It is the aim of the Mathematics faculty to inspire the next generation to a love of learning Mathematics through a well-structured course, which allows students to master key skills throughout their studies.
Students are encouraged to grow and develop in a safe nurturing environment.
Mathematics is taught to all students from Year 7 to Year 11 and the curriculum covers number, calculations, algebra, shape, space and measures, and data handling.
Students are encouraged to challenge themselves by taking part in enriching activities outside the classroom, for example the UKMT Mathematics Challenge.
In Year 7 and 8 all students follow the Maths Mastery course, which enables a solid foundation to be formed by giving time for skills to be embedded and stretch to be horizontal and age appropriate.
Students are divided into sets in Year 7 after completing a “Getting to know you” module in tutor groups.
Students carry out a pre-test and post-test for each module to track progress and to assess understanding.
In Year 9 students follow a pre-GCSE course by consolidating skills obtained in Year 7 and 8 and to prepare them for the new 9-1 GCSE course.
Year 7 content
Autumn term 1 – Solve word problems (add and subtract)
Autumn term 2 – Explain and investigate (multiply and divide)
Spring term 1 – Geometry
Spring term 2 – Fractions
Summer term 1 – Applications of algebra
Summer term 2 – Percentages and statistics
Year 8 content
Autumn term 1 – Number
Autumn term 2 – Algebraic expressions
Spring term 1 – 2-D geometry
Spring term 2 – Proportional reasoning
Summer term 1 – 3-D geometry
Summer term 2 – Statistics
Year 9 content
Autumn term 1 – Angles and Measures, Number, Ratio and Rates of Change
Autumn term 2 – Consolidate & extend Angle, Measures, Number & Ratio and Algebra
Spring term 1 – Statistics and Probability
Spring term 2 – Consolidate & extend Algebra, Statistics & Probability and Mensuration
Summer term 1 – Fractions, Decimals and Percentages and Geometry
Summer term 2 – Consolidate & extend Mensuration, Fractions, Decimals and Percentages, Sequences, Graphs and Geometry
All students will follow the Edexcel GCSE linear course and will be entered for an examination in Mathematics at the end of Year 11, obtaining a grade from 9-1. The final examination consists of three papers of 1 ½ hours, one non-calculator and two calculator.
For current Year 10 students, in addition to the Mathematics GCSE, sets 1-4 will study GCSE Statistics. This is a new examination first examined in 2019 and consists of two calculator papers each of 1 ½ hours.
All students in Year 11 have a lesson period 6 on Wednesday where they will be preparing for examinations by targeting areas identified in PPE examinations.
Students are required to bring their own equipment to every Mathematics lesson. Students are required to have a pen, a pencil, a ruler, a rubber, a protractor, a pair of compasses and a calculator. Equipment is available to purchase through school by obtaining an order form from Mrs Ballard.