Mathematics is a universal language. We use it daily, whether we realise it or not, in both our personal life and at work. By studying mathematics, students gain an essential life skill which they will take with them as they progress through their academic studies and then in later life. Mathematics develops students’ key skills in numeracy, mathematical reasoning and independence in handling and quantifying information thus allowing them to think through a wide range of real life situations.
In Year 7 and 8 students will build on the achievements and experiences of KS2 mathematics as well as developing the fundamental skills required for a smooth transition into KS4. Then in Years 9, 10 and 11 students follow the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics Linear Specification (1MA1).
Students are set by ability at the start of each year so that we can provide targeted support for pupils to help them to achieve their full potential. As a department we have a wide variety of resources to support learning both within the classroom and at home. Each student receives a personal login to both the MyMaths and MathsWatch websites, which allows them to work independently in order to further consolidate and deepen their understanding of topics.
The 5 main topic areas which students focus on are:
1 Number 2 Algebra 3 Ratio, proportion and rates of change 4 Geometry and measures 5 Statistics and probability
Each half term students sit an assessment paper which is carefully analysed by the department to ensure that all students are on track and that any necessary intervention strategies are put in place.
Outside of the classroom there are many opportunities for students to further develop and apply their mathematical skills. A number of our students take part in the Junior and Intermediate UKMT Mathematics Challenges as well as the Count On Us Secondary Challenge. We are always delighted by how well they perform and it is a great experience for all those involved. Various trips are to be added to broaden our students’ view of maths, including visiting The British Museum as well as taking on a problem solving escape room. We run extra-curricular activities including those to aid revision and home learning, as well as completing maths puzzles and playing maths related games all to further enrich our students’ abilities.
Exam Board: Edexcel Subject code: 1MA1 Assessment: 100% Exam: · 33.3% Paper 1 (1hr 30 mins non-calculator) · 33.3% Paper 2 (1 hr 30 mins calculator) · 33.3% Paper 3 (1 hr 30 mins calculator)