Curriculum

Maths

Mathematics

Mr S. Graham

Director of Mathematics

Mr S Graham
Miss L Hempstead
Mr J Goldhawk
Miss. C Palmer
Miss. K Pope
Mr C Sargent
Mrs S Scott
Miss. M Wilkie
Mr B Youard

Department Vision

The department believes that when Mathematics is taught, it should be in order to promote understanding, rather than just gain knowledge.

The department aims to provide the highest standard of teaching for all pupils in a positive, well-managed environment. Learning is at the heart of the Mathematics Department, and each teacher of mathematics is expected to contribute towards the continual improvement of teaching and learning across the department.

Students are the priority and we aim to make every decision from the point of view: "What is in the best interest of our students?"

We are a successful department, but we are a team that seeks to improve and which aims to be the best. 

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 the department has its own schemes of work, based on the Edexcel Course content. The Year 7 and 8 classes use the Edexcel Pi, Theta and Delta textbooks and interactive resources to assist in their learning. Students are tested at the end of every term to as to monitor their learning and provide staff with information that they may need to initiate intervention programmes. This testing is also used to monitor progress, inform teaching, provide students with guidance in their studies, and inform setting decisions. The GCSE course for mathematics begins in Year 9 and is a three-year course.

Homework
Students are set a variety of homework tasks. These include:
  • Literacy based mathematics.
  • Computer-based PiXL assignments.
  • Homework Sheets:
    • Written by the teacher.
    • From the Pearson Publications resource bank.

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 the department has its own schemes of work, which closely follows the Edexcel syllabus. Students are tested at the end of every term to as to monitor their learning and provide staff with information that they may need to initiate intervention programmes. This testing is also used to monitor progress, inform teaching, provide students with guidance in their studies, and inform setting decisions. All students are entered for the final GCSE Mathematics examination at the end of their Year 11 studies, but are assessed in Year 10 through to Year 11 and a decision on the tier of entry made early on in Year 11. This is done in order to maximise students’ potential in terms of enjoyment and success at GCSE, and to ensure that all students have the opportunity to achieve their potential..

Homework
Students are set a variety of homework tasks. These include:
  • Revision material for examination practice.
  • Computer-based PiXL assignments.
  • Homework Sheets:
    • Written by the teacher.
    • From the Pearson Publications resource bank.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 pupils have the opportunity to study towards the A-Level Mathematics qualification, using the Edexcel syllabus. Year 12 and 13 students may also choose to study towards the AS-Level Core Mathematics qualification or the IB component of the Mathematics course.
At Key Stage 5 pupils have the opportunity to revisit GCSE maths to improve their grade at this level.

Homework
At A Level in year 12: Students are set homework prior to each double lesson as the course is taught in a flipped classroom. The homework is mostly skill based as the application of skills is then covered during lesson time. Students are expected to complete assessments in addition to other homework set when necessary.
At A Level in year 13: Students are set homework after each single or double lesson. The homework is skill based in the first instance and subsequently, application orientated. Students are expected to complete assessments in addition to other homework set when necessary.
At GCSE level: Students should expect one piece of homework a week that includes mixed questions to provide opportunities for thorough revision before retake examination dates.

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