Mathematics is essential for everyday life and for understanding our world. We want all our students to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, to be able to reason mathematically and to solve problems by applying their mathematical understanding to a variety of problems. Mathematical Mastery for all is our over-riding aim.
Within the Mathematics department, we aim to set challenging targets with high expectations for all students. We strongly believe in the importance of offering a variety of different approaches to teaching and learning to help motivate students. We will always look to ensure that the students are actively participating and enjoying mathematics.
At the end of their mathematical education, it is our vision that each student will:
- experience the satisfaction and enjoyment of their mathematical achievements;
- think and act as an independent learner;
- identify patterns and understand the meaning behind these;
- see the connections between a variety of mathematical topics;
- reason clearly and logically and set out logical and well thought-out arguments;
- approach problems systematically choosing appropriate techniques for their solution;
- communicate with a team; sharing and investigating problems;
- perform basic numeracy skills;
- understand the mathematics likely to be encountered in everyday life;
- obtain their best possible results at all times.
Our ethos incorporates students as partners in learning, with teachers working together as a team to develop and support each other to give all pupils the best experience they can. The leadership role of pupils is developed with peer marking and learning encouraged.
All students follow the National Curriculum, but are set according to ability, so they are studying at a level that suits them. Set changes can occur at any time, but usually take place once every half term. Students follow their personalised learning journeys based on prior attainment from KS2 and mapped to expected outcomes at GCSE.
We use the Mymaths for KS3 textbooks in school and all students have an IXL account Click here for the ixl login page to support their study at home.
The GCSE Mathematics course is split up into two tiers – Higher and Foundation. All students will follow the linear course in sets according to their working ability.
The EDEXCEL syllabus is followed.
The course promotes functional mathematics and problem solving in addition to solving more straight forward questions both within a mathematical and non- mathematical context.
The text book used in class is the Collins Edexcel GCSE Maths 4th Edition
For home study Students use the PIXL maths app Click here for PIXL MATHS APP which has exercises, tests, revision PowerPoints and videos to support their home study.
A Linear GCSE is a GCSE where all the content of the syllabus is covered over a two-year period and then assessed with a single examination in the June of the second year.
There will be three examination papers each counting for 33.3% of the final mark. Each paper has 80 marks.
As Part of our local consortium we offer Mathematics A-Level following the AQA syllabus. This is a two-year linear course with the examinations at the end of the course.
We also offer the new Core Maths qualification for students who want to study maths to a higher level than GCSE but do not wish to study Maths A-Level.