The Mathematics department is comprised of six teachers with different life and teaching experiences. It is fair to say we have a combined age between 172 and 73. We each bring our own set of skills to the team and like to think we work well as one!
The subject is obviously compulsory until the end of year 11 and the subject is a popular A level choice meaning we have a large cohort of year 12 and 13 students who study A2 Mathematics, along with a class in each year group studying Further Mathematics. Several students go on to successfully study degree courses which require them to have achieved highly in A2 Mathematics. Students engage well with the subject in lessons and enjoy attending enrichment activities and afterschool sessions which support their learning. (These are listed in the school’s activities programme). Students also have access to Mymaths, an excellent online resource and sixth form students are issued with their own textbooks.
We have 5 dedicated mathematics classrooms and we have regular access to ICT rooms during lessons. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard and sound system to enhance delivery of the subject.
We regularly share resources as a team of teachers and we aim to give the students the best possible experience of the subject, in return we expect students to always do their best, which often includes building resilience when they find topics hard.
Here is an outline of the work covered:
Year 7 : We are using Maths Frameworking resources and in year 7 they are covering linear algebra, number, sequences, quadrilaterals and polygons, 2D and 3D shapes, graphs, percentages, decimals, fractions, transformations, probability and data. We are preparing our students for the qualifications they will take in year 11, so problem solving questions will feature throughout topics.
Year 9 : Students are inducted in mixed ability groups and study data handling, including completing a project to display their understanding. They are then put into sets and the completion of the Edexcel Higher Mathematics GCSE (http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html ) commences. Students in sets 2-3 usually cover units 1-6, set 1 usually covers more:
- Interpreting and representing data
- Fractions, ratios and percentages
- Angles and trigonometry
GCSE Year 10 & 11 : Sets 2-3 then take the remaining time to complete units 7-19 before taking the final examinations:
- Area and Volume
- Transformations and constructions
- Equations and inequalities
- Multiplicative reasoning
- Similarity and congruence
- More trigonometry
- Further statistics
- Equations and graphs
- Circle theorems
- More algebra
- Vectors and geometric proof
- Proportion and graphs
The top sets complete these units and then study for the AQA iGCSE in Further Mathematics (http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/aqa-certificate/further-mathematics-8360/spec-at-a-glance) which they sit at the same time as their 9-1 GCSE. New areas of mathematics include matrices, factor theorem and differentiation, and the rest of the course reinforces topics in the (9-1) GCSE.
A level Year 12 & 13 : Students are following the Edexcel A2 in Mathematics and Further Mathematics (http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/mathematics-2017.html). Further mathematicians are studying the mechanics options. If students wish to complete an AS only they can do so in Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
Ms Clare Mills, Acting Head of Maths : firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Chyna Hulland-Rumley, Head of Department (currently on maternity leave) : email@example.com