The study of Mathematics is regarded by most people as being essential in order to cope with the demands of everyday life. All pupils are encouraged to reach their potential through a variety of teaching and learning approaches ranging from mental strategies, investigation and practical work to computer and calculator methods as well as the more traditional classroom methods. We aim to help our pupils to develop their confidence in a range of mathematical skills and to use logic at all times in how they solve mathematical problems.
In Years 7 and 8, pupils follow the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum with a particular focus on real-life problem solving. The department encourages and makes provision for higher level problem solving skills through involving pupils in a range of events and activities, such as the Intermediate and Junior UK Mathematics Trust Challenges. A thriving Mathematics Club runs every week for Year 7.
With the introduction of the new GCSE Mathematics (Grades 9-1) the department starts GCSE preparation in Year 9. Areas of knowledge include
· Ratio, proportion and rates of change
· Geometry & Measures
· Probabilities & Statistics
Our comprehensive textbooks ensure detailed coverage of the new syllabus with worked examples, exercises and supporting homework books as well as additional revision materials provided in Year 11.
Assessment is ongoing throughout years 9-11 in preparation for the GCSE which is offered at Foundation (Grades 5-1) and Higher (Grades 9-4). Entry is dependent on Pupil progress. There are 3 formal exams at the end of Year 9.
Pupils also compete in Intermediate Maths Challenge.
In the Sixth Form, we offer two very popular and successful courses in 'A' level Mathematics and, for the very ablest mathematicians, 'A' level Further Mathematics. The Further Maths Units require an in-depth understanding of the regular Maths Units
Our Year 12s follow the new 2 year A-Level course using the Edexcel syllabus.
Pupils will follow 2 set texts
· Statistics & Mechanics
Our current Year 13 have already studied C1, C2 and M1 and are currently studying C3, C4 and S1.
Further students study FP1, FP2, D1 and M2.
Our pupils also take part in the Senior Maths Challenge.