text books that are relevant to their programme of study. A key feature of Key Stage 4 is the need for students to be become more independent learners. To help achieve this, students are expected to make use of a variety of independent learning software which is designed to give them the opportunity to extend and consolidate what is learnt in class.
Students in Key Stage 5 follow the Edexcel AS and A2 Mathematics Course. In Year 12 students have 5 hours of teaching per week, which enables them to firmly grasp the foundations of AS level Mathematics. In summer of Year 12 students sit examinations: Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics 1. For A2, students go on to study Core 3, Core 4 and one other applied module in Year 13. There is also the option of?taking Further Mathematics in KS5, which provides a rewarding and stimulating challenge for our most able students.
Mrs F Smith – Subject Leader
Mrs A Jepson
Mr L Thornton
Miss C Smithson