In mathematics we focus on ensuring that students:
- Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts in number, algebra, ratio and proportion, statistics and probability, and geometry
- Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
- Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions
- Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context
All students are expected to bring a pen, pencil, ruler and rubber in order to be prepared for learning.
Five-year scheme of learning
To ensure that all students are taught at the right starting point and that they continue in their learning and enjoyment of mathematics, we use a five year curriculum that follows a ‘stage not age’ approach.
In Year 7, students start by being taught in form groups, following a mastery style scheme of learning to embed the processes and understanding of all topics.
In Year 8, students are set mainly according to results from assessments at the end of Year 7. They continue with the mastery scheme of learning, covering all KS3 topics at least once, in depth, during the two years.
Students are assessed throughout the term using independent tasks and then in a module test at the end.
In year 9, we continue to focus on the skills students need. In Year 10 and 11 there is particular focus on developing exam technique alongside teaching and learning to ensure that students can confidently apply their understanding of mathematics.
Edexcel GCSE Maths 1MA1 9-1
Paper 1 – Non-calculator, 1 hour 30 minutes
Paper 2 – Calculator, 1 hour 30 minutes
Paper 3 – Calculator, 1 hour 30 minutes
Foundation – Grade 1-5
Higher – Grade 4-9
- Ratio and proportion
- Statistics and probability
- Geometry and measure
Tracking assessments will continue throughout Year 10 and 11 at least half-termly, and take the form of tests and practise examinations. There will be formal mock examination periods during Year 10 and Year 11.
Every year approximately 20 year 11 students go to London on a PiXL “Strive for Five” trip.
Some Year 11 students have also been attending enrichment lessons at Sir Issac Newton school.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES LINKED TO THIS SUBJECT
Most jobs and careers will need you to use maths in some way and it’s particularly useful in accountancy, banking and finance, management, environmental sciences, construction, engineering and manufacturing, medical technology, and science and research.
Maths is an essential part of owning your own business in any area.
With the new 1-9 G.C.S.E, we are finding a grade 6 is the minimum requirement most schools require to do Science A-Level. Therefore, any career that needs science needs maths too!