Mathematics

Our Aim

Our aim is to ensure that, in all classrooms, students enjoy their learning and contribute 100% to every lesson. Learning styles are varied and work is differentiated, supported by high quality teaching resources including the use of ICT. Verbal and written feedback is constructive and students know what they need to do in order to improve. Teachers are passionate about their subject and inspire creative thinking.

Key Stage 3

Mathematics is taught for three hours per week at Key Stage 3. Although we do not follow the National Curriculum, the content of our syllabus is almost the same and we also follow the three-part lesson structure laid down by the National Numeracy Strategy.

Year 7

The Year 7 course is based on number, algebra, geometry, measures, probability and statistics. Students are encouraged to develop their problem-solving skills and study a varied curriculum. Students are taught in mixed ability groups until October half-term. Following the October Assessment, they are placed into one of 5 sets depending on their ability in maths. Setting is reviewed termly after the February and June assessments, when students can move between groups depending on their individual needs.

Year 7 Maths Day

During the spring term, all Year 7 students participate in a ‘Maths Activity Day’. They complete mathematical activities in house groups in order to develop their skills and ability to work collaboratively. Marks are awarded for accuracy, presentation and for their ability to work collaboratively. House points are awarded for success in the activities and it is an enjoyable day for all students.

Year 8

In Year 8, all students build on the foundations taught in Year 7. They study properties of number, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio, proportion, algebra, constructions, geometry, graphs, scale drawings and handling data. Assessments are conducted each term and setting is reviewed accordingly.

Year 8 Maths Trip

All students visit Bletchley Park as part of the extended Maths curriculum. Bletchley Park was the site of the British code-breaking activities during World War II. It has strong links with Alan Turing, founder of the field of artificial intelligence. Highlights include a guided tour and a hands-on code-breaking session.

Year 9

In Year 9, students begin preparing for the GCSE course. They study number, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics and probability in much greater depth than in Years 7 and 8. Division 1 students then prepare to take GCSE Maths a year early – in Year 10. Divisions 2-5 prepare for their GCSE.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, mathematics is taught for five hours per fortnight. Students in Division 1 take their GCSE in Year 10 and then take the OCR Additional Mathematics course in Year 11. Divisions 2-6 take the Edexcel Linear GCSE Mathematics qualification. In Year 11, students sit a mock GCSE examination in January in preparation for their final examination in June.

Key Stage 5

What will I be studying?

A-level Maths consists of 3 main areas –

  • Core Maths (algebra, trigonometry, etc)
  • Statistics (data analysis, etc)
  • Mechanics (motion, forces, etc)
  • Decision (Modelling and optimisation)

What does this subject involve?

You study a mixture of the three elements – various options can be taken. An A-level qualification consists of 6 modules and an AS-level qualification is achieved with success in 3 modules. Further Maths can be taken in addition to the A-level by completing another 6 modules.

What skills/qualities will I need?

  • A good GCSE grade (preferably A*/A)
  • A genuine interest in the subject
  • An ability to work independently
  • Determination
  • A logical mind

Future prospects?

A qualification in Maths opens many doors. As well as the obvious links with Science, Finance and Engineering-related careers, many employers look favourably upon candidates who have studied Maths to A-level standard and A-level Maths combines well with most other A-level subjects.

Maths Clinics

Each week throughout the school year, additional support is offered at lunchtimes by the Maths Department by invitation or on a ‘drop-in’ basis. These clinics take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunch times.