Our aim is to teach pupils using a multi part lesson structure which is based on research carried out by Kings College, University of London. This method will enable pupils to:
- take ownership of their learning
- contribute to class discussions and listen their fellow class members
- take measured risks and attempt challenging question
- perform confidently in their exams
- develop thinking and problem solving skills that will prepare them for the future
- have ten minutes silence in each lesson to allow them independent thinking time
J. Alcock – Deputy Headteacher
S. Boden – Acting Assistant Headteacher
J. Lockyer – Lead teacher
D. Moore – Assistant Subject Leader
S. Marriott – Deputy Subject Leader
G. Ofusu-Bossman - Assistant Subject Leader
C. Pollock – Mathematics teacher
S. Solani – Assistant Headteacher
K. World –Head of Learning
Each Key Stage has a separate curriculum in mathematics. Each is designed to deliver a rich, interactive and educational experience whilst ensuring students have successful outcomes at each stage. At Key Stage 3 students cover work across number, algebra, geometry and measures and statistics. These strands are studied at a range of levels. Pupils are assessed each half term and given clear guidance on how to improve.
At Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11) all groups will follow the GCSE in modular mathematics taking either the higher or foundation course. This Key Stage continues directly from the national curriculum for Key Stage 3 including the extension topics beyond Level 8. The syllabus consists of number and algebra, geometry and measures, statistics and applications. The course structure develops the study of theory and application.
It is our intention that four of the five mathematics groups in Year 9 will complete their GCSE in two years, taking their final examinations at the end of Year 10. The fifth group, who find mathematics more challenging, will be encouraged to complete their GCSE mathematics over three years, giving them the time and support to secure a GCSE Grade C and possibly aspire to a GCSE Grade B at the end of Year 11.
Pupils who enjoy this subject will require a minimum Grade B to study AS/A2 Level mathematics at Key Stage 5. Both the A2 Level and AS Level mathematics courses build on work covered at GCSE. However, they also involve new ideas that some of the greatest minds of the millennium have produced. It serves as a useful tool for many other subjects as well as being a sought-after qualification for the work place and courses in higher education
These courses are of value in a large number of career areas such as: medicine, engineering, business administration, accounting and finance, computing, architecture and design, law, economics, psychology and interpretation of statistics in politics and journalism.
At our weekly “Success Club”, held after school for one hour, we encourage our pupils to think about their thinking, generate their own solutions and take ownership of their own learning. Students can seek advice and support from sixth form subject ambassadors, mentors and their class teachers. 180 students each year take part in the UK mathematics trust challenges. Enrichment events are planned throughout all key stages throughout the school year and there are trips for Year 7 and 8 students during the summer term.
In addition to “Success Club” there is a drop-in support class for each Key Stage once a week after school. Mathematics teachers deliver revision classes during school holidays, weekends and in the mornings throughout the year to support those students who feel they need extra support or wish to extend their learning further. Pupils should see Miss Solani or their class teachers for more details.