(GCSE exam board: AQA)
Maths Department Aims
It is our aim to make Mathematics challenging, enriching and enjoyable. All members of the department have a keen enthusiasm for the subject, which we hope to communicate to students.
The department currently has seven dedicated rooms and all contain interactive whiteboards. We are fortunate to have new and up to date textbooks and a good range of practical equipment to support learning.
We subscribe to an online maths website called “My Maths” and students are encouraged to use this to develop knowledge and understanding. It is also a good source of revision material.
Maths classes are set by ability which allows similar ability students to be taught at an appropriate pace. Through regular assessment students may move up or down a set as appropriate to ensure the teaching best matches the needs of the students.
Individual help for students, from all year groups, is available at lunchtime from 12.30 to 1pm each day and students are strongly encouraged to attend if they need help with any topic. In addition there are a number of lunchtime and after school interventions sessions arranged to help students achieve their target grades.
Students are expected to bring a geometry set and calculator to every lesson and these can be purchased in school at cost price. We recommend the Casio fx-83GT.
Mrs C Wooldridge – Subject Leader for Mathematics
Mr A Pate – Maths Teaching and Learning Coordinator
Mr M Linney
Mrs D Roberts
Mrs J Phillips
Mrs G White – Maths Hub Lead Teacher
Mrs J Brookes
Mr P Allen
Mr A Johnson
Mr R Harris
Mr D Bullock
Mr P Challinor – Assistant Principal
GCSE Maths 2017 – Congratulations to all the students who received their GCSE results this summer. 88% of the students achieved a grade 4 or better and 36% grades 7 to 9, a fantastic achievement.
Maths Curriculum Overview
Years 7 and 8 follow a key stage 3 curriculum where there are 5 main areas of study:
- Number – e.g. addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, ratio and percentages
- Ratio, proportion and rates of change, e.g. percentage increase, dividing a given quantity into two or more parts
- Geometry and Measure – e.g. properties of 2D and 3D shapes, angles, areas and volumes
- Algebra – using letters to solve problems
- Statistics – collecting, representing and analysing data, probability
There is a strong focus on mastery which has a primary aim of developing a sense of place value and number and linking all topics to problem solving.
Years 9, 10 and 11 follow the key stage 4 curriculum which includes GCSE examinations. GCSE examinations are graded from 9 (highest) to 1 (lowest). Students will consolidate their numerical and mathematical capability from key stage 3 and be taught to select and use appropriate calculation strategies to solve increasingly complex problems. Students will be taught to use different representations to solve problems including numerical, algebraic, graphical and diagrammatic representations. Students are expected to use mathematical language and properties precisely. Reasoning and problem solving are key skills which students need to develop whilst studying the 5 main subject areas of Number, Algebra, Ratio, proportion and rates of change, Geometry and measures, Probability and Statistics
Students achieving at least a grade 7 at GCSE can go on to study for AS and A level Mathematics at our sixth form. Mathematics is a very highly valued AS and A level, by both Universities and employers. It is a challenging course but one which can support students’ studies in almost every other subject. All assessment is via written examination with no coursework component. Students will complete AS Mathematics at the end of year 12 and then A level Mathematics at the end of year 13. There is also the opportunity to study for AS and A Level Further Maths. Again, students needs to achieve a grade 8 at GCSE.
Other useful websites
Drop-in Maths support is available every lunchtime in C13.
Each year groups of students from years 7 to 13 participate in the annual UKMT Maths Challenges. This is a competition where students try to answer some multiple choice questions which are both intriguing and challenging. There are three levels, junior, intermediate and senior, with certificates for those who do well. The best students can also progress to the next rounds of the competition.
There are trips out of school which have included the World Museum in Liverpool and “Thinktank” at the Birmingham Science Museum. In December 2016 all year 8 students had the opportunity to visit the Leicester Space Centre.