The maths department aim to provide our students with the skills and tools needed to solve problems in different contexts by applying their understanding of number, algebra, geometry and data handling.
Students in years 7, 8 and 9 follow a mastery curriculum. Our mastery curriculum is designed to follow the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum issued by the Department of Education, which builds on prior learning from primary school and leads to further study at GCSE. Whilst the topic may seem familiar to students from prior learning, students are now expected to develop this learning and be able to apply it in a range of increasingly complex problems across all areas of the maths curriculum. They are also expected to develop their reasoning skills and be expected to be able to recognise when it is appropriate to apply specific mathematical techniques to problem solving questions outside the regular context of learning.
Students in key stage 4 follow a scheme of work for Edexcel GCSE Maths, they have regular assessments to track their progress and identify any intervention needs. Lessons provide opportunities for students to develop their mathematical understanding through collaborative and independent tasks. Students are set homework weekly based on the topics they have been studying in class and each holiday they have a pack of exam papers to complete.
Monday – Year 11 after school maths from 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is linked through our expectations that students make connections between their numeracy skills and real life. Students are asked to considering pattern, order, symmetry and scale. They are often asked to reflect on data that has moral and ethical implications; including chance games. We ensure that students are taught mathematics in collaborative learning groups and structures in order to develop their social skills and to gain an understanding that they need to listen to each other and carefully consider each others’ opinions.