With a dynamic and imaginative team leading this exciting subject, our focus is on all pupils understanding, applying and enjoying Mathematics and its connection to the wider world. Use of inter-active white-boards and ICT enable a creative 21st century approach to learning. Homework is an important component of the learning process, consolidating the learning in lessons. Lunchtime drop-in sessions and after-school revision classes are also offered as extra support. Students have access to a wide range of resources including Maths Watch, Hegarty maths and GCSE pod to enhance their learning.
A wide range of extra-curricular events support and enhance pupils’ knowledge and engagement with the subject. Strong links with local primary schools allow for a smooth transition into Year 7, with the department delivering a variety of lessons to Year 6 pupils. All year groups regularly participate in maths challenges on a school, regional and national level, competing at colleges and universities. You only have to look at the school trophy cabinet to see how successful our pupils are! Successes have ranged from competing in the National Olympiad at Birmingham University to attending master classes at Leeds University. Visits to maths events organised by the UK Mathematics Trust are regular features on the department calendar. ‘Murderous Maths’ author Kjartan Poskitt is a regular visitor to school and trips to venues such as The Deep allow pupils the opportunity to see maths being used in a real-world context.
‘Teachers were seen modelling methods and solutions with clarity. Pupils, consequently, were confident in reflecting upon a variety of computational methods and applying them to increasingly complex questions’ - Ofsted 2017
KS3 and KS4 Information
Pupils begin their GCSE journey in Year 7, following a fast and exciting program to ensure they have a strong foundation in the understanding of mathematical concepts. Lessons offer students variety and opportunities to use maths in context and develop problem solving skills. The Hegarty Maths and Maths Watch websites support pupils’ learning both in class and interactively at home. Pupils follow a model of learning which aims to help them master each topic. The curriculum is organised into small teaching blocks that are regularly assessed. Continual support in monitoring and support allows for all pupils to improve their understanding and for the maths team to target intervention where required.
‘Work in books shows thorough curriculum coverage and frequent opportunities to practice examination tasks.’ - Ofsted 2017
The department has adapted schemes of work to meet the extra content and challenges of the new GCSE. Pupils sit the exam at the end of Year 11, and will be entered for either the Foundation tier, (grades 1-5) or Higher tier (grades 4 to 9). The three exam papers are comprised of 1 non-calculator paper and 2 calculator papers. The questions are a mixture of styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems and cover 6 specific areas:
- Ratio, proportion and rates of change
- Geometry and measures
- AS/A2 Mathematics
- Applied Diplomas
Maths Related Websites